Born in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Born in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Andre Pimenta began martial arts at an early age. At 14, Andre was attending daily Muay Thai classes under Master Juba, who taught him basic technique and facilitated Andre's first competition. Andre took first place at the Rio de Janeiro Open State Muay Thai Tournament. Shortly after this early success, Andre's friend, Mongoo, invited him to try Jiu Jitsu with the East Association of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Andre quickly fell in love with the sport. After a year of intense training, including under Master Amelio Arruda, Andre was crowned blue-band champion of the Alloy Niteroiense Jiu Jitsu. Inspired by the Jiu Jitsu X Luta Livre in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1990s, Andre also became interested in MMA, where the Carlson Gracie Team, led by Grand Master Carlson Gracie Sr., became his main reference. Andre trained at the Carlson Gracie Academy in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, under Professor Ari Galo, and thereafter at the World Fight Center (WFC) in Niteroi. At WFC, Andre worked under Masters Tuniko Jr. (Muaythai), Brazilian Muaythai team coach, Ricardo Arona (Jiu Jitsu), Pride and ADCC Champion, and Master Alexandre Pequeno (Luta Livre), King of Shotoo.
In December 2010, Andre received his black belt from Master Carlson Gracie Jr., the greatest honor in his athletic career. Nowadays Andre is the head instructor of Carlson Gracie Headquarters in Chicago, IL beside Master Carlson Gracie Jr. At Master Carlson's Gracie Jr. Academy, he teaches BJJ and also is responsible for the Muay Thai program. Madiz, as people call him, has been traveling to Thailand frequently and with that improving his knowledge more and more. At this moment he is the official representative of World Muaythai Organization in the USA - one of the most respectful in the world. Andre holds a second degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Khan 11( red and white mongkol) in Muaythai under Kru Muaythai Association. Andre's biggest goal is to propagate the traditional Mauythai and the original Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu style. Andre considers this period as the most important of his career because of the high quality of training / teachers and friendships with fellow fighters. During this time, Andre won titles at the Brazilian Grappling Championships as well as a KO at the first Challenge Contact Muaythai Competition. In 2006, Andre moved to the US, and shortly thereafter was invited to join Master Carlson Gracie Jr. In 2008, Andre was invited by Miguel Angel Torres (WEC Champion) to teach Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing, and MMA at Torres' academy in Indiana. Andre considers this a key time in his career as a teacher and fighter.