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Harlan Taylor
Harlan Taylor



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Darlynson
Last Name: Lira
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City: Livermore
State: CA
Country: Unites States
School: Darcio Lira Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts
www.darciolirajiujitsu.com
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1. Submitted by Renato on Saturday December 31, 2011 2:32 AM
Sensei Darlynson is a hell of an instructor. Great knowledge and great personality as well. No doubt one of the best instructors in Bay Area!


2. Submitted by Elionay Costa on Saturday December 31, 2011 8:40 AM
Sensei Darlynson um exemplo a ser seguido, tanto no esporte como na vida grande homem é grande lutador tambem ! Oss.


3. Submitted by Scott McCutcheon on Saturday December 31, 2011 11:26 AM
Sensei Darlynson Lira is a great Role model and has changed my life, he has a a vast wealth of knowledge of a complete Jiujitsu... He is on the mats everyday spending personal attention to all his students from the day one beginner to the advanced students... He not only teaches the martial skills but about Bushido and the proper way to conduct ourselves... Sensei Darlynson is an ispiration to all of us who are dedicating our lives to the beautiful art of Jiu Jitsu and a healthy lifestyle... Dárcio Lira Jiu Jitsu Para Sempre!!! OSS!!!


4. Submitted by Ami on Saturday December 31, 2011 11:38 AM
No one can compare in skill, passion and compassion as Sensei Darlynson. OSS!


5. Submitted by Jesus Feliciano on Saturday December 31, 2011 12:48 PM
Sensei Darlynson LIra teaches what it means to have honor discipline and respect from day one. Along with that his knowledge of BJJ is incredible. I am proud to be a part of the team.


6. Submitted by Edgar Zavala on Sunday January 1, 2012 6:07 PM
Sensei Darlynson is an excellent world class bjj instructor. He is passionate, dedicated, fully and commited to his school and students. It's an honor to be part o the team and his student OSS!


7. Submitted by DJ on Sunday January 1, 2012 7:50 PM
Sensei Lira is a great instructor and runs a great school. The BJJ is top notch and I would recommend anyone to the academy.


8. Submitted by schonkyle on Tuesday January 3, 2012 6:51 PM
Sensei Darlynson Lira is not just an excellent teacher but also a good person. He taught us the true meaning of martial arts. That its not just about competing and winning but its also about respect, honor and most of all being part of a family. Me, my son and brother are his students and will continue training with him for a long long time!


9. Submitted by Jacob Rems on Wednesday January 11, 2012 1:38 PM
Darlynson Lira is a great instructor. His school brings discipline and a friendly environment to his students. As soon as you join the team, you will realize that his school is a family.


10. Submitted by Sergio Silva on Wednesday January 11, 2012 2:12 PM
Professor Darlynson Lira is a great instructor witch I had opportunity to train and learn from.I've been a black belt in BJJ since 2003 and it was my honor to meet such great personality and good quality of instruction as as teacher on the mats.


11. Submitted by will Sedlar on Monday January 16, 2012 7:34 PM
Ive never worked so hard and had so much fun at any gym. I think he prolly one the best instructors in the game today but definately the best ive ever had the chance to be trained by. Darcio Lira ju-jitsu 4 life OSSS!


12. Submitted by Reed Zimpfer on Wednesday April 4, 2012 2:05 AM
OSS! Sensei Darlynson Lira is a very good teacher. He mixes up the routine daily and pushes you to your limits. He makes training fun, while at the same time you are becoming a champion. Dárcio Lira!!


13. Submitted by alvaro on Friday May 11, 2012 5:03 PM
Overall best bjj instructor around! Sensei Darlynson really truly cares about his students and puts his time into everyone no matter what belt you are. Its an honor to train under such an elaborate & knowledgeable instructor. OSS!!


