Andre Galvao will be the subject of an upcoming documentary that follows his journey to the ADCC world championship. There aren’t many bigger figures in professional grappling, as Galvao has been at the very top of the sport for well over a decade. Throughout his time as a BJJ black belt, Galvao has stepped on to the mats well over a hundred times and has stood across from some of the best competitors of all time. He was promoted to black belt all the way back in 2005, having already won at least one IBJJF world championship at every coloured belt level before that point.
Galvao’s debut year at black belt proved to be a successful one, and he immediately established himself as one of the top competitors in the 82kg division by winning the IBJJF world championship on his first attempt. After a few more years of competition, Galvao won the 2007 ADCC trials to book his place at the world championship later that year. He ended up with a pair of bronze medals from the 77kg division and the absolute division, kicking off a legacy that ended with him being part of the inaugural class of the ADCC Hall of Fame.
After a silver medal at ADCC 2009 that included several wins over tough opposition at 88kg, Galvao returned again for his best performance yet in 2011. That was the year that Galvao joined the small number of elite competitors who have become an ADCC double champion by winning both their weightclass and the absolute division at the same event. Andre Galvao then won a total of four superfights before finally being stopped by Gordon Ryan at ADCC 2022, the same year that this documentary began filming.
During this time Galvao moved his total of IBJJF World Championships to five, and collected a total nine IBJJF Pan Championship gold medals as well. Throughout his career, Galvao has beaten some truly impressive names like Fabricio Werdum, Braulio Estima, and Roberto ‘Cyborg’ Abreu, among many others. An official release date for the documentary on Andre Galvao and his journey to ADCC has yet to be confirmed, but with such an impressive career it’s almost certainly going to make for interesting watching.
The documentary about Andre Galvao and his journey to ADCC was originally announced back in August 2022, in a post to the official Instagram account for the film itself:
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