Meet our trusted instructors
SHAWN CHANDLER IS AN IBJJF REGISTERED BLACK BELT
Caio Terra Founder
Experience: 15+ years Age: 34 Weight: 135 lb Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To describe Caio Terra as something other than a phenomenon would simply be inaccurate. Born in 1986, the Rio de Janeiro native was forced into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes by his mother when he was 16 years old. Terra responded like any rebellious teenager and essentially skipped his first year of classes. Terra maintains that he probably did not know a single move until he really started training a year later in 2003.
Despite his initial lack of motivation, the situation would change drastically. After receiving his white and blue belt under Ricardo Vieira, Rodrigo Medeiros, and Felipe Costa, Terra started training under Grandmaster Paulo Mauricio Strauch and Grandmaster Reyson Gracie. Unfortunately, Terra could only attend one class per day at the gym, but by this point, his motivation was unquestionable, and so he built a mat at his house so that he could train four to five times a day. Within three years of dedicated training, Caio Terra would receive his black belt under Grandmaster Stauch and Gracie in 2006.
Skeptics questioned how anyone could possibly become a black belt with only three years of training, especially in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, where belt promotion is not taken lightly, but he put all doubts to rest winning the IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu World Championships in 2008. Since that time, he has also is won several Pan-American game European Open gold medals. He is also the only 10-time no-gi black belt world champion!
In addition to teaching at his academy and running the association, Caio makes time out of his schedule to come to Oregon every 2-3 months to teach and train at CTA Hillsboro!
Shawn Chandler Head Instructor
Experience: 10+ years
Shawn is a Jiu-Jitsu Blak Belt under Caio Terra and has been training for over 10 years. In 2013, with the departure of Nick Haloski and the approval of professor Caio Terra, Shawn took over as head instructor.
Shawn has made annual trips to the CTA Association camp in San Jose and also traveled with Professor Caio to train in Brazil.
Virgil has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for almost a decade and received his brown belt from Professor Caio in 2018. He started under Professor at Gracie Fighter in Pleasant Hill.
Brysen began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2012 and received his brown belt in 2020. He enjoys teaching and watching others improve and grow through jiu-jitsu.
Mike Smith received has been training for almost a decade. In 2016, he was awarded his Purple belt directly from Professor. Mike began his training to get in shape and relieve stress. Since then, he has lost over 60 pounds! The physical challenge and problem-solving drive Mike to continue his training.
In 2018, Mike started teaching the morning class and has been instrumental in the development of the program. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with every student that comes in for a class.