Denys Darzi Main Titles: Lightning Bolt Cup Champion (purple belt); Copa Vansport Champion (purple belt); Niterói Champion (blue belt); Copa Company Silver Medallist; 2x Brazilian National Silver Medallist (1999 and 2003 black belt – Senior);
Denys Darzi Weight Division: Médio (82kg-181lbs) and Meio Pesado (88kg-194lbs)
Denys Darzi Favourite Position: Good overall game
Denys Darzi Team/Association: Brazil 021
Denys Darzy Biography
Denys Darzi was born on the 22nd of September 1963 in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. He started practicing sports from a very young age, namely swimming where he managed to get into the best Swimming team in the country, the Equipe Gama Filho. Fate would have other plans other then an Olympic career, and as his parents moved to a distant part of town (Tijuca) he gave Water Polo a try. Denys was 14 years old then. Due to his strong competitive swimming background he was invited to be a part of the Tijuca Tenis Club Water Polo Team (TTC) but a strong conjunctivitis stopped him from training for a long time. As a way to keep active he began training Jiu Jitsu at the Kioto Academy in Septemper 1978.
At the Kioto gym he met Tadeu “Portuga” with whom he became a good friend and and a man who’s Jiu Jitsu Darzi admired. Denys became a tough competitor during the 1980’s reaching the top spots of some of the most important competitions of the past century such as the “Copa Lightning Bolt” and the “Copa Company”. Today Denys is training with Brazil 021.