The Pen – Issue 12

Celebrations for the end of term were huge this weekend.  We started with the interclub comp and finished up with another awesome seminar by Peter.  The kids had many successes putting together the pressure the game has been working on over the last month.  Transition from position to position with control improved.  The knowledge of the rules and use of points was great to see.  Each winner on the day provides 4 points, silver medallist 2 points and bronze medallist 1 point for their academy.  The points from each school will be tallied up at the end of the year and the winner will receive the 2019 De Been Jiu Jitsu Darwin Cup.  Keep an eye out on social media to see how the points finished up after Saturdays comp.

The Junior Elite Team (JET) 2019 has been selected.  Congratulations to Cheyenne, Connor, Mikey, Paige, Sam and Tadgh.  The team has met with the head coach and are now busy developing their games for 2019.  They have also stepped up their Jiu Jitsu training with some extra strength and conditioning programs to come.  The program will provide opportunities to compete nationally, train at the HQ training camp and try out for the National JET program.  The National program gives athletes opportunities to represent De Been 100% Jiu Jitsu National team at the best International events.

Our Academy status provides us the opportunity to learn from the best.  The Saturdays seminar was no different.  The group was introduced to some new techniques that blew our minds.  The techniques were so effective that some members were already using them successfully at Sundays open mat.  Thanks Pete!!  Another awesome seminar.

Jitz Kids (Junior Kids 1) has an awesome buzz at the moment as their new coach Maria has gotten to know the group.  Their performance at Saturdays comp shows that the fun in class is translating to great skill development.  Keep up the great work Maria.  Classes for both Jitz Kids and Junior starts back after the school break on 23 April 2019.

The beginners program continues to provide opportunities for members to build their basic skils before entering the regular program.  Well done to the more than a dozen beginners that have graduated this year!

Happy Easter team.

The Pen – Issue 9


Finished off October with a Bang! A team of 5 travelled down for the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships. Big congrats to Ally and Sanford for competing in their first huge Jiu Jitsu championship. You both did a fantastic job against very hard seasoned campaigners, well done.  Sam had a awesome Sunday dominating her weight class to win gold. Be sure to congratulate her next time you see her for the best performance of the weekend by far. Our two brown belt representatives had a couple of hard days but led the team by digging deep. As always the club did exceptionally well winning 2 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronzes. For all those wishing to compete in 2019 keep an eye out on this newsletter for the release of some dates in Asia and Australia leading up to next years Pan Pacs.

The year is not over yet, and your memberships to the NT’s only academy comes into its own this week. Peter visits the club next Wednesday (free for members) with a few of us to travel with him on his seminar leg in Indonesia. Greg, one of our old members and now the owner of the De Been 100% Jiu jitsu Wodonga academy will also join us for a week of training leading up to Pete’s visit.  For those that haven’t met him, introduce yourself and ask him for a roll, you will be glad you did.  Also take time to check out his Facebook and Instagram pages, no one promotes and loves their club more! We look forward to having them both here next week. Look forward to seeing you all then.

The Pen – Issue 7

The club started its next decade with a huge bang this month. September was our biggest visitation numbers for the month ever! A great sign that everyone is making the most of their memberships and attending as many classes as possible, we even got a couple of 6am classes with 8 or more students. Keep up the great work team!!!

After a week break the kids will be hitching to get back to training on the 16th October. Kids fees are due in the first week, and will be discounted by 20% for that week only, so be sure to speak to Nikki about payment.

One of our long time members and coaches was promoted to brown belt this week. This is fantastic effort that has come about by many years of training at least 4 times a week. Well done John, this milestone is a testament to your hard work and the commitment you have to your club! Also promoted Tuesday was one of the other very consistent team members. It’s amazing that she can fit the number of Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing classes in that she does in any given week. Well done Maria.

Preparations are in full swing for those travelling to Melbourne for the Pan Pacs. The competition is consistently the biggest in the Southern hemisphere, is an IBJJF event and is highly recommended to anyone that has aspirations to compete at the highest level in the sport. It offers learning experiences at all levels and no Darwin team member has ever left without having further developed their game! Wish Ali, Samford, Sam, Ryan, Luke and Chris all the best before they take off the last weekend of October.

The Pen – Issue 5

This month continues to be huge with the club turning 10 this week. A big thank you to all that have been involved over the last 10 years.  I speak for many members past and present when I say that the club has been a catalyst for so many fantastic friendships.  The strength of the club comes from those strong foundations that can only build with time and dedication.  It has been a privilege to see it organically grow to what it has today and know that the next 10 years will be huge!!  The celebrations will take place on Saturday 24th November at 7pm, at Tim’s Surf and Turf.  Please see Nikki at the front desk to confirm your spot (24 spots remaining).  It will be a great night combining our end of year awards with the 10th Anniversary.  The best & fairest voting cards will be out next month, please get involved as the more votes we get the better the awards.  The kids won’t miss out on the fun with their function to take place on at Lake Leanyer the following weekend.

