Meet the team

Our coaches have years of teaching experience both domestically and internationally. Their goal is to share their knowledge with you so that you can become the best jiu jitsu practitioner you can be. Each coach has their own specialties, but they all follow our proven curriculum.

If you would like to learn more about private lessons with our coaches, feel free to send us an email or inquire about the options at the front desk.

Daniel de Groot

DANIEL DE GROOT

Daniel de Groot is the head coach at Haven BJJ. He is a BJJ black belt with extensive competition and coaching experience. Daniel is the first Dutchman to ever win the Brazilian Championships. Additionally, he is a European champion and has earned medals at the prestigious ADCC Trials. His students have won some of the biggest competitions in Europe.

DENIS SAVAGE

Denis Savage (yes, that's his real name!) is a talented instructor and coach at Haven BJJ. He is known for giving 100% in everything he does. Whether it's teaching classes, coaching at competitions, training, studying jiu jitsu, or helping his friends and teammates, Denis always brings his A-game. When he's not teaching or training in jiu jitsu, he works as a high school teacher.

JUGGY VAN BEEK

Juggy lives for jiu-jitsu. Every day he travels from Ede to train at Haven BJJ, and not without results. He has already won many gold medals and as a coach, he knows how to explain the most important details in a simple way.

SARAH TUOHY

Sarah leads our women's program with passion and expertise. She is a dedicated athlete and coach who combines her love for jiu jitsu with a career in nutrition, assisting various top athletes with their diets. Sarah has also created one of the strongest training groups for women in the Netherlands, fostering a supportive and empowering environment for female practitioners.

Luuk Aaron van Nieuwamerongen

LUUK AARON

'Big' Luuk is one of the most knowledgeable instructors you'll encounter. He is deeply passionate about jiu jitsu and has a strong focus on learning and teaching in the most efficient way possible. Luuk is a European champion and a veteran of many super fight organizations. His expertise and experience make him a valuable asset to our team.

Alex Schors

ALEX SCHORS

Alex is one of our most dedicated athletes and also leads our kids program. As a patient and experienced teacher, he is committed to bringing out the best in everyone. Alex's passion for teaching and his ability to connect with children make him an excellent mentor for our young practitioners.

Marnix van Gent

MARNIX VAN GENT

Marnix is a lifelong martial artist and one of our kids' coaches. He was previously a Dutch champion in Wing Chun but has now fully dedicated himself to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Marnix brings a diverse range of skills and experiences to his coaching, ensuring a well-rounded training approach for our young students.

KEVIN DE WAARD

Master Kevin is one of the favorite coaches of the kids. He balances fun and discipline in a great way. Kevin is an active competitor and when he's not on the mat, he's a father and works in healthcare.

ASHLEY DE BAAS

'Smashley' is a passionate coach and competitor. Together with Sarah, she teaches the women's classes and has a beautiful, complete jiu-jitsu style. She is happy to help you understand jiu-jitsu better and has a deep knowledge of the sport.

VARO DE HAAN

Our front desk assistant from Bali. Varo is an experienced customer service provider and an active jiu-jitsu practitioner. For questions about subscriptions, clothing, and training equipment, he's the right person to ask. ​

DEAN FITZPATRICK

Dean is one of our up-and-coming talents. As a part-time job, he works behind the counter where he's happy to assist you with all your questions.

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