Andre Galvao amazed by the mentality of the Ruotolo twins

Andre Galvao watched the Ruotolo twins, Tye and Kade, mature into one of the best submission wrestlers this generation has seen.

Galvao, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend, is the mentor of the two fighter protégés. He said that Tye and Kade’s craft is derived from his mind base.

In an interview with ONE Championship, Galvao said that the Ruotolos often have an air of positivity around them, which allows them to move forward each time they compete.

Andre Galvao said:

“It’s the way they see life, you know. His mentality is different. They are very positive, they are very cheerful. They believe in themselves, of course, but just like you, you feel the energy. Like, when they’re new, they’re always smiling, you feel good energy around them… They don’t feel any pressure, they just go and fight hard. And most of the time, his performance is much better than his performance in the gym.”

The seven-time BJJ world champion added:

“At three years old, they start training jiu-jitsu and continue [training] in jiu jitsu. And not only that, the fact that they have a super strong mindset where they’re always happy, you know, they’re always positive. I think that makes a big difference in his talent. We can call this talent, of course, they work very hard for that, but their talent comes from the ability to deal with pressure in a very good way.”

Since then, the Ruotolo brothers have amassed an impressive resume, with Tye and Kade receiving their black belts when they were just 18 years old.

Kade holds titles in WNO, Grapplefest and EBI Combat Jiu-Jitsu, while Tye also holds a WNO title and became the youngest person to reach the ADCC semi-finals when he was just 16 years old in 2019.


Andre Galvao watches the twins flip their kill switch on ONE 157

Tye and Kade will be up for their toughest challenges yet when they take on Garry Tonon and Shinya Aoki, respectively, in submission wrestling matches.

The contests will mark their ONE Championship debut and will take place at ONE 157: Petchmorakot vs. Vienot on Friday May 20 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

This will be a test for the twins as they have never fought inside a cage before. However, Galvao expects his students to be on the front lines and ready against two of ONE Championship’s top submission specialists.

Andre Galvao said the twins are relentless with each other every time they train. Their drive to push each other to become the best has driven Tye and Kade to go above and beyond every time they compete against someone.

“They put a little more into a tournament than into a training session. I don’t know if you saw them shoot or when they’re training, they chase each other really hard. But when there is an enemy or an opponent, a challenge, they know how to pull the trigger, go for the kill. It’s amazing, I think that’s the difference in his mind, his talent and his style.”

We’ll see how the twins fare when they enter the circle for the first time this Friday.


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