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André Galvão

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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: 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
Kneebar
3
2
#22c9a5
Clock choke
3
2
#fad223
Bow and arrow
3
2
#03861f
Inverted armbar
1
1
#039a1f
North south choke
1
1
#03b41f
baseball choke
1
1
#03c61f
Inside heel hook
1
1
#03d61f
Heel hook
1
1
#03f61f
Brabo choke
1
1
#82ff5f
Arm in Ezekiel
1
1
#a4ff5f
Triangle
1
1
#dbff5f
Toe Hold
1
1
Verbal tap
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
Inverted triangle
25
1
#86e620
Ezekiel
25
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
25
1
#d1212a
RNC
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Andre Galvao Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1258Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLReferee DecisionWorld Cup82KGF2005
1436Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGF2006
1498Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 8x2Brasileiro82KGF2006
1510Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLChoke from backBrasileiroABSSF2006
1545Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLPts: 4x0Paulista FPJJ82KGF2007
1666Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleLRNCADCCABSSF2007
1690Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLPointsADCC77KGSF2007
1777Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2007
1820Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLReferee DecisionSuper ChallengeABSSF2007
1822Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPts: 6x4Super ChallengeABS3PLC2007
1985Roger GracieRoger GracieLPts: 12x0World Champ.ABSSF2008
2264Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLInverted triangleADCC88KGF2009
2297Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPointsADCCABS4F2009
3185Braga NetoBraga NetoLPts: 7x0San Diego TrialsABSF2011
3732Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x4, AdvSD World TrialsABSF2012
3824Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 4x2World Pro.ABSF2012
4165Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLReferee DecisionIBJJF Pro League94KGF2012
4521Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSF2013
4668Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysLPenWorld ProABS4F2013
4749Leonardo LeiteLeonardo LeiteLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABS4F2013
4797Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 6x2World Champ.88KGSF2013
5612Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLEzekielWorld Pro.ABSSF2014
9364Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSSF2016
9514Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABS8F2016
9618Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 4x0World Pro94KGSF2016
13695Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABSSF2017
15960C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats85KGRR2018
1145Cassio WerneckCassio WerneckWPointsPan American82KGF2005
1152Felipe CranivataWWristlockBrasileiroABSSF2005
1154Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWN/ABrasileiroABSF2005
1255Felipe CranivataWPts: 18x0World Cup82KG4F2005
1256Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 6x0World Cup82KG4F2005
1273Felipe CranivataWPointsCopa do BrasilO75KG4F2005
1290UnknownWSubmissionWorld Champ.82KGR12005
1291Jorge BrittoWArmbarWorld Champ.82KG4F2005
1292Flavio SerafimWSubmissionWorld Champ.82KGSF2005
1293Felipe CranivataWKneebarWorld Champ.82KGF2005
1364Sergio LourencoWPts: 14x2Pan American82KGR12006
1366Alexander CrispimWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2006
1368Mike FowlerMike FowlerWMounted X chokePan American82KGF2006
1430Antonio SergioWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGR12006
1434Nino SchembriNino SchembriWClock chokeWorld Champ.82KGSF2006
1475Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWPts: 11x4World Cup82KGF2006
1495V. SilvaWArmbarBrasileiro82KG4F2006
1496Jorge BrittoWArmbarBrasileiro82KGSF2006
1506UnknownWArmbarBrasileiroABSR12006
1507Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPointsBrasileiroABS4F2006
1520Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWAdvTeam NationalsO88KGF2006
1642Rafael dos AnjosWInside heel hookADCC Trials77KGSF2007
1644Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesWPts: 16x2ADCC Trials77KGF2007
1659Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPointsADCCABSR12007
1664Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumWReferee DecisionADCCABS4F2007
1667A. CacarecoWPointsADCCABS3PLC2007
1682Chris BrightWSubmissionADCC77KGR12007
1688Mark BocekWHeel hookADCC77KG4F2007
1692Mike FowlerMike FowlerWPointsADCC77KG3PLC2007
1747Mauricio MarianoMauricio MarianoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12007
1748Cassio WerneckCassio WerneckWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.82KG4F2007
1749Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposWRNCWorld Champ.82KGSF2007
1767Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.ABSR12007
1773Daniel NovaWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22007
1814Leonardo PeçanhaWArmbarSuper ChallengeABSR12007
1818Gabriel VellaGabriel VellaWPointsSuper ChallengeABS4F2007
1855Makoto IkutaWBrabo chokeH. Kong CupABSSF2008
1856Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWArm in EzekielH. Kong CupABSF2008
1857Marcel FortunaMarcel FortunaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABS8F2008
1858Fernando PieroFernando PieroWChoke from backPan AmericanABS4F2008
1859Luiz TheodoroWMounted X chokePan AmericanABSSF2008
1860Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWChoke from backPan AmericanABSF2008
1869M. CarvalhoWChokePan American88KG4F2008
1870Bruno FernandesBruno FernandesWPts: 2x2, AdvPan American88KGSF2008
1872Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWInjuryPan American88KGF2008
1943Igor AraujoWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KGR12008
1945Rafael CorreaRafael CorreaWMounted X chokeWorld Champ.88KG4F2008
1948Marcelo LouzadoWPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGSF2008
1950Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KGF2008
1976M. SuarezWKimuraWorld Champ.ABSR12008
1977Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR22008
1982Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWChoke from backWorld Champ.ABS4F2008
2216Marco JuniorWTriangleADCC Trials88KGR12009
2218Gabriel KitoberGabriel KitoberWRNCADCC Trials88KG4F2009
2219Bruno BastosBruno BastosWRNCADCC Trials88KGSF2009
2220Rodolfo V.WPts: 3x0ADCC Trials88KGF2009
2253Kassim AnanWPts: 12x2ADCC88KGR12009
2259Chris WeidmanWPts: 4x0ADCC88KG4F2009
2263David AvellanWPts: 2x0ADCC88KGSF2009
2290Tom BassWPointsADCCABSR12009
2885Diego GamonalWChokePan American88KGSF2011
2886Eduardo SantoroEduardo SantoroWPts: 2x0Pan American88KGF2011
2927Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWPointsWorld Pro.ABS4F2011
3164Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 16x0F4F NogiABSNA2011
3166C. FerreiraWPts: 3x0F4F GiABSNA2011
3168Nol. DutcherWArmbarUltimate Abs.ABSR12011
3171Braga NetoBraga NetoWPts: 2x0Ultimate Abs.ABS4F2011
3172Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWPts: 4x0Ultimate Abs.ABSSF2011
3173Rust. ChsievWReferee DecisionUltimate Abs.ABSF2011
3178Clark GracieClark GracieWReferee DecisionSan Diego Trials82KGSF2011
3179Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWAdvSan Diego Trials82KGF2011
3183Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaWPts: 7x0San Diego TrialsABSSF2011
3238Don OrtegaWPointsADCC88KGR12011
3267Gunnar NelsonGunnar NelsonWPts: 3x0ADCC88KG4F2011
3281Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWPts: 2x0ADCC88KGSF2011
3293Rousimar PalharesRousimar PalharesWPts: 9x4ADCC88KGF2011
3299Shinzo AnsaiWRNCADCCABSR12011
3309Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWPts: 6x0ADCCABS4F2011
3310Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 0x0, PenADCCABSSF2011
3313Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchWToe HoldADCCABSF2011
3722Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 3x0SD World Trials83KGF2012
3726Eliot KellyEliot KellyWBow and arrowSD World TrialsABS4F2012
3730James PuopoloJames PuopoloWClock chokeSD World TrialsABSSF2012
3792Felipe Mota DiasFelipe Mota DiasWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KGR12012
3799Janne AutioWSubmissionWorld Pro.88KG4F2012
3801Leo MacielWPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGSF2012
3802Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWChoke from backWorld Pro.88KGF2012
3822Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSSF2012
4144Ryron GracieRyron GracieD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
4160Diego HerzogWPts: 7x0IBJJF Pro League94KG4F2012
4163Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWChoke from backIBJJF Pro League94KGSF2012
4170James HarbisonJames HarbisonWPts: 13x0Houston Open88KGSF2012
4171Diego GamonalWChokeHouston Open88KGF2012
4465Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWReferee DecisionMetamoris 2ABSSPF2013
4496Max FreitasWArmbarPan AmericanABSR12013
