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André Galvão, also known as “Deco” is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Luis “Careca” Dagmar, having also worked extensively with Fernando Terere. Galvão is regarded as one of the greatest competitors to have ever graced the sport, a reputation conquered through important titles such as IBJJF World Champion, IBJJF Pan American Champion (8x), and ADCC champion (2x).  André Galvão also competed in mixed martial arts (MMA), having retired from cage-fighting with a record of 5-2-0 to lead the Atos Jiu-Jitsu Academy. Heading the team’s headquarters in San-Diego, CA Galvão established one of the strongest BJJ teams in of the modern era of the sport.

Andre Galvao Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: André Luiz Leite Galvão

Nickname: “Deco” which is a common short name for André in Portuguese.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Reyson GracieOsvaldo Alves > Luis Dagmar > André Galvão

Main Achievements:

  • ADCC Superfight Winner (2013 / 2015 / 2017)
  • 1st Place ADCC World Championship (2011**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2005 / 2008 / 2014*** / 2016 / 2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2005 / 2008** / 2006 / 2011 / 2013 / 2014** / 2016)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2012 / 2013 / 2014)
  • 1st Place CBJJO World Cup (2006)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2015**)
  • 1st Place CBJJE World Championship (2008)
  • 1st Place Ultimate Absolute NYC (2011)
  • 2nd Place ADCC World Championship (2009)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2012* / 2016)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan American Championship (2016*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2008* / 2013)
  • 3rd Place ADCC World Championship (2007**)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute
*** The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) awarded the title to Galvao after the tournament as Felipe Pena tested positive for PED’s.

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championships (2002 blue / 2003** purple / 2004** brown)
  • 1st Place CBJJO World Cup (2003** purple / 2004** brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Technique: Guard Passing

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88,30 kg / 195.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Atos Academy

André Galvão Biography

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

The Galvão family moved to Vale da Paraíba region when André was a child, and it was there that “Deco” initiated his martial arts education through judo. Calasans Camargo, the father to ADCC champion Claudio Calasans, became involved in André’s judo life from early on having gifted Galvão his very first gi (kimono).

André initiated his jiu-jitsu career influenced by his brother who was already a BJJ student. Luis Carlos Dagmar, also known as “Careca”, was André Galvão’s first coach in this discipline. Careca, who himself was a former student of the Osvaldo Alves, soon realized André’s talent and advised him to go and train with Fernando Tererê.

Galvão was only 16 years old at the time (two years into Deco’s training), but Dagmar believed André’s special talent would be better served in a more competitive environment, considering his own academy as too small for Deco’s future.

Under the guidance of Tererê, André Galvão’s skills evolved leaps 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 2000s. Galvão would follow Terere throughout his split with the Alliance team the birth of Master and shortly after TT, during a time span of almost 3 years where he remained undefeated in the purple belt division. During this period André was the first purple belt ever to win the IBJJF ‘Grand Slam’ (World Championship, Pan American Championship, and Brazilian Nationals).

After 9 victorious months as a purple belt, André received 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. With Fernando absent from the sport, Terere’s right-hand man and TT partner Eduardo Telles drove Galvão to the town where he grew up, so André could have the honor of receiving his black belt from his original instructor, Master Dargmar.

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) winning 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, André Galvão joined the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) obtaining a submission victory over Jeremiah Metcalf, a former Strikeforce fighter.

On October 2008 Galvão joined his good friend Ramon Lemos and founded a new jiu-jitsu team. The pair had a strong evangelic background (André is also a deacon) and brought their religious beliefs to the mats, calling their name Atos (acts) as in the Acts of the Apostles book.

Having turned into a professional MMA fighter in 2008, Galvão fought in some of the world’s top promotions, including DREAM (Japan) and Strikeforce (USA). He left Strikeforce by his own accord after a good year (2010). At the time he had plans to join The Ultimate Fighter TV show (as explained in his interview 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 Abu Dhabi Pro 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 headquarters 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 in both his weight and the absolute division, proving why he is considered one of the best in the world.

Andre Galvao website: atosjiujitsuhq.com

Andre Galvao Grappling Record

157 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    59 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    11 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    73 (46%)
  • BY DECISION
    9 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    3 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

