From:tatame.com.br

Two-time world champion of Jiu-Jitsu, Fernando Augusto “Tererê”, was acclaimed by fans, not only because of his great results, but because of his swing and joy when fighting. When he was in action, the gyms were down with yells of “Uh Tererê! Uh Tererê!” But all of that changed on a trip to the United States in 1004, when the black belt got cranky with the flight crew on his way back to Brazil and went to jail for almost two months. In depression, Tererê started doing drugs and gave up on Jiu-Jitsu. Now, five years later he abandoned his career, the black belt leaves the rehab clinic, in São Paulo, and speaks for the first time about the most difficult time on his life.

How are things? We heard you have already given some trainings with kimono…

I’m coming back now… It’s a difficult situation, because I was far from sports for a long time and it’s hard to regain the rhythm. Now I’m training along with my cousin in a branch in Ibipuna (Sao Paulo), working on my ft, bodybuilding, taking care of my body…
How are you facing this comeback?

I missed the kimonos a lot, the sweating. I wasted a lost of time, but I hope I can make it up and start it all over again…
What was your routine when you were in the clinic?

That’s a thing I’d like not to remember anymore, it was a waste of time, I want to forget it. It’s over, it was a stupid thing, a mistake I did, and I hope I can do a lot of fights until I retire. I just got out of the clinic. This time I spent there was a very hard time for me, but I followed the rules and the treatment. Now I want to go home and stay with my family. My happiness is at home…