All lessons begin with a short warm-up, followed by technical training and then a series of situational and positional exercises based around the techniques learned that day. These exercises play a vital role in the study of BJJ. It is of the utmost importance that practitioners are able to apply the techniques learned under the pressure of a ‘live’ situation. The understanding of proper structure, weight distribution and the sense of timing needed to do this successfully can only be developed through practice with a resisting opponent. The training concludes with a session of ‘free rolling’ (sparring) with an emphasis on personal coaching and tips for individual development.



The ‘kimono’ or ‘gi’ is the official uniform of Jiu Jitsu. it consists of a jacket, pants and a belt and is built to withstand the rigours of hard training. The importance of training both in and out of the gi has long been a hotly debated discussion within the BJJ community. It is our opinion that both are necessary to develop a well rounded understanding of the art as a whole. The lack of friction usually provided by the gi ensures for a very different experience when training without it. Although this can make escaping positions easier, transitions are faster and submissions harder to finish forcing the practitioner to adapt to a very different set of problems.



At BJJ Leiden we strive to provide each student with a solid foundation of both knowledge and ability built around tried and tested fundamental techniques and concepts. These basic principles transcend all aspects of Jiu Jitsu and are equally effective in any context be it sport or self defence, grappling or fighting. Upon this base each student is free to develop their own personal game utilising the techniques and tactics of the arts most modern developments.

Lessons at BJJ Leiden follow a structured plan addressing a different position each week. The daily classes are then designed to progress through the week starting with the basics and then delving deeper as the week goes on. This approach gives the beginner the valuable foundation they need to understand the position and a base to build upon in the following lessons while providing the more experienced practitioner with the opportunity to not only practice what they have learned but also to further their knowledge. In this way, everyone of all levels can benefit from all classes.


We are aware that the prospect of starting Jiu Jitsu can be quite daunting for beginners. With this in mind, we have developed a special program that aims to provide an easy introduction to each position and the techniques and tactics involved.

The Beginner's Program itself consists of 12 weekly classes that run over a course of approximately 3 months. The program is by no means obligatory for beginners and participants are free to join the 'all levels' classes whenever they choose.



The last evening session of the week is reserved for drilling and sparring. This more intensive class begins by giving everyone the opportunity to drill the techniques of the week with a cooperative partner. This is then followed by a number of directed positional sparring rounds designed to improve tactics and problem solving. The session ends, as ever, with 30 minutes of free sparring to see the weekend in.


Above all things, it is simply time on the mat that contributes most to the students' progression. Along with regular classes we also believe in the importance of free, unstructured time on the mat so that each practitioner can focus on what they personally wish to work on. This is an excellent opportunity to revisit techniques covered in class, to ask more experienced members for advice or, of course, simply to roll (sparring).

Participants are requested to bring both a gi and a rashguard / T-shirt to the Sunday sessions.

The Sunday session is free to members and is therefore not included in the monthly contribution.


Yoga is arguably the best complement to Jiu Jitsu. How exactly does Yoga help with BJJ performance?

Injury Prevention: Spend more time on the mats doing BJJ, and less time injured or sore
Flexibility: Ability to move muscles and joints through their complete range of motion.
Breath and Focus: Breathing affects the nervous system, therefore affecting focus.

The Yoga for BJJ session is led by Thom Winterink. Thom is a certified Yoga for BJJ instructor and currently a purple belt in Jiu Jitsu.

The Yoga for BJJ session is free to members and is therefore not included in the monthly contribution.



MONDAY 20:00 - 21:30 BJJ Gi - All Levels
TUESDAY 19:00 - 20:00 BJJ Beginner's Program
20:00 - 21:30 BJJ No Gi - All Levels
WEDNESDAY 18:45 - 19:30 Yoga for BJJ
20:00 - 21:30 BJJ Gi - All Levels
THURSDAY 20:00 - 21:30 BJJ No Gi - All Levels
FRIDAY 20:00 - 21:30 BJJ Drilling & sparring - All Levels
SUNDAY 11:00 - 13:00 Sunday Session