HARA GONI - Head coach
Hara Goni was born and grew up in Athens, Greece. She is Black belt 2nd degree in Karate, Black belt 3rd degree in Ju-Jitsu and Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
She had her first contact with Martial Arts at the age of 9 years old, when she started practicing Okinawa Karate with the coach George Zantiotis. At the age of 13 she obtained her black belt by the grand master Bill Zahopoulos.
Also by the age of 13, she started practicing Ju-Jitsu and one year later she was already participating at her first World Championship in Paris, France, being one of the youngest at the time to participate at this competition.
The following years, as a member of the Greek National Team, she continued practicing, participating in seminars and competitions.
At the age of 16 she started teaching side by side with national coaches George Zantiotis (1999-2006), Giannis Ballas (2005-2009) and Michel Van Rijt (2007-2008).
From 2009 until 2015 she was head coach of Titans Team/ Trikala in partnership with Giannis Ballas.
In 2014 she received blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Patrick Bittan. Hereafter she continue training and also teaching BJJ fundamentals.
During these years, she continued being member of the Greek National Team, competing and winning the World Champion title at the high level championships: Balkan Championship, European Championship, World Championship, Sport Accord Combat Games.
Since 2016 Hara is living in the Netherlands, where she was awarded as a Judo Bond Nederland certified coach and started together with Natasha her own school, Leonis Ju Jitsu Club.
NATASHA BIELINSKI - Assistant coach
Natasha Bielinski was born and grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is Blue belt in Ju-Jitsu, Blue belt in Tae Kwon Do, and beginner in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
She had her first contact with Martial Arts at the age of 8 years old when she started practicing Tae Kwon Do. Parallel to the martial art, she was a competitive swimmer.
As the years passed, she opted to dedicate full time to swimming and during the following years participated and won several championships.
Also, during all these years Natasha applied herself in different areas regarding sports and fitness. She participated in multiple seminars, courses and has ever since been working in the sports industry.
A few years ago she started training Martial Arts again and together with Hara Goni decided to start the Leonis Ju Jitsu Club.
Natasha is a certified personal trainer and now dedicates her time as manager and assistant coach at Leonis Ju Jitsu Club and continues her training in Ju-Jitsu and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.