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A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champion and ADCC champion as well as a black belt under the famous Mestre “Careca”, Andre Galvao is also a founding member of the Atos team, one of the top BJJ teams in the world. Well known among the grappling community due to his numerous achievements on the mats and inside the octagon (he also fought in MMA) Andre Galvao is recognized for his flamboyant Jiu Jitsu style and his battles in the open weight divisions of tournaments around the world. In 2009 Andre Galvao released a book on how he developed his own style of grappling, the book named “Drill to Win, the book was on Amazon best sellers list and was taken with great interest by the jiu jiitsu community, being today an important reference on the subject.

Andre Galvao Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: André Luiz Leite Galvão

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

Main Titles:

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

Other Important Achievements:

  • World Champion (2002 blue, 2003 weight & absolute purple, 2004 weight & absolute brown, 2006, 2007 black)
  • ADCC Silver Medalist (2009)
  • World Silver Medalist (2014)
  • World Cup Champion – purple belt (2003 weight & absolute)
  • World Cup Champion – brown belt (2004 brown weight & absolute)
  • World Pro Championship Silver Medallist (2012 absolute)
  • ADCC Bronze Medallist (2007 weight & absolute)
  • World Bronze Medallist (2008 absolute, 2013)

Favourite Technique: Guard Passing

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

Team/Association: Atos Academy


Andre Galvao Biography

Andre Galvao was born September 29, 1982 in Sao Sebastiao, Sao Paulo – Brazil. Andre initiated his Martial Arts education with Judo while still a child. It was through his oldest brother that Galvao got to know Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as his brother already trained in the art of submissions.

Galvao started his BJJ training with Luis Carlos Dagmar “Careca” a student of the illustrious Master Osvaldo Alves when he was 16. It was only on his second year of BJJ training that he met the one person that would become his true master and inspiration, Fernando Tererê. Dagmar believed his academy was too small for Galvão’s talent, and advised him to train with Tererê who was an amazing coach and had several other similarly talented fighters in his gym.

With the guidance of Tererê Andre Galvao’s skills evolved heaps and bounds. Terere was one of the sport’s main fighters at the time, a world champion and a Pound for Pound best in the early 2000′s. Galvao 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 Andre 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.

Galvao 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 Andre could have the honor 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. In an interview to Tatame (a Brazilian Magazine) in 2007, Andre Galvao stated that his idols in BJJ were his coach, Terere – for his personality and the way he brings the crowd to a roar when he competes, Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro for his mad sweeps and “Leozinho” Vieira for his athleticism and what he brings to BJJ.

Galvao’s always been a avid competitor and unlike most BJJ fighters he dedicated himself to fighting in all tournaments, not just the major ones, 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 in the purple belt division 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 Andre Galvao 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 Galvao joined his good friend Ramon Lemos to form a new Jiu Jitsu team. The pair has a strong evangelic background and brought their religious beliefs to the mats. All their students have a similar background, and for that reason they decided to call their team “Atos” – meaning “acts”, a direct reference to ‘The Book of Acts’, which is the fifth book of the new testament. The team has had tremendous success in the black belt divisions 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, Galvao 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. He returned to BJJ competitions in March 7, winning the World Professional Jiu Jitsu trials in San Diego, California (under 183lbs), winning also the BJJ 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 Galvao (also an active competitor), Andre became the head coach os 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. Later, in 2013 Andre was the first competitor ever to win a ADCC superfight by way of submission, against Braulio Estima.

Andre Galvao website:

Andre Galvao Grappling Record

Andre Galvao Grappling Record

101 WINS
    40 (40%)
    5 (5%)
    48 (48%)
    7 (7%)
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Mata leao
Cross ck. f/ mount
Verbal tap
Bow and arrow
Toe Hold
Arm in Ezekiel
Brabo choke
Heel hook
Clock choke
Inverted armbar
    11 (55%)
    1 (5%)
    4 (20%)
    3 (15%)
    1 (5%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Mata leao
Inverted triangle

