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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.

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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.

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Another outstanding night for the ladies class. Some more basic principles covered with break falls and guard now making a lot more sense. BJJ can be confronting at first, especially in Darwin’s climate, getting accustomed to the body contact can be one of the most difficult stumbling blocks. Some have no problem and others take a while to get used to it. The class discussed the importance of taking your time, we all learn at different rates and have different barriers to progression. The most important thing is to have fun whilst still challenging yourself. A majority of the class has really put themselves outside their comfort zones to start this program and if today’s laughs and reaction to the class is anything to go by, I think it is already well worth it. The BJJ journey is a difficult but most importantly fun and rewarding one. I congratulate all of you once again for having a go. Well done!!

The group have selected Dawn House as their charity. 100% of class proceeds will donated. All members get behind this amazing charity that provides services to women and children escaping domestic and family violence.

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Another huge few weeks at the club. The kids had a party to congratulate one of their coach, Chris, on his Bronze at worlds. The seniors did the same on the town that night.

The planning for the ladies and beginners classes finally came to fruition. It resulted in over 25 new people hitting our mats and most importantly having a blast. The ladies got to know each other and were introduced to some basic principles. They were amazing and picked things up quickly. Their contagious laughter across the mats was a great sign that they all had a fantastic time. This week the ladies will pick their charity of choice and all the proceeds for the course will be donated. DM us if you wish to contribute too.

The beginners were very anxious at first but also learnt so much. The six week rolling program accepts newbies at any stage so tell your eager friends about our awesome club and the opportunity to learn the basics with other beginners.

This week gets bigger again with Luke fighting his second MMA fight and the new classes really picking up momentum. Follow us on Social Media, share our content, and please give us your feedback. We continue to work towards a positive Jiujitsu experience for all!

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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!

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Big week: Public Holiday meant we got a sleep in Monday and rolled at 9. Then it was off to coffee where Reece introduced us to the new member of the family. The mats had to come up for the new fan installation. It was worth it, the area is much cooler and quieter. Tunes are much easier to hear! The kids were pushed hard, working on weaknesses and loads of push ups. With World Masters around the corner everyone is pushing Chris to ensure his game is ready.