14. Submitted by Machado on Tuesday March 12, 2013 8:25 PM
5th degree?


15. Submitted by Rob silos on Monday April 22, 2013 10:47 PM
Sensei Darlynson is very knowledgeable and passionate about jiu jitsu. I am very privileged to be a student of Sensei Darlynson.


16. Submitted by Jason on Wednesday April 24, 2013 11:12 AM
Sensei Darlynson is a great instructor. He is there everyday on the mats sharing his knowledge and skills. He provides a great environment to learn in and all the students train hard. He expects a lot but he gives back just as much.


17. Submitted by Onequestion on Tuesday May 28, 2013 3:44 PM
What's going on with this guy? He is claiming to be a 5th degree BJJ black belt? Only a couple of years ago he was a third degree black belt in what he claims is a different art than BJJ, Brazilian TRADICIONAL Jiu Jitsu. Now that he has blurred the lines enough he goes around claiming a BJJ 5th degree black belt. His father, who gave him the belt was never belted through a BJJ instructor, he trained tradicional japaenese jiu jitsu and created his own style and federation. I'm sure he's tough and probably a good instructor. He probabl has some very good students. BUT he is intentionally misleading people.


18. Submitted by Darlynson Lira on Tuesday May 28, 2013 4:59 PM
To this guy Onequestion, obviously you don't know anything about my father, me or my brothers history or lineage. You should think better before write any comments about somebody you don't know or your mouth will put you in trouble. I won't waste my time giving you all my lineage in BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU here in this site. But, I'll be glad to give you more information in person. So, give me your name, and tell me where I can find you. Or if you prefer just come to my school - 1569 Olivina Ave. in Livermore. In Brazil we learn that everyone can say what they want without leave any kind of identification, but a real man says what he wants to day in person. So please let me know who you are!


19. Submitted by Darlynson Lira on Tuesday May 28, 2013 9:34 PM
@ Onequestion - Obviously you don't know anything about my Father, my brothers or my history or lineage. You should think better before you write any comments about somebody you don't know or your mouth will put you in trouble. I won't waste my time giving you all my lineage in BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU on this site. However, I'll be glad to give you more information in person. I respect anyones opinion, but I do not respond to keyboard warriors. You may come to my school anytime and see the level of my students or myself. We are located at 1569 Olivina Ave in Livermore, California. In Brazil we learn that everyone can say what they want without leaving any kind of identification, but a real man says what he wants to say in person.


20. Submitted by lol on Wednesday May 29, 2013 2:05 AM
Lol


21. Submitted by seanc on Wednesday May 29, 2013 3:16 AM
this guy doesnt even teach the bjj class. Hes on the mat about once or twice a week. They have a bullshit hierarchy where they call the coach "sensei" this is 2013, not feudal Japan. get with the times. the coach isnt really a respectful guy, he has his students brainwashed basically. Ive been to the academy twice, and couldn't tell that I didn't like the vibe I got. I feel bad because he has alot of talented students, who could find mo much more success if they found a better school. If this guy were smart, he would drop the whole "traditional" aspect of his gym. Its costing you money buddy. no one wants part of that japanese BS. and be on the mat EVERY DAY! peace.


22. Submitted by Don Franks on Wednesday May 29, 2013 9:27 AM
Feudal Japan? Really? You are correct, Japan should stop bowing and we should stop shaking hands. We should also stop calling our teachers Mr and Mrs and refer to them as "hey you". If you are a martial artist I'm sadden you do not respect the heritage of the art. This is what Sensei Lira does that differs from some other schools. It is ok that you were not interested in the class but your reasons are completely off based. He is there every night and he doesn't roll only if he is hurt or wants to see other students ability to teach the class. As for his students would do better, I think you should check the scoreboard. His students come decorated every tournament we enter. As for my son, he hasn't lost in a year and has won 13 straight tournaments. Oh by the way, being traditional may still teach children respect, and discipline. Something you could've learned.


