Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

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André Galvão

André Galvão, also known as “Deco” is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Luis “Careca” Dagmar, being also one of the greatest competitors ever in the sport, having conquered important titles such as World Champion (3x), Pan American Champion (8x), and ADCC champion (2x).  Galvão also ventured into mixed martial arts, leaving the sport with a record of 5-2-0, to leade the Atos Jiu Jitsu Academy, where he established one of the strongest ju jitsu teams of the modern era.

Andre Galvao Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: André Luiz Leite Galvão

Nickname: “Deco” which is a common shortname for André in Portuguese.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Reyson GracieOsvaldo Alves > Luis Dagmar > André Galvão

Main Titles:

  • World Champion – black belt (2014*, 2008 & 2005)
  • ADCC Champion (2011 weight & absolute, 2013 superfight)
  • Pan American Champion (2005, 2008 weight/absolute, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2014 weight/absolute)
  • World Pro Cup Champion (2012, 2013, 2014 UAEJJ)
  • World Cup Champion – black belt (2006)
  • European Champion (2015 weight/absolute)
  • World CBJJE Champion – black belt (2008)
  • Ultimate Absolute NYC Champion (2011)

* The International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) awarded the title to Galvao after the tournament as Felipe Pena tested positive for PED’s.

Other Important Achievements:

  • World Champion (2002 blue, 2003 weight/absolute purple, 2004 weight/absolute brown)
  • ADCC 2nd Place (2009)
  • World Championship 2nd Place (2014)
  • World Cup Champion – purple belt (2003 weight & absolute)
  • World Cup Champion – brown belt (2004 brown weight & absolute)
  • World Pro Cup 2nd Place (2012 absolute)
  • ADCC 3rd Place (2007 weight & absolute)
  • World Championship 3rd Place (2008 absolute, 2013)

Favourite Technique: Guard Passing

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

Team/Association: Atos Academy

Andre Galvao Biography

André Galvão was born September 29, 1982 in São Sebastião, São Paulo – Brazil.

The Galvão family hold moved to Vale da Paraíba region when André was a child. It was there that “Deco” initiated his martial arts education through judo. Calasans Camargo, father Claudio Calasans, became involved in André’s early judo career and in fact gave Galvão his very first gi.

André initiated his jiu jitsu career, influenced by his brother who was already a student of BJJ. Luis Carlos Dagmar, also known as “Careca” was André Galvão’s first coach. Master Careca was a former student of the illustrious Master Osvaldo Alves, At the age of 16, two years into his training, Master Dagmar advised André to go and train with Fernando Tererê. Dagmar believed Galvão had a special talent, one that should be pursued, and his academy was too small for big aspirations. Tererê who was a very good coach and had one of the biggest teams at the time.

With the guidance of Tererê André Galvão’s skills evolved heaps and bounds. Fernando was one of the sport’s main competitors at the time, a world champion and a Pound for Pound best in the early 2000’s. Galvão would follow Terere throughout his split with the Alliance team the birth of Brasa and TT teams for a time span of almost 3 years where he remained undefeated in the purple belt division, being the first purple belt ever to win the ‘Grand Slam’ (World Championship, Pan American Championship, and Brasileiro).

After 9 victorious months as a purple belt André received his his brown belt from Fernando. As a brown belt the victorious run continued, with only one loss, to Ricardo Abreu in the absolute division of the Copa do Brasil.

André Galvão was due to receive his black belt in mid 2005, unfortunately this clashed with a series of incidents that turned Tererê’s attention away from jiu jitsu. Instead of delivering the black belt himself due to Terere’s absence, on the day of Galvão’s graduation (19th of May 2005), Terere’s right hand man and TT partner Eduardo Telles drove  Galvao to his native town so André could have the honour of receiving his black belt from his original instructor, Master “Careca”.

As Tererê left the sport due to well documented personal problems, André Galvão ended leaving his team (TT) to join Brasa Clube de Jiu Jitsu.

Throughout his early career Galvão believed in consistency and repetition, and unlike most top competitors, he dedicated himself to fighting in all tournaments, not just the major ones. He often mentioned that he relied on this to keep improving his skill set.

