About Us

 

Instructors

Daniel 1 Cut outDaniel “Mãozinha” Galvão is the head coach and founder of “Team Mãozinha Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA”, and owner of Brazilian Top Team North Houston.   Daniel is a 4th Degree Black Belt who trained under the famous Master Ricardo De La Riva. De La Riva was awarded his black belt by Grand Master Carlson Gracie Sr., whom is considered legendary in the history of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Daniel is the highest ranking black belt in North Houston, and has over 19 years experience instructing a wide range of students, from children to professional fighters. Originally, Daniel is from Belém Do Para, Brazil which is the birthplace of the founders of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Carlos & Helio Gracie. He has lived around the world both teaching and competing in Jiu Jitsu & MMA.

Daniel believes that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is valuable for everyone- not just athletes. It is one of the paramount forms of martial arts for both adults and children, as it instills discipline, confidence, and respect in those who practice it.

 

BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU LINEAGE

Carlos Gracie – Carlson Gracie Sr. – Ricardo De La Riva – Daniel “Mãozinha” Galvão

 

Professional Coaching Experience

United Arab Emirates – Military Presidential Guard Jiu Jitsu Coach

Abu Dhabi Education Council – Secondary School & Military High School Jiu Jitsu Coach

 

Ulisses Pereira Academia: Belém Do Para, Brasil – MMA Coach

Fighters:

– Luis “Sapo” Santos – One FC, Bellator

– Iliarde Santos – UFC, Titan

– Davison “Dragon” Ribeiro – XFC Champion

– Bruno “CroCop” – AFC, Ironman FC

– Michel “Tractor” Dos Prazeres – UFC

 

American Kickboxing Academy: Fresno, California – MMA & Jiu Jitsu Coach

Fighters:

– Josh Koscheck – UFC, Bellator

– Justin Willcox – Strikeforce, Bellator

– Anthony Ruiz – UFC, Strikeforce, TPFC, Bellator

– Phil Collins – TPFC

– Ben Holscher – Strikeforce

– Gabriel Solorio – TPFC

– Casey Olson – Strikeforce, TPFC

– Zoila Frausto – Bellator Women’s Champion

 

Fight Record

MMA Amateur & Pro Fighter- Brasil

NoGi Jiu Jitsu/Grappling

-2nd Place – Grappler´s Quest UFC Expo (2010)

– 3rd Place – Trials Abu Dhabi (2005)

– 3rd Place – World Champion IBJJF Long Beach (2009)

 

 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

 – 1st place – Royler Gracie Cup (1997) Purple Belt

– 1st Place – State League Rio de Janeiro – Purple Belt

– 1st Place – Absolute League of Rio de Janeiro Open Weight (1999) Brown Belt

– 1st Place – Cyclone Cup Rio de Janeiro (1999) Brown Belt

– 1st Place – State Champion of Rio De Janeiro Middle-Heavy (2001) Black Belt

– World Pro Abu Dhabi Championship (2014) Black Belt Winner

 

IBJJF Certified | MMA & BJJ Referee

Paul Cut outPaul Song is the lead Muay Thai Professor at Brazilian Top Team North Houston.

Paul is a Muay Thai Black belt, and is the first American to receive this honor under legendary Master Rafael Cordeiro. He is one of the founding fathers of King’s MMA in California, with over 8 years of coaching experience as both the Muay Thai professor to the professional team, as well as the lead MMA coach for the amateur team.

Not only is Paul a highly accomplished Muay Thai instructor and athlete, but he holds a professional MMA fight record of 3-2, and amateur record of 2-0, receiving a 5x Fighter of the Night and 5x Fight of the Night honor. He is also a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and was the 2008 Copa de Pacifica and 2009 North American BJJ Champion.

Paul has had some notable sparring partners and students, including Wanderlei Silva, Shogun Rua, Fabricio Werdum, Cris Cyborg, Rafael Dos Anjos, Lyoto and Chinzo Machida, and Jake Ellengberger to name a few.