Fernando Cabeca began his training in 1987 in Salvador BA. Brazil. In 1990, he moved to Rio where he trained in many Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Judo schools. In 1997, Fernando came to the United States and taught at the Machado academy under the tutelage of Rigan Machado.
He was awarded his Brown Belt in 1998 from Nilton Ferreira and his Black Belt in November of 2001. Nilton Ferreira's Academy is located in Salvador, Brazil. Fernando is both a Brazilian State and National Champion.
In 2004 Fernando was voted "Instructor of the Year" by the North American Grappling Association.
Fernando has developed many champions to the Blue, Purple, Brown and Black Belt. His students have gone out and become Champions at tournaments like NAGA, Grapplers Quest, Pan American games, Long Island Pride and Even the Nationals in Brazil.He also trains many successful amateur and professional MMA fighters on team I.M.B./Cabeca.
Fernando is also the president NEW JERSEY BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU FEDERATION which was established in 2008.