Vice-president of the Arizona State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (AZBJJF) and leader of team Nova União in the United States Gustavo Dantas still finds time to conduct seminars. Most recently, the black belt taught his techniques to the Tempe, Arizona, police department.
With around twenty-five participants, among them male and female police officers, Dantas went over situations typically to arise on the street, when detaining criminals and even defending themselves from aggressive suspects.
“With MMA’s rise in popularity in Arizona, the police are often put in situations where they face people committing criminal infractions who have fighting backgrounds and use the techniques against the officers. Many of these officers don’t know how to defend themselves in this type of confrontation. They just want to enforce the law, protect people, and it’s important that they be able to control criminals safely,” he states.
Now Gustavo carries on in his busy schedule. His next engagement is the Southwest BJJ Classic, an event he promotes that will count 600 participants on the 16th and 17th of this month in Mesa, Arizona.