Niko Han

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Niko Han is an Indonesian-German Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and former competitor in the art. He is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under both Rickson Gracie and Marc Laimon. Niko Han is widely regarded as a father of Mixed Martial Arts and contemporary Jiu-Jitsu in Indonesia[1][2].    

Early career[edit]

Niko Han started training Brazilian jiu-jitsu in Los Angeles California at Rickson Gracie’s Academy after he moved to United States from Indonesia in 1996. Two years later he continued his training at Beverly Hills Jiu-Jitsu Club with Marc Laimon and later he also trained with ADCC world champions Eddie Bravo and Jean Jacques Machado..[3]. In addition he wrestled and trainied Mixed Martial Arts at the R1 Training Center with Rico Chiapparelli and Frank Trigg. He also trained boxing at City of Angels Boxing and Bill Slayton’s Broadway Gym.

In 2002 he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to train Brazilian jiu-jitsu with Marc Laimon at Nova União academy and MMA with Skipper Kelp, UNVL’s head boxing coach. There he trained with top MMA fighters Johny Hendricks, Roy Nelson, Tito Ortiz, Ricco Rodriguez, Phil Baroni, Jeff Glover, Bill Cooper.  

Later career[edit]

Niko Han returned to Indonesia in 2003[4]. Since his return to Indonesia, Niko Han has established the Synergy Jiu-Jitsu Academy[5], first contemporary Jiu-Jitsu Academy in the country. He also founded the Indonesian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation and the Indonesian Grappling Federation[6]. Today there are over 30 Synergy BJJ MMA Academies in the country and abroad. Synergy Jiu-Jitsu Academy is a Certified Academy and official member of the Rickson Gracie Team, as well a member of Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation.[7][8]. In order to promote the sport he started organizing competitions throughout Indonesia[9][10] and coaching some of the best fighters in Indonesia[11][12][13][14]

Marc Laimon promoted Niko Han to black belt on February 14, 2008.

Rickson Gracie awarded Niko Han his black belt certificate on October 8, 2014.

Niko Han currently lives on the island of Bali where he still actively teaches at his academy.

Interesting fact[edit]

Niko Han is creator of two signature submissions that has been widely used in grappling competitions by his students and others. As a homage to both countries of his origin he named those moves the Indonesian Necktie[15] and the Indonesian Pretzel[16]

Grappling credentials[edit]

- Gold medal at the South-East Asian Gi Absolute Grappling Games (March 17, 2007)

- Gold medal at the South-East Asian Gi Grappling Games (March 17, 2007)

- Bronze medal at the South-East Asian No-Gi Grappling Games (March 17, 2007)

- Silver medal at Java Freestyle Wrestling Championship (October 10, 2004)

- Gold medal at the Desert Quest 4, 8-Man Superfight Tournament (February 15, 2003)

- Silver medal at the Grapplers Quest West 3 (November 16, 2002)[17]

- Gold medal at the Pan American Submission Wrestling Open (July 28, 2001)

- Silver medal at the Bad Boy Submission Open (May 9, 1998)

- Silver medal at the Machado No-Gi Championship (September 30, 2000)

- Silver medal at Rickson Gracie’s International Jiu-Jitsu Championship (August 31, 1997)

- Gold medal at Joe Moreira’s De Brasil Championship (June 1, 1997)

References[edit]

  1. "#170 Rickson Gracie, Carlos Santos, and Niko Han". onthemat.com. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  2. "Niko Han: Train, Teach, Learn, Improve. Repeat". FightlifeHK. 2016-10-31. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  3. "Synergy MMA : Brazilian jiu-jitsu in Bali - Art-of-BJJ a feminin look on BJJ". www.art-of-bjj.com. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  4. "How the Gracies Inspired Indonesia's Vibrant BJJ Scene". Fightland. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  5. "SYNERGY BJJ MMA ACADEMY - BJJ MMA Bali Indonesia". Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  6. (View under IGF -> Committee) "Indonesian Grappling Federation - Home" Check |url= value (help). www.grapplingindo.com. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  7. "Jiu Jitsu Global Federation". Jiu Jitsu Global Federation. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  8. "Jiu Jitsu Global Federation". Jiu Jitsu Global Federation. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  9. "Indonesian BJJ Pioneer Niko Han says MMA becoming mainstream". my.sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  10. "You are being redirected..." www.graciemag.com. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  11. "16 Years MMA Indonesia, an Interview with Fransino Tirta". MMA Indonesia. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  12. Post, The Jakarta. "Max Metino: A fighter, flowing like water". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  13. "One FC Returns to Jakarta in September, Featuring Flyweight Championship". MMAWeekly.com. 2013-06-11. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  14. Souza, Wesley De (2013-01-29). "Here's Leo Krishna on ONE FC, his upcoming fight, fighting in Malaysia and being better than Peter Davis". The Fight Nation. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  15. Niko Han, Synergy Tech34 - The Indonesian Necktie!, retrieved 2019-02-02
  16. Art of BJJ, Niko Han, Synergy MMA Bali, presents : The Indo Pretzel Mount, retrieved 2019-02-02
  17. "Grappler's Quest West 3". onthemat.com. Retrieved 2019-02-12.



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