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

Merchandise:

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

14
WINS
1 by sub
5 by Points (36%)
Pts
2 by Advantages (14%)
Adv
0 by Penalties (0%)
Pens
7 by Submission (50%)
Subs
0 by Decision (0%)
Dec
0 by Disqualified (0%)
DQ
7
SUBMISSION WINS
2 by Choke f/ back (29%)
Choke f/ back
1 by Cross choke f/ back (14%)
Cross choke f/ back
1 by Inverted armbar (14%)
Inverted armbar
1 by Kneebar (14%)
Kneebar
1 by Mata Leao Choke (14%)
Mata Leao Choke
1 by Wristlock (14%)
Wristlock
3
LOSSES
2 by Points (66.67%)
Pts
0 by Advantages (0%)
Adv
0 by Penalties (0%)
Pens
0 by Submission (0%)
Subs
1 by Decision (33.33%)
Dec
0 by Disqualified (0%)
DQ
0
SUBMISSION LOSSES

Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
147PreguiçaLPts: 6x4World ChampionshipU94kgFinal2014
364Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteLRefree DecisionWorld ChampionshipAbsolute1/4 Final2013
405Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 6x2World ChampionshipU88kgSemi f.2013
141Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWChoke f/ backWorld ChampionshipU94kg1/4 Final2014
145Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x0World ChampionshipU94kgSemi f.2014
165Jurandir ConceicaoWPts: 14x0Pan AmericanAbsoluteRd 22014
182DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPointsPan AmericanAbsoluteRd 32014
185Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsPan AmericanAbsolute1/4 final2014
187Felipe PreguicaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2014
188Leandro LoLeandro LoWAdvPan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2014
285Gabriel LucasWInverted armbarPan AmericanO100kg1/4 final2014
287Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWChoke f/ backPan AmericanO100kgSemi f.2014
288Alexander TransAlexander TransWAdvPan AmericanO100kgFinal2014
313Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWMata Leao ChokeADCCAbsoluteSuperfight2013
350Nic RubenWWristlockWorld ChampionshipAbsoluteRounds2013
360Abraham MessinaWKneebarWorld ChampionshipAbsoluteRounds2013
403Dimitrius SouzaWCross choke f/ backWorld ChampionshipU88kg1/4 Final2013

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)

This post is also available in: Portuguese (Brazil)

6 Comments

  • 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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