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Meet our instructors

All our instructors have experience in Gi and No-gi Jiu Jitsu

Thijmen Gomperts

Thijmen Gomperts
Head Instructor
Thijmen is a black belt under Marcos Flexa and active competitor in both Gi and No-Gi tournaments. Thijmen is known for his funky style; his floating passes are nigh unstoppable and he can find the submission in every corner.

Thijmen’s heart beats for the Gi but he is equally dangerous in in No-Gi. Many grapplers regard Thijmen as one of the best competitors in the country, which is hard to argue against considering the impressive collection of medals gathered over the course of time.

Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Marcos 'Flexa' Neves Mello > Thijmen Gomperts

Mathijs Gomperts

Mathijs Gomperts
Assistant instructor
Mathijs, Thijmen's older brother is a brown belt under Ernst van Bruggen. Like Leroy he has trained for a long time under Aram, who awarded him his purple belt.

Mathijs adopted Aram's relentless pace and killer-instinct; he will control you and actively look for any submission he can find. Mathijs keeps the team sharp, ensuring everyone has fun while maintaining a healthy competitive attitude with focus on competition.


Carlson Gracie > Sergio Souza > Roberto Atalla > Ernst van Bruggen > Mathijs Gomperts

Ernst van Bruggen

Ernst van Bruggen
BJJ Gi instructor
Ernst is a black belt under Roberto Atala. Ernst is known for his stand-up proficiency, massive top pressure and lethal collar-sleeve guard. During his two-year internship in New York, Ernst also trained at Marcelo Garcia's academy where he actively competed, winning by submission against the Brazilian national champion: Altamir Cezar





Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Sergio Souza > Roberto Atalla > Ernst van Bruggen

Leroy la Rose

Leroy la Rose
No-gi instructor
Leroy is a black belt under Aram. Leroy is an active competitor with many No-Gi medals on his wall. His extensive MMA experience makes him an exhausting roll, not ever willing to relinquish top position.

Leroy's control is beyond comparison. Besides being a ruthless competitor, Leroy is a patient teacher, always willing to go the extra mile to help his students understand techniques.


Roberto Godoi > Marco Barbosa > Augusto Ferrari > Aram > Leroy la Rose

Aram

Danny Crapanzano
No-gi instructor
Aram is a black belt under Augusto Ferrari and sensei to Thijmen, Mathijs, Leroy and Danny. While Aram specialises in no-gi grappling and leg entanglements, he is no push-over in the gi. Aram has extensive competition experience and is considered to be one of the best competitors The Netherlands has ever seen. He is a five-time national champion, has many national and international titles to his name and has fought several MMA matches which, as you can expect, he all won by submission.

Aram fights intelligently; he breaks his opponents mentally with his relentless pace and massive pressure. If he gets a whim of exhaustion, he goes for the kill and does this with frightening accuracy. Most of Aram's competition wins are by submission and not long after bumping fists.

Waldomiro Perez > Roberto Godoi > Marco Barbosa > Augusto Ferrari > Aram

Danny Crapanzano

Danny Crapanzano
fundamentals instructor
Danny is a purple belt under Thijmen Gomperts and he is the glue that holds DODO together. It's all about Danny. During the day he is a high school teacher, at night he is a total Jiu Jitsu geek/casual assassin.

Danny is a great no gi fighter and is also becoming more versed in the Gi. His pedagogical skills are inspiring and his enthusiasm is contagious, making him the perfect coach to help students on their way in the journey that is Jiu Jitsu.

Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Marcos 'Flexa' Neves Mello > Thijmen Gomperts > Danny Crapanzano

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