23. Submitted by seanc on Wednesday May 29, 2013 12:12 PM
@Don Franks. There is a difference between teaching respect and living through a cult mentality. Most respectable BJJ schools don't have a bowing system, nor do they call their teacher "sensei," yet they still show respect on and off the mat. I'm not a "martial Artist' in that sense. I'm a BJJ practitioner. Also, I cant have respect for a guy who makes his students bow him, yet he never competes and is barely on the mat with his students. one final thing, you cant go from a 3rd degree black belt to a fifth degree in just a couple of years. Marcelo Garcia isn't even a 5th degree.


24. Submitted by Anon on Wednesday May 29, 2013 12:34 PM
Has anyone submitted Mr. Lira to MMA Underground? They will hash out if he is a legitimate 5th degree or not in a matter of days. They absolutely destroyed guys like Scott Shields, Matt Barvo and James Peredes. If he earned a 5th degree in BJJ, they will verify quickly. No disrespect to anyone at this point.


25. Submitted by Onequestion on Wednesday May 29, 2013 1:21 PM
I for one think you should have kept up with the true history and never dropped the T in BTJJ. It is clear upon further research that you and your school are legit. The only problem is that by blurring the lines between BTJJ and BJJ you have only created more questions, especially since in BJJ the 5th degree looks suspect. I'm sure in BTJJ you are a 5th degree and nobody would question that since your father, the leader of your art can make up any grading reuirements he wants. Below is from one of your students writtenin 2008: "Just to clear up a few things. Darlynson Lira never claimed to be a Ninth Degree Black Belt. He is a Third Degree Black Belt in (Brazilian Traditional Jiu Jitsu). In additiion his father Master Darcio Lira is a Ninth Degree Red Belt. Master Darcio Lira has over 35 Years of training in & teaching Jiu Jitsu. (BTJJ) X (BJJ) (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) The study of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is for competition with gi. They focus more on the ground game that is use for competitions. The majority of the time they train starting from the ground with Gi. (Brazilian Traditional Jiu Jitsu) The study of BTJJ Includes the same ground game as BJJ , in addition they include training with no GI, Take Downs, Strikes MMA Skills , and Self Defense. Currently the Darcio Lira Team has 14 Gyms in Brazil, 1 Franchise in Argentina, and 1 in Germany. Master Darcio Lira is the president of the Federation BTJJ State of Ceara Brazil. His students compete in every federation in Brazil. World, National, and State Championships, Grappling and MMA Events. Currently one of Sensei Darlynson Lira students, Carlos Eduardo Ta Danado is the Middel Weight Champion in Eastern German MMA Enfurt, Germany. He also placed third in the World BJJ 2006 Championship. (www.sherdog.com)"


26. Submitted by Ritchiedy on Wednesday May 29, 2013 5:18 PM
You can pretend to be a 100 different people leaving multiple negative comments because you personally dislike Darlynson Lira but you are fooling nobody but yourself by doing that. People are not perfect and we cant please everybody. The main thing is this guy is good at what he does and his students can prove it. His gym is growing everyday! It just expanded not too long ago to accommodate more students and more classes. People are spending their hard earned money and precious time going to class for a reason. People are smart and wouldn't continuously support a gym thats a waste of time. Free classes are available before you sign up so anyone can leave if they didn't like it. I've been training at his Livermore facility since the day it opened and I have nothing to complain about. It is true that sometimes he won't teach class for some reason but he rolls with everyone. People from other BJJ gyms that visit is always given the opportunity to roll with him. He doesnt have to prove anything to anybody coz he's already done that but heres a thought. If anyone out there has doubts about Sensei's skills, feel free to do a trial class so you can personally test him out. Im not saying he's the best in the world but he is certainly legit! Bottom line is, I enrolled myself here to learn and Im absolutely getting what I paid for.


27. Submitted by seanc on Wednesday May 29, 2013 5:23 PM
@Ritchiedy I am a lone poster. As for these other guys criticizing Mr Lira, I don't know if they are all really a single poster, but I can confirm that That I am only posting from this username.


