Gustavo Dantas is a fourth degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from the world renowned team, Nova Uniao.  With nearly 20 years of coaching experience and being a World Class competitor with International experience, Gustavo has competed in tournaments in Brazil, United States, Japan and United Arab Emirates, including his most recent accomplishment, the 2014 Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Champion at the Black Belt/Feather weight/Master 2 division, and the 2012 World Champion at the Black Belt/Feather weight/Master 2 division. A motivational speaker, 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 three thousand dollars, 2 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 on March 6th, 2012, re-enforcing the statement, “Believe in your dreams. Hard work pays off”.

2012 World Championship (Master & Seniors)

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 705 competitors in 2011, helping Arizona to be recognized as one of the Jiu-Jitsu power houses in the United States, where he produced over 20 World Championship medalists.

Well respected in the Jiu-Jitsu community as well as a great competitor, coach, and human being, Gustavo continues to build champions on the mat and in life in Arizona and he hopes to spread out his coaching philosophy to more Jiu-Jitsu practitioners for years to come.

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Here are some of Gustavo’s Accomplishments:

  • 2014 Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Champion (Black/Master 2/feather) Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
  • 2012 World Champion (Black/Senior 1/Feather) CA, USA
  • 2012 U.S. National Champion (Black/Senior 1/Feather) CA, USA
  • 2010 Vegas International Open Champion (Black/Master/Feather) NV, USA
  • 2010 International Master & Senior Champion (Black/Senior 1/Feather) RJ, Brazil
  • 2009 Rickson Gracie International Champion (Black/Adult/Light) Tokyo, Japan
  • 2008 Brazilian National Champion (Black/Light/Master) RJ, Brazil
  • 2008 South Bay BJJ Open Champion (Black/Light/Master) CA,USA
  • 2002 World Cup – 3rd place (Black/Ultra Heavy/Adult) RJ, Brazil
  • 98 & 99 Joe Moreira International Champion (Brown & Black) CA, USA
  • 98 Rio de Janeiro State champion (Brown/Feather/Adult) RJ, Brazil
  • 97 & 98 World champion (Purple & Brown/Feather/Adult) RJ, Brazil
  • 97 Campeonato Brasileiro por Equipes  Champion (Purple/Light/Adult) RJ, Brazil
  • 96 World Championships – 3rd place (Purple/Light/Adult) RJ, Brazil


  • 99 Nevada State Champion
  • 95 & 97 Rio de Janeiro State champion


  • 2001, 2003 Abu Dhabi Combat Championships veteran

MMA Record (2-0)

05/03/2003      Win      Brittish Pena      RITC 48    Submission Triangle/Arm Bar      1st Rd.     2:14
02/16/2002      Win      Jesus Salazar      Desert Heat 1      Rear naked Choke        1st Rd.      0:43

Gustavo and his son, Jonathan Dantas

Gustavo in Action

GD Black Belt 4th Degree

GD Black Belt 4th Degree

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