4514Tanner RiceTanner RiceWBow and arrowPan AmericanABSR22013
4518Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABS4F2013
4520Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSSF2013
4595Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWArmbarPan American88KGR12013
4597Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWChoke from backPan American88KGR22013
4601Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWKimuraPan American88KGR12013
4658Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWVerbal tapWorld Pro88KGF2013
4734Nic RubenNic RubenWWristlockWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4744Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWKneebarWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4794Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KG4F2013
5055Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWRNCADCCABSSPF2013
5278Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoWPts: 14x0Pan AmericanABSR22014
5296DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5300Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPointsPan AmericanABS4F2014
5302Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABSSF2014
5303Leandro LoLeandro LoWAdvPan AmericanABSF2014
5400Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasWInverted armbarPan AmericanO100KG4F2014
5402Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWChoke from backPan AmericanO100KGSF2014
5403Alexander TransAlexander TransWAdvPan AmericanO100KGF2014
5590Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABSR12014
5603Abraham MarteAbraham MarteWwristlockWorld Pro.ABSR22014
5608Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 2x0World Pro.ABS4F2014
5613Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWReferee DecisionWorld Pro.ABS3PLC2014
5635Diego GamonalWPts: 0x0, PenWorld Pro.88KGR12014
5637Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPts: 9x0World Pro.88KG4F2014
5641Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro.88KGSF2014
5642Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 2x0World Pro.88KGF2014
5815Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG4F2014
5819Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoWPts: 5x0World Champ.94KGSF2014
5846Chael SonnenWRNCMetamoris 4ABSSPF2014
6455Gabriel RosbergWChoke from backEuropeanABSR22015
6471Thomas JohannessonWArmbarEuropeanABSR32015
6479Erberth SantosErberth SantosWNorth south chokeEuropeanABS4F2015
6483Tarcisio JardimTarcisio JardimWArmbarEuropeanABSSF2015
6485Igor SilvaIgor SilvaWInjuryEuropeanABSF2015
6563Samuel MoninWArmbarEuropean88KGR22015
6571Martin AedmaWChokeEuropean88KG4F2015
6575Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWChokeEuropean88KGSF2015
6577Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 4x0European88KGF2015
7971Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWPts: 6x0ADCCABSSPF2015
8521Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 1x0Berkut 2ABSSPF2015
9326Kitner MouraWbaseball chokePan AmericanO100KG4F2016
9342Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWChokePan AmericanABSR22016
9359Alexandro CeconiWChoke from backPan AmericanABS8F2016
9360Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS4F2016
9478Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSR12016
9505Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSR22016
9611Tiago PessoaWPts: 2x0World Pro94KG8F2016
9615Jackson SousaJackson SousaWWristlockWorld Pro94KG4F2016
9834Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backFTW Pro 5ABSSPF2016
10011Felipe MotaFelipe MotaWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KGR12016
10012Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 2x2, PenWorld Champ.94KG4F2016
10017Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.94KGSF2016
10018Jackson SousaJackson SousaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGF2016
12904Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 8x0San Diego Open88KGSF2017
13112Jorge BrittoWKimuraWorld Champ.88KG8F2017
13114Kit DaleKit DaleWPts: 9x0World Champ.88KG4F2017
13118Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 2x0World Champ.88KGSF2017
13119Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.88KGF2017
13693Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro GPABS4F2017
13890Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 14x0ADCCABSSPF2017
15959Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats85KGRR2018
21672Felipe 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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