One of the greatest BJJ competitors in history has finally retired after a glorious 13 year career. Andre Galvao, co-founder and leader of Atos Jiu-Jitsu, a 5 time ADCC champion & 11 times world BJJ champion announced his decision. Galvao has won everything there is to win in Jiu-Jitsu. Unlike his other Atos teammates Gui and Rafael Mendes who both retired at ages 26 and 27 respectively, Galvao has taken this decision at the ripe age of 35.
“I think this chapter of my life is over. It’s sad, but happy at the same time. Sad because I will need to stop doing what I love most,” said Galvao.
“I have nothing to prove to anyone anymore. It’s hard for an athlete to announce he needs to stop, you’re done, it’s over. I have ideas that I planned for my future, there’s a lot of things going on at this time in my career.”
Galvao now plans to focus his energy on expanding his team Atos, and coaching his numerous world champion students (Keenan Cornelius, Lucas Hulk, Luiza Monteiro, Gustavo Batista etc..).
Will we ever see Galvao on the competition again though? There is a very high chance that we will… This natural born competitor will still stay in in shape he still had to face Felipe Pena in ADCC superfight. There is also a chance that we might see Galvao compete at Mater worlds in the near future. Let’s wait and see.
IBJJF: Blue Belt: 2001 Silver, 2002 Gold; Purple Belt: 2003 Double Gold (Middle & Absolute); Brown Belt: 2004 Double Gold (Middle & Absolute); Black Belt: 2005 Gold, 2006 Silver, 2007 Gold (Closed out); 2008 Gold, from 2009-2011 MMA,2012 didn’t compete to coach my team 2013 Bronze, 2014 Gold, 2015 I didn’t compete also, 2016 Gold; 2017 Gold…+ Team Title 🔥#11X World Champion total…#5x Black Belt World Champion || could be 6 if I counted the year I closed out ⚔️ I’ve won 11 World Titles out of 12 participations. #PraiseGod #Jesus @maedabrand @choke_republic @atosjiujitsuhq 🇧🇷 IBJJF: Faixa Azul: Prata 2001, Ouro 2002; Faixa Roxa: Ouro Duplo 2003 (Médio e Absoluto); Faixa Marrom: Ouro Duplo 2004 (Médio e Absoluto); Faixa Preta: Ouro 2005, Prata 2006, Ouro 2007 (fechei com parceiro de equipe); 2008 Gold, de 2009-2011 MMA, 2012 não competi para treinar minha equipe 2013 Bronze, 2014 Gold, 2015 Eu não competi também, 2016 Gold; 2017 Ouro … + Título da Equipe 🔥 # 11X Campeão Mundial total … # 5x Campeão Mundial Black Belt || poderia ser 6 na preta se eu contasse o ano em que fechei ⚔️ Ganhei 11 títulos mundiais de 12 participações. #Jesus #GloriasDeus
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