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 an Entrepreneur, Public Speaker and published author as well as Certified Mental & High Performance Coach with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education.
Gustavo left Brazil in 1999 at age 24 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”.
(2015 AZ State Bodybuilding Championship)
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 800 competitors in 2016, helping Arizona to be recognized as one of the Jiu-Jitsu power houses in the United States.
(2014 Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship)
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 message of The BJJ Mental Coach movement and 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.
(Budo Video's "This Week in BJJ")
2012 World Masters Championship
Here are Gustavo's best achievements in Jiu-Jitsu:
2x ADCC Veteran (2001 & 2003)
– 2015 IBJJF Zurich International Open Silver medalist (Black/Adult/Light) Zurich, Switzerland
– 2015 IBJJF Gothenburg International Open Bronze medalist (Black/Adult/Light), Gothenburg, Sweden
– 2015 IBJJF Rome International Open Bronze medalist (Black/Adult/Light), Rome, Italy
– 2015 IBJJF Munich Winter International Open Silver medalist (Black/Adult/Feather), Munich, Germany
– 2014 IBJJF World Masters Silver medalist (Black/ Master 2/Feather), Long beach, California
– 2014 IBJJF Long Beach International Open Champion (Black/Adult/Feather), Long Beach, California
– 2014 IBJJF U.S. National Champion (Black/Master 2/ Light), Torrance, California
– 2014 IBJJF Vegas Spring International Open Champion (Black/Master 2/Light), Las Vegas, Nevada
– 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), Long Beach, California
– 2012 IBJJF U.S. National Champion (Black/Master 2/ Feather), Torrance, California
– 2010 IBJJF Vegas International Open Champion (Black/Master 1/Feather), Las Vegas, Nevada
– 2010 IBJJF International Master & Senior Champion (Black/Master 2/Feather), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
– 2009 JJFJ Rickson Gracie International Champion (Black/Adult/Light), Tokyo, Japan
– 2008 CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (Black/ Light/Master 1), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
– 2002 CBJJO World Cup bronze medalist (Black/Ultra Heavy/Adult), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
– 98 & 99 Joe Moreira International Champion (Brown & Black/Adult), Costa Mesa, California
– 98 FJJRJ Rio de Janeiro State champion (Brown/ Feather/Adult), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
– 97 & 98 IBJJF World champion (Purple & Brown/ Feather/Adult), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
– 97 CBJJ Campeonato Brasileiro por Equipes Champion (Purple/Light/Adult), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
– 96 IBJJF World Championships Bronze medalist (Purple/Light/Adult), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil