Mica Galvao has now reached one of the most important landmarks in anyone’s BJJ development as he has now been promoted to black belt, despite being just 17 years old. Of course, it’s impossible to say it isn’t incredibly well-deserved, as Galvao has already beaten some very talented black belts several years older than him and continues to do so on a pretty regular basis. As he became one of the youngest to ever reach this mark, Galvao made the following statement in a post to his official Instagram account:
“Arriving where I always dreamed and where everything begins. I thank everyone who was and still are by my side on this journey, without you guys none of this would be possible.
Today I received my JIU-JITSU BLACK BELT. WITH 17 YEARS OF AGE I have a RESPONSIBILITY to give nothing less then MY BEST to represent this belt and continue GIVING GOOD EXAMPLES in any way I can for the NEW GENERATION. God bless you all”
There’s no doubt that Mica Galvao being promoted to black belt at 17 will raise some eyebrows in the BJJ community, but realistically there is no real restriction on age other than IBJJF promotion rules. He’s only been a brown belt for around 9 months after being promoted last October, but he’s certainly good enough to be considered a favorite over plenty of other black belts in competition. Just recently he came out on top of the Third Coast Grappling 7 grand prix despite the field being stacked with ADCC and IBJJF veterans, and one NCAA All-American.