Andre won 4 World Championships in a row, from blue belt to black belt (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005) wining his weight and the open weight classes in two years in a row – purple belt and brown belt division (2003 and 2004). He made the final in 2006 and 2007 but couldn’t capitalize on the 1st place. Gold came again in 2008. In that same year Andrá Galvão joined the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) obtaining a submission victory over Jeremiah Metcalf, a former Strikeforce fighter, fate would have it that a few months after that fight Galvao himself would join that same fighting organization.

On October 2008 Galvão joined his good friend Ramon Lemos and founded a new jiu jitsu team. The pair had a strong evangelic background and brought their religious beliefs to the mats. with all their students having a similar background in the early days of the team. Atos had tremendous success in the black belt divisions from the get-go, with several fighters winning both the World Championships, the Pan Ams and the Jiu Jitsu Pro Cup in Abu Dhabi.

Having turned into a professional MMA fighter in 2008, Galvão fought in some of the world’s biggest organizations such as Dream (Japan) and Strikeforce (USA). He left Strikeforce by his own accord after a good year (2010) in which he fought three times, loosing the later fight and winning two. He had plans to join the Ultimate Fighter Show (as explained on his intervirew to BJJ Heroes on January 2010), though the plans did not follow through.

André Galvão returned to jiu jitsu competitions on March 7 2010, winning the World Professional Jiu Jitsu Trials in San Diego, California (under 183lbs), winning also the Pan American a few weeks later – submitting all his opponents, except Eduardo Santoro in the final.

After moving to San Diego with his spouse Angelica Galvão (also an active competitor), Andre became the head coach of Atos head quarters while also picking up a position as a deacon in an evangelical church, Project New Life.

Continuously “stepping it up”, Galvao was remarkable at the 2011 edition of the ADCC, the world’s most prestigious grappling event, winning gold on both his weight and the absolute division, proving why he is considered one of the best in the world.

In an interview to Tatame (a Brazilian magazine) in 2007, André Galvão stated that his idols in BJJ were his coach, Tererê – for his personality and the way he brought the crowd to a roar when he competed, Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro for his mad sweeps and “Leozinho” Vieira for his athleticism and what he brought to BJJ.

Andre Galvao website:

Andre Galvao Grappling Record

123 WINS
    48 (39%)
    6 (5%)
    60 (49%)
    7 (6%)
    2 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Mata leao
Cross ck. f/ mount
Bow and arrow
Clock choke
Arm in Ezekiel
Toe Hold
Verbal tap
Inverted armbar
North south choke
Heel hook
Brabo choke
    13 (57%)
    2 (9%)
    4 (17%)
    3 (13%)
    1 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Mata leao
Inverted triangle