Andre Galvao Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
836Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLAdvWorld CupU82kgFinal2005
926Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 2x0World Champ.U82kgFinal2006
976Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 8x2BrasileiroU82kgFinal2006
988Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLChoke from backBrasileiroAbsoluteSemi f.2006
1064Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleLMata leaoADCCAbsoluteSemi f.2007
1086Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCCU77kgSemi f.2007
1163Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0World Champ.Absolute1/4 final2007
1202Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLRefree DecisionSuper ChallengeAbsoluteSemi f.2007
1204Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPts: 6x4Super ChallengeAbsolute3rd place2007
1322Roger GracieRoger GracieLPts: 12x0World Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2008
1440Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLInverted triangleADCCU88kgFinal2009
1471Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsADCCAbsolute1/4 finals2009
2456Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 4x2World Pro.AbsoluteFinal2012
2780Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLRefree DecisionPro LeagueU94kgFinal2012
2892Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2013
3008Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPenWorld ProAbsolute1/4 final2013
3089Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteLRefree DecisionWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 Final2013
3133Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 6x2World Champ.U88kgSemi f.2013
3644Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLEzekielWorld Pro.AbsoluteSemi f.2014
3810Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 6x4World Champ.U94kgFinal2014
833Felipe CranivataWPts: 18x0World CupU82kg1/4 final2005
834Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 6x0World CupU82kg1/4 final2005
850Felipe CranivataWPointsCopa do BrasilO75kg1/4 final2005
865Felipe CranivataWKneebarWorld Champ.U82kgFinal2005
921Antonio SergioWPointsWorld Champ.U82kgRd 12006
924Nino SchembriNino SchembriWClock chokeWorld Champ.U82kgSemi f.2006
953Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 11x4World CupU82kgFinal2006
973V. SilvaWArmbarBrasileiroU82kg1/4 final2006
974Jorge BrittoWArmbarBrasileiroU82kgSemi f.2006
984UnknownWArmbarBrasileiroAbsoluteRd 12006
985Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPointsBrasileiroAbsolute1/4 final2006
1057Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPointsADCCAbsoluteRd 12007
1062Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWRefree DecisionADCCAbsolute1/4 final2007
1065A. CacarecoWPointsADCCAbsolute3rd place2007
1078Chris BrightWSubmissionADCCU77kgRd 12007
1084Mark BocekWHeel hookADCCU77kg1/4 final2007
1088Mike FowlerMike FowlerWPointsADCCU77kg3rd Place2007
1133Mauricio MarianoMauricio MarianoWChoke from backWorld Champ.U82kgRd 12007
1134Cassio WerneckCassio WerneckWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.U82kg1/4 final2007
1135Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWMata leaoWorld Champ.U82kgSemi f.2007
1153Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12007
1159Daniel NovaWArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22007
1196Leonardo PeçanhaWArmbarSuper ChallengeAbsoluteRd 12007
1200Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaWPointsSuper ChallengeAbsolute1/4 final2007
1205Makoto IkutaWBrabo chokeH. Kong CupAbsoluteSemi f.2008
1206Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWArm in EzekielH. Kong CupAbsoluteFinal2008
1207Fernando PieroFernando PieroWChoke from backPan AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2008
1208Luiz TheodoroWCross ck. f/ mountPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2008
1209Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWChoke from backPan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2008
1218M. CarvalhoWChokePan AmericanU88kg1/4 final2008
1219Bruno FernandesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan AmericanU88kgSemi f.2008
1221Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWInjuryPan AmericanU88kgFinal2008
1284Igor AraujoWChoke from backWorld Champ.U88kgRd 12008
1286Rafael CorreaRafael CorreaWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.U88kg1/4 final2008
1288Marcelo LouzadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.U88kgSemi f.2008
1289Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWChoke from backWorld Champ.U88kgFinal2008
1313M. SuarezWKimuraWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12008
1314Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22008
1319Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWChoke from backWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2008
