European Grappling & JiuJitsu Federation

The European Grappling & Jiu-Jitsu Federation (EGJJF, formerly Rickson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Holland) is a partnership of various schools in Europe that follow Rickson’s principles and philosophy.


What is the difference between the Rickson school and other schools? Rickson emphasises the deeper meaning of the basic principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His insight into, for example, base, timing, connection, weight distribution, balance, and leverage is on a very high level. This is preferred to the modern “tricks” (50/50 guard, rubber guard, etc.). Therefore, the lessons of the EGJJF schools are mainly targeted on perfecting these basic principles. Furthermore, these schools also deal with SELF-DEFENCE. And in the end, this is the basis of Jiu-Jitsu.

“Competition Jiu-Jitsu represents only 30% of real Jiu-Jitsu. Without the other 70% which includes standup self-defense, defensive striking and clinching skills and an efficient vale-tudo guard, practitioners cannot develop the confidence to walk the streets knowing that they can survive a possible confrontation.” (Rickson Gracie)

When you have a good understanding of the basic principles, then you know very well what your opponent will and won’t allow. A good example is Kron Gracie (Rickson’s son). He knows exactly how to apply the basic principles during tournaments at the highest level.

We organise regular seminars, central training courses, and examinations for our members. EGJJF is part of the Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation.