Andre Galvao On His Difficult Road To Winning ADCC 2011


Andre Galvao won his weight and the absolute in ADCC 2011 in the UK. He will be fighting Braulio Estima in a superfight in Beijing at ADCC 2013. He shared his road to the championship which was full of hardships, including running a small gym by himself, getting deported from the UK etc:

From Galvao’s facebook page:

“It is already past but is good to remember this day. God gave me that titles and I really thank Him for that. Of corse I worked hard for it. But He gave me power and health and energy to be every single day on the mat working hard. Also God got a lot of people like my wife, students, friends and family to help me reach my Dream. My school was so little, I had to train, answer the phone calls, teach the kids, help the Adults, talk with people, clean the gym and set up the waivers for the visitors, and train hard, I said: hard. I was doing it every single day. My academy had no wall protections, the mat space was so little, and only one bathroom. I thank my first students so much for the help  also @brunofrazatto @daviramosjj @denilsonatosbjj and @ronaldocandidomma they were the only ones from Brazil with me in that journey. I really was training without knowing if i will be there because i was in my GreenCard process and I didn’t have my travel permission with me, but in about 3 weeks before the ADCC 2011 I got it. The US immigration government sent me that. Thanks God!!! And not just that, also I got deported from UK in 2009. They didn’t let me get in and sent me back to Brazil at that time.

I remember some times during the sessions I was training so hard and sweating so much but inside my mind I was thinking: “why I’m doing all this. They will never let me inn there again or maybe I can’t even go there” but I believe God just didn’t let me stop and I just canceled those thoughts in my mind and kept going almost crying. When I was in the plane ready to arrive in UK I just thought: “OMG I will be kick out of this place again, what I’m doing here” but not. As soon as I get there I had a kind of hard time to get inn but they got me inn for just 4 days permission and the day back home was my birthday September 29th. i can’t forget it anymore never. So as soon as I got my bags I said: “I wanna fight so hard now. I wanna win it”. Then I got back home with 2 trophies and the award of best fighter and best fight (vs palhares). My students were all waiting for me in a big party  inside our academy. I just cried and gave thanks to MyLord! If you don’t believe God exist. I do!!! I don’t need to say nothing. This is the resume of my 2011 ADCC championship. “When you are loyal , God is Loyal and whatever I do I will do for Him. Because He is my power and my strength” I know I will never may have a moment like that again. This is just one of my great experiences with Jesus. Rm 11:36

PS: it went my first year going back to the Bjj world since I was fighting mma for a couple years. First year in US. ”