A visit from Australia’s youngest Black Belt national champion has given coaches and students at Dubbo’s de Been Jiu Jitsu academy a major boost.
Max de Been travelled from Victoria to put the local students through a full day seminar and grading.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. de Been became Australia’s youngest Black Belt National Champion at the AFBJJ Nationals in 2017.
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“After visiting de Been Jiu Jitsu Dubbo last weekend I was very impressed with our NSW academy and how far they have come,” de Been said. “They are a great group of individuals who don’t leave anything on the mat.
“They are a very astute group who focus on the details of learning and then translate that into hard training to refine what they learn. Everything I taught was well-drilled and practiced. Overall, I think this group has great potential in all their jiu-jitsu endeavours.”
At the end of the day a number of students gained their Blue Belts, the first major belt in BJJ.
Coaches Anthony O’Leary, Alyssa O’Leary and Josh Parkinson had trained for a number of years and were very excited to receive their Blue Belts off de Been.
Other de Been Dubbo students to gain a Blue Belt rank were Damon Hall, George Sayers and Reece Cherry.
Four de Been Dubbo juniors rolled with the adults and got their first coloured belt, a BJJ Yellow Belt.
Bryce Abel, Tori Kearns, Kassie Kearns and Nik Rusling impressed with O’Leary describing their performance as a credit to their training.