Daniel “Mãozinha” Galvão is the head coach and founder of “Mãozinha Brazilian Jiu Jitsu”.   Daniel is a 5th 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 20 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.


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


– 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


– 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

– Winner/Submission of the Night – Fight To Win Pro 66 : 190lb Black Belt Gi

Winner/Submission of the Night – Fight To Win Pro 103 : 185lb Black Belt Gi

IBJJF Certified | MMA & BJJ Referee