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

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 2010 Andre Galvao released a book on how he developed his own style of BJJ, the book named “Drill to Win” was taken with great interest by BJJ’ers and is 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 (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 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)

Favourite Technique: Guard Passing

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

Team/Association: Atos


Andre Galvao Biography

Andre Galvao was born September 29, 1982 in 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 BJJ evolved heaps and bounds. Terere was one of BJJ’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. 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 will 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.

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.

Andre Galvao Grappling Record

Andre Galvao Fight Stats

1 by sub
23 by Points (37%)
4 by Advantages (6%)
1 by Penalties (2%)
32 by Submission (51%)
3 by Decision (5%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
3 by Armbar (9%)
1 by Bow and arrow (3%)
Bow and arrow
1 by Brabo choke (3%)
Brabo choke
1 by Choke (3%)
8 by Choke from Back (25%)
Choke from Back
1 by Cross choke f/ mount (3%)
Cross choke f/ mount
1 by Ezekiel Choke from back (3%)
Ezekiel Choke from back
1 by Heel hook (3%)
Heel hook
1 by InvertedArmbar (3%)
2 by Kimura (6%)
1 by Kneebar (3%)
3 by Mata leao (9%)
Mata leao
5 by Submission (16%)
1 by Toe Hold (3%)
Toe Hold
1 by Verbal tap (3%)
Verbal tap
1 by Wristlock (3%)
6 by Points (75%)
0 by Advantages (0%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
1 by Submission (12.5%)
1 by Decision (12.5%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
1 by Inverted triangle (100%)
Inverted triangle

Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
496Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 6x2BrasileiroU82kgFinal2006
576Roger GracieRoger GracieLPts: 12x0World Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2008
588Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLInverted triangleADCC FinalsU87kgFinal2009
1322Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 4x2World Pro.AbsoluteFinal2012
1675Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2013
1812Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteLRefree DecisionWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 Final2013
1850Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 6x2World Champ.U88kgSemi Final2013
2191Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 6x4World Champ.U94kgFinal2014
530Mark BocekWHeel hookADCCU77kg1/4 final2007
546Mike FowlerMike FowlerWPointsADCCU77kg3/4 Place2007
558Makoto IkutaWBrabo chokeH. Kong CupAbsoluteSemi f.2008
559Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWEzekiel Choke from backH. Kong CupAbsoluteFinal2008
560Fernando PieroFernando PieroWSubmissionPan AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2008
561Luiz TheodoroWSubmissionPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2008
562Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWChoke from BackPan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2008
563M. CarvalhoWChokePan AmericanU88kg1/4 final2008
564Bruno FernandesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan AmericanU88kgSemi f.2008
565Tarsis HumphreysWVerbal tapPan AmericanU88kgFinal2008
566Rafael CorreaRafael CorreaWCross choke f/ mountWorld Champ.U88kg1/4 final2008
567Marcelo LouzadoWPointsWorld Champ.U88kgSemi f.2008
568Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWChoke from backWorld Champ.U88kgFinal2008
578M. SuarezWKimuraWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 12008
579Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22008
580Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWChoke from backWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2008
581Rodolfo vieiraRodolfo vieiraWPts: 3x0ADCC TrialsU87kgFinal2009
585Kassim AnanWPts: 12x2ADCC FinalsU87kgRd 12009
586Chris WeidmanWPts: 4x0ADCC FinalsU87kg1/4 final2009
587D. AvellanWPts: 2x0ADCC FinalsU87kgSemi-f.2009
927Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 16x0F4F NogiAbsoluten/a2011
929C. FerreiraWPts: 3x0F4F GiAbsoluten/a2011
930Nol. DutcherWArmbarUltimate Abs.AbsoluteRd 12011
932Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 7x0WJJPC TrialsabsoluteFinal2011
933Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWPts: 4x0Ultimate Abs.AbsoluteSemi-f.2011
934Rust. ChsievWRefree DecisionUltimate Abs.AbsoluteFinal2011
935Clark GracieClark GracieWRefree DecisionWJJPC TrialsU82kgSemi-f.2011
936Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWAdvWJJPC TrialsU82kgFinal2011
937Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWSubmissionWJJPC TrialsAbsoluteSemi-f.2011
960Don OrtegaWPointsADCCU88kg1st2011
987Gunnar NelsonGunnar NelsonWPts: 3x0ADCCU881/4 Finals2011
1001Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWToe HoldADCCAbsoluteFinal2011
1013Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWPts: 9x4ADCCU88Final2011
1018Shinzo AnsaiWMata leaoADCCAbsolute1st2011
1028Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWPts: 6x0ADCCAbsolute1/4 Finals2011
1029Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 0x0, PenADCCAbsoluteSemi Finals2011
1291Felipe Mota DiasWSubmissionWorld Pro.U88kgRd 12012
1298Janne AutioWSubmissionWorld Pro.U88kg1/4 final2012
1300Leo MacielWPts: 2x0World Pro.U88kgSemi f.2012
1301Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWChoke from backWorld Pro.U88kgFinal2012
1321Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Pro.AbsoluteSemi f.2012
1594Ryron GracieRyron GracieD---MetamorisAbsoluteSuperfight2012
1650Max FreitasWArmbarPan AmericanAbsoluteRd 12013
1668Tanner RiceWBow and arrowPan AmericanAbsoluteRd 22013
1672Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWRefree DecisionPan AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2013
1674Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanAbsolutesemi f.2013
1744Jurandir ConceicaoWArmbarPan AmericanU88kgRd 12013
1746Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWChoke from backPan AmericanU88kgRd 22013
1750Tarsis HumpreysTarsis HumpreysWKimuraPan AmericanU88kgRd 12013
1797Nic RubenWWristlockWorld Champ.AbsoluteRounds2013
1807Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWKneebarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRounds2013
1847Dimitrius SouzaWChoke from backWorld Champ.U88kg1/4 Final2013
1896Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWMata leaoADCCAbsoluteSuperfight2013
1913Jurandir ConceicaoWPts: 14x0Pan AmericanAbsoluteRd 22014
1930DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPointsPan AmericanAbsoluteRd 32014
1934Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsPan AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2014
1936Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2014
1937Leandro LoLeandro LoWAdvPan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2014
2030Gabriel LucasWInvertedArmbarPan AmericanO100kg1/4 final2014
2032Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWChoke from backPan AmericanO100kgSemi f.2014
2033Alexander TransAlexander TransWAdvPan AmericanO100kgFinal2014
2185Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWChoke from backWorld Champ.U94kg1/4 Final2014
2189Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x0World Champ.U94kgSemi f.2014
2203Chael SonnenWMata LeaoMetamoris 4AbsoluteSuperfight2014

Andre Galvao Fight Videos

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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