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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 shortname for André in Portuguese.

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

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World Champion (2014***/2008/2005)
  • ADCC Champion (2011**)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2005/2008**/2006/2011/2013/2014**/2016)
  • ADCC Superfight Winner (2013)
  • UAEJJF World Pro Champion (2012/2013/2014)
  • CBJJO World Cup Champion (2006)
  • IBJJF European Champion (2015**)
  • CBJJE World Champion (2008)
  • Ultimate Absolute NYC Champion (2011)

* 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.

Other Important Achievements:

  • IBJJF World Champion (2002 blue, 2003** purple, 2004** brown)
  • CBJJO World Cup Champion (2003** purple, 2004** brown)
  • ADCC Runner-up (2009)
  • UAEJJF World Pro Championship Runner-up (2012*, 2016)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2016*)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2008*, 2013)
  • ADCC 3rd Place (2007**)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favourite Technique: Guard Passing

Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88kg/194lbs)

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, father Claudio Calasans, became involved in André’s early judo having awarded Galvão with 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 realised 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 2000’s. 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 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 honour 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) 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 capitalise 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 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.

Andre Galvao website: atosjiujitsuhq.com

Andre Galvao Grappling Record

146 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    54 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    72 (49%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    3 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

72 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
24
17
#86e620
Armbar
15
11
#5AD3D1
RNC
8
6
#d1212a
Choke
8
6
#fad11b
Submission
6
4
#f58822
Wristlock
6
4
#224aba
Cross ck. f/ mount
6
4
#ff9124
Injury
3
2
#bf1f6c
Kimura
3
2
#22c9a5
Kneebar
3
2
#fad223
Bow and arrow
3
2
#03861f
Clock choke
3
2
#039a1f
baseball choke
1
1
#03b41f
Inside heel hook
1
1
#03c61f
Heel hook
1
1
#03d61f
Brabo choke
1
1
#03f61f
Arm in Ezekiel
1
1
#82ff5f
Triangle
1
1
#a4ff5f
Toe Hold
1
1
#dbff5f
Verbal tap
1
1
Inverted armbar
1
1
North south choke
1
1
72
(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
1251Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLAdvWorld Cup82KGF2005
1421Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGF2006
1483Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 8x2Brasileiro82KGF2006
1495Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLChoke from backBrasileiroABSSF2006
1529Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 4x0Paulista FPJJ82KGF2007
1650Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleLRNCADCCABSSF2007
1674Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC77KGSF2007
1761Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2007
1804Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLReferee DecisionSuper ChallengeABSSF2007
1806Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPts: 6x4Super ChallengeABS3PLC2007
1965Roger GracieRoger GracieLPts: 12x0World Champ.ABSSF2008
2235Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLInverted triangleADCC88KGF2009
2268Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsADCCABS1/4F2009
3115Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 7x0WJJPC TrialsABSF2011
3654Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x4, AdvSD World TrialsABSF2012
3744Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 4x2World Pro.ABSF2012
4079Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2012
4414Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4547Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPenWorld ProABS1/4F2013
4628Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2013
4674Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 6x2World Champ.88KGSF2013
5460Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLEzekielWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
5664Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 6x4World Champ.94KGF2014
9052Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSSF2016
9194Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABS1/8F2016
9298Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x0World Pro94KGSF2016
1138Cassio WerneckCassio WerneckWPointsPan American82KGF2005
1145Felipe CranivataWWristlockBrasileiroABSSF2005
1147Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWN/ABrasileiroABSF2005
1248Felipe CranivataWPts: 18x0World Cup82KG1/4F2005
1249Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 6x0World Cup82KG1/4F2005
1265Felipe CranivataWPointsCopa do BrasilO75KG1/4F2005
1282Felipe CranivataWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGF2005
1349Sergio LourencoWPts: 14x2Pan American82KGR12006
1351Alexander CrispimWChoke from backPan American82KG1/4F2006
1353Mike FowlerMike FowlerWCross ck. f/ mountPan American82KGF2006
1415Antonio SergioWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGR12006
1419Nino SchembriNino SchembriWClock chokeWorld Champ.82KGSF2006
1460Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 11x4World Cup82KGF2006
1480V. SilvaWArmbarBrasileiro82KG1/4F2006
1481Jorge BrittoWArmbarBrasileiro82KGSF2006
1491UnknownWArmbarBrasileiroABSR12006
1492Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPointsBrasileiroABS1/4F2006
1505Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWAdvTeam NationalsO88KGF2006
1626Rafael dos AnjosWInside heel hookADCC Trials77KGSF2007
1628Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesWPts: 16x2ADCC Trials77KGF2007
1643Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPointsADCCABSR12007
1648Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWReferee DecisionADCCABS1/4F2007
1651A. CacarecoWPointsADCCABS3PLC2007
1666Chris BrightWSubmissionADCC77KGR12007
1672Mark BocekWHeel hookADCC77KG1/4F2007
1676Mike FowlerMike FowlerWPointsADCC77KG3PLC2007
1731Mauricio MarianoMauricio MarianoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12007
1732Cassio WerneckCassio WerneckWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2007
1733Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWRNCWorld Champ.82KGSF2007
1751Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1757Daniel NovaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22007
1798Leonardo PeçanhaWArmbarSuper ChallengeABSR12007
1802Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaWPointsSuper ChallengeABS1/4F2007
1835Makoto IkutaWBrabo chokeH. Kong CupABSSF2008
1836Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWArm in EzekielH. Kong CupABSF2008
1837Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABS1/8F2008
1838Fernando PieroFernando PieroWChoke from backPan AmericanABS1/4F2008
1839Luiz TheodoroWCross ck. f/ mountPan AmericanABSSF2008
1840Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWChoke from backPan AmericanABSF2008
1849M. CarvalhoWChokePan American88KG1/4F2008
1850Bruno FernandesBruno FernandesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGSF2008
