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

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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, 2016)
  • 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)
  • Pan American 3rd Place (2016 absolute)
  • 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

145 WINS
    53 (37%)
    9 (6%)
    72 (50%)
    8 (6%)
    3 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Cross ck. f/ mount
Bow and arrow
Clock choke
Toe Hold
Verbal tap
Inverted armbar
North south choke
baseball choke
Inside heel hook
Heel hook
Brabo choke
Arm in Ezekiel
    15 (58%)
    3 (12%)
    4 (15%)
    3 (12%)
    1 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Inverted triangle

Andre Galvao Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1236Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLAdvWorld Cup82KGF2005
1406Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGF2006
1468Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 8x2Brasileiro82KGF2006
1480Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLChoke from backBrasileiroABSSF2006
1514Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 4x0Paulista FPJJ82KGF2007
1635Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleLRNCADCCABSSF2007
1659Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC77KGSF2007
1746Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2007
1789Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLReferee DecisionSuper ChallengeABSSF2007
1791Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPts: 6x4Super ChallengeABS3PLC2007
1950Roger GracieRoger GracieLPts: 12x0World Champ.ABSSF2008
2220Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLInverted triangleADCC88KGF2009
2253Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsADCCABS1/4F2009
3087Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 7x0WJJPC TrialsABSF2011
3617Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x4, AdvSD World TrialsABSF2012
3707Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 4x2World Pro.ABSF2012
4042Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2012
4351Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4483Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPenWorld ProABS1/4F2013
4564Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2013
4610Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 6x2World Champ.88KGSF2013
5385Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLEzekielWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5589Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 6x4World Champ.94KGF2014
8838Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSSF2016
8977Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABS1/8F2016
9081Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x0World Pro94KGSF2016
1123Cassio WerneckCassio WerneckWPointsPan American82KGF2005
1130Felipe CranivataWWristlockBrasileiroABSSF2005
1132Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWN/ABrasileiroABSF2005
1233Felipe CranivataWPts: 18x0World Cup82KG1/4F2005
1234Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 6x0World Cup82KG1/4F2005
1250Felipe CranivataWPointsCopa do BrasilO75KG1/4F2005
1267Felipe CranivataWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGF2005
1334Sergio LourencoWPts: 14x2Pan American82KGR12006
1336Alexander CrispimWChoke from backPan American82KG1/4F2006
1338Mike FowlerMike FowlerWCross ck. f/ mountPan American82KGF2006
1400Antonio SergioWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGR12006
1404Nino SchembriNino SchembriWClock chokeWorld Champ.82KGSF2006
1445Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 11x4World Cup82KGF2006
1465V. SilvaWArmbarBrasileiro82KG1/4F2006
1466Jorge BrittoWArmbarBrasileiro82KGSF2006
1477Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPointsBrasileiroABS1/4F2006
1490Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWAdvTeam NationalsO88KGF2006
1611Rafael dos AnjosWInside heel hookADCC Trials77KGSF2007
1613Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesWPts: 16x2ADCC Trials77KGF2007
1628Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPointsADCCABSR12007
1633Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWReferee DecisionADCCABS1/4F2007
1636A. CacarecoWPointsADCCABS3PLC2007
1651Chris BrightWSubmissionADCC77KGR12007
1657Mark BocekWHeel hookADCC77KG1/4F2007
1661Mike FowlerMike FowlerWPointsADCC77KG3PLC2007
1716Mauricio MarianoMauricio MarianoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12007
1717Cassio WerneckCassio WerneckWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2007
1718Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWRNCWorld Champ.82KGSF2007
1736Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1742Daniel NovaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22007
1783Leonardo PeçanhaWArmbarSuper ChallengeABSR12007
1787Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaWPointsSuper ChallengeABS1/4F2007
1820Makoto IkutaWBrabo chokeH. Kong CupABSSF2008
1821Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWArm in EzekielH. Kong CupABSF2008
1822Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABS1/8F2008
1823Fernando PieroFernando PieroWChoke from backPan AmericanABS1/4F2008
1824Luiz TheodoroWCross ck. f/ mountPan AmericanABSSF2008
1825Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWChoke from backPan AmericanABSF2008
1834M. CarvalhoWChokePan American88KG1/4F2008
1835Bruno FernandesBruno FernandesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGSF2008
1837Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWInjuryPan American88KGF2008
1908Igor AraujoWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KGR12008
1910Rafael CorreaRafael CorreaWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2008
1913Marcelo LouzadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2008
1915Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KGF2008
1941M. SuarezWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSR12008
1942Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR22008
1947Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2008
2172Marco JuniorWTriangleADCC Trials88KGR12009
2174Gabriel KitoberWRNCADCC Trials88KG1/4F2009
2175Bruno BastosBruno BastosWRNCADCC Trials88KGSF2009
2176Rodolfo V.WPts: 3x0ADCC Trials88KGF2009
2209Kassim AnanWPts: 12x2ADCC88KGR12009
2215Chris WeidmanWPts: 4x0ADCC88KG1/4F2009
2219David AvellanWPts: 2x0ADCC88KGSF2009
