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Pedro Pacheco Fernandes – Head Professor / TuKaha

4th Degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt

Unity in diversity

Pedro Pacheco Fernandes is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under “Tonicão” Collares. Professor Pedro founded Tu Kaha Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2004, after immigrating to New Zealand and putting down roots in Auckland. Since then, he has nurtured and promoted a number of students to reach the most significant milestone in anyone’s jiu jitsu journey – the black belt. Here are the biographies of Pedro and his black belts.

Pedro Pacheco Fernandes

Full Name: Pedro Carneiro da Cunha Pacheco Fernandes

Main Achievements/Record:

  • Pan Pacific Masters Gi and Nogi Champion (2014)
  • Pan Pacific Nogi Champion (2010);
  • South Brazilian Champion (1996, 1997);
  • Santa Catarina State Champion (1994, 1995)

Weight Division: Meio-Pesado (88kg-194lbs)

Pedro Pacheco Fernandes was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1974. He started grappling Judo when he was 5 years old, though he changed to “Luta Livre Esportiva” (a Brazilian form of submission wrestling) when he was 16. After one year training Luta Livre in Rio de Janeiro, Pedro moved to the south of the country, namely to Florianópolis. As he established himself in this new town, he found out that his neighbour, Antonio Claudio Collares “Tonicão”, was a black belt in BJJ, in fact, he was the only operational jiu jitsu black belt in the south of the country (this was before Crolin Gracie arrived to the region). Fernandes immediately started his classes with “Tonicão” at the Ataque Duplo Academy, the year was 1990.

Pedro Pacheco Fernandes started coaching Jiu Jitsu in Brazil back in 1993 as an assistant coach, a job he carried over when he moved to Auckland, New Zealand where he opened Tu Kaha BJJ academy.

Master Antonio Claudio Collares “Tonicão” awarded Pedro all his belt, including his black belt in a ceremony that took place in October 2002.

Pedro Pacheco Fernandes Pan-Pacific 2010 Nogi final:


Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Antonio Collares > Pedro Pacheco Fernandes


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