1400Rodolfo vieiraRodolfo vieiraWPts: 3x0ADCC TrialsU88kgFinal2009
1429Kassim AnanWPts: 12x2ADCCU88kgRd 12009
1435Chris WeidmanWPts: 4x0ADCCU88kg1/4 final2009
1439David AvellanWPts: 2x0ADCCU88kgSemi f.2009
1464Tom BassWPointsADCCAbsoluteRd 12009
1783Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWPointsWorld Pro.Absolute1/4 final2011
1994Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 16x0F4F NogiAbsoluten/a2011
1996C. FerreiraWPts: 3x0F4F GiAbsoluten/a2011
1997Nol. DutcherWArmbarUltimate Abs.AbsoluteRd 12011
1999Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 2x0Ultimate Abs.Absolute1/4 final2011
2000Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWPts: 4x0Ultimate Abs.AbsoluteSemi-f.2011
2001Rust. ChsievWRefree DecisionUltimate Abs.AbsoluteFinal2011
2002Clark GracieClark GracieWRefree DecisionWJJPC TrialsU82kgSemi-f.2011
2003Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWAdvWJJPC TrialsU82kgFinal2011
2004Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWSubmissionWJJPC TrialsAbsoluteSemi-f.2011
2005Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 7x0WJJPC TrialsabsoluteFinal2011
2040Don OrtegaWPointsADCCU88kgRd 12011
2069Gunnar NelsonGunnar NelsonWPts: 3x0ADCCU88kg1/4 Finals2011
2083Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 2x0ADCCU88kgSemi f.2011
2095Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWPts: 9x4ADCCU88kgFinal2011
2100Shinzo AnsaiWMata leaoADCCAbsolute1st2011
2110Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWPts: 6x0ADCCAbsolute1/4 Finals2011
2111Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 0x0, PenADCCAbsoluteSemi f.2011
2114Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWToe HoldADCCAbsoluteFinal2011
2424Felipe Mota DiasWSubmissionWorld Pro.U88kgRd 12012
2431Janne AutioWSubmissionWorld Pro.U88kg1/4 final2012
2433Leo MacielWPts: 2x0World Pro.U88kgSemi f.2012
2434Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWChoke from backWorld Pro.U88kgFinal2012
2454Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Pro.AbsoluteSemi f.2012
2760Ryron GracieRyron GracieD---MetamorisAbsoluteSuperfight2012
2775Diego HerzogWPts: 7x0Pro LeagueU94kg1/4 final2012
2778Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChoke from backPro LeagueU94kgSemi f.2012
2785James HarbisonJames HarbisonWPts: 13x0Houston OpenU88kgSemi f.2012
2786Diego GamonalWChokeHouston OpenU88kgFinal2012
2860Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWRefree DecisionMetamoris 2OpenSuperfight2013
2867Max FreitasWArmbarPan AmericanAbsoluteRd 12013
2885Tanner RiceWBow and arrowPan AmericanAbsoluteRd 22013
2889Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWRefree DecisionPan AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2013
2891Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanAbsolutesemi f.2013
2962Jurandir ConceicaoWArmbarPan AmericanU88kgRd 12013
2964Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWChoke from backPan AmericanU88kgRd 22013
2968Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWKimuraPan AmericanU88kgRd 12013
3004Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWVerbal tapWorld ProU88kgFinal2013
3074Nic RubenWWristlockWorld Champ.AbsoluteRounds2013
3084Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWKneebarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRounds2013
3130Dimitrius SouzaWChoke from backWorld Champ.U88kg1/4 Final2013
3271Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWMata leaoADCCAbsoluteSuperfight2013
3389Jurandir ConceicaoWPts: 14x0Pan AmericanAbsoluteRd 22014
3407DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPointsPan AmericanAbsoluteRd 32014
3411Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsPan AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2014
3413Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2014
3414Leandro LoLeandro LoWAdvPan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2014
3510Gabriel LucasWInverted armbarPan AmericanO100kg1/4 final2014
3512Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWChoke from backPan AmericanO100kgSemi f.2014
3513Alexander TransAlexander TransWAdvPan AmericanO100kgFinal2014
3638Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWwristlockWorld Pro.AbsoluteRd 22014
3640Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0World Pro.Absolute1/4 final2014
3645Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWRefree DecisionWorld Pro.Absolute3/4 place2014
3652Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.U88kgSemi f.2014
3653Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 2x0World Pro.U88kgFinal2014
3804Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWChoke from backWorld Champ.U94kg1/4 Final2014
3808Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x0World Champ.U94kgSemi f.2014
3827Chael SonnenWMata LeaoMetamoris 4AbsoluteSuperfight2014

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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