HARDER JIU-JITSU is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team focusing on the aspects of respect, fun, and sport. This means that within HARDER JIU-JITSU, competitive as well as recreational fighters train for their own individual targets. You can join us for your training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and defence. The head instructor is Harold Harder. Harold has the highest degree in Rickson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Europe and is a pupil of the living legend Rickson Gracie. Please read more about Rickson here
Harold has trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) under the direct teaching of Rickson Gracie since 1995. Harold started practising BJJ because he wanted to become a complete fighter. Soon he had achieved a black belt in Tang Soo Do and Taekwondo. He also trained in boxing and kick boxing. He met Rickson Gracie at a seminar in Paris in 1996. Harold was very impressed by Rickson’s technique, where the details make all the difference. Rickson calls it Invisible Jiu-Jitsu. Since then, Harold has travelled to LA to train with Rickson several times a year. Harold received as only person in Europe, all his graduations directly from Rickson and is really teaching the Rickson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Harold holds his seminars in BJJ all over Europe and has also helped various professional fighters prepare for the UFC. Harold has now achieved a third degree black belt directly under Rickson Gracie.
European Grappling & JiuJitsu Federation
HARDER JIU-JITSU is affiliated with the European Grappling & Jiu-Jitsu Federation (EGJJF, formerly Rickson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Holland). This is a partnership of various schools in Europe that follow Rickson’s philosophy. Harold is also responsible for the EGJJF exam programme.