Denys Darzi is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt 5º Degree under BJJ legend Francisco Mansor from Rio de Janeiro. Competitor since the “Golden Era of BJJ” (the 1980’s), Denys had the chance to enter some of BJJ’s most celebrated tournaments like the Copa Company, Lightning Bolt Cup and Vansport Cup. Professor Denys is currently teaching and training at Soul Fighters School, one of the strongest completion teams in the global scenario of competition Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Denys Darzi Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Denys Darzi
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Francisco Mansor > Denys Darzi
- Lightning Bolt Cup Champion (purple belt)
- Copa Vansport Champion (purple belt)
- Niterói Champion (blue belt)
- Brazilian National gold medalist
- Brazilian Silver Medalist (black belt)
- Copa Company Silver Medalist
Weight Division: middleweight (82kg-181lbs) and medium heavyweight (88kg-194lbs).
Favourite Position: Good overall game
Team/Association: Soul Fighters BJJ Association
Denys Darzi 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 than an Olympic career, and as his parents moved to another neighborhood (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 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 one friend invited him to begin training Jiu Jitsu at Kioto Academy in Septemper 1978.
At Kioto Academy he met Master Francisco Mansor who became his teacher and a second father. 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”, “Copa Company” and “Copa Vansport”. In the 90s he competed in three editions of the Brazilian championship, always fighting a category above (middle heavy weight), he was champion in 1998 and second place in 1999 and 2003.
Due to a misunderstanding with Master Mansor, Darzi decided to go train with Master Carlson Gracie in his academy in Copacabana where he stayed about a year. Because of his friends and the great atmosphere at Kioto Academy, he came back. After a while he moved to Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood, too far from Kioto Academy, what made him start to train at Gracie Barra Academy with Master Carlos Gracie Junior.
These three different experiences, with different masters and teams, was fundamental in his technical development, which became a huge differential. Darzi could not only have a good guard, he also had to be excellent passing the guard, he could not only learn to defend well, he also had to know how to finish with complete accuracy. This was the result of having had the opportunity to train in three great different teams in a golden era of Jiu Jitsu in Rio de Janeiro.
Photo Credits to Nilson Soares (website)