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

Makoto IkutaWBrabo ChokeH. Kong CupabsoluteSemi-f.2008
Eduardo TellesWEzekiel f BackH. Kong CupabsoluteFinal2008
SoluçoWSubmissionPan Americanabsolute¼ Final2008
L. “Big Mac”WSubmissionPan AmericanabsoluteSemi-f.2008
Roberto ToziWChoke f BackPan AmericanabsoluteFinal2008
M. CarvalhoWChokePan AmericanU88kg¼ Final2008
B. FernandesW2×2 pts (1×0 ad)Pan AmericanU88kgSemi-f.2008
T. HumpreysWInjuryPan AmericanU88kgFinal2008
R. GordinhoWChoke f MountWorld ChampU88kg¼ Final2008
M. LouzadoWn/aWorld ChampU88kgSemi-f.2008
Braulio EstimaWChoke f BackWorld ChampU88kgFinal2008
M. SuarezWKimuraWorld ChampabsoluteRd 12008
CyborgWn/aWorld Champabsolute¼ Final2008
Lovato JrWChoke f BackWorld ChampabsoluteSemi-f.2008
Roger GracieLPoints 9×0World ChampabsoluteFinal2008
Rodolfo VieiraWPoints 3×0ADCC TrialsU87kgFinal2009
Kassim AnanWPoints 12×2ADCC FinalsU87kgRd 12009
C. WidemanWPoints 4×0 OTADCC FinalsU87kg¼ Final2009
D. AvellanWPoints 2×0ADCC FinalsU87kgSemi-f.2009
Braulio Estima LInv. TriangleADCC FinalsU87kgFinal2009
Alexandre CeconiWPoints 16×0F4F Nogiabsoluten/a2011
C. FerreiraWPoints 3×0F4F Giabsoluten/a2011
Nol. DutcherWArmbarUltimate Abs.absoluteRd 12011
Braga NetoWPoints 2×0Ultimate Abs.absolute¼ Final2011
Vinny MagalhaesWPoints 4×0Ultimate Abs.absoluteSemi-f.2011
Rust. ChsievWJudge DecisionUltimate Abs.absoluteFinal2011
Clark Gracie WJudge DecisionWJJPC TrialsU82kgSemi-f.2011
Claudio CalasansWAdvantages 1×0WJJPC TrialsU82kgFinal2011
BuchechaWSubmissionWJJPC TrialsabsoluteSemi-f.2011
Braga NetoLPoints 7×0WJJPC TrialsabsoluteFinal2011
Clark Gracie WAdvantages 1×0Pan AmericanU88kg¼ Final2011
D. GamonalWSubmissionPan AmericanU88kgSemi-f.2011
Eduardo SantoroWPoints 2×0Pan AmericanU88kgFinal2011
Don OrtegaWPointsADCC FinalsU87kgRd 12011
Gunnar NelsonWPoints 3×0ADCC FinalsU87kg¼ Final2011
P. PopovitchWPoints 2×0ADCC FinalsU87kgSemi-f.2011
ToquinhoWPoints 9×4ADCC FinalsU87kgFinal2011
Shinzo AnsaiWMata LeaoADCC FinalsabsoluteRd 12011
Sergio MoraesWPoints 6×0ADCC Finalsabsolute¼ Final2011
M. SantanaWPoints 0×0 (-1)ADCC FinalsabsoluteSemi-f.2011
P. PopovitchWToe HoldADCC FinalsabsoluteFinal2011
D. GamonalWChoke CrussifixHoustonOpenU88kgSemi-f.2012
J. HarbisonWPoints 11×0HoustonOpenU88kgFinal2012
Clark Gracie WPoints 3×0WJJPC TrialsU88kgFinal2012
Xande RibeiroLPts 4×4 adv 3×0WJJPC TrialsabsoluteFinal2012
Felipe DiasWSubmissionWJJPC FinalsU88kgRd 12012
Janne AutioWn/aWJJPC FinalsU88kg¼ Final2012
Leo MacielWPoints 2×0WJJPC FinalsU88kgSemi-f.2012
V. ToledoWChoke f BackWJJPC FinalsU88kgFinal2012
Xande RibeiroWAdvantages 2×0WJJPC FinalsabsoluteSemi-f.2012
Rodolfo VieiraLPoints 4×2WJJPC FinalsabsoluteFinal2012
Ryron Gracie-DrawMetamoris Pron/aSuperfight2012
Diego HertzogWPoints 7×0IBJJF Pro LeagueU88kg¼ Final2012
FormigaWChoke f backIBJJF Pro LeagueU88kgSemi-f.2012
Romulo Barral LJudge DecisionIBJJF Pro LeagueU88kgFinal2012
Max FreitasWArmbarPan AmericanabsoluteRd 12013
Tanner RiceWChoke f backPan AmericanabsoluteRd 22013
Orlando SanchezWJudge DecisionPan Americanabsolute¼ Final2013
Nivaldo OliveiraWPoints 2×0Pan AmericanabsoluteSemi-f.2013
BuchechaLPoints 4×2Pan AmericanabsoluteFinal2013
J. ConceiçãoWArmbarPan AmericanU88kgRd 12013
Renaro CardosoWChoke f backPan AmericanU88kg¼ Final2013
Tarsis HumpreysWKimura lockPan AmericanU88kgSemi-f.2013
Gentleman Agreem.-TM closed bracketPan AmericanU88kgFinal2013
Nic RubenWWristlockWorld ChampabsoluteRd 22013
Abraham Marte WKneebarWorld ChampabsoluteRd 32013
Leo LeiteLRef. DecisionWorld Champabsolute¼ Final2013
Dimitrius SouzaWChoke f backWorld ChampU88kg¼ Final2013
Braulio EstimaLPoints 6×2World ChampU88kgSemi-f.2013
Braulio EstimaWMata Leão chokeADCCabsoluteSuperfight2013
Jurandir ConceicaoWPoints: 14x0Pan AmericanabsoluteRd 12014
DJ JacksonWAdvantagesPan AmericanabsoluteRd 22014
Murilo SantanaWn/aPan Americanabsolute¼ Final2014
Felipe PreguicaWPoints: 4x2Pan AmericanabsoluteSemi-f.2014
Leandro LoWAdvangagePan AmericanabsoluteFinal2014
Gabriel LucasWInverted ArmbarPan American100+¼ Final2014
Abraham Marte WChoke f backPan American100+Semi-f.2014
Alex TransWAdvantages: 5x1Pan American100+Final2014
Otavio SousaWPoints: 2x0World ProAbsolute¼ Final2014
Rodolfo VieiraLChoke f backWorld ProAbsoluteSemi-f.2014
Keenan CorneliusWRef decisionWorld ProAbsolute3rd/4th place2014
Rodrigo FajardoWPoints: 9x0World ProU88kgRd2014
Renato CardosoWPoints: 2x0World ProU88kgSemi final2014
Romulo BarralWPoints: 2x0World ProU88kgFinal2014
Luiz PanzaWChoke f backWorld ChampPesado1/4 Final2014
Lovato JrWPoints: 5x0World ChampPesadoSemi final2014
PreguiçaLPoints: 6x4World ChampPesadoFinal2014

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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