Meet the team

Our coaches have many years of teaching experience, both in The Netherlands and abroad. Their goal is to share their knowledge with you so you can become the best jiu jitsu practitioner you can be. Each of the coaches have their specialities, but they all follow our battle tested curriculum.

If you want to learn more about private classes with the coaches, don’t hesitate to send us an e-mail or ask for the possibilities at the front desk. 


Daniel de Groot is the head coach at Haven BJJ. He is a BJJ black belt with a lot of competition- and coaching experience. Daniel is the first Dutchman ever to win the Brazilian championships. Next to that he’s a European champion and has medaled at the prestigious ADCC Trials. His students have won some of the biggest competitions in Europe


Denis Savage (that's actually his name) is a gifted teacher and coach at Haven BJJ. He is known for always giving a 100%. Not only when he teaches classes, but also when he coaches at competitions, trains, studies jiu jitsu or helps out his friends and teammates. When he’s not teaching or training jiu jitsu, he’s a high school teacher.


Bart is one of the most technical jiu jitsu practitioners in the country. He uses his analytical abilities to find solutions to any problem he and his students and teammates encounter. Bart is a successful competitor, recognized as one of the best featherweights in the world, being the current nogi vice world champion. Next to training and teaching jiu jitsu, Bart works part-time in data analysis.


'Big' Luuk is one of the most knowledgeable instructors you will meet. He is obsessed with jiu jitsu and learning and teaching it in the most efficient manner. Luuk is a European champion and a veteran of many super fight organizations.


Alex is one of our most driven competitors. He travels several hours each day to train and teach jiu jitsu.
He is one of our main kid's instructors and has a lot of experience with teaching jiu jitsu to the youth.


Kim is one of our Ladies Only instructors. Kim combines her full-time job with training fitness and jiu jitsu. She's a medallist at the European Championships and is a very patient teacher.


Sarah is in charge of the ladies’ program. She’s an avid competitor and instructor. She combines her passion for jiu jitsu with a career in nutrition, helping several high-level competitors with their diet.

She also created one of the strongest women training groups in The Netherlands.