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

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André Galvão, also known as “Deco” is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Luis “Careca” Dagmar, being also one of the greatest competitors ever in the sport, having conquered important titles such as World Champion (3x), Pan American Champion (8x), and ADCC champion (2x).  Galvão also ventured into mixed martial arts, leaving the sport with a record of 5-2-0, to leade the Atos Jiu Jitsu Academy, where he established one of the strongest ju jitsu teams of the modern era.

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, 2016)
  • 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)
  • Pan American 3rd Place (2016 absolute)
  • 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

Andre Galvao Biography

André Galvão was born September 29, 1982 in São Sebastião, São Paulo – Brazil.

The Galvão family hold moved to Vale da Paraíba region when André was a child. It was there that “Deco” initiated his martial arts education through judo. Calasans Camargo, father Claudio Calasans, became involved in André’s early judo career and in fact gave Galvão his very first gi.

André initiated his jiu jitsu career, influenced by his brother who was already a student of BJJ. Luis Carlos Dagmar, also known as “Careca” was André Galvão’s first coach. Master Careca was a former student of the illustrious Master Osvaldo Alves, At the age of 16, two years into his training, Master Dagmar advised André to go and train with Fernando Tererê. Dagmar believed Galvão had a special talent, one that should be pursued, and his academy was too small for big aspirations. Tererê who was a very good coach and had one of the biggest teams at the time.

With the guidance of Tererê André Galvão’s skills evolved heaps and bounds. Fernando was one of the sport’s main competitors at the time, a world champion and a Pound for Pound best in the early 2000’s. Galvão 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 André 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.

André Galvão 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 André could have the honour 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 Clube de Jiu Jitsu.

Throughout his early career Galvão believed in consistency and repetition, and unlike most top competitors, he dedicated himself to fighting in all tournaments, not just the major ones. He often mentioned that 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 – purple belt 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 Andrá Galvão 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 Galvão joined his good friend Ramon Lemos and founded a new jiu jitsu team. The pair had a strong evangelic background and brought their religious beliefs to the mats. with all their students having a similar background in the early days of the team. Atos had tremendous success in the black belt divisions from the get-go, 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, Galvão 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.

André Galvão returned to jiu jitsu competitions on March 7 2010, winning the World Professional Jiu Jitsu Trials in San Diego, California (under 183lbs), winning also the 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 Galvão (also an active competitor), Andre became the head coach of 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.

In an interview to Tatame (a Brazilian magazine) in 2007, André Galvão stated that his idols in BJJ were his coach, Tererê – for his personality and the way he brought the crowd to a roar when he competed, Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro for his mad sweeps and “Leozinho” Vieira for his athleticism and what he brought to BJJ.

Andre Galvao website: allgalvao.com

Andre Galvao Grappling Record

140 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    53 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    70 (50%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

