Andre Galvao – "I wish to come back again and fight in the biggest tournaments!"An

InsideBJJ

It’s been a while since I’ve seen you compete. The last time was for Strikeforce against Luke Stewart. You have a book coming out soon as well. Can you give some background about what you’re working on now and what is coming up next for you, and can you talk a little about your book?

Andre Galvao

About my book, it’s going to be ready soon. I think it’s already ready. They’re printing in China, and they start to sell next month or this month; pretty soon. The publishers say the book is very good. They thinks it’s the best book they’ve made. I hope it’s going to sell lot. I hope so! I show my best techniques in the book. I show a lot of drills and a lot about my what’s going in my mind. I show a lot about my BJJ style. I hope everybody is going to like my book. This book is going to help a lot of guys from MMA, BJJ, and maybe from other martial arts.

Now, I’m training hard for my next fight in Strikeforce. I will fight in August, but I don’t know who I will fight against. I hope it makes a very good fight; better than the last fight. In the last fight with Luke Stewart, I had some mistakes in my game. I was not 100% in that fight because I was sick. I was taking some antibiotics. I still think I fought well.

InsideBJJ

Going back to your Luke Stewart fight, a lot people were surprised by Luke Stewart’s jiu-jitsu. I think it’s really a compliment to you because your jiu-jitsu is so good. Nobody really expected Luke Stewart to escape from some of the positions you had on the ground. When you had him in side control, he was able to escape some of the positions and it surprised people.

Andre Galvao

It surprised me too. He made moves that were weird and it surprised me. He’s a good BJJ fighter. I was feeling very weak in the fight. My positions were not tight. I think I need to train more for sure; more of my BJJ. I need to work more on my standup game, too. MMA is hard because you need to train everything. You need to be good in everything and sometimes you’re not 100% percent in all areas. I didn’t train as much BJJ as I should have. He’s good. He surprised me. He surprised everybody. That happens in a fight. In any kind of fight, you can see that. Now, I’m ready. I learned a lot in that fight. I want to be better in the next fight.

InsideBJJ

To follow up on your response, a lot of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors and athletes start with jiu-jitsu and move into MMA. Do you think that is a natural progression or do you think it’s because there’s not enough money in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Is it harder for guys to make their living in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Is that why we see jiu-jitsu guys move into MMA?

Andre Galvao

Yeah. Jiu-jitsu is so complex and very hard. It’s very hard to learn. If you are a black belt in jiu-jitsu, I think it’s better and it’s easy to learn another kind of stand-up game like wrestling, you know. For sure, it’s not the same fight. It’s so different. I think jiu-jitsu and the Gracies proved a long time ago that jiu-jitsu is very strong. Because of that, I think people are trying to fight MMA. I think you need to like MMA. MMA has punches and kicks. It’s not simple. You need to have a good strategy to fight. I think the thing about money is true. When you fight MMA, if you are a good fighter, you can get a lot of good sponsors. You can have a good name. You can make some money with the fights. If you’re very good at BJJ, in your first fight, you can make good money. This is true. I think right now in jiu-jitsu, you can make a lot of money. But in jiu-jitsu, you have two ways to make money. You have sponsors, but some of them don’t pay so good. Now there are new competition championships like Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi pro. The World’s doesn’t pay anything; just a medal. You can make money with a seminar, but you need to be the best. If you are a simple fighter, you cannot make money in jiu-jitsu. Sometimes, the simple fighters in BJJ can fight MMA pretty well, and they can make money with MMA.

For me, MMA is a new job. I like it a lot. I love it.

InsideBJJ

The World’s is the most prestigious event. Everybody wants to be a World champion. Do you think the IBJJF should offer a cash prize for winners like Abu Dhabi and the World Cup Pro?

