Brazil-021 School of Jiu-Jitsu seeks much more than winning competition medals. Our resolution is to promote health, well-being, self-confidence, and mental toughness in a safe, encouraging, and inspirational environment to properly prepare our students for all of the challenges of life.


The Brazil-021 School of Jiu-Jitsu, was founded by Jiu-Jitsu black belts Andre “Negão” Terencio and Hannette Staack. The school began with the vision of unifying its staff and creating a solid team, not only to train champions, but also to help its members become good citizens and family members. 

Brazil-021 is not an Academy reserved solely for the “tough” and powerful, but rather for all men, women, children, and people who are unsure of their abilities.
The name and logo were inspired by the state of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. The numbers - 021, signify the telephone area code for Rio de Janeiro where Jiu-Jitsu was initially most strongly developed. Jiu-Jitsu is now practiced worldwide, and because of this globalization, the school was given a name with an English foundation: BRAZIL-021 SCHOOL OF JIU-JITSU.

The Team is composed with schools in Brazil, the United States, and Canada.


One of the distinguishing highlights of Brazil-021 Jiu-Jitsu is a clearly defined philosophy that drives the instruction and learning environment. Many schools solely focus on technique, but Brazil-021 believes that character development is a key component of one's journey into martial arts. We do not believe in the "transactional" model of martial arts schools where technical knowledge is simply traded for tuition. We believe that every student's journey needs to be a commitment towards not just improving Jiu-Jitsu, but to improving and bettering his or her quality of life and of those around as well. We believe in providing attentive, personalized instruction to ensure anybody of any skill level can have Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a positive force in their lives.

Safety, and Self-Defense

We believe that safety is paramount to all else no matter what your goals are in your journey in Jiu-Jitsu, and that Jiu-Jitsu is taught to be used for self-defense and for self-defense only. All students are expected to contribute to creating a safe, fun, and healthy environment to train in and should never use Jiu-Jitsu to do harm.

Family Friendly, and Family First

We believe that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for everybody, and should be accessible to anybody who is interested. We believe in creating a family-friendly environment that is appropriate for students of all ages. We also believe that family should always come first, and emphasize family values between team members in order to develop trust and genuine camaraderie.