Mica Galvao - Youngest Male BJJ Black Belt

Mica Galvao - Youngest Male BJJ Black Belt

1. Mica Galvao’s Details

Given Name Micael Ferreira Galvão
Nickname   Mica
Born Manaus, Brazil
Current Residence Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth Oct 8, 2003
Nationality Brazilian
Last Fight N/A
Weight Class  Middleweight
Weight 82 kg / 181.5 lbs
Height 5'7" (1.7m)
Reach 71.5’’ (182cm)
Career Disclosed Earnings N/A
Fighting out of Amazonas, Brazil
Foundational Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Favorite Technique  Well-Rounded
Pro MMA Record 33-3-0 (W-L-D)
Rank   Black Belt
Awarded By Melqui Galvao
Head Coach Melqui Galvao
Lineage Carlos Gracie -> Helio Gracie -> Royler Gracie / Rolker Gracie -> Augusto Monteiro -> Ronnie Melo -> Melquisedeque Galvão -> Micael Galvão
Team/Association Fight sports and Melqui Galvao

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2. Mica Galvao’s Biography

2.1. Who is Mica Galvao?

Mica Galvao was born in Brazil on October 8th, 2003. Galvao is famous for his early success in jiu-jitsu in both gi and no-gi grappling martial arts. As a teenager, Galvao participated as a black belt in both gi and no-gi competitions. Galvao first trained under his father, Melqui Galvao in Brazil. Mica Galvao has been lauded as one of the youngest competitors in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Mica is equally praised in no-gi tournaments for his high-caliber skills, earning awards, and finding opportunities to participate in gi BJJ events.

2.2. When Did He Start BJJ?

Mica Galvao began learning BJJ at the early age of two. He took part in his first event when he was four years old. With a deadly combination of judo and wrestling techniques, Galvao was awarded a black belt in Luta Livre Esportiva at the age of 10. His father, Melqui Galvao, is credited with Mica Galvao’s early success in BJJ.

When he was a teenager, Mica earned a lot of respect in local tournaments and became a top juvenile athlete in the martial arts world. At such an early age, Mica continued his winning streak in IBJJF competitions and continued his preparation for black belt competitions. Mica was given his purple belt at the age of 16. In the following year when he was 17, Mica was awarded a black belt.

2.3. Early Life and Soccer Dream

Mica Galvao first became interested in BJJ when he was two years old due to his father’s training and guidance. Melqui Galvao, who is also a black belt jiu-jitsu fighter with many prestigious records to his name, introduced his son to the sport. Mica was already skilled in grappling when he was two years old. Besides BJJ, the young martial artist also learned judo and wrestling. Galvao became a well-rounded athlete due to his lack of fear, intense training, and diverse skills. Mica first got the attention of the BJJ world when he was awarded the gold medal.

Before committing to a BJJ career, Mica took up soccer as a sport. But soon he realized that soccer wasn't his strong suit. Galvao returned to BJJ and decided to start his career.

2.4. Youngest Balck Belt in Jiu-Jitsu

Mica Galvao earned his black belt in 2021, making him the youngest jiu-jitsu black belt in the history of jiu-jitsu at the age of 17. Mica’s black belt was given to him by his father, Melqui Galvao.

After earning his black belt, Mica participated in the Who’s Number One bout and demonstrated his impressive skills, and defeated several opponents, managing to win 2nd place.

3. Mica Galvao Gi and No-Gi Tournaments

Gi Tournaments

Year Opponent W/L/D Event

No-Gi Tournaments

Year Opponent W/L/D Event
2021 Igor Feliz W IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI
2017 Mathew Shallenberger W LAS VEGAS NO GI ELITE
2017 Ethan Howard W LAS VEGAS NO GI ELITE

4. Mica Galvao BJJ Championship and Accomplishment

4.1. Main Achievements

Years Events Position
2022 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals 1st Position
2021 AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro 1st Position
2021 ADCC Balneário Brazil Trials 1st Position
2021 WNO Championship 2nd Position
2021 3CG MW Grand Prix 1st Position
2021 AJP Grand Slam, RJ 1st Position

4.2. Main Achievements Belts Records

Years Events Position Belt
2020 AJP Grand Slam, AD 1st Position Purple
2021 AJP Grand Slam, AD 1st Position Brown
2021 AJP World Pro 1st Position Brown
2021 IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI 1st Position Brown
2021 WNO Championship 2nd Position -
2021 AJP World Pro Qualifier BR 1st Position Brown

4.3. Main Achievement Medal Record

Years Events Position Medal
2021 IBJJF South American 1st Position Gold
2021 East Coast Trail 2nd Position Silver
2022 ADCC No-Gi 1st Position Gold
2022 IBJJF World Championship 1st Position Gold