Be sure to mark the 7th November down in your diaries for Peter’s next visit.  These evenings are always full of awesome techniques and a few laughs too.  Get your questions ready for Pete (preferably BJJ related), he loves us all to get involved.  Kids start at 6pm and adults at 6.30 pm.  Chris, Luke and Darren are looking forward to joining Pete and Greg (Wodonga team) on the Asia leg of the seminar run.  We aim to use this opportunity to meet our Indonesian team mates and provide options to visit for the Darwin team 2019.

Pan Pacs are just around the corner and those going are in full training mode.  The club has generously arranged accommodation for the first 4 who nominated.  We look forward to another huge weekend with 7 members looking to compete.

After a recent discussion with a parent we have decided to make the final week of this term dealing with bullies week.  The club has always been very strict about the use of BJJ outside the club environment.  This week will be focus on using BJJ in a conflict situation and ensuring the correct context is applied.  Many of my students over the last 25 years have managed to diffuse situations using martial arts. Nothing will be taught that they don’t already know, it comes down to context and confidence. If you have any concerns about your child participating please speak to Chris before class or by direct message.

We will round off the week with our next interclub kids comp, the Little Dragons BJJ Comp starting at our club at 8.30am.  Another great opportunity to practice everything learnt this term.

10 Years Old

The club celebrates a huge milestone this week. 10 years ago 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. Most importantly we learnt a lot, had a great time and developed an instant addiction to the sport. By the time we had returned the De Been Darwin team was born.

A lot has happened since then. Being the first BJJ club in the NT has been a huge privilege and many opportunities came from it such as running an NT titles at Mindil beach (outdoors) and securing an NTG grant to run the Auscup at the convention centre. We have introduced many to the sport and helped others on their Jiu Jitsu journey. Our programs continue to develop with classes now running most days. Our students many of which have become the best of friends have represented us across the world as both visitors to other clubs and competitors, always making us very proud and punching above their weight.

We thank all of you that have been involved over the years and look forward to the next 10! In true dbjjdarwin form we must celebrate our achievements. So blank out the 24th November for our awards and anniversary evening. The kids won’t miss out either, with a Lake Leanyer BBQ on the 1st December.

The Pen – Issue 4

WOW!!! Another huge week at the club. We turn 10 this week so keep an eye out for our 10 year anniversary and award function date to be announced.

The ladies got us off to a great start with 100% of last weeks class coming back for more. The rate at which they are picking up the new skills is amazing. From a coaches perspective, this is one of our favourite classes to teach, the enthusiasm and laughs are contagious. As discussed previously 100% of the proceeds from this 10 week cycle of the class will be donated to charity. Dawns House was chosen as the charity of choice for the group. A great cause for a great class!!! Keep up the good work.

The kids classes are rehearsing this terms techniques in preparation for the end of term competition. Be sure to keep the first Saturday of the next holidays free as these comps are always a fun learning experience for our students. The Kids 2 class had a discussion about bullying and when BJJ can be utilised. The last week of the term will deal with this topic some more.

We topped off the week with Luke’s MMA fight in Darwin. The club came out in strength and Luke had the loudest group of supporters on the night. The first round flying arm bar did not disappointment them. Well done Luke, what a great evening for all involved.

We had a amazing response to our social media ad for the beginners class this week, so please continue to support us, promote your club by sharing our content and encouraging your friends to give Jiu Jitsu a go.

The Pen – Issue 2

This week the Jitz kids started with an impressive display, they managed to put most of this years skills together for some beautiful position transitions. The coaches were blown away! The kids 2 class started slowly but many push ups later and with a good no gi class on Thursday under their belt they put in a super hard stand up Shark Tank followed by a teams battle. Both teams got behind their players with team 2 just getting the win. Tadhg returned from Nationals after a great performance and was interviewed on Facebook. The Adults started strong with a big Monday morning. The team have really supported Chris in the last 6 weeks to ensure he is in peak form for next weeks Worlds. Tuesday’s gi class focussed on side control escapes and in was a golden oldie, ‘beers on’ is a 10 year old tradition that was reintroduced to the group by Darren. You haven’t lived if Darren hasn’t tapped you with his darce. We rounded off the week with more practice of the ‘throw of the month’ with most now confidant enough to try during shark tank. Another great week team!