GD Events encourages the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by promoting tournaments, seminars, workshops, and other BJJ related events.
We are the exclusive promoter for the Arizona State Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (AZSBJJF), which follows the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation rules and regulations. The IBJJF is the sport’s highest and most respected organization in the world.
We also work in conjunction with Live Jiu-Jitsu, 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.
We are committed to offering high quality BJJ events, helping practitioners, directly and indirectly, to achieve their personal goals and improve key life skills that can be developed through competitions such as discipline, work ethic, dealing with failure and success, creating the habit of getting out of your comfort zone, facing fears and anxieties, as well as dealing with under pressure situations.
My life purpose is to inspire others to believe in their personal goals and dreams using Jiu-Jitsu as a channel to build greater self-confidence and self-worth while living a healthy life style. I truly believe Jiu-Jitsu and competitions are a great way to do so.
Owner of GD Jiu-Jitsu LLC
ABOUT GUSTAVO DANTAS
Gustavo Dantas, is a fourth degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Andre Pederneiras. With nearly 20 years of coaching experience and being a World Class competitor, Gustavo is a Public Speaker as well as Certified Mental & Life Coach with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from UFRJ (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro). Gustavo left Brazil in 1999 with a couple thousand dollars, two bags, and one teenage dream: to have his own 100% Jiu-Jitsu Academy and to make his living through the passion of his life, Jiu-Jitsu. The Gustavo Dantas Jiu-Jitsu Academy was established in Tempe, Arizona on March 6th, 2012, re-enforcing the statement, “Believe in yourself, believe in your dreams. Hard work pays off”.
Gustavo was the Jiu-Jitsu coach of the Mixed Martial Arts Gym, Arizona Combat Sports for eleven years, where he achieved his 2-0 MMA Record. During that time, Gustavo started the mission of promoting Jiu-Jitsu in the State of Arizona, becoming the vice-president of the Arizona State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation and turning a small, 40 competitor, “in-house” tournament in 2001 to an impressive 700 competitors in 2011, helping Arizona to be recognized as one of the Jiu-Jitsu power houses in the United States.
Well respected in the Jiu-Jitsu community as well as a great competitor, coach, and human being, Gustavo, who is the Co-Founder of the Non-Profit Organization, Live Jiu-Jitsu, continues to build champions on and off the mat in Arizona, and he hopes to spread his coaching philosophy to more Jiu-Jitsu practitioners around the World for years to come through his program “Inner Discovery for Outer Success”. “I want to help people to perform to the best of their abilities and reach their full potential on and off the mat. I struggled with performance anxiety before, and I was able to overcome it using the techniques that I share at my program. These concepts, fundamentals and techniques helped me, and I believe this program can help others too.” stated The BJJ Mental Coach, Gustavo Dantas.