All lessons begin with a sport specific warm-up, followed by technical training and then finally, a half hour of sparring. Sparring consists of both positional exercises and ‘free rolling’ with an emphasis on personal coaching and tips for individual development.

Sparring plays 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 during sparring with a resisting opponent. The beauty of BJJ is that practitioners can ‘roll’ as hard as they wish without any real risk of injury.

All aspects of Jiu-Jitsu are covered during these lessons, not only the sport but also self defence and Vale Tudo fight strategies. The emphasis is on skill development and pressure testing with the aim of creating practitioners with a full working knowledge of the art as a whole.


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 gi is considered a valuable training tool in Jiu-Jitsu as it forces the practitioner to adopt a more methodical and technical approach due to its many offensive and defensive uses.

The importance of training both in and out of the gi is a hotly debated discussion within the BJJ community. Both are necessary to develop a well rounded understanding of the art. Because Rickson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu focuses primarily on good basics very little adaptation in technique is required when the jacket is removed or even when strikes are added. However, the lack of friction usually provided by the gi ensures a very different experience. 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.

Just like the lessons in the gi, all aspects of Jiu-Jitsu are practised during the No Gi Lessons from the sport of Submission Grappling to the Vale Tudo fight strategies.


At BJJ Leiden we strive to provide each student with a solid foundation of both knowledge and ability built around the fundamental concepts and techniques as taught by Rickson Gracie. These techniques 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.

While the majority of our classes focus upon the practice of these fundamentals, we recognise the needs of the less experienced among us. For this reason we have set aside the Wednesday evening class for fundamentals alone.


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 open training sessions.


Monday 20:00 - 21:30 BJJ (Gi - All Levels)
Tuesday 20:00 - 21:30 BJJ Open Training
Wednesday 20:00 - 21:30 BJJ (Gi Fundamentals - All Levels)
Thursday 20:00 - 21:30 BJJ (No Gi - All Levels)
Friday 20:00 - 21:30 BJJ (Gi - All Levels)
Sunday 10:00 - 12:00 BJJ Open Training