5. Mica Galvao Historic Fights

5.1. Mica Galvao vs Oliver Taza

At the age of 17, Mica Galvao fought against the veteran Oliver Taza at 2022 Who’s Number One (WNO). Galvao applied a lock on Taza’s body while Taza put up a half guard for 10 minutes. At the end of the round, the judges declared Galvao the winner. Within the first 15 minutes of the match, Galvao won against Oliver Taza via decision. In the overall match, Galvao defended himself well against Taza’s attacks. Both athletes fought standing up with Galvao staying in the dominant position from the start of the match. Taza attempted to bring Galvao down to the ground via a takedown. However, Galvao maintained his closed guard while maintaining the dominant position over Taza. Taza tried to go for one of Galvao’s legs and back up but Galvao successfully escaped. Galvao vs Taza was one of the most anticipated fights of the WNO.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2021 WNO 10 Oliver Taza Win Referee Decision SPF 83KG

5.2. Mica Galvao vs Leandro Lo

Mica Galvao’s match against the world champion Leandro Lo was one of the greatest professional fights of the young BJJ star’s career. At the start of the match, Mica took the lead. Mica started the match by pulling a closed guard, spending most of the time trying to put Lo off balance by using sweeps and submissions. Mica used an armbar to gain the advantage for the rest of the match. Galvao finally subdued Leandro and his place in the finals of the BJJ Stars. By defeating Leandro Lo, Mica got the confidence needed to participate in IBJJF arenas and ADCC championships.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2022 BJJ Stars Leandro Lo Win Pts: 0x0, Adv 4F 83KG

5.3. Mica Galvao vs Lucas Hulk

Mica Galvao and Lucas Hulk fought for the 2022 BJJ Star title. Despite the difference in experience, Galvao was able to prevent Hulk from executing takedowns. Both fighters spent a lot of energy on complex and difficult techniques and submission attempts while trying to get the advantage. Overall, this match was full of aggressive techniques, submissions, transitions, and bridgings. However, Mica maneuvered towards the back and applied the bow and arrow hook to win the match.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2022 BJJ Stars Lucas Barbosa Win Bow and Arrow F 83KG

5.4. Mica Galvao vs Servio Tulio

Mica Galvao took down Servio Tulio with an armbar in the middleweight final of the 2022 Brasileiro. During the match, Tulio put up a good fight, but Galvao countered with guard positions and grappling techniques. By winning against Tulio, Galvao proved that he was a top grappler in BJJ. In the middleweight final. Mica swept from a closed guard straight into the mount and caught Tulio in an inescapable armbar. Mica won the gold medal and earned enough points to compete in the World Championship in June.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2022 Brasileiro Servio Tulio Win Armbar F 82KG

6. Mica Galvao Junior / Juvenile Accomplishments

This chart provides a list of Mica Galvao’s achievements in both junior and juvenile competitions.

Year Event Position Weight Junior / Juvenile
2015 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals 1st Position N/A Junior
2016 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals 1st Position N/A Teen
2019 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals 1st Position ABS Juvenile
2019 IBJJF South American Championship 1st Position ABS Juvenile
2019 IBJJF European Open 1st Position ABS Juvenile
2019 IBJJF Pan Championship 1st Position ABS Juvenile
2019 IBJJF World Championship 1st Position ABS Juvenile

7. Mica Galvao Promotions

7.1. Luta Livre Esportiva

Age Year Belt
17 YO MARCH 19,2021 Black

7.2. Jiu-Jitsu

Age Year Belt
17 YO JULY 09,2021 Black
17 YO OCT 22, 2020 Brown
16 YO NOV 16, 2019 Purple
15 YO DEC 3, 2018 Blue

8. Mica Galvao BJJ Techniques Course DVD Overview

Mica Galvao is the youngest BJJ star in the history of BJJ, who spends his time studying and practicing jiu-jitsu techniques in hopes of reaching his dream of competing in over 100 matches throughout his career. To teach others how to execute BJJ techniques, Galvao compiled his advice on an educational DVD. This training course covers techniques related to guarding positions such as the closed guard, open guard, and half guard, along with modern ways to bypass and attack these guards. Here is an overview of the entire course,

  • Galvao explains how to attack the guard with knee cuts, including next-generation details and technical adaption.
  • Use a knee cut system to control the guard and slice through to make this common passing style a lethal weapon. Combine submission, back takedowns, baseball choke, and brabo chokes to control and finish fights.
  • Explains how to combine movements and apply pressure when using techniques like the tornado and over-under passes.

9. Mica Galvao Professional Record Breakdown

9.1. Grappling Record Breakdown

Mica Galvao has an overall grappling record of 45 wins and three losses. He has been competing against the adult black belts since he was a BJJ blue belt at the age of 14.

