Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grapppling and particularly on ground fighting. The reason for this is that it evolved from Kodokan Judo ground fighting, also known as newaza. Mitsuyo Maeda brought Kodokan Judo newaza to Brazil and taught this to the brothers Carlos and Helio Gracie. In turn, the Gracies created their own style and because they passed it on to their family members and many others it spread far and wide over the globe. Hence the name Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Laurien Zurhake & Alex Söhn bow and arrow chokeThe most important key concept that BJJ advocates is that a smaller, lighter and weaker person can successfully overcome a larger, heavier and stronger attacker by using controlling positions, throws/takedowns, proper applied techniques such as chokes, arm, leg, foot and shoulder locks that force the assailant (without violence or harm) to give up. In sports BJJ/grappling tournaments the opponent gives up by tapping out. BJJ is therefore a highly effective martial art and also especially suitable for women and children.

Another crucial key method that BJJ promotes and what makes BJJ so effective is sparring (or also known as rolling) and live-drilling. It is during sparring and live-drilling where a student learns to apply the previously learned techniques as well as figuring out where he/she stands regarding level, physical fitness and sparring strategies.

Our Head Coach is Cadu Francis. Click here for more information about our lineage.

Benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

Laurien Zurhake & Alex Söhn knee on belly

  • Promotes physical fitness
  • Promotes mental fitness, i.e. problem solving, learning how to deal with stress
  • Builds confidence and strengthens character
  • Teaches concentration and discipline
  • Provides stress relief
  • Creates friendships

BJJ Trainings:

    • We offer all our trainings in German, English and Dutch.
  • Bear Cubs: BJJ and Yoga mixture for 3-6 year olds (60 minutes)
  • Bear Kids: BJJ for 6-13 year olds (90 minutes) – click here for a video
  • Bear Teenagers / Adults: BJJ for 14-100+ year olds (90 minutes)

What to wear:

When you already own a gi/kimono please wear that, when not, a set of sport clothes will do the trick perfectly well. No shoes are needed as we train with bare feet on our mat. Yet, in order to reach the locker rooms in a hygienic way, please bring flip flops.