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The Art of Jiu Jitsu academy will no longer represent the Atos team in 2020. While the statement made by Gui from their official Instagram account was vague, he made it clear that there is no bad blood between him and the Galvaos.
Many keen observers in the jiu-jitsu community noticed that AOJ athletes did not compete as Atos at the 2020 IBJJF European Championships. They then went on to do the same at the Fresno open, adding more fuel to the fire that there will be a split.
Gui has a strong team going forward, with an army of rising stars led by Johnatha Alves, Tainan Dalpra, Jessa Khan, Cole Abate, Gustavo Ogawa, and others.
Mendes declined to comment about the split, choosing to keep his reasons private.
FloGrappling has reached out to Andre Galvao but has not heard back at the time of publication.
UPDATE: Andre Galvao took to Instagram to post this brief statement:
"To everyone wondering about Atos/AOJ. Nothing bad has happened. There is nothing but friendship and respect between both parties. We are all grown up, succesful in both personal and professional life, and mature enough to work business without affecting relationships and that’s all."