28. Submitted by Onquestion on Wednesday May 29, 2013 7:07 PM
I'm just one person and just like I can probably go through the trouble of creating multiple usernames to ask some questions. YOU can also argue that the 20 people that left good reviews are the same person.


29. Submitted by Jim Hadey on Wednesday May 29, 2013 8:05 PM
This is hilarious. Is an American really questioning a Brazilian BJJ instructor whose family owns a ton of schools In Brazil and is very well known? Oh yeah, and forgot to mention his brother was known as one of the best BJJ players in the UFC according to Joe Rogan and many others. You must be an American Ninja.


30. Submitted by Don Franks on Wednesday May 29, 2013 8:13 PM
seanc. Do you really do BJJ? If so, you would know that most (all that I know), call their instructors Professor. This is teacher in Portuguese. How would you know if he only teaches twice a week if you have only been there a couple times? Did he not roll when you were there? He rolls almost every day with his students. In fact, I will personally pay you $500 if you roll with him and allow me to video tape and put on Youtube. No strings attached. Deal?


31. Submitted by Anonymous on Wednesday May 29, 2013 11:36 PM
Thank you for your interest in our school. We do not hide our traditional beliefs from anyone. In fact, you can see a recent interview at the American Cup, youtube(dot)com/watch?v=5ppU0ZDBXyg. My Father, Darcio Lira believed in keeping the traditions of Japanese Jiu Jitsu as well as self defense and takedowns and part of their ceremonial.And combine all that with the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. All of our students have to know these techniques in their Brazilian and Japanese name. In fact, the Japanese Jiu Jitsu did not survive in Brazil so we use traditional to separate our belief, BUT our roots are 100% Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I'm pretty sure that you have no idea who were Pedro Hemeterio, Biuce Osmar, Nilo Veloso or Francisco Vieira e Sa. In America, Japanese Jiu Jitsu is very popular and therefore we do not have to use the word in the states. However, we are very proud in the fact that many schools are starting to use our traditional beliefs in their practice including bowing, sitting in seiza, and using the terminology OSS!. This is not for everyone, but again we believe in giving respect to Japan as well as the Gracie family. You may also read the whole history on our about page, darcioliramartialarts(dot)com/?page_id=11. If you would like to see our Brazilian website, you may go to jiujitsutradicional(dot)org(dot)br. We do not speak poorly of any schools or instructors and this is why we have so many friends in BJJ. We have schools and other instructors come out to our school constantly to train with us. With this being said, it is very strange to see comments about our legitimacy. You may disagree with our philosophy, but you may not challenge our students or my ability. Especially by a no name or cyber bullies. You can Google our Youtube fighters or BJJ competitors in the US, but you may want to look at Felipe Sabino, Lincoln Willame, and Nithalma Freire in Brazil (to name a few). In the United States we are 100% BJJ just with techniques we've taken from Japan in the stand up game. (Video series will be coming out in two months). As for me, I invite anyone to come to our gym and I will spend more time than you wish explaining my families background and the history of BJJ. If you question our ability, then I invite you to come to the academy and roll with me or my students anytime. By the way, you or anyone else can come any time on our regular schedule and I'LL BE ON THE MATS training with my students like I've been doing my whole life! Respectfully, Sensei Darlynson Lira


