Peter de Been.
Pete is 5th degree Black Belt under Carlos Gracie Jr. He was the first non Brasilian to gain a Black Belt out of Brasil.
Pete is the founder (established in 1994) and President of the Australian Federation of Brasilian Jiu Jitsu - AFBJJ. The AFBJJ is the representative of the International Brasilian Jiu Jitsu Federation - IBJJF. The AFBJJ oversees around 40 competitions Australia wide and co runs the the Australian National and Pan Pacific with the IBJJF.
Pete competed in 7 Pan American Championships and 6 World Championships. He also competed in two International Super fights - in the second in Sao Paulo, he also collected a special prize purse for the fastest submission of the night!
Pete's most important competition results are as follows:
1996 Pan Am Master Purple Belt Silver Medallist
1997 Pan Am Master Brown Belt Gold Medallist
1997 World championship Adult Brown Belt 5th Place
1998 Pan Am Adult Adult Brown Belt Bronze Medallist
1999 Pan Am Adult Brown Belt Bronze Medallist
2000 World Master Black Belt Silver Medallist
2001 Pan Am Adult Black Belt Bronze Medallist
2003 World Adult Black Belt 5th Palce
2003 International Super Fight Tokyo Runner up
2004 International Super Fight Sao Paulo Winner
Looking back Pete's greatest Jiu Jitsu achievement must be establishing Australia's first Ju Jitsu academy - see Our History for more info on how it all began! Over the years Pete has had the pleasure of teaching a great number of Australia's best Jiu Jitsu fighters and instructors.
Pete has shown great longevity in his Jiu Jitsu and he says that a good regime of diet and exercise have helped him to continue the sport and lifestyle he loves. Pete's diet consists of mostly raw foods without the modern day filers such as pasta, bread, potato and flour. Some of his favourite foods are Sashimi (raw fish), Sardine, Egg, Carrot, Cucumber, Almond, Avocado, Alfalfa, Blueberries and Green Grapes.
Pete believes that the best training for Jiu Jitsu is Jiu Jitsu! However to avoid a tired mind and sometimes injuries, he says, ancillary training is a must. Some of Pete's favourite ancillary training is bar work, including many different kinds of pull-ups, dips, push-ups. Pete also likes to ergo row (In fact he had the world's longest distance for 30 minutes in the Adult light weight category in 2013 - a distance of 8804m. He likes to swim and visits the gym 2 -3 times per week.
When it comes to Jiu Jitsu training, Pete has many favourite techniques, triangle is probably top of the list and Pete like applying them from most positions including side control. During the 90's, in Brasil, Pete was renown for developing the arm across sweep. He spent many years improving the sweep and successfully testing it in high level competition. Pete will say that he is still developing the arm across sweep today.