Andre Galvao

I think for sure man. I think so because the IBJJF makes a lot of money with tournaments, you know? The World’s championship is open. You just pay and go. Now, it’s open to white belts as well. In the last World’s, there were around 2,000 athletes fighting. Everyone pays like $150 or $120 or something like that. They have good money there. The World’s is so organized. The World’s needs to pay the athletes because they train hard. Athletes need to buy supplements. They need to buy gis. They need to go to the doctors. They train like Olympic athletes, two, three, four times a day. I think it’s good if they pay. It makes the tournament more professional. The ADCC does that. They do it every two years with no-gi. They do it every year, right now, with the ADCC Pro with the gi. This would  make the sport more professional for sure. It would make people more excited to fight and train harder. I think this would be good for jiu-jitsu. It would make more people all over the world train more like Europe. Every place in the world would train more if they did this. They just give a medal. I can’t believe that. They don’t give you a gi or anything. I don’t understand why they do that. Because jiu-jitsu is very glorified, people love to fight jiu-jitsu. They go and fight just for the love of BJJ. It makes you feel so good. But this would make the seminars and private lessons better for the fighters.

InsideBJJ

There’s a lot of talk right now in the Jiu-Jitsu world about the style of jiu-jitsu in the big tournaments. Xande Ribeiro criticized the style of BJJ that plays for points and advantages (half guard jump, 50/50 guard, etc). Your style of jiu-jitsu is very aggressive and always attacking. What is your opinion of the current state of the game?

Andre Galvao

I think this is because of the rules. I think if they changed some stuff in the rules, jiu-jitsu would be more exciting to watch. Now, everybody trains two or three times a day. Everybody trains so hard. Sometimes, the game and the fighters are so good. If you are good and have more strategy, you can beat the fighter. This is not my style. I never think about that. I like to score some points, but I never like to hold the fight. I don’t like that. I don’t feel comfortable doing that type of winning by advantage or points. I like to attack to finish the fight. That’s what is in my mind. If they [IBJJF] change some things in the rules like maybe less time; seven or eight minutes or if they stop the fight and make the fighters stand up again. Ok, the guy goes for 50/50 and stalls the guy and stops the fight. The referee says, “go, go, go!” If the guy keeps doing nothing, they stop the fight, give the staller negative points and an advantage to the other guy, and they start in standup. Right now, they give the negative points to the staller, but they keep the fight in the same position. I think if you attack with submissions, they need to give you a point. It would make them attack more and more. If you got three attacks and the guy defends, you got three points not three advantages. I think stuff like that makes the fight more exciting and more cool to watch. Of course, there are a lot of cool guys to watch. In the finals, both guys are very good at jiu-jitsu. It’s hard to watch 10 minutes for each fight. We have ten finals of black belts. Just one, Cavaca, finished the finals. We got 90 minutes of watching people on the mats. It’s just boring. Sometimes it’s not. Like in Judo, they make a lot of rules to make the fight more dynamic. I think jiu-jitsu should think about that.

InsideBJJ

There’s still a lot interest in the person who helped you learn jiu-jitsu, Fernando Terere. Is there any update on him? Do you have still contact with him? Is there anything you can share with us?

Andre Galvao

Yeah, yeah, yeah. In the last week and last month, I talked to him almost every day. He’s good. He’s better right now. He’s in Mexico City today teaching a couple of seminars. I feel very good about him right now. He’s not 100% of course, but he will be eventually. He’s training so hard to come back in the next year in the World’s. My brother trains with him in Sao Paulo. He says Terere is huge and strong. He has the same game with good cardio and good condition. I think he’s better. I talk to him almost every day by email and phone. I think he’s ready to come back after six years man. I hope to see him win again for sure.

InsideBJJ

You have your next fight in August and you have your book coming out. Do you plan on competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu any time soon?

Andre Galvao

I wish to come back again and fight in the biggest tournaments. I just need to fix some things in my life right now. I hope to come back to fight some tournaments. Because I’m doing good with this [MMA], I missed a lot. I know it’s going to be hard after two years. I need to be very good. In my last year in BJJ, 2008, I was very good. I was in my best condition in my BJJ career. I wish to come back again for sure to fight, and to show my jiu-jitsu, and keep my BJJ at a high level. In August, I will be in my last week of preparation for my fight in San Diego, CA. I will be in the United States. My plan is to open my own gym in the United States and to teach my jiu-jitsu to Americans.

InsideBJJ

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Andre Galvao

I just want to say thank you to my sponsors Storm Kimonos, Posto do Acai, and Vinac Consorcios. Thanks to all my fans and I hope they will enjoy my book.

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