Name: Gustavo Dantas
Rank & Organization: Black Belt, Nova União
BJJ Highlights: 3x IBJJF World Champion, 2x IBJJF U.S. National Champion, and numerous others
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?