32. Submitted by Darlynson Lira on Wednesday May 29, 2013 11:38 PM
Thank you for your interest in our school. We do not hide our traditional beliefs from anyone. In fact, you can see a recent interview at the American Cup, youtube(dot)com/watch?v=5ppU0ZDBXyg. My Father, Darcio Lira believed in keeping the traditions of Japanese Jiu Jitsu as well as self defense and takedowns and part of their ceremonial.And combine all that with the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. All of our students have to know these techniques in their Brazilian and Japanese name. In fact, the Japanese Jiu Jitsu did not survive in Brazil so we use traditional to separate our belief, BUT our roots are 100% Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I'm pretty sure that you have no idea who were Pedro Hemeterio, Biuce Osmar, Nilo Veloso or Francisco Vieira e Sa. In America, Japanese Jiu Jitsu is very popular and therefore we do not have to use the word in the states. However, we are very proud in the fact that many schools are starting to use our traditional beliefs in their practice including bowing, sitting in seiza, and using the terminology OSS!. This is not for everyone, but again we believe in giving respect to Japan as well as the Gracie family. You may also read the whole history on our about page, darcioliramartialarts(dot)com/?page_id=11. If you would like to see our Brazilian website, you may go to jiujitsutradicional(dot)org(dot)br. We do not speak poorly of any schools or instructors and this is why we have so many friends in BJJ. We have schools and other instructors come out to our school constantly to train with us. With this being said, it is very strange to see comments about our legitimacy. You may disagree with our philosophy, but you may not challenge our students or my ability. Especially by a no name or cyber bullies. You can Google our Youtube fighters or BJJ competitors in the US, but you may want to look at Felipe Sabino, Lincoln Willame, and Nithalma Freire in Brazil (to name a few). In the United States we are 100% BJJ just with techniques we've taken from Japan in the stand up game. (Video series will be coming out in two months). As for me, I invite anyone to come to our gym and I will spend more time than you wish explaining my families background and the history of BJJ. If you question our ability, then I invite you to come to the academy and roll with me or my students anytime. By the way, you or anyone else can come any time on our regular schedule and I'LL BE ON THE MATS training with my students like I've been doing my whole life! Respectfully, Sensei Darlynson Lira


33. Submitted by Anon on Thursday May 30, 2013 11:11 AM
So it's fair to say that your rank is not IBJJF approved and your father has no pedigree under any Gracie then? It's not a matter of how good you are on the mats or how well you fight. There are D1 wrestlers competing in ADCC who do well. Some people put in 15 years of training 5 days a week and learning very specific moves to earn a plain black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu AKA Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Your father has his own AmeriDoTo organization. I'm sure you're the pit bull of that organization. It's still an insult to everyone who put the years of training under these masters if you are wearing a BJJ belt and offering BJJ classes if you are not officially ranked by a Gracie, Gracie Pedigree or IBJJF.


34. Submitted by Scott McCutcheon on Thursday May 30, 2013 11:43 AM
Before you start making assumptions and insults of the highest level, which people dont take lightly, do some research... Master Darcio Lira Recebi a Faixa Preta 1.º Dan do Mestre 7.º Dan Francisco Sá... And if you dont know who Master Francisco Sá is then you should brush up on your jiujitsu history... If you would like to know more All you have to do is make a phone call or come to the gym if you would like a history lesson... Think before you speak


35. Submitted by Anon on Thursday May 30, 2013 11:59 AM
Scott, thanks for making my point EXACTLY. Francisco Sa is a red belt under Takeo Iano - a traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu student of the Kodokon. A BJJ black belt means you were ranked by someone with BJJ lineage. It doesn't matter how long you train ground, your traditional japanese jiu-jitsu belt never magically becomes a BJJ belt. Because there is no way in he!! that Mr. Lira is ranked above Rener and Ryron Gracie who are both older than him. His ranking is traditional and is IMPOSSIBLE for his age under IBJJF rules. Whey don't YOU do some studying up on BJJ. Every country has a BJJ Federation and they all follow IBJJF guidelines for the most part and share leadership. He is NOT a BJJ black belt. He is a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu from Brazil. If you want to call it JJB, or BTJJ, or Jiu-Jitsu of Brazil or whatever the heck you want, feel free. Nobody is debating his skills. I'm sure he is very proficient. But don't put him in the same class as a real 5th degree blackbelt. I think it's safe to say he doesn't know the Helio Gracie self defense. Point a gun at his head tomorrow and ask him how to remove it. I think it's safe to say it won't be the Helio Gracie way.


