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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 jitsu community, being today an important reference on the subject.

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)
  • 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)
  • World Championship 2nd Place (2014)
  • 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

Merchandise:

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: allgalvao.com

Andre Galvao Grappling Record

121 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    46 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    60 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

60 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
22
13
#86e620
Armbar
18
11
#5AD3D1
Choke
8
5
#d1212a
Submission
7
4
#fad11b
Mata leao
7
4
#f58822
Wristlock
5
3
#224aba
Cross ck. f/ mount
5
3
#ff9124
Injury
3
2
#bf1f6c
Kimura
3
2
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
3
2
#fad223
Kneebar
3
2
#03861f
Clock choke
3
2
#039a1f
Toe Hold
2
1
#03b41f
Verbal tap
2
1
#03c61f
Inverted armbar
2
1
#03d61f
North south choke
2
1
#03f61f
Heel hook
2
1
#82ff5f
Brabo choke
2
1
#a4ff5f
Arm in Ezekiel
2
1
60
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
23 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (57%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
25
1
#86e620
Mata leao
25
1
#5AD3D1
Inverted triangle
25
1
#d1212a
Ezekiel
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Andre Galvao Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1091Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLAdvWorld Cup82KGF2005
1214Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGF2006
1275Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 8x2Brasileiro82KGF2006
1287Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLChoke from backBrasileiroABSSF2006
1319Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 4x0Paulista FPJJ82KGF2007
1423Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleLMata leaoADCCABSSF2007
1445Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC77KGSF2007
1532Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2007
1574Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLReferee DecisionSuper ChallengeABSSF2007
1576Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPts: 6x4Super ChallengeABS3PLC2007
1721Roger GracieRoger GracieLPts: 12x0World Champ.ABSSF2008
1886Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLInverted triangleADCC88KGF2009
1919Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsADCCABS1/4F2009
2622Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 7x0WJJPC TrialsABSF2011
3060Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x4, AdvSD World TrialsABSF2012
3138Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 4x2World Pro.ABSF2012
3468Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLReferee DecisionPro League94KGF2012
3658Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
3776Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPenWorld ProABS1/4F2013
3857Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2013
3903Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 6x2World Champ.88KGSF2013
4569Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLEzekielWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
4765Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 6x4World Champ.94KGF2014
985Cassio WerneckCassio WerneckWPointsPan American82KGF2005
992Felipe CranivataWWristlockBrasileiroABSSF2005
994Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWN/ABrasileiroABSF2005
1088Felipe CranivataWPts: 18x0World Cup82KG1/4F2005
1089Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 6x0World Cup82KG1/4F2005
1105Felipe CranivataWPointsCopa do BrasilO75KG1/4F2005
1120Felipe CranivataWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGF2005
1208Antonio SergioWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGRD12006
1212Nino SchembriNino SchembriWClock chokeWorld Champ.82KGSF2006
1252Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 11x4World Cup82KGF2006
1272V. SilvaWArmbarBrasileiro82KG1/4F2006
1273Jorge BrittoWArmbarBrasileiro82KGSF2006
1283UnknownWArmbarBrasileiroABSRD12006
1284Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPointsBrasileiroABS1/4F2006
1297Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWAdvTeam NationalsO88KGF2006
1416Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPointsADCCABSRD12007
1421Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWReferee DecisionADCCABS1/4F2007
1424A. CacarecoWPointsADCCABS3PLC2007
1437Chris BrightWSubmissionADCC77KGRD12007
1443Mark BocekWHeel hookADCC77KG1/4F2007
1447Mike FowlerMike FowlerWPointsADCC77KG3PLC2007
1502Mauricio MarianoMauricio MarianoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGRD12007
1503Cassio WerneckCassio WerneckWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2007
1504Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWMata leaoWorld Champ.82KGSF2007
1522Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSRD12007
1528Daniel NovaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSRD22007
1568Leonardo PeçanhaWArmbarSuper ChallengeABSRD12007
1572Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaWPointsSuper ChallengeABS1/4F2007
1593Makoto IkutaWBrabo chokeH. Kong CupABSSF2008
1594Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWArm in EzekielH. Kong CupABSF2008
1595Fernando PieroFernando PieroWChoke from backPan AmericanABS1/4F2008
1596Luiz TheodoroWCross ck. f/ mountPan AmericanABSSF2008
1597Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWChoke from backPan AmericanABSF2008
1606M. CarvalhoWChokePan American88KG1/4F2008
1607Bruno FernandesBruno FernandesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGSF2008
1609Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWInjuryPan American88KGF2008
1680Igor AraujoWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KGRD12008
