Gustavo Toledo A.K.A Bomba, born February 1969 in Brazil and raised in the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro, had his first contact with BJJ in 1987. An avid surfer growing up in Barra da Tijuca, Gustavo was introduced to BJJ during a surfing competition when a friend came and demonstrated an arm bar on him. Gustavo was impressed how a smaller guy could submit him with a joint lock effortless. He joined Joe Moreira BJJ School in Barra and started his journey into BJJ. Achieved the blue and purple belt ranks training under Joe Moreira until Moreira moved to USA to teach BJJ in the early 90s. The first half of the 90s, whilst busy getting his Bachelor Degree of Arts in Visual Communication at PUC-Rio, he visited and trained with various instructors until meeting Ricardo Libório, from Carlson Gracie Team, in 1996, who became a friend and mentor. Libório and Murilo Bustamante were responsible for the Carlson Gracie School in Barra da Tijuca where in 1999 Gustavo was awarded the brown belt from Libório’s hands, then followed Libório,Bustamante, Bebeo Duarte and Mario Sperry when they founded the legendary Brazilian Top Team in 2000. In 2004 was awarded the black belt by Murilo Bustamante.
From 2000 to 2006 Gustavo was exposed to the highest level of BJJ and MMA training ever in the history of the sport, the biggest names of the Brazilian Mixed Martial Arts scene at that time, sharing the same mats. Names like: Murilo Bustamante, Ricardo Libório, Mario Sperry, Carlos Barreto, Allan Góes, Paulo Filho, Vitor Belfort, Ricardo Arona, Rousimar Palhares, Milton Vieira, Rodrigo Nogueira, Rogerio Nogueira and an army of BJJ black belts. In such a prolific environment, Gustavo developed his approach on teaching BJJ. In 2007 he became the license holder for Brazilian Top Team in Australia and taught BJJ in Adelaide SA until 2011. In 2012 opened Gus Bomba Jiu Jitsu/Brazilian Top Team Australia, at Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast QLD.
Most important results in competition:
>> Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championships 2002 -IBJJF
Silver Medal – Super Heavy Weight – Masters – Brown Belt
Bronze Medal – Open Weight – Masters – Brown Belt
>> National American Grappling Association – Florida State Championship 2002
Gold Medal – Over 220 Pounds – Adults
>> Copa do Mundo de Jiu-Jitsu Olímpico 2002 – CBJJO
Bronze Medal – Super Heavy Weight – Adults – Brown Belt
>> Campeonato Brasileiro de Jiu Jitsu 1999 – CBJJ
Silver Medal – Super Heavy Weight – Masters – Purple Belt