Featured Camp Instructor: Arnoud Terpstra – BJJ Globetrotters

Arnoud Terpstra BJJ

Arnoud Terpstra – BJJ Globetrotters

Age: 33
Belt: Black belt
Profession: Jiu-Jitsu coach, Breath coach

Started training (year): 2008
City/country: Leeuwarden, The Netherlands


Main achievements in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

I won some medals here and there and trained at some cool places. But nothing comes close to seeing my students grow and succeed. Starting my academy and giving others a place to train and work on themselves, but also providing people a sense of community, a chance to form friendships and see new places is the most fulfilling thing there is. This is my main achievement and ongoing goal.




Which Globetrotters camps have you attended:

I’ve been to two camps so far: Spring Camp in Tallinn and Summer Camp in Heidelberg. So I’m still new to the whole Globetrotters family!


Arnoud Terpstra – BJJ Globetrotters instructor


Which camp has been your favorite so far?

Tough choice! Both were amazing experiences! It would be a coin toss. Maybe Heidelberg was the slight favorite because I could take my dog with me, haha.


Favorite stories/moments from the camps?

So far I had two similar experiences at the camps, where I walked around on the mat and when things suddenly hit you. You look around, taking it all in, seeing hundreds of like-minded people from all over the world doing what they love and connecting with each other. It’s hard to describe, but it made me realize that these camps are something truly special and that it is so much more than just training jiu-jitsu together. And that for me, when I think about it, these jiu-jitsu camps are – strangely enough – not that much about jiu-jitsu but more about other things.


Your favorite class/classes to teach at camp? 

So far I’ve only taught one class, on the front headlock and arm-in chokes. People seemed to like that class so it will definitely be an option for Spring Camp. But overall, I’m a huge fan of the ideas that guys like Priit Mihkelson, Chris Paines and Wim Deputter teach. It’s material that I like to teach to my students at home as well. But, me teaching that material at camps would just make a cheap rip-off of those guys so I will come up with something else ;). Hey, I might even teach a class on the twister this year haha. I have to come up with something else!


Arnoud Terpstra – BJJ Globetrotters Summer Camp


Anything else you want to add to your profile: I am really looking forward to this camp, joining some cool classes, meeting new people and seeing old friends! Also, if you happen to find yourself in The Netherlands, I invite you to pay a visit to our gym. We welcome all visitors and love having students/instructors over from other teams! See you all soon! *does shaka*.


Arnoud Terpstra – BJJ Globetrotters instructor