About Daniel


In 2011 after being inspired by the UFC (mainly the video games) I started training 'MMA' in a local gym. It turned out to be more like grappling than MMA. I trained a few times a week, and eventually picked up training in the gi as well. 

After a few years of training I got my blue belt, but I was not very successful. It took me a year at blue belt to finally win my first gold medal. But from there I started to spent more and more time on the mats. In january 2015 I started teaching at Erasmus BJJ. In exchange for my classes they allowed me to use the dojo whenever it was free. At first it was just a way to train more. But the more classes I taught, the more I started liking it. By now teaching is a huge passion. Studying matches and techniques became a big part of my routine, as there was no coach to help me out, just my white belt students. In the evenings I would travel 1,5 hours to and 1,5 hours from Amsterdam to train at BJJAA (Checkmat Amsterdam).

 

At the end of the year I decided to go on a jiu jitsu pilgrimage to Brazil. I started in Rio but ended up training at The House Fight Company, with coaches Gabriel Rollo and Thiago Abreu. They took me under their wing and I decided to represent them in competitions. I finally found the mentors I needed to bring me to the next level. When I came back to the Netherlands I started teaching more classes. When I was not training, working or studying for uni, I would be studying everything that had to do with jiu jitsu. That's when I started winning local competitions, both with and without the gi. 

I went back to Brazil in 2017, and I earned my purple belt from the hands of my coaches there. At purple belt things started clicking for me. I won my first IBJJF competition in Sao Paulo, and I medalled at both the Europeans and the Nogi Europeans. 

In that year I also decided I wanted to do jiu jitsu for a living. I graduated at Leiden University in the summer of 2018, and since then I've been completely focused on jiu jitsu. Among other titles I've won the Brazilian and European Championships (nogi). In October 2019 I was awarded my brown belt in Santos.

Currently, I'm traveling between Rotterdam and Santos. Teaching classes, seminars, privates and competing around the world. I want to gain as much experience as I can before I chase my big dream: Opening my own jiu jitsu academy.

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