Have you ever failed to deliver your best when it counts? This week our friend and BJJ black belt Gustavo Dantas will help you do your best on and off the mat. Gustavo has been training BJJ for 25 years, he is a 4th degree black belt. He has a passion for teaching BJJ and helping coach people to reach their goals. His coaching website is TheBjjMentalCoach.com.
In this interview we talk about:
- Doing BJJ as a kid in Rio
- Listening to audio books
- Why he recommends the book Psycho-Cybernetics
- The BJJ Mental Coach blog
- How he was able to overcome a bad start to competing
- Overcoming mental blocks in competing
- Moving to the United States from Brazil
- Dealing with competition anxiety
- A recent interview he did with Budo Videos
- Dealing with a high pressure situation
- How he runs competition students different from the students that don’t compete
- Learning from failure
- The three types of training partners that you need to be training with
- How BJJ can benefit someone off the mat
- Fixing mistakes after a tournament
- Living up to your full potential
- Dealing with fear
- Focusing on only the things that you can control
- His four Dvd set Inner Discovery for outer success
“Black belt Mackenzie Dern of GMA Megaton Jiu-Jitsu will be teaching a workshop in Tempe, AZ on Dec. 7.
The 2014 no-gi world champion will be teaching a Toys for Tots Workshop where you can train and learn with her. Men and women of any affiliation are welcome.
The cost of the seminar is $50 but you will receive $10 off if you bring an unwrapped new toy to donate.
The seminar will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1761 E Warner Rd. Tempe, AZ 85284.”
Live Jiu-Jitsu is partnering with Toys for Tots this holiday season to help them achieve their goal of delivering a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters.
Created by its co-founder, the 4th degree Black Belt, Gustavo Dantas, Live Jiu-Jitsu is a non-profit organization that aims to inspire positive change in the lives of impoverished communities through the study and implementation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. They provide opportunities for students to embrace the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu while enhancing their livelihood.
“This partnership will bring awareness to both organizations. Live Jiu-Jitsu has been able to support Jiu-Jitsu social projects in Brazil for the past few years, and now we want to spread this in the United States. Most of the social project students can not even afford a gi, imagine affording a competition. We have been able to buy new gi’s and paying the registration fees for them to compete at the Brazilian Nationals for example. We were also able to buy new mats for some of the projects as well.” Says Gustavo.
The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas and to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children
Starting today you can donate unwrapped toys valued at $10 or more to one of the donation bins at local Jiu Jitsu schools in Phoenix. The last day for donations is Dec 16th.
Donation bins are currently located at GD Jiu Jitsu Academy, 1848 E University Drive #108, Tempe, AZ, 85281.
Any school or business interested in having a donation box at their location can contact us to pick up a kit or have one dropped off.
For more information about Live Jiu-jitsu and to become a supporter buying a patch, please visit www.livejiu-jitsu.org
Ph. +1 480 968 6303
Check out Gustavo Dantas’ interview in the show “This Week in BJJ” with Budo Videos. Get to know more about Gustavo’s teaching philosophy and his approach to competition. Here are some of the topics covered in the interview:
-Why getting 2nd place (and not getting gold) at the 2014 Masters Worlds was a good thing.
-Why BJJ competition is a powerful tool for self-development.
-Mental skills to ease the nerves when competing.
-Why he has a wall separating the mat space from the parents.
-Why it takes him 30 minutes to watch a 10 minute match (this is an awesome way to learn)
-The “window” concept and how it changes as you spar against higher belts
-Gripping strategies related to each guard
Source: Erin Herle from Graciemag
Live Jiu-Jitsu & Higher Ground team up to offer unique opportunity for at-risk youth to compete in Jiu-Jitsu
A select group of 10 athletes competed in their first gi tournament at the 6th Southwest BJJ Classic Championship in Arizona. This was all made possible by Live Jiu-Jitsu and Higher Ground teaming up to offer this great opportunity.
Live Jiu-Jitsu is a non-profit organization that aims to inspire positive change in the lives of impoverished communities through the study and implementation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. They provide opportunities for students to embrace the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu while enhancing their livelihood. Its co-founder and GMA member, Gustavo Dantas is also the president of GD Events that helped 10 students to compete at the Southwest Classic Tournament.
Higher Ground is a non-profit organization for at-risk youth in Tucson, Arizona. They have over 60 kids in their Jiu-Jitsu program, all of whom have several mental and behavioral issues.
Jansen Azarias, Director at Higher Ground writes:
“Jiu-Jitsu is a life-changing program at Higher Ground. With over 50 students practicing it on a daily basis, the mats have become a place of transformation – from bullies to leaders, from bullied to warriors. It’s a place where students who are labeled as troublemakers transform their behavior and character in and out of the mats, labeled at-risk become champions, and a place where lives are continually transformed with each day of grappling.
The 10 students that GD Events and Live Jiu-Jitsu sponsored are the epitome of this transformation. Four of those students come from the same family. When they came to Higher Ground last year, their mother had just left them at their grandma’s doorstep to run away with her boyfriend. Three brothers and a sister full of confusion, anger and hopelessness with no one to turn to. Seeing the loss of confidence and the build up of anger, we quickly plugged them in our Jiu Jitsu program. Here we saw the oldest brother flourish and see his anger from a different light. He began to realize that if he can control it and release it on the mats, he had no need to release it by fighting or shutting other people out.
The 5th Arizona FUSION BJJ Seminar with the IBJJF Hall of Fame & 5x Black Belt World Robson Moura & Gustavo Dantas will take place at the Gracie Arizona Academy on December 13th, 2014 located at 2109 E. McDowell Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85006 from 11pm to 1:30pm. This seminar will cover specific techniques, tips, and exercises focused on strengthening and fine tuning your competitive game. Also, in addition to the Fusion Seminar, The BJJ Mental Coach, Gustavo Dantas, will be doing a twenty minutes presentation of his Mental Skills Training program called “Inner Discovery for Outer Success” from 1:40pm to 2:00pm on the mat.
For those who may not know, Fusion is the title of Robson Moura’s Instructional DVD series, which was produced by World Martial Arts. GD assisted Robson in the making of all three volumes (Fusion 1 and 2, and Super No-Gi).
FREE FUSION SEMINAR T-SHIRT OFFER AND EARLY BIRD PRICE of $70 ENDS at 11:59PM on Monday, December 8th
REGISTRATION DEADLINE (No T-Shirt included) of $80 ENDS at 11:59PM on Thursday, December 11th
NO REGISTRATION AT THE DOOR
All schools and affiliations are welcome to this event.