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 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.

The Pen – Issue 10

The recent Peter De Been visit highlighted the value of the academy system, with members getting a couple of hours of refining their techniques with one of Australia’s best. The teams side control defence improved out of sight this week!!! The informative evening was topped off by Chris being awarded his black belt! For the academy to receive its 2nd black belt from Pete in our 10th year was fantastic. For those who missed Chris stated ‘thanks to all my team mates, these moments can’t happen without your support.’

The visit was topped off by Luke, Darren and Chris supporting Pete on his Jakarta leg of seminars.  The Indonesian team was super friendly and were very appreciative to have the Darwin Academy owners visit. The 2 seminars and competition gave us the opportunity to develop important networks in an area where the sport is growing at phenomenal rate. We look forward to taking a bigger team to visit again sometime soon.

The Ladies introductory 10 week program has come to an end. As noted previously, the class was amazing and the feedback has been outstanding. Be sure to join us celebrate their achievements at the Nightcliff Foreshore Café this Saturday at midday. Ladies classes resume Monday and Wednesdays at 5.30 starting on the 26 th November. DM Chris on Social media if you need any further info.

The 10th Anniversary dinner is already here. Only a couple of tickets left (at the front desk) so don’t miss out. The evening starts at 7pm at Tim’s Surf and Turf Darwin City. The voting cards for the Best & Fairest and the Most Improved are also available at the front desk. Have your say, it is your opportunity to recognise our awesome teammates. If you can’t come in send your votes on DM to
Chris before the end of Thursday night’s class next week. The awards for Diva/Princess, Most Travelled, Dummy Spit, Strong Man will also be awarded on the night. The kids xmas party will be held the following week, keep an eye out for all information on Facebook and our website.

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.


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 8

Pan Pacs are around the corner. All who will be attending this weekend had their final week of hard training in preparation. Big thank you to all club members for pushing them hard in the last couple of months. The fantastic results our team get at every event is not only due to the competitors but to their hard working team mates that push them through every session. GO TEAM!!!

Kids are back in full swing with several gradings having been handed out, big congrats to Cheyenne, Rhys and Sonny. Saturday class was very hard this week as the humidity picks up and the comp class pushes everyone’s stand up stamina.

The beginners class members graduate over the next two weeks. They will now transition into the Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday classes. They have been allocated a mentor to look after them and are all excited about the new challenges ahead. Please introduce yourself to the new faces, try to remember what your first classes were like and make them feel welcomed.

The ladies class continue to blow us away with their enthusiasm with some having started training twice a week. The 10 week program is almost complete with the donation (now over $300) going to Dawn House next week.

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 6

The term finished off with a bang Saturday with the Term 3 comp. The kids were amazing and were happy to show off their new skills. All competitors showed a huge improvement and the team vibe was fantastic. The coaches were blown away by the skills displayed, sportsmanship and comradery. Well done kids!! Now it’s time to have a well-earned break for the next two weeks. Classes start back after the holidays.

The clubs 10th Anniversary was announced and tickets are selling fast. Don’t miss out, see Chris or Nikki at the front desk for tickets now!

The Ladies class has decided to keep the momentum going and have requested a second night. After the completion of the 10 week program ladies will run Mondays and Wednesdays. Luke has kindly accepted to move the beginners’ class back on hour to accommodate them. The class has improved so much that I am scared to see what they can do with two nights a week.

We have had lots of enquiries about kids and beginner classes so please continue to share our social media content and tell all your friends.