Train with BJJ Mental Coach Gustavo Dantas at his North Phoenix affiliate

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Gustavo Dantas, the BJJ Mental Coach. Photo: Personal archive

Gustavo Dantas, the BJJ Mental Coach. Photo: Personal archive

Professor Gustavo Dantas is bringing a wealth of knowledge/experience to the students of Horizons Martial Arts. He is a fourth degree Jiu-Jitsu black belt with nearly twenty years of coaching experience. Gustavo has competed in tournaments in Brazil, United States, Japan and United Arab Emirates, including his most recent accomplishment, the gold medal at the 2014 Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship in the black belt master 2 featherweight 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, 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 on March 6th, 2012, re-enforcing the statement, “Believe in your dreams. Hard work pays off”.

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 nearly thirty 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.

Don’t miss the chance to learn from him at GD Jiu-Jitsu North PHX on the mat Monday through Thursday 7-8:30 p.m. or Tuesday or Thursday 10-11:30 p.m.

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