Gustavo Dantas, is a fourth degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Andre Pederneiras. With nearly 20 years of coaching experience and being a World Class competitor, Gustavo is a Public Speaker as well as Certified Mental & Life Coach with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from UFRJ (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro). Gustavo left Brazil in 1999 with a couple thousand dollars, two bags, and one teenage dream: to have his own 100% Jiu-Jitsu Academy and make his living through the passion of his life, Jiu-Jitsu. The Gustavo Dantas Jiu-Jitsu Academy was established in Tempe, Arizona on March 6th, 2012, re-enforcing the statement, “Believe in yourself, believe in your dreams. Hard work pays off”.
Gustavo was the Jiu-Jitsu coach of the Mixed Martial Arts Gym, Arizona Combat Sports for eleven years, where he achieved his 2-0 MMA Record. During that time, Gustavo started the mission of promoting Jiu-Jitsu in the State of Arizona, becoming the vice-president of the Arizona State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation and turning a small, 40 competitor, “in-house” tournament in 2001 to an impressive 700 competitors in 2011, helping Arizona to be recognized as one of the Jiu-Jitsu power houses in the United States.
Well respected in the Jiu-Jitsu community as well as a great competitor, coach, and human being, Gustavo, who is also the Co-founder of the non-profit organization Live Jiu-Jitsu, continues to build champions on and off the mat in Arizona, and he hopes to spread out his coaching philosophy to more Jiu-Jitsu practitioners around the World for years to come through his program “Inner Discovery for Outer Success”. “I want to help people to perform to the best of their abilities and reach their full potential on and off the mat. I struggled with performance anxiety before, and I was able to overcome it using the techniques that I share at my program. These concepts, fundamentals and techniques helped me, and I believe this program can help others too.” stated The BJJ Mental Coach, Gustavo Dantas.
1309 W Guadalupe Rd Ste #1
Mesa, Az 85202
Team: Nova Uniao/GDJiuJitsu
Gustavo's competition highlights
2015 IBJJF Munich Winter International Open Silver medalist (Black/Adult/Feather) Munich, Germany
2014 IBJJF World Masters Silver medalist (Black/Master 2/Feather) CA, USA
2014 IBJJF Long Beach International Open Champion (Black/Adult/Feather) CA, USA
2014 IBJJF U.S. National Champion (Black/Master 2/Light) CA, USA
2014 IBJJF Vegas Spring International Open Champion (Black/Master 2/Light) NV, USA
2014 UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Champion (Black/Master 2/feather) Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
2012 IBJJF World Champion (Black/Master 2/Feather) CA, USA
2012 IBJJF U.S. National Champion (Black/Master 2/Feather) CA, USA
2010 IBJJF Vegas International Open Champion (Black/Master 1/Feather) NV, USA
2010 IBJJF International Master & Senior Champion (Black/Master 2/Feather) RJ, Brazil
2009 JJFJ Rickson Gracie International Champion (Black/Adult/Light) Tokyo, Japan
2008 CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (Black/Light/Master 1) RJ, Brazil
2002 CBJJO World Cup bronze medalist (Black/Ultra Heavy/Adult) RJ, Brazil
98 & 99 Joe Moreira International Champion (Brown & Black/Adult) CA, USA
98 FJJRJ Rio de Janeiro State champion (Brown/Feather/Adult) RJ, Brazil
97 & 98 IBJJF World champion (Purple & Brown/Feather/Adult) RJ, Brazil
97 CBJJ Campeonato Brasileiro por Equipes Champion (Purple/Light/Adult) RJ, Brazil
96 IBJJF World Championships Bronze medalist (Purple/Light/Adult) RJ, Brazil