73 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
23
17
#86e620
Armbar
16
12
#5AD3D1
RNC
8
6
#d1212a
Choke
8
6
#fad11b
Submission
7
5
#f58822
Mounted X choke
5
4
#224aba
Wristlock
5
4
#ff9124
Kimura
4
3
#bf1f6c
Clock choke
3
2
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
3
2
#fad223
Kneebar
3
2
#03861f
baseball choke
1
1
#039a1f
Inside heel hook
1
1
#03b41f
Heel hook
1
1
#03c61f
Brabo choke
1
1
#03d61f
Arm in Ezekiel
1
1
#03f61f
Triangle
1
1
#82ff5f
Toe Hold
1
1
#a4ff5f
Verbal tap
1
1
#dbff5f
Inverted armbar
1
1
North south choke
1
1
73
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
27 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    14 (52%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (15%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (15%)
  • 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
1257Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLReferee DecisionWorld Cup82KGF2005
1435Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGF2006
1497Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 8x2Brasileiro82KGF2006
1509Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLChoke from backBrasileiroABSSF2006
1544Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 4x0Paulista FPJJ82KGF2007
1665Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleLRNCADCCABSSF2007
1689Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC77KGSF2007
1776Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2007
1819Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLReferee DecisionSuper ChallengeABSSF2007
1821Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPts: 6x4Super ChallengeABS3PLC2007
1984Roger GracieRoger GracieLPts: 12x0World Champ.ABSSF2008
2263Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLInverted triangleADCC88KGF2009
2296Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsADCCABS4F2009
3184Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 7x0San Diego TrialsABSF2011
3731Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x4, AdvSD World TrialsABSF2012
3823Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 4x2World Pro.ABSF2012
4164Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2012
4520Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4667Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPenWorld ProABS4F2013
4748Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4796Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 6x2World Champ.88KGSF2013
5610Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLEzekielWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
9352Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSSF2016
9499Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABS8F2016
9603Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x0World Pro94KGSF2016
13643Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
15853C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats85KGRR2018
1144Cassio WerneckCassio WerneckWPointsPan American82KGF2005
1151Felipe CranivataWWristlockBrasileiroABSSF2005
1153Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWN/ABrasileiroABSF2005
1254Felipe CranivataWPts: 18x0World Cup82KG4F2005
1255Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 6x0World Cup82KG4F2005
1272Felipe CranivataWPointsCopa do BrasilO75KG4F2005
1289UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.82KGR12005
1290Jorge BrittoWArmbarWorld Champ.82KG4F2005
1291Flavio SerafimWSubmissionWorld Champ.82KGSF2005
1292Felipe CranivataWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGF2005
1363Sergio LourencoWPts: 14x2Pan American82KGR12006
1365Alexander CrispimWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2006
1367Mike FowlerMike FowlerWMounted X chokePan American82KGF2006
1429Antonio SergioWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGR12006
1433Nino SchembriNino SchembriWClock chokeWorld Champ.82KGSF2006
1474Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 11x4World Cup82KGF2006
1494V. SilvaWArmbarBrasileiro82KG4F2006
1495Jorge BrittoWArmbarBrasileiro82KGSF2006
1505UnknownWArmbarBrasileiroABSR12006
1506Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPointsBrasileiroABS4F2006
1519Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWAdvTeam NationalsO88KGF2006
1641Rafael dos AnjosWInside heel hookADCC Trials77KGSF2007
1643Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesWPts: 16x2ADCC Trials77KGF2007
1658Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPointsADCCABSR12007
1663Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWReferee DecisionADCCABS4F2007
1666A. CacarecoWPointsADCCABS3PLC2007
1681Chris BrightWSubmissionADCC77KGR12007
1687Mark BocekWHeel hookADCC77KG4F2007
1691Mike FowlerMike FowlerWPointsADCC77KG3PLC2007
1746Mauricio MarianoMauricio MarianoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12007
1747Cassio WerneckCassio WerneckWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.82KG4F2007
1748Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWRNCWorld Champ.82KGSF2007
1766Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1772Daniel NovaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22007
1813Leonardo PeçanhaWArmbarSuper ChallengeABSR12007
1817Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaWPointsSuper ChallengeABS4F2007
1854Makoto IkutaWBrabo chokeH. Kong CupABSSF2008
1855Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWArm in EzekielH. Kong CupABSF2008
1856Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABS8F2008
1857Fernando PieroFernando PieroWChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2008
1858Luiz TheodoroWMounted X chokePan AmericanABSSF2008
1859Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWChoke from backPan AmericanABSF2008
1868M. CarvalhoWChokePan American88KG4F2008
1869Bruno FernandesBruno FernandesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGSF2008
1871Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWInjuryPan American88KGF2008
1942Igor AraujoWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KGR12008
1944Rafael CorreaRafael CorreaWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.88KG4F2008
1947Marcelo LouzadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2008
1949Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KGF2008
1975M. SuarezWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSR12008
1976Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR22008
1981Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS4F2008
2215Marco JuniorWTriangleADCC Trials88KGR12009
2217Gabriel KitoberGabriel KitoberWRNCADCC Trials88KG4F2009
2218Bruno BastosBruno BastosWRNCADCC Trials88KGSF2009
2219Rodolfo V.WPts: 3x0ADCC Trials88KGF2009
2252Kassim AnanWPts: 12x2ADCC88KGR12009
2258Chris WeidmanWPts: 4x0ADCC88KG4F2009
2262David AvellanWPts: 2x0ADCC88KGSF2009
2289Tom BassWPointsADCCABSR12009
2884Diego GamonalWChokePan American88KGSF2011
2885Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 2x0Pan American88KGF2011
2926Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWPointsWorld Pro.ABS4F2011
