Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Icon Melqui Galvao Sets Out On His Own, Launching New Team and Academy in Sao Paulo in 2023

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Renowned Coach Melqui Galvao Creates New Team, Setting Up Academy in Sao Paulo in 2023

Melqui Galvao promoting student to back belt

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Icon Melqui Galvao Sets Out On His Own, Launching New Team and Academy in Sao Paulo in 2023

Renowned Coach Melqui Galvao Creates New Team, Setting Up Academy in Sao Paulo in 2023

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After a decade of success in partnership with Fight Sports, Melqui Galvao and his team have decided to break away and pursue their own vision. Beginning this month at the Rio Open, followed by the IBJJF European Championship, Melqui Galvao Jiu-Jitsu will make its grand entrance into the jiu-jitsu world.

“We have decided that from now on, we will walk alone. We will be grateful for everything Fight Sports has done for us, but we are no longer part of the team. It is the first time in more than ten years of our project that I have decided not to join a large team to have financial resources.” Melqui Galvao

Melqui Galvao Stacked Roster

The Talent from Melqui Galvao’s Gym in Manaus is Unparalleled. His son, Mica Galvao, became a Black Belt World Champion at just 18 years of age in 2022, and Fabricio Andrey was the team’s first Black Belt World Champion the year prior. Then, Diogo “Baby Shark” Reis made history for the team by taking home their first ADCC Gold Medal. Other impressive names on the roster include 2022 Brasileiro champion Brenda Larissa, Luiz Paulo, Nathann Jackson, and Guilherme Fernandes.

Relocation to Sao Paula

An Exciting New Chapter Begins As Melqui Galvao Jiu-Jitsu Relocates to Jundai in Sao Paulo, Establishing a World-Class Facility. In an ambitious move, Melqui Galvao and his squad have decided to leave the comforts of Manaus behind and move their training base to a brand-new facility in Jundai. This state-of-the-art facility promises to become one of the world’s best places to train jiu-jitsu.

“The new school located in Jundaí will bring logistical support to the Manaus unit. Jundiaí is located 50 kilometers from Guarulhos airport and 30 kilometers from the Campinas airport. Before, it used to take us 20 hours to arrive in the United States. Now, we take 8 hours when we fly to Florida and 10 hours to arrive in Dallas. Besides that, we are located in an area where people can visit us more easily. People from different states can come to us by car, whereas in Manaus, it is only possible by airplane or boat. Another important point is that we are in a bigger commercial zone, and this gives the boys more opportunities to make money so that the school can profit more with selling products and memberships.” Melqui Galvao

Sights on the U.S. Jiu-Jitsu scene

The Legacy of Melqui Galvao Jiu-Jitsu Stays Strong as They Relocate to Jundai, Sao Paulo and open a clean, world-class Facility. Despite the move, the gym in Manaus will remain open and work alongside the new space in Sao Paulo to continue creating great athletes for Melqui Galvao Jiu-Jitsu. And Melqui’s ambitions don’t end there – he has his sights set on expanding his reach to the USA in the near future.

“With the decision to leave Fight Sports and to follow our own path, we need income, so the Manaus unit does not close. The idea is that Manaus will be responsible for producing new talents, and the Jundaí unit can be an important step in the professionalization of the boys. Our next goal is to make the Jundaí academy one of the best schools in Brazil and then open a Melqui Galvão school in the United States. We are already talking to possible investors, and I believe that in a year, we will already be opening our first school outside Brazil.” Melqui Galvao

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