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ENJOY TRAINING BJJ!
1. PERFECT THE BASICS
SLL Grappling Academy provides
laser-focused, detailed fundamentals instruction in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. We teach high-percentage techniques which all body types can execute. BJJ is a self-defense system that we teach in highly-structured and easy-to-digest ways.
2. LIVE STRONG
Classes involve practical conditioning through skill-drills and safe sparring where you will get:
3. LEARN FASTER!
Why not get better quicker? I have more than 20,000 hours clocked in teaching & training Jiu-Jitsu and know how to guide learners. Go deep into fundamentals with me - never a a boring day!
- Coach Koehne
Coach Erik conducting a No-Gi / Luta-Livre class in 2017 at SLL on a typical Saturday morning in Saigon, Vietnam.
"Erik is a high-level grappler and passionate about teaching/sharing techniques.
He is extremely welcoming and made me feel right at home as soon as I walked
through the door... Erik's positive vibe is contagious! I'm extremely grateful to
have met him and to now call him a friend!"
- Stephen Barnett, head coach @ Inferno Jiu-Jitsu, NJ US
Black Belt under Marcelo Garcia & Kurt Pellegrino
"Erik is a fantastic, patient coach who explains complicated manoeuvres in simple
terms. The gym is really positive and full of friendly people willing to give advice
and assistance to beginners. Training here is a really motivating experience."
- Ben Baulch-Jones, British expat in Vietnam, SLL white belt
HISTORY OF SLL: I began teaching in 2010 and founded Saigon Luta-Livre (SLL) in 2012. I taught BJJ full-time in Saigon, Vietnam from May, 2012 through December, 2018. SLL affiliates continue to grow grapplers in Saigon today. If you are my student and wish to travel to Vietnam, I will give you a FREE week of BJJ plus a tour guide to help you navigate through the most wonderful country I've experienced outside of the USA.
Coach: I started martial arts at Fairtex in San Francisco the summer of 2006 where I practiced Muay Thai and boxing from coaches Jenna Castillo, Jongsonan, Gangao, and Taraq Azim. By the middle of 2007 I was smitten by Jiu-Jitsu at Fairtex’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & MMA program under Alex "The Russian Crusher" Serdyukov.
In late 2008, work brought me to the South Bay Area where I started training under top ranked Luta-Livre fighter Leopoldo Serao who remains my coach today. Serao has a vast understanding of both Brazilian ground fighting traditions: Luta-Livre and Jiu-Jitsu.
I focus on teaching No-Gi and stress the virtues of pressure, patient control, and high percentage finishes which can be used effectively by young & old, weak & strong. I present techniques and principals in an easy-to-understand and hard-to-forget way.
- Coach Koehne
BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: Mitsuyo Maeda >Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Luis Carlos Mateus > Leopoldo Serao > Erik Koehne
LUTA-LIVRE: Euclydes Hatem > Flavio Molina/Carlos Brunocilla > Eugenio Tadeu > Leopoldo Serao > Erik Koehne
Coach Erik is not just a good coach, he is a really nice and laid back guy who promotes a practical
approach to the Luta Livre method.. If you are experienced of new to ground martial arts..
I would highly recommend checking out SLL.
- Dharma Shay, Sports Scientist, head coach of The Brave
SLL GRAPPLING ACADEMY - est. 2012 - CALL or TEXT: (415) 272-2849