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ABOUT Sensei


Darryn Melerine
Darryn Melerine
Darryn Melerine

Darryn is one of the most experienced and dynamic Martial Artist you’ll find internationally. He holds ranks as a 5th Dan (Go Dan/Renshi) / 5th Degree Black Belt in Minami Ryu Jujitsu, and is recognized by multiple other respected worldwide organizations. He regularly teaches classes at his home-based dojo, (Zanshin Dojo) located in Mandeville, LA, and also travels to conduct classes, seminars, and clinics with other traditional martial arts organizations, mixed martial arts competitors, professional athletes, law enforcement agencies, and military armed forces. He also performs self-defense, women’s self-defense, and anti-bullying clinics and demonstrations for corporations.

In addition, he is also a talented athlete, and you can frequently find him on a sand volleyball court or competing in Open Divisions of Flag Football Tournaments. In fact, Darryn is a multiple-time 1st Team All American and MVP, 2x State Champion, 1x Runner Up & 2x Collegiate National Champion, 10x Open National Champion, 2x World Champion, and NIRSA National Flag Football Championships Hall of Fame Member.

Darryn was born in New Orleans, LA and raised in the small community of St. Bernard Parish. When he finds idle time away from business, travel, martial arts, or his aggressively growing social media presence, Darryn enjoys time with family and friends and doing anything outdoors, including hiking, fishing, horseback riding or just catching a sunset or sitting under the stars.

Darryn currently resides in New Orleans, LA.

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