The Pen – Issue 11

Like the rest of this year, December has been huge.  Our awards for both kids and adults highlighted all the hard work our team has done in the last 12 months and it was great to see a lot of new faces receive awards.  Big Congrats to our best & fairest for 2018, to be recognised by all academy members is something special.  Thanks to all that attended and voted.

Our most travelled recipient Sam competed in Sydney this month and unfortunately hurt herself.  It is fantastic to have dedicated members that regular compete to measure their development to others around the globe.  It takes great courage to do so and come back to Darwin to make the required changes to adapt your game.  The beauty of having those members amongst us is that growth flows through the academy as the knowledge is passed on.  We will be looking to travel more as a team in 2019, if interested keep an eye out for the release of our key comp dates and if there is a particular event you are interested let us know.


The girls in gi founder Jess Fraser visited this month.  A few of our members attended the seminar and are already adapting their games to suit.  The academy has supported the Melbourne GIG camps for many years and will continue to do so by sponsoring Aly for part of the expenses for the 2019 Camp.  We look forward to the new skills Aly will bring back to us on her return.  Have fun!!


The new Beginner’s Program has now been running successfully for a few months.  With a steady flow of newbies hitting the regular classes please make them feel at home and look after them.  It is exciting to see the new group of academy members develop their skills.

Darwin is a transient population and like most years we are losing members as they relocate interstate.  Thanks you to all you that have been part of our BJJ family, please stay in touch and safe travels!!


Thank you all for a great year, have a safe and fantastic festive season.

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