Andre Galvao Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1123Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLAdvWorld Cup82KGF2005
1247Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGF2006
1308Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 8x2Brasileiro82KGF2006
1320Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLChoke from backBrasileiroABSSF2006
1352Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 4x0Paulista FPJJ82KGF2007
1456Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleLMata leaoADCCABSSF2007
1480Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC77KGSF2007
1567Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2007
1609Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLReferee DecisionSuper ChallengeABSSF2007
1611Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPts: 6x4Super ChallengeABS3PLC2007
1756Roger GracieRoger GracieLPts: 12x0World Champ.ABSSF2008
1932Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLInverted triangleADCC88KGF2009
1965Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsADCCABS1/4F2009
2687Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 7x0WJJPC TrialsABSF2011
3181Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x4, AdvSD World TrialsABSF2012
3270Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 4x2World Pro.ABSF2012
3600Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLReferee DecisionPro League94KGF2012
3865Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
3984Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPenWorld ProABS1/4F2013
4065Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2013
4111Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 6x2World Champ.88KGSF2013
4816Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLEzekielWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5012Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 6x4World Champ.94KGF2014
1017Cassio WerneckCassio WerneckWPointsPan American82KGF2005
1024Felipe CranivataWWristlockBrasileiroABSSF2005
1026Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWN/ABrasileiroABSF2005
1120Felipe CranivataWPts: 18x0World Cup82KG1/4F2005
1121Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 6x0World Cup82KG1/4F2005
1137Felipe CranivataWPointsCopa do BrasilO75KG1/4F2005
1152Felipe CranivataWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGF2005
1241Antonio SergioWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRD12006
1245Nino SchembriNino SchembriWClock chokeWorld Champ.82KGSF2006
1285Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 11x4World Cup82KGF2006
1305V. SilvaWArmbarBrasileiro82KG1/4F2006
1306Jorge BrittoWArmbarBrasileiro82KGSF2006
1317Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPointsBrasileiroABS1/4F2006
1330Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWAdvTeam NationalsO88KGF2006
1449Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPointsADCCABSRD12007
1454Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWReferee DecisionADCCABS1/4F2007
1457A. CacarecoWPointsADCCABS3PLC2007
1472Chris BrightWSubmissionADCC77KGRD12007
1478Mark BocekWHeel hookADCC77KG1/4F2007
1482Mike FowlerMike FowlerWPointsADCC77KG3PLC2007
1537Mauricio MarianoMauricio MarianoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGRD12007
1538Cassio WerneckCassio WerneckWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2007
1539Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWMata leaoWorld Champ.82KGSF2007
1557Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSRD12007
1563Daniel NovaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD22007
1603Leonardo PeçanhaWArmbarSuper ChallengeABSRD12007
1607Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaWPointsSuper ChallengeABS1/4F2007
1628Makoto IkutaWBrabo chokeH. Kong CupABSSF2008
1629Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWArm in EzekielH. Kong CupABSF2008
1630Fernando PieroFernando PieroWChoke from backPan AmericanABS1/4F2008
1631Luiz TheodoroWCross ck. f/ mountPan AmericanABSSF2008
1632Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWChoke from backPan AmericanABSF2008
1641M. CarvalhoWChokePan American88KG1/4F2008
1642Bruno FernandesBruno FernandesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGSF2008
1644Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWInjuryPan American88KGF2008
1715Igor AraujoWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KGRD12008
1717Rafael CorreaRafael CorreaWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2008
1720Marcelo LouzadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2008
1722Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KGF2008
1747M. SuarezWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSRD12008
1748Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRD22008
1753Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2008
1890Rodolfo V.WPts: 3x0ADCC Trials88KGF2009
1921Kassim AnanWPts: 12x2ADCC88KGRD12009
1927Chris WeidmanWPts: 4x0ADCC88KG1/4F2009
1931David AvellanWPts: 2x0ADCC88KGSF2009
1958Tom BassWPointsADCCABSRD12009
2417Diego GamonalWChokePan American88KGSF2011
2418Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 2x0Pan American88KGF2011
2459Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWPointsWorld Pro.ABS1/4F2011
2672Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 16x0F4F NogiABSNA2011
2674C. FerreiraWPts: 3x0F4F GiABSNA2011
2676Nol. DutcherWArmbarUltimate Abs.ABSRD12011
2679Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 2x0Ultimate Abs.ABS1/4F2011
2680Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWPts: 4x0Ultimate Abs.ABSSF2011
2681Rust. ChsievWReferee DecisionUltimate Abs.ABSF2011
2683Clark GracieClark GracieWReferee DecisionWJJPC Trials82KGSF2011
2684Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWAdvWJJPC Trials82KGF2011
2685Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWSubmissionWJJPC TrialsABSSF2011
2726Don OrtegaWPointsADCC88KGRD12011
2755Gunnar NelsonGunnar NelsonWPts: 3x0ADCC88KG1/4F2011
2769Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 2x0ADCC88KGSF2011
2781Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWPts: 9x4ADCC88KGF2011
2787Shinzo AnsaiWMata leaoADCCABSRD12011
2797Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWPts: 6x0ADCCABS1/4F2011
2798Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSSF2011
2801Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWToe HoldADCCABSF2011
3171Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 3x0SD World Trials83KGF2012
3175Elliot KellyWBow and arrowSD World TrialsABS1/4F2012
3179James PuopoloJames PuopoloWClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3238Felipe Mota DiasWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGRD12012
3245Janne AutioWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2012
3247Leo MacielWPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGSF2012
3248Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWChoke from backWorld Pro.88KGF2012
3268Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSSF2012
3580Ryron GracieRyron GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
3595Diego HerzogWPts: 7x0Pro League94KG1/4F2012
3598Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChoke from backPro League94KGSF2012
3605James HarbisonJames HarbisonWPts: 13x0Houston Open88KGSF2012
3606Diego GamonalWChokeHouston Open88KGF2012
3816Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
3840Max FreitasWArmbarPan AmericanABSRD12013
3858Tanner RiceWBow and arrowPan AmericanABSRD22013
3862Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABS1/4F2013
3864Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSSF2013
3935Jurandir ConceicaoWArmbarPan American88KGRD12013
3937Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWChoke from backPan American88KGRD22013
3941Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWKimuraPan American88KGRD12013
3980Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWVerbal tapWorld Pro88KGF2013
4050Nic RubenWWristlockWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4060Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4108Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2013
4340Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWMata leaoADCCABSSPF2013
4513Jurandir ConceicaoWPts: 14x0Pan AmericanABSRD22014
4531DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPointsPan AmericanABSRD32014
4535Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsPan AmericanABS1/4F2014
4537Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSSF2014
4538Leandro LoLeandro LoWAdvPan AmericanABSF2014
4634Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWInverted armbarPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2014
4636Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWChoke from backPan AmericanO100KGSF2014
4637Alexander TransAlexander TransWAdvPan AmericanO100KGF2014
4794Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSRD12014
4807Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWwristlockWorld Pro.ABSRD22014
4812Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2014
4817Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWReferee DecisionWorld Pro.ABS3PLC2014
4833Diego GamonalWPts: 0x0, PenWorld Pro.88KGRD12014
4835Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPts: 9x0World Pro.88KG1/4F2014
4839Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
4840Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGF2014
5006Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2014
5010Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
5032Chael SonnenWMata LeaoMetamoris 4ABSSPF2014
5489Gabriel RosbergWChoke from backEuropeanABSRD22015
5505Thomas JohannessonWArmbarEuropeanABSRD32015
5513Erberth SantosErberth SantosWNorth south chokeEuropeanABS1/4F2015
5517Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWArmbarEuropeanABSSF2015
5519Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWInjuryEuropeanABSF2015
5597Samuel MoninWArmbarEuropean88KGRD22015
5605Martin AedmaWChokeEuropean88KG1/4F2015
5609Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWChokeEuropean88KGSF2015
5611Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 4x0European88KGF2015
6826Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 6x0ADCCABSSPF2015
7295Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 1x0Berkut 2ABSSPF2015

