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.

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.