What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Brazilian Jiu jitsu is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit. Much of the technique of Brazilian Jiu jitsu is centered around the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions.
To overcome greater size, strength and aggression with lesser size and strength is the keynote of the sport. By utilizing superior leverage and position, it is possible for a smaller, weaker person to defend themselves against a much larger opponent. Students of the sport gain a deep understanding of the workings and limits of the human body. Students also benefit from greatly increased physical fitness, problem-solving ability, and the many social benefits of working within a large group of like-minded fellow students as you learn and have fun together.
Many students first learn about Jiu jitsu through the great popularity of mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, where Brazilian Jiu jitsu technique is very prominent. In fact, the beginnings of the contemporary MMA competition were largely tied up with proving the combat-efficiency of Brazilian Jiu jitsu. The practice of Brazilian Jiu jitsu as a sport, however, is very different from MMA. Daily classes do not feature kicking or punching. The focus is on safe grappling technique that can be done on a daily basis with no more fear of injury than any other contact sport. While we do have a professional MMA team at MMA University, the great majority of students study only the grappling sport and find that this is the most enjoyable and satisfying route to take.
Throughout the history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the world has to come to know many strong and innovative teams. Atos Jiu-Jitsu, founded in 2008 by Prof. Andre Galvao and Prof. Ramon Lemos, has become one the most recognized and respected names in the Jiu-jitsu industry. As one of the smallest teams in the sport, Atos has influenced the way the world practices and defines modern jiu-jitsu. Atos Jiu-Jitsu is linked to the evolution of the 50/50 guard, leg drag, and berimbolo. The original Atos team included names such as, Prof. Andre Galvao and Prof. Ramon Lemos, Rafa and Gui Mendes, Bruno Frazatto, Guto Campos, Claudio Calasans, Gilbert Burns, Rodrigo Caporal, Ary Frias, and Davi Ramos. Through their success, the Atos Jiu-Jitsu team has attracted talent from all over the world, and has grown rapidly becoming one of the strongest teams in Jiu-Jitsu. While the team’s origins are based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the team’s headquarters has been based in San Diego, CA since 2010. Since then, the team has added many great names to its competition team roster, including, Keenan Cornelius, Jt Torres, Michael Liera Jr., Michael Carbullido, and many more.
There is a great sense of quality over quantity within the Atos team, which relates to our motto, “Together we are Stronger.” The Atos team is currently breeding a new crop of talented Jiu-Jitsu athletes who are successfully showcasing their skills in not only in the world of sport Jiu-Jitsu, but also within the world of mixed martial arts. Many BJJ and MMA competitors seek Atos Jiu-Jitsu as thier brand of BJJ because of the success the team has experienced at the highest levels of BJJ competition. Those such as Anderson Silivia, Carlos Diego, as well as Atos veterans such as Ary Frias, Davi Ramos , Bruno Frazatto and, Gilbert Burns Durinho have demonstrated great success in the most respected international Jiu-Jitsu competitions and are translating this well into the world of MMA.
Atos was founded by two friends who shared the same religious beliefs and an intense passion for Jiu-Jitsu. The word “Atos” is the Portuguese word for “acts,”, which specifically references “The Book of Acts” in the bible, based on the belief that “God can do amazing things through ordinary people, when He empowers them through His Spirit.” Today, the Atos jiu-jitsu association members and competitors continue to spread thier innovative style of jiu-jitsu across the world. You can currently find Atos affiliates in over 14 countries around the world.
Andre Galvao is a black belt student under BJJ legend Fernando Terere Augusto and now heads the Atos Jiu-Jitsu team in the United States. He is the author of the martial arts book, Drill to Win: One Year to Better Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Victory Belt Publishing, 2010). Beside competition he teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at his home jiu-jitsu academy, Atos San Diego and is considered on for the top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors ever. Galvao’s always been an avid competitor and unlike most BJJ fighters he dedicated himself to fighting in all tournaments, not just the major ones, he relied on this to keep improving his skill set. Andre won 4 World Championships in a row, from Blue Belt to Black belt (2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005) wining his weight and the Open Weight Classes two years in a row in the Purple Belt division and Brown Belt division (2003 and 2004) gold came again in 2008. Galvao has also made a name for himself in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), fighting for MMA organizations such as Strikeforce (USA) and Dream (Japan) and compiling a MMA record of 5-2-0.
Andre Galvao also trained with Master Oswaldo Alves in Rio de Janeiro during 8 months in 2002 when he was an blue belt. Then his first coach Luiz Carlos Dagmar introduced Galvao to Fernando Terere Augusto in Feb 2003, when he was an purple belt. Andre Galvao was one of his first students in the old and great TT (Telles and Terere) Team. With only 9 months and after winning everything in the purple belt division Terere gave Galvao his brown belt in the end of 2003 (Galvao never lost a match in the purple belt) and after a very successiful time in the brown belt winning always weight and absolute division Terere told Careca to give the Black Belt to Galvao in March 2005. With only a couple of months of black belt Galvao won the Pan Ams and Worlds in 2005. After that Andre Galvao fix his name with a different style of Brazilian Jiujitsu working always looking for submissions in the fights. Galvao has a very agressive Brazilian Jiujitsu style making all his fights very excited to watch.