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2014 IBJJF Vegas Spring International Open


Featured on Gracie Magazine (September/2014)

“One of our busiest GMA (Gracie Magazine Association) members, 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 Speakeras 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 your dreams. Hard work pays off”.


2014 Abu Dhabi World Pro 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 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 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. For more info about “Inner Discovery for Outer Success” check out www.thebjjmentalcoach.com


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“Inner Discovery for Outer Success” Seminar at the Embassy Suites in Tempe, AZ on June 14th, 2014

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Find out more about Gustavo’s Mental Skills Training at www.thebjjmentalcoach.com


Here are some of Gustavo’s Accomplishments:

  • 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 – 3rd place (Black/Ultra Heavy/Adult) RJ, Brazil
  • 98 & 99 USFJJ 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 – 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 at the 2010 International Masters Championship in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Gustavo in Action

GD Black Belt 4th Degree

GD Black Belt 4th Degree


NSA (National Speakers Academy) Speakers Academy graduation

NSA (National Speakers Academy) Speakers Academy graduation

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