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Denny Prokopos was the first Jiu Jitsu black belt promoted by Eddie Bravo in the 10th Planet system. Denny is one of the most talented No-Gi Jiu Jitsu practitioners in the United States, having won the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship and the FILA World Grappling tournament.
Denny is the head instructor and owner at San Francisco Jiu-Jitsu, Denny Prokopos Academy.
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Jean Jacques Machado > Eddie Bravo > Denny Prokopos
- World No-Gi Champion (2007 brown belt)
- EBI 2 Champion
- 2014 Gracie Worlds Champion
- 2X Combat Jiu Jitsu Superfight Champion
- FILA Grappling World Champion (2010)
- World No-Gi Bronze Medallist (2009)
Denny Prokopos was born and raised in San Francisco. He started training Jiu Jitsu when he was 12 years old with Professor Charles Gracie. At the age of 16, he started training with 10th Planet founder and BJJ legend Eddie Bravo as his game started to evolve, and he preferred no-gi Jiu Jitsu over traditional gi Jiu Jitsu.
In high school, Denny Prokopos also added wrestling to his resume, competing all throughout secondary school with the exception of the last year due to a bad injury that prevented him from training.
After years of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice, he was awarded his black belt in 2009. He was the first black belt promoted by Eddie Bravo and the first in the 10th Planet system. Also, in 2009 he was part of the American National Team at the FILA Grappling Championship, being coached by Ricardo Liborio. Denny would go onto win the tournament and was the 2009 Fila World Champion!
In 2009 he started teaching, and the rest is history!