Gustavo Dantas

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Gustavo Henrique Lourenço Dantas (23 December 1974 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - ) is a practitioner and accredited 4th dan black belt instructor of the Brazilian martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Originally from Rio de Janerio, Brazil, Gustavo currently instructs Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is the owner of the GD Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Tempe, Arizona. As black belt under Andre Pederneiras, he is the President of Nova União MMA/BJJ team.[1] Recently, Gustavo has been charged with reorganizing the Nova União Jiu Jitsu team and is President in the US. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Nova União website and organizing the team for National tournaments.

Accomplishments[edit]

Gustavo is an accomplished Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor, with career highlights including:

2009 Rickson Gracie Cup 2009 Japan (1st place)[2]
2008 Brazilian National Champion
2002 World Championships (3rd place)
98 & 99 International Championships (1st place)
98 Rio de Janeiro State Champion
97 & 98 World Champion
97 National Champion
96 World Championships (3rd place)

The Nova União competition team has achieved success in National Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition, including:[3][4]

2009 Southwest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classic - 1st place[5]
2009 American National Jiu Jitsu No-Gi Championships - 3rd place[6]
2009 AZ BJJ State Championships - Adult, 1st place, Kids, 3rd place[7]
2009 4th Arizona Open of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Adult, 1st place
2008 American National Championships - 3rd place
2008 AZ BJJ State Championships - Adult, 1st place
2008 3rd Arizona Open of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Adult, 3rd place
2007 10th Arizona Grappling Challenge - Adult, 1st place, Kids, 3rd place
2007 American National Championships - 3rd place
2007 AZ BJJ State Championships - Adult, 1st place
2007 2nd Arizona Open of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Adult, 1st place, Kids, 1st place
2007 NAGA Las Vegas - 4th place
2006 9th Arizona Grappling Challenge - Adult, 1st place, Kids, 3rd place, Sub Wrestling, 2nd place
2006 AZ BJJ State Championships - Adult, 1st place
2007 Desert Quest 22 - Gi, 1st place, No-Gi, 1st place
2006 American National Championships - 3rd place

Students[edit]

Black belts under Gustavo include Steve Judson, Gary Matsch, Brian Mitchell, Chris Lopez, Steve Rosenberg, Bob Merriman, Michael Westbrook, Morris Williams, Mannie Romero, Trevor Rivers, Paul Nava, Mark Moore, Micah Phillips, Jonathan Wagner, and Jake Gaston. Brown Belts under Gustavo include Jonathan Van Buren, Kristina Barlaan, Jacob McClintock, Dan Kasbohm, Gene Folgo, Pat Runez, Fernando Armenta, Christian Broadnax, Issa Able, Ryan Heilman, and Sarah Black.

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