Soul Fighters Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was founded in May 2008 in Rio de Janeiro and during the last ten years we trained more than fifty Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champions, Pan American Champions, No GI Champions and UFC champions. The school now has more than sixty affiliates 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 Association is considered a powerful actor in the sport.
Our teaching method presents Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the most effective Self Defense System as a complement to the school and family education of our students. This is achieved through an emphasis on values such as disciple, hierarchy, respect, integrity, loyalty, combined with the technical aspects of Jiu-Jitsu, which are fully adapted to provide KIDS, YOUTH and ADULTS with improvements in their coordination, concentration, reasoning, self-confidence, self-esteem and self-control. Beyond those benefits we can also mention: Dramatic fat loss, Increased muscle mass, Improved health, Greatly increased confidence, New friendships and social group, The power of knowing how to defend yourself and family in a world where anything can happen, You will learn to become comfortable in normally intimidating situations, Feeling of community.
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. Mitsuyo Maeda (11/18/1878 Hirosaki, Japan – 12/28/1941 Belém, Brazil), also known as Count Koma, who arrived in Brazil in 1915 and settled in the city of Belém, State of Pará, the following year.
Carlos Gracie met Mitsuyo Maeda and 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. In 1925 he opened the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy. Carlos shared his knowledge with his brothers, adapting and refining the techniques to the naturally frail characteristics of his family and Helio Gracie became the most important member of the family representing Jiu Jitsu..
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 of health and lifestyle.
Having improved an efficient self-defense system, Carlos Gracie and Helio Gracie saw in Jiu-Jitsu as a way to become a more tolerant, respectful and confident man. 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.
Professor 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 known as BJJ, in a continuous improvement process. He 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 and Martial Art.
Worth mentioning 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
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the most complete Martial Art in the world and Prof. Darzi with his 32 years experience in teaching BJJ, matches the traditional Jiu Jitsu and modern Jiu Jitsu, both for competition or for sports practice only.
As someone who is very well established and recognized in the industry, an active member of the BJJ sports community, Prof. Denys is the right person to teach you under in your BJJ journey.
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