Joe’s Jiu-Jitsu Journey

Joe D’Arce started training with the legendary Renzo Gracie at his New York City academy in 1997 and had the honor of being promoted to black belt in 2003. Through the years, Joe competed in over a hundred submission grappling and Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) competitions winning many titles.
Joe is a veteran of the Pancrase fighting organization in Japan, most notably representing team Renzo Gracie in July of 2004 when they went head to head with team Pancrase. Joe is also well known for a technique known as the Darce choke, which has become widely popular in both Jiu-Jitsu and MMA competitions.

D'Arce Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Some Titles Include

  • 2000: Pan American gold medallist.
  • 2000: Mundial World Championship silver medallist.
  • 2002: Pan American gold medallist.
  • 2003: Grapplers Quest 8 man tournament (pro division) middleweight finalist.
  • 2004: Grapplers Quest 8 man tournament (pro division) middleweight national champion.
  • 2005: Grapplers Quest 4 man tournament (pro division) finalist.
  • 4 time NAGA Superfight champion.

Mixed Martial Arts

  • 1-1 record
  • 2003 loss to Kazou Misaki by TKO
  • 2004 win over Hiromitsu Miura by TKO


  • 3-0 Amateur Record