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.



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 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 two evening classes for fundamentals alone.


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 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.



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 morning sessions.

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


Monday 20:00 - 21:30 BJJ (Gi - All Levels)
Tuesday 20:00 - 21:30 BJJ (No Gi Fundamentals - All Levels)
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 Sunday Morning Session