3163Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 16x0F4F NogiABSNA2011
3165C. FerreiraWPts: 3x0F4F GiABSNA2011
3167Nol. DutcherWArmbarUltimate Abs.ABSR12011
3170Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 2x0Ultimate Abs.ABS4F2011
3171Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWPts: 4x0Ultimate Abs.ABSSF2011
3172Rust. ChsievWReferee DecisionUltimate Abs.ABSF2011
3177Clark GracieClark GracieWReferee DecisionSan Diego Trials82KGSF2011
3178Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWAdvSan Diego Trials82KGF2011
3182Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 7x0San Diego TrialsABSSF2011
3237Don OrtegaWPointsADCC88KGR12011
3266Gunnar NelsonGunnar NelsonWPts: 3x0ADCC88KG4F2011
3280Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 2x0ADCC88KGSF2011
3292Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWPts: 9x4ADCC88KGF2011
3298Shinzo AnsaiWRNCADCCABSR12011
3308Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWPts: 6x0ADCCABS4F2011
3309Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSSF2011
3312Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWToe HoldADCCABSF2011
3721Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 3x0SD World Trials83KGF2012
3725Eliot KellyEliot KellyWBow and arrowSD World TrialsABS4F2012
3729James PuopoloJames PuopoloWClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3791Felipe Mota DiasFelipe Mota DiasWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGR12012
3798Janne AutioWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KG4F2012
3800Leo MacielWPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGSF2012
3801Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWChoke from backWorld Pro.88KGF2012
3821Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSSF2012
4143Ryron GracieRyron GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
4159Diego HerzogWPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro League94KG4F2012
4162Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChoke from backIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4169James HarbisonJames HarbisonWPts: 13x0Houston Open88KGSF2012
4170Diego GamonalWChokeHouston Open88KGF2012
4464Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4495Max FreitasWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12013
4513Tanner RiceTanner RiceWBow and arrowPan AmericanABSR22013
4517Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABS4F2013
4519Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4594Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWArmbarPan American88KGR12013
4596Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWChoke from backPan American88KGR22013
4600Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWKimuraPan American88KGR12013
4657Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWVerbal tapWorld Pro88KGF2013
4733Nic RubenNic RubenWWristlockWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4743Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4793Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F2013
5054Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWRNCADCCABSSPF2013
5277Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPts: 14x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
5295DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5299Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsPan AmericanABS4F2014
5301Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSSF2014
5302Leandro LoLeandro LoWAdvPan AmericanABSF2014
5399Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWInverted armbarPan AmericanO100KG4F2014
5401Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWChoke from backPan AmericanO100KGSF2014
5402Alexander TransAlexander TransWAdvPan AmericanO100KGF2014
5588Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSR12014
5601Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWwristlockWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5606Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS4F2014
5611Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWReferee DecisionWorld Pro.ABS3PLC2014
5633Diego GamonalWPts: 0x0, PenWorld Pro.88KGR12014
5635Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPts: 9x0World Pro.88KG4F2014
5639Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5640Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGF2014
5813Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG4F2014
5817Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
5844Chael SonnenWRNCMetamoris 4ABSSPF2014
6454Gabriel RosbergWChoke from backEuropeanABSR22015
6470Thomas JohannessonWArmbarEuropeanABSR32015
6478Erberth SantosErberth SantosWNorth south chokeEuropeanABS4F2015
6482Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWArmbarEuropeanABSSF2015
6484Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWInjuryEuropeanABSF2015
6562Samuel MoninWArmbarEuropean88KGR22015
6570Martin AedmaWChokeEuropean88KG4F2015
6574Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWChokeEuropean88KGSF2015
6576Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 4x0European88KGF2015
7969Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 6x0ADCCABSSPF2015
8519Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 1x0Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
9314Kitner MouraWbaseball chokePan AmericanO100KG4F2016
9330Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWChokePan AmericanABSR22016
9347Alexandro CeconiWChoke from backPan AmericanABS8F2016
9348Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS4F2016
9463Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSR12016
9490Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9596Tiago PessoaWPts: 2x0World Pro94KG8F2016
9600Jackson SousaJackson SousaWWristlockWorld Pro94KG4F2016
9819Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backFTW Pro 5ABSSPF2016
9995Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KGR12016
9996Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x2, PenWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
10001Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.94KGSF2016
10002Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGF2016
12859Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 8x0San Diego Open88KGSF2017
13067Jorge BrittoWKimuraWorld Champ.88KG8F2017
13069Kit DaleKit DaleWPts: 9x0World Champ.88KG4F2017
13073Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGSF2017
13074Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGF2017
13641Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
13838Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 14x0ADCCABSSPF2017
15852Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats85KGRR2018
21347Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 2x0ADCCABSSPF2019

Andre Galvao vs James Harbison (Houston Open, 2012)

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)

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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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