After 5 years of dedication and loyalty, Valente Brothers, Eric van Looijen completed the requirements to start a Valente Brothers Study Group™ in Holland. Eric grew up in the Martial Arts. His father, Jan van Looijen, is credidted as one of the three Founding Fathers of Dutch Kickboxing and today is an icon of the dutch martial arts. Eric began training with the Valente brothers in 2008 and since then has been constantly traveling to Miami and meeting Professor Gui whenever he is in Europe. According to Eric, he chose to learn from the Valente brothers because of his interest for Self-Defense Jiu-Jitsu, the brothers’ emphasis on philosophy and their mission of teching Helio Gracie’s vision. After earning his Blue Belt in December of 2012, Eric was accredited by the Valentes to establish a Valente Brothers Study Group™.
This weekend, Professor Gui Valente visited Eric’s gym for the first time and was extremely happy with what he saw: “Prior to embarikng in the Jiu-Jitsu journey with us, Eric was already an established martial artist in Holland. He is an extremely high level kickboxing practioner and coach, which only makes his interest in our system even more valuable.” According to Gui, Eric’s students demontrated a fine level of technique and most importantly, the atmosphere at the gym was one of respect and cammraderie.
Valente Brothers has a healthy and postive jiu-jitsu home in Amsterdam.