Andre Galvao vs James Harbison (Houston Open, 2012)

Andre Galvao vs Marcelo Garcia (World Championship Final, 2006)

Andre Galvao vs Martin Suarez (this is a famous video that has circled the internet, the man fighting with Galvao goes for an illegal reaping of the knee, which upsets Galvao, 2008)

Andre Galvao vs Rodolfo Vieira (ADCC Brazilian Trials, 2009)

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  • Dalton says:

    not to mention all the world and panam championships hes won at lower ranks.

  • Rollo says:

    Andre Galvao has been a great influence to my BJJ development. I wrote a blog post about him and include a highlight video.

  • james alger says:

    andre galvao is my hero! i do my best to emulate his style everytime i train…..

    glad hes back in competition… only good magical tech is to come from him!

    Boa galvao jiujitsu!!!!

  • Biff says:

    A terrific instructor in addition to being one of the best in the sport ever. His ability to teach is surprisingly refined for someone so young, he teaches with the precision of some of the older Gracies.

    As a competitor in 2008 he was the most impressive guy on the scene – bar none. Went up a weight division and ruined some of the best guys ever at the Pan Ams winning his weight and absolute, submitting almost everyone. At the worlds that year he again when on a submission spree, completely owning Braulio in the finals. He is the definition of modern jiu jitsu and changed the way the game is played. Proof is his match with Niño when as a new black belt he toyed with a veteran of the sport who was known for being a flashy innovator by seemingly breakdancing through his guard and all over his body. Watch that match with the lnowledge that Niño is one of the greats and be shocked.

  • WastedYouth says:

    Guess you need to add 2011 NYC Ultimate Absolute Champion to this list eh?

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