Professor Darlynson Lira is a 5th degree black belt under his father, 9th degree Red Belt, Master Darcio Lira. He is from one of the few successful lineages outside the Gracie family and has a very interesting approach to teaching and competition. He gives great insight on history and the current BJJ scene. Click “Read More” for show notes!


  • His hometown of Fortaleza
  • The presence of non-Gracie lineages in Brazil
  • The importance of self defense based Jiu-Jitsu
  • Realistic application of sport Jiu-Jitsu on the street
  • Using competition as a tool to track progress, overcome fears and improve yourself
  • The importance of exploring ALL techniques, even if some aren’t “your style”
  • How the IBJJF’s rules limit Jiu-Jitsu
  • The Black Belt is not for everybody!
  • The use of attendance cards in BJJ academies
  • Why you MUST roll
  • Using code words while coaching at competitions
  • Professor Lira’s extensive and difficult belt tests
  • Advice for white belts
  • Being a good role model