1852Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWInjuryPan American88KGF2008
1923Igor AraujoWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KGR12008
1925Rafael CorreaRafael CorreaWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2008
1928Marcelo LouzadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2008
1930Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KGF2008
1956M. SuarezWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSR12008
1957Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR22008
1962Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2008
2187Marco JuniorWTriangleADCC Trials88KGR12009
2189Gabriel KitoberWRNCADCC Trials88KG1/4F2009
2190Bruno BastosBruno BastosWRNCADCC Trials88KGSF2009
2191Rodolfo V.WPts: 3x0ADCC Trials88KGF2009
2224Kassim AnanWPts: 12x2ADCC88KGR12009
2230Chris WeidmanWPts: 4x0ADCC88KG1/4F2009
2234David AvellanWPts: 2x0ADCC88KGSF2009
2261Tom BassWPointsADCCABSR12009
2826Diego GamonalWChokePan American88KGSF2011
2827Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 2x0Pan American88KGF2011
2868Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWPointsWorld Pro.ABS1/4F2011
3100Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 16x0F4F NogiABSNA2011
3102C. FerreiraWPts: 3x0F4F GiABSNA2011
3104Nol. DutcherWArmbarUltimate Abs.ABSR12011
3107Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 2x0Ultimate Abs.ABS1/4F2011
3108Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWPts: 4x0Ultimate Abs.ABSSF2011
3109Rust. ChsievWReferee DecisionUltimate Abs.ABSF2011
3111Clark GracieClark GracieWReferee DecisionWJJPC Trials82KGSF2011
3112Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWAdvWJJPC Trials82KGF2011
3113Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWSubmissionWJJPC TrialsABSSF2011
3163Don OrtegaWPointsADCC88KGR12011
3192Gunnar NelsonGunnar NelsonWPts: 3x0ADCC88KG1/4F2011
3206Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 2x0ADCC88KGSF2011
3218Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWPts: 9x4ADCC88KGF2011
3224Shinzo AnsaiWRNCADCCABSR12011
3234Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWPts: 6x0ADCCABS1/4F2011
3235Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSSF2011
3238Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWToe HoldADCCABSF2011
3644Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 3x0SD World Trials83KGF2012
3648Eliot KellyEliot KellyWBow and arrowSD World TrialsABS1/4F2012
3652James PuopoloJames PuopoloWClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3712Felipe Mota DiasFelipe Mota DiasWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGR12012
3719Janne AutioWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KG1/4F2012
3721Leo MacielWPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGSF2012
3722Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWChoke from backWorld Pro.88KGF2012
3742Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSSF2012
4058Ryron GracieRyron GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
4074Diego HerzogWPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro League94KG1/4F2012
4077Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChoke from backIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4084James HarbisonJames HarbisonWPts: 13x0Houston Open88KGSF2012
4085Diego GamonalWChokeHouston Open88KGF2012
4358Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4389Max FreitasWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12013
4407Tanner RiceTanner RiceWBow and arrowPan AmericanABSR22013
4411Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABS1/4F2013
4413Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4484Jurandir ConceicaoWArmbarPan American88KGR12013
4486Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWChoke from backPan American88KGR22013
4490Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWKimuraPan American88KGR12013
4537Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWVerbal tapWorld Pro88KGF2013
4613Nic RubenNic RubenWWristlockWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4623Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4671Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG1/4F2013
4933Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWRNCADCCABSSPF2013
5135Jurandir ConceicaoWPts: 14x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
5153DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5157Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsPan AmericanABS1/4F2014
5159Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSSF2014
5160Leandro LoLeandro LoWAdvPan AmericanABSF2014
5257Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWInverted armbarPan AmericanO100KG1/4F2014
5259Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWChoke from backPan AmericanO100KGSF2014
5260Alexander TransAlexander TransWAdvPan AmericanO100KGF2014
5438Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSR12014
5451Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWwristlockWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5456Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS1/4F2014
5461Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWReferee DecisionWorld Pro.ABS3PLC2014
5478Diego GamonalWPts: 0x0, PenWorld Pro.88KGR12014
5480Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPts: 9x0World Pro.88KG1/4F2014
5484Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5485Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGF2014
5658Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2014
5662Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
5687Chael SonnenWRNCMetamoris 4ABSSPF2014
6248Gabriel RosbergWChoke from backEuropeanABSR22015
6264Thomas JohannessonWArmbarEuropeanABSR32015
6272Erberth SantosErberth SantosWNorth south chokeEuropeanABS1/4F2015
6276Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWArmbarEuropeanABSSF2015
6278Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWInjuryEuropeanABSF2015
6356Samuel MoninWArmbarEuropean88KGR22015
6364Martin AedmaWChokeEuropean88KG1/4F2015
6368Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWChokeEuropean88KGSF2015
6370Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 4x0European88KGF2015
7722Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 6x0ADCCABSSPF2015
8247Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 1x0Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
9014Kitner MouraWbaseball chokePan AmericanO100KG1/4F2016
9030Aaron JohnsonWChokePan AmericanABSR22016
9047Alexandro CeconiWChoke from backPan AmericanABS1/8F2016
9048Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2016
9158Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSR12016
9185Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9291Tiago PessoaWPts: 2x0World Pro94KG1/8F2016
9295Jackson SousaJackson SousaWWristlockWorld Pro94KG1/4F2016
9514Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backFTW Pro 5ABSSPF2016
9688Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KGR12016
9689Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x2, PenWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2016
9694Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.94KGSF2016
9695Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGF2016
12355Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 8x0San Diego Open88KGSF2017

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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