36. Submitted by Anon on Thursday May 30, 2013 12:07 PM
Easier way. Why don't we just submit Mr. Lira's profile to Carlos Gracie Jr or Rorion Gracie and see if either of them approve? My guess is that they won't. Mr Lira is "under fire" because he's magically a 5th degree black belt. There are guys in their 40s who have trained their entire lives who aren't today. If he had "kept it real" he wouldn't be under fire. Andre Galvao and Marcelo Garcia are 1st degree or thereabouts today. Kron Gracie is zero degree. But Mr. Lira is 5th degree. I wonder how he would fair...


37. Submitted by Seanc on Thursday May 30, 2013 12:16 PM
I agree with you Anon. It is 100% suspect. As I said before, I see their guys at alot of tournaments and they do exceptionally well. Some of his students seem like they have been sandbagged. Ive seen the same blue belt at local tournaments for about 4 or 5 years now and he always dominates. The same goes for his purple belts. As for the topic on 'degrees' It would be much more understandable if he submitted his profile to Carlos Gracie Jr now. Demoting himself to a 1st or 2nd Degree black. Unless he proves himself in tournaments, because I have yet to see him compete at any tournament. Meanwhile, nearly every other San Francisco Bay Area Black belt competes fairly often


38. Submitted by Anon on Thursday May 30, 2013 12:28 PM
This is what I hope happens there. I hope a traditional jiu-jitsu school opens down the road from your school. I hope that all their 3 and 5 year black belts start wearing BJJ gis and belts and offering BJJ classes. I hope they all claim lineage from a Karate instructor from Brazil. I hope this all happens while you're still a blue belt. Then you'll know what it feels like to see your hard work and perseverance devalued.


39. Submitted by Onequestion on Thursday May 30, 2013 12:28 PM
Mr. Lira, what is the grading criteria of BTJJ? Specifically the degrees?


40. Submitted by Scott McCutcheon on Thursday May 30, 2013 12:31 PM
I have been a purple for 2.5 years and that is sandbagging to you... Do you expect to get a black belt in a couple years or something??? And as far as saying Master Sá is japanese jiujitsu what a joke...


41. Submitted by Tommy on Thursday May 30, 2013 12:39 PM
I have trained with Sensei Darlynson for over a year now. Prior to that I achieved my Purplebelt From Master Claudio Franca/Master Stan Kendrick 2006 San Jose,Ca.My Brownbelt from Master Crosley Gracie Brentwood,Ca. 2010.I can tell you that Sensei Darlynson's Bjj is on par with any other Blackbelt that I have been exposed to. His teaching style allows him to convey the most subtle variances to each technique.I train in the am class and he is in Gi every day and rolls for at least 30 minutes after warm up and technique. The traditional side that I notice is his demand for mutual respect and appreciation for your instuctors and training partners. He also reqires you to have a clean Gi and clean feet.I seems the adults and chidren students both apreciate the safe and clean environment. I have never seen such well behaved children in a Jiujitsu room. Its not Jiujitsu daycare.His Purple Belts operate at a level comparable to high Brownbelts and even possibly Blackbelts from any other school.If your stuck on ranking organizations remember the old ABA and the NBA. It was believed that the ABA was of better Basketball players. Whos to say? He has an open door policy fo anyone who wishes to train.


42. Submitted by Lol on Thursday May 30, 2013 6:22 PM
6 time BLACK BELT world champ caio terra earned his black belt in 3 years. You must train for AT LEAST 5 years to receive a black belt according to IBJJF ranking requirements. Would you call him an illegitimate black belt??


43. Submitted by Robert on Thursday May 30, 2013 9:50 PM
Onequestion? Sounds like you have a lot of them. I am one of Sensei Darlynson Lira's students. Here is what you need to do onequestion. You need to meet Sensei Darlynson. Come to a class train, meet, and talk to him. The way you are going about this is classless!I have trained with other top UFC fighters. None of them even come close to Sensei Darlynson Lira. The way he trains you is so different, but so effective.Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I train with Sensei. I am a route driver with 644 stops plus everyday. So I kick ass so I can make class on those days. Its not easy but that's what kind of instructor Sensei Darlyson Lira is that make me want to be his student.So before you do this classless move meet the man. OSS!


