The Pen - Issue 14

Another huge year for De Been 100% Jiu Jitsu Darwin.  The change of facility is now behind us and all would agree that training in A/C in Darwin is an absolute luxury.  We have big plans for the facility this year with more mats to come, a new front counter and much more.

The year finished off with a bang with the 2019 National JET selection camp held in Melbourne.  Keep an eye out for the team selection announcement soon.  The Darwin JET program will be undergoing a massive change this year with more opportunities for training, selection, and travel.  Once the National team has been released and Chris has debriefed all parent and 2019 JET members the 2020 opportunities will be announced.  Big shout out to the parents for their fundraising efforts, I’m sure every dollar helped for the recent trip to Melbourne.

Pete’s recent visit was a blast as always as he covered some great techniques and got an opportunity to catch up with the team.  As an academy member your membership contributes to getting Pete here. So be sure to catch him next time he is in town.  He will be visiting a few times in 2020.

Kids start back 28th January with a competition on the 15th February to get everyone primed for the New Year.  The kids 2019 awards will be announced the same day.  The academy is looking to travel to the March Brisbane comp so if you are interested let Chris know.  With some of the team due to compete at NT Titles, Pan Pacs and World Masters this year is the year to get your competitive mindset into focus. For those looking to get into MMA speak to Luke as he prepares for another big MMA year in 2020

To align with the other academies around Australia our beginners’ program has changed name to the BLUE BELT PROGRAM.  It will not only provide basics to enter all our classes but build on the fundamentals to ensure basics are perfected.

Finally tell all your friends about this month special.  Join for 12 months and not only get your free gi but receive your 13th month free too.  Don’t forget Free Trials are available by appointment for those wanting to give it a go first.


We recently held some anti-bullying sessions in our junior 1 and junior 2 classes.

Please see below an article about this subject from De Been 100% Jiu Jitsu Wodonga. 

As parents, do you ever worry that your child gets bullied at school?

Most schoolyard bullies literally use their size advantage to push around smaller kids. You don’t want your child to be a victim. If your child is not bully-proof they might be suffering from the following:

  • Symptoms of anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Low level of resilience
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Sleep disturbance
  • School avoidance
  • Poor academic performance
  • Lack of quality friendships at school

Even though schools are aware of this, the victims don’t seem to report the incidents. They are scared to deal with it. What’s scarier is that bullying takes many forms. Your child might be too fearful to let you know about them. Sadly, the consequences of bullying might affect your child for the rest of their lives. We can work together to avoid this. We can work together to put an end to bullying!

Say No To Bullying. Let’s Raise Confident And Disciplined Kids Now

Our bully-proof program empowers children to be confident. The program does not encourage punching or kicking, instead, it teaches them ways to process situations and turn them to their advantage. We encourage our Juniors to use their minds and not their fists in situations where they may be intimidated or bullied. The BJJ Kids classes include games that offset technique so that the children find it easier to adapt with little to no difficulty. They learn the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as how to apply these to protect themselves. Here are some reasons why you should enroll your child to our program:

  • Your child will develop fundamental skills such as agility, balance, and coordination. This allows them to perform better physically
  • Your child will develop resilience through basic techniques which will improve the coping skills necessary for their everyday lives
  • Your child will learn to thrive and work hard so they can be more disciplined and driven to achieve their goals
  • Your child will develop confidence which will enable them to face day to day challenges with a smile
  • They will gain new friends while they enjoy martial arts.

Please do not hesitate to discuss this topic further with your class coach if you have any concerns.

Darwin Academy - 1st Outside Victoria!

Established in 2008 the academy was founded a group of friends that were testing their Martial Arts skills every Saturday for a bit of fun decided to try this BJJ thing. We flew down to Brisbane for the QLD championships, never having seeing a Jiu Jitsu competition and not even being familiar the rules. That event was the catalyst for us. We learnt the rules on the fly and amazingly did very well.