Grappling Record Breakdown
61 Matches Wins: 54 Losses: 3
By Advantages 2 0
By Submission 33 0
By Decision 5 1
By Points 3 2
By OT 1 0
Other 10 0
Draws 4

9.2. Submissions Technique Record

Submission Technique Record
Submission Technique Wins: 33 Losses: 0
Armbar 7 0
Triangle 4 0
RNC 3 0
Ezekiel 2 0
Guillotine 2 0
Straight Ankle Lock 1 0
Choke from back 5 0
Yoko Sankaku 3 0
Armlock 2 0
Bow and Arrow 2 0
Kneebar 1 0
Inside heel Hook 1 0

9.3. Mica Galvao Fight History

Year Opponent W/L/D Competition Method Stage Weight
2021 A. Tackett W WNO 9 Referee Decision SPF 79KG
2021 Damien Nitkin W EUG 2 RNC 4F 77KG
2021 Daniel Quintas W Grand Slam RJ Choke from back R1 77KG
2021 David Beluche W World Pro Choke from back R1 77KG
2021 Espen Mathiesen W World Pro Straight ankle lock F 77KG
2021 Francisco Diego W BRA Qualifiers Triangle 4F 77KG
2021 Gustavo Telles W King Eventos Guillotine SPF ABS
2021 Jacob Couch W WNO Champ. Armbar SF 84KG
2021 John Combs W 3CG MW GP Guillotine 4F 85KG
2021 Johnathan Alves L EUG 2 Pts: 2x0 F 77KG
2021 Julio Anjos W BRA Qualifiers Choke from back F 77KG
2021 Leonardo Lara W BRA Qualifiers Pts: 9x0 SF 77KG
2021 Levi Jones W World Pro Triangle 4F 77KG
2021 Lucas Brito W Grand Slam RJ Armbar 8F 77KG
2021 Lucas Protasio W Grand Slam RJ Kneebar 4F 77KG
2021 Mauricio Oliveira L BJJ Bet Pts: 2x0 SF 88KG
2021 Natan Chueng W Grand Slam RJ Choke from back SF 77KG
2021 Oliver Taza W WNO 10 Referee Decision SPF 83KG
2021 Pedro Marinho W 3CG MW GP Armlock F 85KG
2021 Pedro Rocha W 3CG MW GP Inside heel hook SF 85KG
2021 Tainan Dalpra W EUG 2 Referee Decision SF 77KG
2021 Tye Ruotolo L WNO Champ. Referee Decision F 84KG
2021 William Tackett W WNO Champ. Referee Decision 4F 84KG
2022 Alexandre Cavaliere W Brasileiro DQ R1 82KG
2022 Carlos Andrade W Curitiba Open Ezekiel F 82KG
2022 Dante Leon W WNO Referee Decision SPF 83KG
2022 Elder Junior W Curitiba Open Yoko sankaku 4F 82KG
2022 Everton Freitas W Curitiba Open Armbar SF 82KG
2022 Geo Martinez D Polaris 20 N/A RR ABS
2022 Jack Tyley W Honor Challenge RNC SF 85KG
2022 Jackson Silva W ADCC BR1 Trials Armbar R1 77KG
2022 Jed Hue W Honor Challenge Armlock F 85KG
2022 Jonnatas Gracie W World Champ. Bow and arrow SF 76KG
2022 Keith Krikorian D Polaris 20 N/A RR ABS
2022 Keith Krikorian W Polaris 20 Armbar RR ABS
2022 Keith Krikorian W Polaris 20 Triangle RR ABS
2022 Leandro Lo W BJJ Stars Pts: 0x0, Adv 4F 83KG
2022 Lucas Barbosa W BJJ Stars Bow and arrow F 83KG
2022 Lucas Protasio W ADCC BR1 Trials Yoko sankaku SF 77KG
2022 Magid Hage W ADCC BR1 Trials Triangle F 77KG
2022 Marlus Salgado W ADCC BR1 Trials RNC R3 77KG
2022 Mason Fowler D Polaris 20 N/A RR ABS
2022 Matheus Batista W Curitiba Open Armbar R1 82KG
2022 Matheus Gabriel W World Champ. Pts: 4x2 4F 76KG
2022 Mauricio Oliveira W BJJ Stars Injury SF 83KG
2022 Nick Ronan D Polaris 20 N/A RR ABS
2022 Paulo Gabriel W World Champ. Pts: 4x4, Adv R1 76KG
2022 Pedro Maia W Brasileiro Yoko sankaku SF 82KG
2022 Sergio Soares W World Champ. Ezekiel 8F 76KG
2022 Servio Tulio W Brasileiro Armbar F 82KG
2022 Tye Ruotolo W World Champ. Pts: 2x0 F 76KG
2022 Wallisson Oliveira W Brasileiro Choke from back 4F 82KG

10. Mica Galvao’s Top Fights (Video Links)

Youngest World Champ Mica

Mica Galvao vs Tye Ruotolo

Honor Submission Challenge Mica Galvao vs Jed Hue

Honor Submission Challenge Mica Galvao vs Jack Tyley 

Photo credit: @micagalvaojj

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