70 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
21
15
#86e620
Armbar
16
11
#5AD3D1
Choke
9
6
#d1212a
RNC
9
6
#fad11b
Wristlock
6
4
#f58822
Cross ck. f/ mount
6
4
#224aba
Submission
6
4
#ff9124
Injury
3
2
#bf1f6c
Kimura
3
2
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
3
2
#fad223
Kneebar
3
2
#03861f
Clock choke
3
2
#039a1f
Triangle
1
1
#03b41f
Toe Hold
1
1
#03c61f
Verbal tap
1
1
#03d61f
Inverted armbar
1
1
#03f61f
North south choke
1
1
#82ff5f
baseball choke
1
1
#a4ff5f
Inside heel hook
1
1
#dbff5f
Heel hook
1
1
Brabo choke
1
1
Arm in Ezekiel
1
1
70
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (58%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (15%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
25
1
#86e620
RNC
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
1225Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLAdvWorld Cup82KGF2005
1395Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGF2006
1457Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 8x2Brasileiro82KGF2006
1469Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLChoke from backBrasileiroABSSF2006
1503Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 4x0Paulista FPJJ82KGF2007
1623Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleLRNCADCCABSSF2007
1647Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC77KGSF2007
1734Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2007
1777Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLReferee DecisionSuper ChallengeABSSF2007
1779Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPts: 6x4Super ChallengeABS3PLC2007
1938Roger GracieRoger GracieLPts: 12x0World Champ.ABSSF2008
2201Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLInverted triangleADCC88KGF2009
2234Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsADCCABS1/4F2009
3043Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 7x0WJJPC TrialsABSF2011
3559Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x4, AdvSD World TrialsABSF2012
3649Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 4x2World Pro.ABSF2012
3980Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2012
4279Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4409Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPenWorld ProABS1/4F2013
4490Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2013
4536Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 6x2World Champ.88KGSF2013
5284Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLEzekielWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5480Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 6x4World Champ.94KGF2014
8628Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSSF2016
8749Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABS1/8F2016
8852Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x0World Pro94KGSF2016
1112Cassio WerneckCassio WerneckWPointsPan American82KGF2005
1119Felipe CranivataWWristlockBrasileiroABSSF2005
1121Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWN/ABrasileiroABSF2005
1222Felipe CranivataWPts: 18x0World Cup82KG1/4F2005
1223Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 6x0World Cup82KG1/4F2005
1239Felipe CranivataWPointsCopa do BrasilO75KG1/4F2005
1256Felipe CranivataWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGF2005
1323Sergio LourencoWPts: 14x2Pan American82KGR12006
1325Alexander CrispimWChoke from backPan American82KG1/4F2006
1327Mike FowlerMike FowlerWCross ck. f/ mountPan American82KGF2006
1389Antonio SergioWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGR12006
1393Nino SchembriNino SchembriWClock chokeWorld Champ.82KGSF2006
1434Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 11x4World Cup82KGF2006
1454V. SilvaWArmbarBrasileiro82KG1/4F2006
1455Jorge BrittoWArmbarBrasileiro82KGSF2006
1465UnknownWArmbarBrasileiroABSR12006
1466Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPointsBrasileiroABS1/4F2006
1479Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWAdvTeam NationalsO88KGF2006
1599Rafael dos AnjosWInside heel hookADCC Trials77KGSF2007
1601Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesWPts: 16x2ADCC Trials77KGF2007
1616Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPointsADCCABSR12007
1621Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWReferee DecisionADCCABS1/4F2007
1624A. CacarecoWPointsADCCABS3PLC2007
1639Chris BrightWSubmissionADCC77KGR12007
1645Mark BocekWHeel hookADCC77KG1/4F2007
1649Mike FowlerMike FowlerWPointsADCC77KG3PLC2007
1704Mauricio MarianoMauricio MarianoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12007
1705Cassio WerneckCassio WerneckWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2007
1706Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWRNCWorld Champ.82KGSF2007
1724Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1730Daniel NovaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22007
1771Leonardo PeçanhaWArmbarSuper ChallengeABSR12007
1775Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaWPointsSuper ChallengeABS1/4F2007
1808Makoto IkutaWBrabo chokeH. Kong CupABSSF2008
1809Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWArm in EzekielH. Kong CupABSF2008
1810Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABS1/8F2008
1811Fernando PieroFernando PieroWChoke from backPan AmericanABS1/4F2008
1812Luiz TheodoroWCross ck. f/ mountPan AmericanABSSF2008
1813Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWChoke from backPan AmericanABSF2008
1822M. CarvalhoWChokePan American88KG1/4F2008
1823Bruno FernandesBruno FernandesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGSF2008
1825Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWInjuryPan American88KGF2008
1896Igor AraujoWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KGR12008
1898Rafael CorreaRafael CorreaWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2008
1901Marcelo LouzadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2008
1903Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KGF2008
1929M. SuarezWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSR12008
1930Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR22008
1935Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2008
2153Marco JuniorWTriangleADCC Trials88KGR12009
2155Gabriel KitoberWRNCADCC Trials88KG1/4F2009
