Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) athlete Andre Galvao is widely considered one of the greatest in the sport’s history. He boasts an impressive list of titles, including 6-time ADCC champion, 6-time IBJJF World Champion, and 3-time UAEJJF World Champion. He also heads one of the most successful BJJ teams, Atos Jiu-Jitsu. In this article, we’ll dive into the legacy of the Brazilian BJJ legend.
Early Years of Andre Galvao
Born in São Sebastião, São Paulo, Brazil, Andre first took up Judo as a child. However, after being influenced by his brother, a BJJ practitioner, he switched to BJJ in his teenage years. His first coach, Luis Dagmar, quickly recognized Andre’s talent and suggested he train with Fernando Tererê for more competitive opportunities. Under Tererê’s tutelage, Andre’s skills evolved and he became the first to win the IBJJF Grand Slam at purple belt level.
Andre has been a consistent competitor for nearly two decades, competing in both grappling and MMA. He has dedicated himself to competing in every available competition, not just the major ones. From colored belt to black belt, he won four World Championships in a row from 2002-2005 and won both his weight class and absolute in 2003 and 2004.
Despite his competitive success, Andre’s career also had its ups and downs. In 2006, he fell short of the gold against BJJ legend Marcelo Garcia, and again in 2007 against Lucas Leite. However, he came back in 2008 to win another World Championship, this time against Braulio Estima.
Throughout his career, Andre has constantly battled his rivals to stay at the top. In 2008, he founded Team Atos with his friend Ramon Lemos, bringing their evangelical background to the mat. He also competed in MMA, winning his first professional match by armbar.
One of Andre’s main goals was to conquer the ADCC Submission Fighting World Championship. Widely known as the world’s most prestigious submission grappling tournament, Andre finally achieved this goal in 2011 by winning both his weight division and the open weight class. He attributed his success to a drastic improvement in his wrestling skills, which he said was the key to his victory.
In the 2013 ADCC Superfight, Andre met his rival Braulio Estima again. He went on to defend his throne by winning super fights for consecutive years (2013-2019), solidifying his status as the most accomplished ADCC competitor of all time.
Although he recently lost the 2022 ADCC Superfight against Gordon Ryan, it should not detract from his overall success in the field of submission grappling.
Andre Galvao’s competitive career may have had its ups and downs, but one thing is for sure – he will be remembered as one of the top grapplers to ever compete in the cage. His dominant ADCC reign and multiple World Championship titles solidify his place in BJJ history.