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6 Questions For...Gustavo Dantas

Gustavo Dantas

Name: Gustavo Dantas

 

Rank & Organization: Black Belt, Nova União 

BJJ Highlights: 3x IBJJF World Champion, 2x IBJJF U.S. National Champion, and numerous others

Etc: Owner, Gustavo Dantas Jiu Jitsu Academy; Vice-President, Arizona State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation; Founder, The BJJ Mental Coach 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1)  What do you consider your worst BJJ moment, and why? 

My worst moment was anytime that I got seriously injured, because I couldn’t control what happened. 

2)  What’s an “AHA!” moment you’ve had in your journey?

“You are who you are, not what you do.” Don’t mix up your image as a person, to your image as an athlete. Winning or losing A tournament will not make you a better or worse worthwhile person.

3)  What’s the best jiu-jitsu advice you’ve ever received?

The first thing that comes to my mind is a technique that Renato “Charuto” showed me when I was a purple belt. I’ve always been pretty good with overhead sweeps, but “Charuto” showed me some key points from the closed guard that opened my eyes for other variations and became a huge part of my competition game. 

4)  What is one habit you have that you believe has contributed to your success?

The habit of using this formula in my life: 

DECISION+ACTION+PERSEVERANCE = OUTCOME

The outcome can be positive or negative, but the amount of growth involved in the process is priceless!

5)  How do you mentally and physically prepare for competition? 

I study Personal Development daily, but when it gets closer to the tournament I use my Competition Journal to go over my positive affirmations, my notes and my visualization process. I always take my Journal with me to the competition.

6)  Who is your favorite superhero?

Hulk


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