2156Bruno BastosBruno BastosWRNCADCC Trials88KGSF2009
2157Rodolfo V.WPts: 3x0ADCC Trials88KGF2009
2190Kassim AnanWPts: 12x2ADCC88KGR12009
2196Chris WeidmanWPts: 4x0ADCC88KG1/4F2009
2200David AvellanWPts: 2x0ADCC88KGSF2009
2227Tom BassWPointsADCCABSR12009
2759Diego GamonalWChokePan American88KGSF2011
2760Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 2x0Pan American88KGF2011
2801Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWPointsWorld Pro.ABS1/4F2011
3028Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 16x0F4F NogiABSNA2011
3030C. FerreiraWPts: 3x0F4F GiABSNA2011
3032Nol. DutcherWArmbarUltimate Abs.ABSR12011
3035Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 2x0Ultimate Abs.ABS1/4F2011
3036Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWPts: 4x0Ultimate Abs.ABSSF2011
3037Rust. ChsievWReferee DecisionUltimate Abs.ABSF2011
3039Clark GracieClark GracieWReferee DecisionWJJPC Trials82KGSF2011
3040Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWAdvWJJPC Trials82KGF2011
3041Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWSubmissionWJJPC TrialsABSSF2011
3082Don OrtegaWPointsADCC88KGR12011
3111Gunnar NelsonGunnar NelsonWPts: 3x0ADCC88KG1/4F2011
3125Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 2x0ADCC88KGSF2011
3137Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWPts: 9x4ADCC88KGF2011
3143Shinzo AnsaiWRNCADCCABSR12011
3153Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWPts: 6x0ADCCABS1/4F2011
3154Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSSF2011
3157Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWToe HoldADCCABSF2011
3549Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 3x0SD World Trials83KGF2012
3553Elliot KellyWBow and arrowSD World TrialsABS1/4F2012
3557James PuopoloJames PuopoloWClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3617Felipe Mota DiasFelipe Mota DiasWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGR12012
3624Janne AutioWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2012
3626Leo MacielWPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGSF2012
3627Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWChoke from backWorld Pro.88KGF2012
3647Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSSF2012
3959Ryron GracieRyron GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
3975Diego HerzogWPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro League94KG1/4F2012
3978Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChoke from backIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
3985James HarbisonJames HarbisonWPts: 13x0Houston Open88KGSF2012
3986Diego GamonalWChokeHouston Open88KGF2012
4224Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4254Max FreitasWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12013
4272Tanner RiceTanner RiceWBow and arrowPan AmericanABSR22013
4276Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABS1/4F2013
4278Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4349Jurandir ConceicaoWArmbarPan American88KGR12013
4351Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWChoke from backPan American88KGR22013
4355Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWKimuraPan American88KGR12013
4399Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWVerbal tapWorld Pro88KGF2013
4475Nic RubenWWristlockWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4485Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4533Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2013
4786Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWRNCADCCABSSPF2013
4965Jurandir ConceicaoWPts: 14x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
4983DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
4987Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsPan AmericanABS1/4F2014
4989Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSSF2014
4990Leandro LoLeandro LoWAdvPan AmericanABSF2014
5087Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWInverted armbarPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2014
5089Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWChoke from backPan AmericanO100KGSF2014
5090Alexander TransAlexander TransWAdvPan AmericanO100KGF2014
5262Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSR12014
5275Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWwristlockWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5280Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2014
5285Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWReferee DecisionWorld Pro.ABS3PLC2014
5301Diego GamonalWPts: 0x0, PenWorld Pro.88KGR12014
5303Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPts: 9x0World Pro.88KG1/4F2014
5307Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5308Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGF2014
5474Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2014
5478Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
5503Chael SonnenWRNCMetamoris 4ABSSPF2014
5989Gabriel RosbergWChoke from backEuropeanABSR22015
6005Thomas JohannessonWArmbarEuropeanABSR32015
6013Erberth SantosErberth SantosWNorth south chokeEuropeanABS1/4F2015
6017Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWArmbarEuropeanABSSF2015
6019Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWInjuryEuropeanABSF2015
6097Samuel MoninWArmbarEuropean88KGR22015
6105Martin AedmaWChokeEuropean88KG1/4F2015
6109Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWChokeEuropean88KGSF2015
6111Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 4x0European88KGF2015
7410Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 6x0ADCCABSSPF2015
7905Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 1x0Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
8590Kitner MouraWbaseball chokePan AmericanO100KG1/4F2016
8606Aaron JohnsonWChokePan AmericanABSR22016
8623Alexandro CeconiWChoke from backPan AmericanABS1/8F2016
8624Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2016
8713Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSR12016
8740Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
8845Tiago PessoaWPts: 2x0World Pro94KG1/8F2016
8849Jackson SousaJackson SousaWWristlockWorld Pro94KG1/4F2016

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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