Introduction to Mental Skills Training (M.S.T.)

A guide to maximizing your potential and success

Are you having a hard time transferring all your hard work in training practices to the competition mat?

Are you feeling so anxious about performing because you don’t want to disappoint your coach, family, and friends to the point that you can’t think clearly and perform to the best of your ability?

Are you trying to perform perfectly in competition? Do you beat yourself up after mistakes and dwell on errors?

If you said “yes” to any of these, you are not alone and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Whether you are a black belt who is trying to become a world champion, a white belt competing in local tournaments, whether you are 20 years old or 40 years old, both athletes are pursuing success, according to each one’s realities and goals, by reaching their full potential and performing to the best of their abilities.

As Jiu-Jitsu becomes more sophisticated, athletes who fail to properly utilize psychological tools place themselves at a disadvantage in performance and satisfaction. An investment in M.S.T. may spell the difference between high achievement and mediocrity for athletes.

There are many specific mental skills that contribute to success in Jiu-Jitsu and other areas of our lives. Psychological skills techniques help athletes make adjustments to their actions, thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations that will improve their performance on the mat. They can all be learned and improved with instruction and practice. M.S.T. (mental skills training) refers to the systematic and consistent practice of mental or psychological skills with the purpose of enhancing performance, increasing enjoyment, and gaining greater self-satisfaction.

What is the ultimate goal of MST?

After mental skills training, an athlete should be able to monitor or self-regulate his or her own emotional and performance state. Self-regulation is the ability to work toward goals by effectively monitoring and managing your own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This is the goal of MST, to help the athlete become self-sufficient and self-regulating.

Are you ready to make a change in your competition game? CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW.


  • 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm – “Meet and Greet” with special guests, Nova Uniao Black Belts, Robson Moura, Bruno Bastos and Renato “Verissimo” Charuto. Refreshments and snacks available.
  • 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Introduction to Mental Skills Training with Gustavo Dantas and Q & A
  • 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Continuation of “Meet and Greet


Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa
1011 W. Holmes Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85210

Investment to participate at the 2012 Nova Uniao USA Expo

Sign up for all three events by Monday, November 19th to receive the early registration discounted rate of $150 ($50 per event). Get your competition mindset ready on Friday, compete on Saturday, and train with the Elite of Nova Uniao USA on Sunday. Registration deadline for the M.S.T. Seminar and 2nd NU Invitational is on Monday, November 26th. Participants (M.S.T. Seminar, NU Invitational, and/or Super Fusion) who register by November 26th will receive the Expo t-shirt! After November 26th, attendees of the Super Fusion seminar will NOT receive the event T-Shirt. The deadline for the Super Fusion seminar is on Thursday, November 29th at 11:59pm. NO REGISTRATIONS AT THE DOOR!

Until November 19th

  • 1 Event – $70 (After November 19th, $80)
  • 2 Events – $110 (After November 19th, $125)
  • 3 Events – $150 (After November 19th, $170)


About the Speaker

Gustavo Dantas is a third degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from the world renowned team, Nova Uniao. With over 15 years of coaching experience and being a World Class competitor with Interna-tional experience, Gustavo has competed in tournaments in Brazil, United States, Japan and United Arab Emirates, including his most recent accomplishment, the 2012 U.S. National Jiu-Jitsu Champion & 2012 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Champion in the Black Belt/Feather weight/Senior 1 division. A certified Mental & Fitness Coach with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from UFRJ (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro), Gustavo left Brazil in 1999 with three thousand dollars, 2 bags, and one teenage dream: to have his own 100% Jiu-Jitsu Academy and make his living through the passion of his life, Jiu-Jitsu. The Gustavo Dantas Jiu-Jitsu Academy was established on March 6th, 2012, re-enforcing the statement, “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 705 competitors in 2011, helping Arizona to be recognized as one of the Jiu-Jitsu power houses in the United States, where he produced over 20 World Championship medalists.

Well respected in the Jiu-Jitsu community as well as a great competitor, coach, and human being, Gustavo continues to build champions on the mat and in life in Arizona and he hopes to spread out his coaching philosophy to more Jiu-Jitsu practitioners for years to come.