44. Submitted by OK on Friday May 31, 2013 1:11 PM
Can you give us the breakdown of Sensei Lira's belt progression? How long to black and how long in each degree? And LOL at comparing anyone really to Ciao Terra, a six - ten? time World Champion, who has shown some of the most incredible teaching skills.


45. Submitted by Ritchiedy on Friday May 31, 2013 1:23 PM
@anon Your first comment was to submit Mr Lira to Mma underground coz those people will confirm his skills. Now you realized his skills are legit, you're protesting about his rank not being ibjjf approved. Some of the things you said are not true. Im not calling you a liar but maybe you just didnt know. Heres a fact. Darlynson Lira is 40 years old and is NOT younger than Ryron & Rener Gracie. Their ranks may have changed already but from what I know Ryron Gracie is only 31 yrs old (born dec 1981) and is a 5th degree black belt. Rener Gracie is 29 yrs old (born nov 1983) and is a 4th degree black belt. They are obviously both ranked AGAINST ibjjf rules but who cares if they can back it up anyway! One last thing. Darcio Lira black belt, Carlos Rocha, did a 3 man superfight at the 2012 Gracie Worlds in the presence of Master Rorion Gracie. He placed 2nd beating Kurt Osianser and losing to Ryron Gracie. Master Rorion Gracie personally congratulated Carlos Rocha awarding him the 2nd place plaque. I dont think Master Rorion would do that if he has any doubts about the Darcio Lira organization, let alone allow Carlos Rocha do a superfight in his own tournament. I know these are all facts coz i was there at that event. Please no more keyboard fighting. Lets all have peace, love & jiu jitsu! Have a nice weekend!


46. Submitted by Shannon on Tuesday June 4, 2013 6:27 AM
I think what the problem here is, a majority of "BJJ practitioners" believe that there are no legitimate "BJJ" rankings outside of the IBJJF. How ignorant is that? Like Ritchiedy said above, both Ryron and Rener Gracie aren't ranked according to IBJJF standards, so does that make them, the grandsons of Helio himself, illegitimate black belts? The arguments of "submitting Sensei Darlynson lira to MMA Underground" or to the IBJJF or Carlos Gracie are silly... What's sillier is the suggestion that because his lineage may have more Japanese influence, it's not BJJ. Look, The Lira's are from Brazil and they're proficient in Jiu Jitsu. Just like what you define as "BJJ", there's a strong influence in ne-waza (ground fighting) but still teach takedowns (rare in most BJJ academies) and more importantly, they stress the martial art as a SELF DEFENSE SYSTEM... Just like the Gracies. Furthermore, I believe what promotes this false notion of proficiency being determined by the "IBJJF" or "how many tournaments you've competed in" is largely due to the evolution of "BJJ" as a sport. Which I'm sure Helio never intended it to be... and this is why Rose Gracie (Helio's grand daughter, daughter of Rorion and sister of Ryron/Rener) has been promoting her submission only Gracie tournaments and Metamoris has also been promoting submission only style events... to get back to what REAL Jiu Jitsu is about. So to the doubters and nay sayers, please refrain from jumping on this site and writing checks with your mouth that your body can't cash... There are several black belts in the bay area that know and train with Sensei Darlynson and I'm sure if you ask them if he's "legit", their answer will be "OSS!"... I know guys like Anon, Onequestion and Seanc will NEVER make the effort to visit Sensei Darlynson Lira and try out the class. It's much safer to sit behind the keyboard and type all the disrespect they want without ever having to find out for themselves if he 's a "legit" 5th degree black belt... Ignorance is bliss...

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