Owner & Head Instructor, Daniel “Montanha” De Lima

"The Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle means to eat healthy, exercise, educate yourself, help people, be friendly and courteous, be determined and goal oriented, and to persevere against adversity." –Daniel Montanha

Professor Daniel "Montanha" Nycz De Lima was raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is an accomplished jiu-jitsu competitor, as well as the owner and head instructor of Montanha Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Miami, Florida. Since 2003 Daniel has been teaching jiu-jitsu in the United States. With over 27 years of Jiu-Jitsu experience, Professor Daniel has an extensive record as both competitor and teacher, able to teach a novice or an experienced practitioner and help them achieve their personal goals. In addition to teaching practitioners of all kinds, Professor Daniel holds seminars for U.S. law enforcement and military personnel.

Daniel was awarded his jiu-jitsu black belt by Master Carlos Gracie, Jr. and he is a currently a 4th-degree black belt. Daniel began his martial arts journey at the age of 4, competing in Judo. By the age of 7, his family enrolled him in a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu school in Rio De Janeiro, where he trained and became a competitor. Daniel is inspired to share his knowledge and experience with children and young people, so that by teaching them the life-changing benefits of Jiu-Jitsu, he can help make their lives better inside and outside of his academy.

To contact email info@montanhajiujitsacademy.com or text (305) 922-4071.

Career Highlights

  • 2011 Florida State Champion
  • 2010 Florida Classic Champion
  • 2010 American Champion
  • 2010 Miami Open Champion
  • 2010 No Gi World Champion
  • 2005 American International Champion
  • 2004 NAGA Pro Division Champion
  • 2003 Southwest Grappling Champion
  • World Championships Medalist
  • Pan American Medalist
  • 3-time Brazilian Team Champion
  • 2-time Rio De Janeiro State Champion
  • Sao Paulo State Absolute Champion
  • Espirito Santo State Absolute Champion

Black Belt Students

  • David Durnell, USAF
  • Andy Wefald, CSC
  • Joe Wilk, CSC
  • Sean Roberts, CSC
  • Gabriel Woulk, SFC
  • Juan Pablo Garcia, PTT
  • Ralph Codinach, Montanha BJJ
  • Roberto Godoy, Montanha BJJ
  • David Padron, Montanha BJJ
  • Marcos Dias, Montanha BJJ
  • Jorge Zamora, Montanha BJJ
  • Jose Molina, Montanha BJJ

Influences & Inspiration

  • Carlos Gracie Jr.
  • Master Carlos
  • Rickson Gracie
  • Totila "Pitoco" Jordan
  • Jorge Pereira
  • Renzo Gracie
  • Ralph Gracie
  • Ryan Gracie
  • Helio “Soneca” Moreira
  • António "Nino" Schembri
  • Roberto “Roleta” Magalhaes
  • Marcio Feitosa
  • Alexandre "Soca" Freitas
  • Roberto “Gordo” Correa
  • Mauricio "Tinguinha" Mariano

Associations

  • The Kansas City Police Academy
  • The Kansas Fort Riley Army Combatives
  • The Florida National Guard
  • The FBI
  • US Secret Service
  • US Army Rangers

Montanha Affiliates

  • Combative Sports Center
  • Springfield Fight Club

MMA Fighters

  • Joe “The Nose” Wilk
  • Michael Johnson
  • Zak Cummings
  • Lee Gibson