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According to the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), Jiu-Jitsu was born in India and was practiced by Buddhist monks. Concerned with self-defense, these monks created techniques based upon principles of balance, with a special system for manipulating the body and creating leverage to avoid the use of force and weapons.

Soul Fighters Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Delray Beach, Florida FL

Soul Fighters Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu School

Soul Fighters Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was founded in May 2008 by the black belts Alvaro Mansor, Leandro Escobar, Bruno Mendes, Augusto Mendes and Rafael Barbosa. The school now has more than forty-five branches in the US, many others in Brazil and around the world, like Australia, Japan, Chile, Spain, Portugal, Canada, South Korea, Israel and England. All of them teaching the best Brazilian jiu-jitsu to people of all ages.

The Soul Fighters BJJ School is considered a powerful actor in the sport. Although it was founded in 2008, it has gained credibility and recognition. Its team is among the top five teams in the world.

Our teaching method presents Jiu-Jitsu as a complement to the school and family education of our students. This is achieved through an emphasis on values such as hierarchy, respect, integrity, friendship and discipline, combined with the technical aspects of Jiu-Jitsu, which are fully adapted to provide students with improvements in their coordination, concentration, reasoning, confidence, self-esteem and self-control.

The aim of the methodology is to place students in constant evolution, in a journey of self-knowledge and discovery, leveraging all their qualities and virtues, not only in sports but mainly in their daily lives.

Soul Fighters Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was founded in May 2008 by the black belts Alvaro Mansor, Leandro Escobar, Bruno Mendes, Augusto Mendes and Rafael Barbosa.

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About Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

According to the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), Jiu-Jitsu was born in India and was practiced by Buddhist monks.

Concerned with self-defense, these monks created techniques based upon principles of balance, with a special system for manipulating the body and creating leverage to avoid the use of force and weapons. With the expansion of Buddhism, Jiu-Jitsu spread through Southeast Asia and China and finally arrived in Japan where it was developed and became popular.

In the last days of the 19th century, Jiu-Jitsu masters emigrated from Japan to other continents, teaching the martial art and its system of and presenting public matches. Esai Maeda Koma, also known as Count Koma, was one of these teachers. After traveling with a troupe that fought in various countries of Europe and the Americas, he arrived in Brazil in 1915 and settled in the city of Belém, State of Pará, the following year, where he met Gastão Gracie.

The father of eight children, five boys and three girls, Gastão Gracie became a Jiu-Jitsu enthusiast and took his oldest son, Carlos, to learn to fight from the Japanese. Naturally frail, at 15 years old, Carlos Gracie, found in Jiu-Jitsu a form of personal fulfillment. At 19, he moved to Rio de Janeiro with his family and adopted the profession of martial arts fighter and teacher. He traveled to Belo Horizonte and then to São Paulo, teaching and beating opponents who were physically stronger. In 1925 he returned to Rio and opened the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy. He invited his brothers Oswaldo and Gastão to help him and raised his younger brothers: George and Helio. Carlos shared his knowledge with his brothers, adapting and refining the techniques to the naturally frail characteristics of his family.

He also taught them his philosophy of life and concepts about natural nutrition and was a pioneer in the creation of a special diet for athletes, the Gracie Diet, which made Jiu-Jitsu synonymous with health.

Having created an efficient self-defense system, Carlos Gracie saw in Jiu-Jitsu as a way to become a more tolerant, respectful and confident man. He sought to prove the superiority of Jiu-Jitsu and build a family tradition and he changed the international rules of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu in the fights performed by him and his brothers. Carlos Gracie thus initiated the first case of a change of nationality of a martial art – or any sport – in all of modern sports history. Years later, the Japanese martial art became known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and was exported worldwide, including Japan.

Now, you can be a part of the History by taking Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes in Boca Raton, Florida-FL.

Our Instructor

Denys Darzi

Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Master Denys Darzi is a 6th degree Black Belt certified by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), United States Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (USBJF), Confederação Brasileira de Jiu-Jitsu (CBJJ) and Federação de Jiu-Jitsu do Rio de Janeiro (FJJRJ).

Denys started early practicing Jiu-Jitsu when he was fourteen, in 1978. Since 1992, as a black belt, he has been teaching and studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, also as known as BJJ, in a continuous improvement process. He has now moved to the US in order to share his knowledge and advanced experience in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Denys received his black belt degree under Grand Master Francisco Mansor, one of the six men outside the Gracie family in the world, who had previously received his black belt from the legendary Grand Master Helio Gracie.

He is also one of 53 men in the world that holds a 6th degree black belt recognized by the International Jiu-Jitsu Federation. Adding to this significant experience in Self Defense Techniques, Judo, Submission Wrestling, Boxing, Atemi, and MMA. He will be joining us here in Florida actively teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense Classes and training along with all his students, expanding the worldly renowned benefits of this great sport.

Worth mentioning is his affiliation to the team of Professors from the Soul Fighters BJJ Association, one of the strongest teams of BJJ in the world.

Lineage: Mistuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Francisco Mansor > Denys Darzi

As someone who is very well established and recognized in the industry, an active member of the BJJ sports community, Denys is the right person to teach you under in your BJJ journey.

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"Professor Denys Darzi is an extremely competent person, has a knowledge of jiu-jitsu of excellence, extremely qualified, not only in competitive techniques, but also in personal defense and approved as an arbiter in the IBJJF rules course. With all these qualities, I can conclude that wherever he is, he will be doing an excellent job, both in the base categories and in top athletes, as few will be able to do".

Alvaro Mansor IBJJF Director,

"Professor Denys know me since I was a thirteen years old yellow belt boy. He always helped me in my Jiu-Jitsu journey, always teaching me and giving me advice on my career and life. I can voucher for professor Denys not only as one of the best professors I ever meet but as a family man, been an amazing father and husband. We are lucky to have professor Denys working with Soul Fighters."

Bruno "Tank Mendes", Soul Fighters Co-founder

"I’ve known Denys Darzi for over 20 years. When I started training Jiu-Jitsu back in 1996 and I was just a little kid he was already a black belt and one of the instructors that taught classes for me. His technique, vision and mindset to compete helped to improve and achieve a lot of goals in my early career. I’m forever thankful to have had Denys as one my instructors since the white belt. Highly recommend and hope to visit the BJJ Boca Raton Florida academy soon."

Augusto Tanquinho Mendes, BJJ World Champion

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9144 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33434, EUA