2246Tom BassWPointsADCCABSR12009
2803Diego GamonalWChokePan American88KGSF2011
2804Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 2x0Pan American88KGF2011
2845Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWPointsWorld Pro.ABS1/4F2011
3072Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 16x0F4F NogiABSNA2011
3074C. FerreiraWPts: 3x0F4F GiABSNA2011
3076Nol. DutcherWArmbarUltimate Abs.ABSR12011
3079Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 2x0Ultimate Abs.ABS1/4F2011
3080Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWPts: 4x0Ultimate Abs.ABSSF2011
3081Rust. ChsievWReferee DecisionUltimate Abs.ABSF2011
3083Clark GracieClark GracieWReferee DecisionWJJPC Trials82KGSF2011
3084Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWAdvWJJPC Trials82KGF2011
3085Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWSubmissionWJJPC TrialsABSSF2011
3130Don OrtegaWPointsADCC88KGR12011
3159Gunnar NelsonGunnar NelsonWPts: 3x0ADCC88KG1/4F2011
3173Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 2x0ADCC88KGSF2011
3185Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWPts: 9x4ADCC88KGF2011
3191Shinzo AnsaiWRNCADCCABSR12011
3201Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWPts: 6x0ADCCABS1/4F2011
3202Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSSF2011
3205Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWToe HoldADCCABSF2011
3607Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 3x0SD World Trials83KGF2012
3611Elliot KellyWBow and arrowSD World TrialsABS1/4F2012
3615James PuopoloJames PuopoloWClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3675Felipe Mota DiasFelipe Mota DiasWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGR12012
3682Janne AutioWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2012
3684Leo MacielWPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGSF2012
3685Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWChoke from backWorld Pro.88KGF2012
3705Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSSF2012
4021Ryron GracieRyron GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
4037Diego HerzogWPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro League94KG1/4F2012
4040Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChoke from backIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4047James HarbisonJames HarbisonWPts: 13x0Houston Open88KGSF2012
4048Diego GamonalWChokeHouston Open88KGF2012
4295Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4326Max FreitasWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12013
4344Tanner RiceTanner RiceWBow and arrowPan AmericanABSR22013
4348Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABS1/4F2013
4350Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4421Jurandir ConceicaoWArmbarPan American88KGR12013
4423Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWChoke from backPan American88KGR22013
4427Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWKimuraPan American88KGR12013
4473Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWVerbal tapWorld Pro88KGF2013
4549Nic RubenNic RubenWWristlockWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4559Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4607Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2013
4869Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWRNCADCCABSSPF2013
5061Jurandir ConceicaoWPts: 14x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
5079DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5083Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsPan AmericanABS1/4F2014
5085Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSSF2014
5086Leandro LoLeandro LoWAdvPan AmericanABSF2014
5183Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWInverted armbarPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2014
5185Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWChoke from backPan AmericanO100KGSF2014
5186Alexander TransAlexander TransWAdvPan AmericanO100KGF2014
5363Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSR12014
5376Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWwristlockWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5381Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2014
5386Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWReferee DecisionWorld Pro.ABS3PLC2014
5403Diego GamonalWPts: 0x0, PenWorld Pro.88KGR12014
5405Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPts: 9x0World Pro.88KG1/4F2014
5409Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5410Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGF2014
5583Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2014
5587Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
5612Chael SonnenWRNCMetamoris 4ABSSPF2014
6136Gabriel RosbergWChoke from backEuropeanABSR22015
6152Thomas JohannessonWArmbarEuropeanABSR32015
6160Erberth SantosErberth SantosWNorth south chokeEuropeanABS1/4F2015
6164Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWArmbarEuropeanABSSF2015
6166Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWInjuryEuropeanABSF2015
6244Samuel MoninWArmbarEuropean88KGR22015
6252Martin AedmaWChokeEuropean88KG1/4F2015
6256Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWChokeEuropean88KGSF2015
6258Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 4x0European88KGF2015
7570Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 6x0ADCCABSSPF2015
8082Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 1x0Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
8800Kitner MouraWbaseball chokePan AmericanO100KG1/4F2016
8816Aaron JohnsonWChokePan AmericanABSR22016
8833Alexandro CeconiWChoke from backPan AmericanABS1/8F2016
8834Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2016
8941Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSR12016
8968Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9074Tiago PessoaWPts: 2x0World Pro94KG1/8F2016
9078Jackson SousaJackson SousaWWristlockWorld Pro94KG1/4F2016
9281Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backFTW Pro 5ABSSPF2016
9455Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KGR12016
9456Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x2, PenWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2016
9461Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.94KGSF2016
9462Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGF2016

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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