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Thursday, April 28th, 2016


Non-Profit Organization Live Jiu-Jitsu joins forces with Toys for Tots

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Toys For Tots Logo

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.

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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

Ph. +1 480 968 6303


Live Jiu-Jitsu & Higher Ground partnership

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

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.


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

Saturday, November 8th, 2014


Support the “Anything for my prostate” Campaign

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

ANYTHING FOR MY PROSTATE from Zac Griffith on Vimeo.


As the third leading cause of death from cancer in men in Canada, and with 1 in 6 men being diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States, prostate health has become increasingly important. Funds raised by Anything for My Prostate are donated to Prostate Cancer Canada, and the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and are used for prostate cancer research and programs in Canada, and the United States.


  • Difficulty, urgent, and/or frequent need to urinate
  • Burning, or pain while urinating
  • Inability to urinate
  • Difficulty starting or stopping urine flow
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in the urine, or semen


It’s important to recognize that there is no single determining cause to developing prostate cancer, but being aware of the factors that enhance your risk should help guide you in deciding if regular PSA testing could be beneficial to you.

Some of the risk factors include:


GD Jiu-Jitsu Events Food Drive continues

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Aaron Simpson picking the raffle winner

So far in 2010, GD Jiu-Jitsu Events has been able to raise 444 lbs of food to the United Food bank, which is responsible for distributing your food donations to over 240 agencies such as churches, youth and senior programs, crisis centers, and soup kitchens. Held during 2 tournaments this year, the 5th AZ International Open, and the 2nd AZ Kids Cup , your food donations helped to feed not just the hungry, but the many people in need in our community. With the help of UFC Fighters, Aaron Simpson and Jesse Forbes, 444 pounds of food was raised, which equates to 341 meals put onto the tables of people who are struggling in our neighborhoods. GD Jiu-Jitsu Events hopes to continue working with the United Food Bank and donate even more food in 2010. Last  year we raised 523 lbs of food, which equates to 409 meals. Your next opportunity to donate food will be during the 2010 AZ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu State Championship at Westwood High School in Mesa, AZ on June 26th & 27th, 2010. For every 5 items that you donate, you will receive a raffle ticket, to have a chance to win a prize and help out your community.


Autographed Official WEC 48 Jose Aldo Items for Charity

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Autographed Official WEC 48 Jose Aldo Banner

Nova Uniao Black Belt and current WEC Featherweight Champion of the World, Jose Aldo, is continuing his efforts to give back to his community. With the success of his first auction, where he auctioned items from when he defeated Mike Brown for the Belt, and with the proceeds gathered from Nova Uniao merchandise sales, 40 Jiu-Jitsu Gis were able to be purchased for the students in the Nova Uniao Community Program. Now, with his latest dominating win over Urijah Faber in his first Title defense, Aldo hopes to again raise funds that will further the development of the program.

Autographed Official WEC 48 Jose Aldo Gloves


UFC Fighter Aaron Simpson at the Food Drive

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Aaron Simpson will be at the Food Drive

Undefeated (7-0) UFC Middleweight standout, Aaron “The A-Train” Simpson, will be joining the AZSBJJF Food Drive for the United Food Bank at the 5th Arizona International Open of BJJ on March 13th from 10am-12pm at Westwood High School in Mesa, AZ. Simpson will be available for pictures and autographs. Promoted by the owner of GD Jiu-Jitsu Events, Gustavo Dantas, the sold out event will feature National and International talented competitors, drawing in 530 athletes to compete during this two-day event.

Making its debut as an International event, the 5th Arizona Open welcomes four World Class Black Belt competitors. Kron Gracie (Rickson Gracie), is set to compete against Gracie Barra Stand-Out, Philipe Della Monica (Gracie Barra), in a Middleweight match. Witness all the action, along with the Featherweight match-up between 7x World Champion Robson Moura (Nova Uniao) and 2009 Japanese National Champion Nobuhiko Kitahara (Axis JJ).


Nova União leader’s end-of-the-year charity banquet

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Nova Uniao Founder, Andre Pederneiras


Known for his involvement in the promotion of Jiu-Jitsu events around Arizona, with the Arizona State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (AZSBJJF) and his GD Jiu-Jitsu events company, and the solid results his team of gi-clad warriors achieves in competition, Gustavo Dantas is also recognized for the charitable endeavors he performs around the state where he resides, collecting food for the needy and the like.

A recent article published on the website and written by Dantas’s girlfriend Kristina Barlaan -current American National No-Gi and Arizona State Champion at blue belt – sheds light on a likely origin of Gustavo’s sense of moral obligation. On a recent trip to Gustavo’s birthplace of Rio de Janeiro the couple witnessed the end-of-the-year banquet the black belt leader of Nova União Arizona’s master and mentor Andre Pederneiras held for elderly residents of the Santo Amaro low-income housing area in Rio de Janeiro’s southern zone. The following is Barlaan’s account of the proceedings.


Red Cross sends aid to Earthquake Victims in Haiti

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

American Red Cross in response to the earthquakes that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010 is currently accepting donations. Your gift makes it possible for the Red Cross to provide comfort and hope to disaster victims across the affected region, helping to meet critical needs such as for shelter, food, relief supplies and other emergency assistance.The earthquake in
Haiti and the almost total destruction of the country has shocked the world. The UN estimates that close to 100,000 people has died, but there is no way to reach an exact number.