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”


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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.”

Fabio Santos Seminar in Arizona on December 21st

Sunday, November 30th, 2014



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Gustavo Dantas’ interview with Budovideos

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014


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


5th AZ FUSION Seminar with Robson Moura and Gustavo Dantas on December 13th

Monday, November 10th, 2014


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).


REGISTRATION DEADLINE (No T-Shirt included) of $80 ENDS at 11:59PM on ThursdayDecember 11th


 All schools and affiliations are welcome to this event.

Click here to sign up now!

Caio Terra Seminar in AZ on November 15th & 16th

Saturday, November 8th, 2014


Does your nerves get the best of you when you compete?

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Check out this video, and see if you relate with the information of the DVD “Inner Discovery for Outer Success” taught by Gustavo Dantas.

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“Inner Discovery for Outer Success” was created to help you discover what patterns are preventing you from being your best self on the mat, and that you have all the answers within you.

‪”Inner Discovery for Outer Success” will help you gain clarity and conscious awareness through easy to understand concepts, yet with very deep meaning, that will inspire you to overcome your own challenges, and reach your full potential.

The fundamentals, principles and techniques that I share on this program have made a huge impact on me and hundreds of others, on and off the mat, and I have a conviction that this program will make an impact on you too.

Congratulations on taking the first step to the secret of success, which is self-discovery.

Gustavo Dantas

The BJJ Mental Coach®
“Bringing innovation to Jiu-Jitsu”