Full Name: André Luiz Leite Galvão
6x ADCC World Champion
6x IBJJF World Champion
9x IBJJF Pan American Champion
3x UAEJJF World Pro Champion
2x IBJJF European Champion
Nickname: “Deco” which is a common short name for André in Portuguese.
Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Luis Dagmar > André Galvão
Favorite Technique: Guard Passing
Weight Division: Meio Pesado (88,30 kg / 195.0 lbs)
Team/Association: Atos Academy
André Galvão, also known as “Deco” is a Brazilian grappler and professional mixed martial artist. He is a 4th degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Luis “Careca” Dagmar and Fernando "Tererê" Augusto, as well as a Judo black belt.
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. Co-Founder and Head Coach at the team’s headquarters in San-Diego, California, Galvão established one of the strongest BJJ teams in of the modern era of the sport.
Sarah Galvão is a BJJ purple belt and the daughter of BJJ-power-couple, André Galvão and Angelica Galvão.
André is an ADCC and IBJJF World Champion, while BJJ black belt Angelica is an IBJJF gi and no-gi World Champion.