2013 ADCC: Galvão, Rafa Mendes training together again after troubled Worlds camp

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Andre Galvão, Rafael Mendes join for ADCC camp

Kid Peligro’s blog broke the news earlier that Andre Galvão and Rafael Mendes are training together for the 2013 ADCC.

Galvão will face Braulio Estima in the event’s main superfight and Rafael Mendes is after his third title in the -66kg division.

The reunion is a sign that the wounds of the troubled camp for the Worlds have healed.

Back in May, the presence of the Miyao Brothers at the Art of Jiu-Jitsu Academy, in Costa Mesa, prevented Rafael and Guilherme Mendes to train with the remainder of the Atos JJ team in San Diego.

With that, the team didn’t have the expected performance in Long Beach, not being able to make one world champion in the adult black belt division.

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Galvão talked exclusively with the GRACIEMAG.com about the decision of training with Rafael again: “For the Pan, we had an almost perfect training camp and the results were great, with the team almost winning the overall competition. For the Worlds, we had problems and the results were not the same. Rafael and I talked about what happened and agreed that when we focus on the same goal, we have a much better result. He came here last Tuesday after I invited him and decided to start coming every day. He even rented a car to come daily from Newport Beach. This is going to be good for me, for him, but mainly for the team!”

Andre also talked about the benefits of having Rafael in San Diego: “He is very aggressive without the gi, always looking for the submission. Besides me and him, Keenan Cornelius will also compete in the ADCC and the rest of team is helping us three to get ready for the competition.”

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