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Ryan Arnold reviewed THE PREMIER BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU (BJJ) ACADEMY IN ARIZONA
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A positive purpose driven experience with supportive team members on and off the mat. If you want to excel and crush your own expectations get training here!

Shannon Hurtado reviewed THE PREMIER BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU (BJJ) ACADEMY IN ARIZONA
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This is an amazing atmosphere for not just adults but the whole family. Even if you wanna do it just as a personal goal to lose weight and have fun doing it, or a little more serious to compete. They have something for everyone. Me as a woman I enjoy it as a self defense class. I feel this is almost the closest thing to real world attack. You will most likely be on the ground and need to get off your back or choke someone out from the bottom. My lovely saying "They don't tap in the real world!" Just check them out. We are more like family here than anything else. We look out for each other and help in anyway we can!

Megan Madigan Opitz reviewed THE PREMIER BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU (BJJ) ACADEMY IN ARIZONA
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Everyone is welcoming and the coaches are very knowledgeable and good at breaking down different specifics.

Loleini Tonga Emmsley reviewed THE PREMIER BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU (BJJ) ACADEMY IN ARIZONA
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My family and I have been training at GD Jiu Jitsu for over 6 years. We enjoy the positive vibe at this location. The gym is very clean. They offer so many class times from 6:30am to 6:30pm Monday through Friday. Also, they have open mat during the weekend. The coaches are very knowledgeable and experienced in the art of jiu jitsu. I definitely would recommend this academy!

Jordan Murray reviewed THE PREMIER BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU (BJJ) ACADEMY IN ARIZONA
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Best Bjj Acadamy in the State !! Family atmosphere, with amazing professors and staff. If you are looking to learn high level jujitsu in a fun, safe & clean environment look no further Gustavo Dantas Acadamy is the place for you.

Matt Miskinnis reviewed THE PREMIER BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU (BJJ) ACADEMY IN ARIZONA
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I'm older (almost 50) and out of shape (I wear an A6 gi). I cant do anything about my age, but I figured I could work on my weight. I was really self conscious about coming in. I met and talked with Gustavo and he made me feel at ease. The people and trainers have been great and a real help. This is definitely something out if my comfort zone, but day by day it's getting better and better and I have never sweated more in my life, definitely a calorie burner! It's been great.

Mariano Alvarez reviewed THE PREMIER BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU (BJJ) ACADEMY IN ARIZONA
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Gustavo is awesome! the rest of the instructor team is top notch! fellow students are very nice and helpful. This is a bjj school that really feels like a great SCHOOL.

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Gustavo Dantas

Owner - RANK: 4th DEGREE BLACK BELT

Biography

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on December 23,1974, Gustavo is a proud father and husband, and a fifth-degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Andre Pederneiras, the co-founder of the team Nova Uniao.

Along with being a world-class competitor and having over 25 years of coaching experience, Gustavo is a published author, a public speaker as well as a 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 $2,000, two bags, and one teenage dream: to have his own academy. Somewhere he could make a living and change lives through teaching the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

After many years of sacrifice and dedication, 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”.

Before opening his academy, Gustavo was the Jiu-Jitsu coach at Arizona Combat Sports for twelve years, where he achieved his 2-0 Mixed Martial Arts record. During that time, Gustavo started the mission of promoting Jiu-Jitsu in the state of Arizona and now serves as the President of the Arizona Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation.

Under his guidance, a small “in-house” tournament with less than 40 competitors in 2001 grew into a well-respected competition with over 4000 competitors yearly in 2019 with over six events per year, helping Arizona to be recognized as one of the top Jiu-Jitsu areas in the United States.

In addition to running his academy full-time, Gustavo has a podcast called www.thebjjmentalcoachpodcast.com

Dedicated to entrepreneurs, small business owners and/or aspiring entrepreneurs who train jiu-jitsu, the podcast helps those want to take their mindset to another level on and off the mat.

The podcast is an extension of Gustavo’s Mental Coaching Program THE BJJ MENTAL COACH, which its mission is to help the Jiu-Jitsu competitor, to become even more emotionally mature to overcome the mental blocks that can prevent you from performing to the best of your abilities, and achieving the success you desire on and off the mats. www.thebjjmentalcoach.com

And the last, but not least, Gustavo is the co-founder of the non-profit organization Jiu-Jitsu Tribe.

Jiu-Jitsu Tribe supports social projects who offer free jiu-jitsu classes to unprivileged children and young adults in impoverished communities inspiring, impacting and improving their lives to help keep them away from drugs & crime, creating hope and creating champions on and off the mats.

Your donation helps projects to pay for their monthly expenses and facilities makeovers. Visit www.jiujitsutribe.org to learn more.

Certifications

JIU-JITSU

  • 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/Master2/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/Master2/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 JUDO
  • 99 Nevada State Champion
  • 95 & 97 Rio de Janeiro State champion

SUBMISSION WRESTLING

  • 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