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 Beginners 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.

Beginners Program Update

The De Been 100% Jiu Jitsu Darwin beginners program next intake will commence 26th November.  As part of our commitment to improve programs and deliver a positive Jiu Jitsu experience for all, we have listened to our members and made some exciting changes.  In recognition that all individuals start with different backgrounds, fitness levels and availability we have made the program more flexible.  The classes will now run Monday and Wednesday’s 5.30-6.30pm starting the 26thNovember.  A 10 class pass will be issued on your first class for $100.  You will have the option of attending both nights or choosing a night that suits.

All members will be taught the basic white belt requirements for our regular classes (see timetable web page).  The ultimate goal is to get you ready to join the regular program in the safest most enjoyable way.  When ready, your coach will sign off your pass.  Any leftover classes on your pass can then be utilised for the regular classes.  Some will graduate after only a few weeks whilst others may end up using all of the 10 classes.  The beauty of this program is you can learn at your own pace.

You will be joining Darwin’s premier Jiu Jitsu Academy at an exciting time.  After 10 years of development we continue to improve our programs for all levels.  The next 12 months will be better than ever and we look forward to sharing it with you.