Sunday, June 21st, 2015


The tenth mental mistake from the series “Top 10 Mental Mistakes BJJ Competitors make and how to avoid them” is UNDERESTIMATING MENTAL PREPARATION.

“Competition is 90% Mental and 10% Physical”. How many times have you heard statements like these from World Class Competitors, Sports Psychologists and Mental Coaches? However, the training regimes of Jiu-Jitsu competitors seem to reflect the opposite. A lot of athletes have the feeling that they need invest more time, money and effort in:

✔ Technical DVD’s

✔ Private Classes and Seminars

✔ Strength & Conditioning Programs

✔ Supplements & proper nutrition

These extra investments can absolutely help, but the reality is that good physical, technical and strategic training must be accompanied by good mental preparation, which is widely underestimated in sports and it’s not different in the Jiu-Jitsu community. Often times, athletes are hard workers with great discipline and perseverance, but have a hard time overcoming internal obstacles that prevent them from reaching their full potential and performing to best of their ability.

In this video I share the importance of Mental Skills Training and I will introduce you to my program “Inner Discovery for Outer Success”, which is now available online ON DEMAND at

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The BJJ Mental Coach
“Bringing Innovation to Jiu-Jitsu”


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Vandal Kimonos supporting the 2015 AZ State Championship

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015



Vandal Kimonos was created in 2012 by a team of Nova Uniao Black Belts. They set out to take Gi functionality and style to the next level through quality products and design. Born and bred in the Hawaiian islands VK is focused on designing quality products and providing their customers with outstanding customer service. With over 15 years of high level training and competition they have come to know what works and what doesn’t and that is expressed in their line of high quality products.

Check out WWW.VANDALKIMONOS.COM for more info.

Seminar with Dean Lister in Arizona on June 7th

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015


New Location for the 7th AZ Kids Cup and 3rd Copa Bela on April 25th!!!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

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BJJ Seminar with Samir Chantre on April 26th

Friday, April 10th, 2015


Top 10 Mental Mistakes BJJ Competitors Make and How to Avoid Them #3 Fear of Making Costly Mistakes

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

The number three most common mental mistake Jiu-Jitsu competitors make is “Fear of making costly mistakes”. If you have competed before, most likely you have made this mistake and you are NOT alone! The fear of making costly mistakes during a match can hold us back from performing to the best of our abilities and it can bring a lot of frustration after the competition.

Today you are going to hear about the best way to avoid this very common mental mistake that we all go through at some point in our Jiu-jitsu competition journey.


Gustavo Dantas
The BJJ Mental Coach
“Bringing Innovation to Jiu-Jitsu”


Check out to find out how “Inner Discovery for Outer Success” can help you!

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INSTAGRAM : gdjiujitsu

Robert Traven Seminar on April 18th, 2015 in AZ

Friday, February 27th, 2015

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Rodrigo Medeiros Seminar in Tucson and Sierra Vista in February

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015


The BJJ Brick Podcast Interview with Gustavo Dantas

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

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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

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

Contact Info for Gustavo Dantas- Email: info@thebjjmentalcoach.comHis Facebook PageThe Bjj Mental Coach website

Gustavo’s Sponsors ShoyorollAggro Brand


Mackenzie Dern Seminar in Tempe on December 7th

Sunday, November 30th, 2014



“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.”