We are Laurien Zurhake and Alex Zurhake (born Söhn), a Dutch historian (PhD candidate at the LMU) and a Munich born electrical engineer, who found their true passion in practicing and teaching BJJ, Self-defence/MMA and Yoga. It may come as no surprise that we also found each other on the mats! Both train for several years various Martial Arts with a main focus on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in which we also actively compete, MMA and Kickboxing (under Kai Becker).
We have extensive experience in teaching Martial Arts to every age group with a specific focus on kids, teenagers (Alex, 2. Dan, is Jugendreferent-Süd at the Bavarian Ju-Jutsu Verband) and women (Laurien has firsthand experience with self-defence and designed a special curriculum for women). Whilst teaching at several locations, we decided that it is time to go pro and open our own gym! In this way we can offer more trainings as well as depth to our students and ourselves.
Yoga changed our lives on several levels. In daily life we both sit behind a desk for many hours, which resulted in several aches and pains here and there. Yoga under Yogacharya Lalit Kumar taught us to better listen to our bodies as well as to our minds, thus eliminating these aches and pains. Yoga also proved to be a perfect balancing method to relax the body after a tough training. These discoveries, which became part of our daily lives, inspired and motivated us to share our Yoga knowledge and experiences with our students.
We hope to see you on the (Yoga/BJJ) mats soon! Osssu!
BJJ Lineage: Jigoro Kano – Mitsuyo Maeda – Carlos Gracie – Helios Gracie – Rickson Gracie – Marcelo Behring – Fernando Yamasaki – Cadu Francis (Jiu Jitsu Foundation San Diego) – Mathieu Peters
Mathieu Peters, the first BJJ black belt in the Netherlands, founded, with his brother Willem Peters who is also a BJJ black belt, Jiu Jitsu Factory. With the help of their instructor, Cadu Francis, the two brothers made BJJ known in the Netherlands. Ever since, BJJ blooms in the low lands. Due to the success of Jiu Jitsu Factory, many a famous fighter, like UFC-Veteran Hans Stringer, train with this team. Jiu Jitsu Factory works together with Cadu’s Team, Jiu Jitsu Foundation, and Team Laurien & Alex is proud to be part of these strong and diverse Teams!
Yoga Lineage: Krishnamacharya (often known as the “Father of Modern Yoga”) – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois – Sri B.K.S. Iyengar – Swami Veda Bharti – Yogacharya Lalit Kumar
Our teacher is Yogacharya Lalit Kumar, founder and director of the Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre in Goa, India and Cork, Ireland. He started his Yogic Path (Himalayan Tradition) since he was 7 years old. By studying with some of the most well-known Yoga Masters in India, such as Swami Veda Bharti, Sri B.K.S. Iyengar, Sri B.N.S. Iyengar, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sri Sharath Jois, he studied Yoga from the Source. This is why his core value for his Yoga Centre is Yoga from the Source. We are honored and proud that we study Yoga under him.
- Certified Kids Yoga Teacher (Sunlight Kids Yoga Berlin – Claudia Rühle)
- Certified Kidding Around Yoga Teacher (Alexandra Horn Lichtenfeld)