1682Rafael CorreaRafael CorreaWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2008
1685Marcelo LouzadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2008
1687Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KGF2008
1712M. SuarezWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSRD12008
1713Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsWorld Champ.ABSRD22008
1718Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2008
1846Rodolfo V.WPts: 3x0ADCC Trials88KGF2009
1875Kassim AnanWPts: 12x2ADCC88KGRD12009
1881Chris WeidmanWPts: 4x0ADCC88KG1/4F2009
1885David AvellanWPts: 2x0ADCC88KGSF2009
1912Tom BassWPointsADCCABSRD12009
2356Diego GamonalWChokePan American88KGSF2011
2357Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 2x0Pan American88KGF2011
2398Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWPointsWorld Pro.ABS1/4F2011
2608Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 16x0F4F NogiABSNA2011
2610C. FerreiraWPts: 3x0F4F GiABSNA2011
2612Nol. DutcherWArmbarUltimate Abs.ABSRD12011
2615Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 2x0Ultimate Abs.ABS1/4F2011
2616Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWPts: 4x0Ultimate Abs.ABSSF2011
2617Rust. ChsievWReferee DecisionUltimate Abs.ABSF2011
2618Clark GracieClark GracieWReferee DecisionWJJPC Trials82KGSF2011
2619Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWAdvWJJPC Trials82KGF2011
2620Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWSubmissionWJJPC TrialsABSSF2011
2661Don OrtegaWPointsADCC88KGRD12011
2690Gunnar NelsonGunnar NelsonWPts: 3x0ADCC88KG1/4F2011
2704Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 2x0ADCC88KGSF2011
2716Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWPts: 9x4ADCC88KGF2011
2722Shinzo AnsaiWMata leaoADCCABSRD12011
2732Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWPts: 6x0ADCCABS1/4F2011
2733Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSSF2011
2736Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWToe HoldADCCABSF2011
3050Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 3x0SD World Trials83KGF2012
3054Elliot KellyWBow and arrowSD World TrialsABS1/4F2012
3058James PuopoloJames PuopoloWClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3106Felipe Mota DiasWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGRD12012
3113Janne AutioWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2012
3115Leo MacielWPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGSF2012
3116Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWChoke from backWorld Pro.88KGF2012
3136Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSSF2012
3448Ryron GracieRyron GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
3463Diego HerzogWPts: 7x0Pro League94KG1/4F2012
3466Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChoke from backPro League94KGSF2012
3473James HarbisonJames HarbisonWPts: 13x0Houston Open88KGSF2012
3474Diego GamonalWChokeHouston Open88KGF2012
3617Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
3633Max FreitasWArmbarPan AmericanABSRD12013
3651Tanner RiceWBow and arrowPan AmericanABSRD22013
3655Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABS1/4F2013
3657Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSSF2013
3728Jurandir ConceicaoWArmbarPan American88KGRD12013
3730Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWChoke from backPan American88KGRD22013
3734Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWKimuraPan American88KGRD12013
3772Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWVerbal tapWorld Pro88KGF2013
3842Nic RubenWWristlockWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
3852Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
3900Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2013
4129Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWMata leaoADCCABSSPF2013
4288Jurandir ConceicaoWPts: 14x0Pan AmericanABSRD22014
4306DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPointsPan AmericanABSRD32014
4310Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsPan AmericanABS1/4F2014
4312Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSSF2014
4313Leandro LoLeandro LoWAdvPan AmericanABSF2014
4409Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWInverted armbarPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2014
4411Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWChoke from backPan AmericanO100KGSF2014
4412Alexander TransAlexander TransWAdvPan AmericanO100KGF2014
4547Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSRD12014
4560Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWwristlockWorld Pro.ABSRD22014
4565Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2014
4570Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWReferee DecisionWorld Pro.ABS3PLC2014
4586Diego GamonalWPts: 0x0, PenWorld Pro.88KGRD12014
4588Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPts: 9x0World Pro.88KG1/4F2014
4592Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
4593Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGF2014
4759Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2014
4763Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
4784Chael SonnenWMata LeaoMetamoris 4ABSSPF2014
5208Gabriel RosbergWChoke from backEuropeanABSRD22015
5224Thomas JohannessonWArmbarEuropeanABSRD32015
5232Erberth SantosErberth SantosWNorth south chokeEuropeanABS1/4F2015
5236Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWArmbarEuropeanABSSF2015
5238Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWInjuryEuropeanABSF2015
5316Samuel MoninWArmbarEuropean88KGRD22015
5324Martin AedmaWChokeEuropean88KG1/4F2015
5328Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWChokeEuropean88KGSF2015
5330Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 4x0European88KGF2015

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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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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