Welcome to Australia's Premier Jiu Jitsu Academy


Located only minutes from the vibrant Acland street, St Kilda beach foreshore and approximately 6km from Melbourne CBD, our St Kilda Headquarters is recognised around the World as a Jiu Jitsu destination.

Pop in for a site tour and have a chat about starting your Jiu Jitsu journey with us.



Self-defence & fitness

90% of all fights end up on the ground.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the only proven martial art that specializes in ground fighting - where a smaller, weaker person is able to defeat a larger and stronger attacker using technique and leverage

Our classes cater to everyone regardless of age, fitness or experience level. You will:

  • Learn to defend yourself on the ground as well as in close range

  • Have fun while mastering the martial art commonly referred to as ‘human chess’ due to its depth and technical nature

  • Get fit and be involved in a life-long activity that everyone from children to those in their 60’s and beyond can do

  • Build muscle and lose fat while learning practical self-defence skills

  • Develop your mental toughness, problem solving skills and patience

  • Improve focus, concentration and increase eye/body coordination




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Blue belt program (beginners)

A program built for beginners to learn fundamentals and strategies that allow them to build great foundations, get fit and ultimately achieve their Blue Belt. Everyone is welcome to attend these classes regardless of age, gender, fitness or experience level.

Purple belt program

This class involves intermediate to advanced themes with a focus on helping the Blue Belt student gain the skills and experience to further progress in their Jiu Jitsu journey to Purple Belt.

Although this class is intended for Blue Belt level students, all are welcome to attend. For complete beginners, we recommend starting in the Blue belt program to learn fundamentals that will not be covered in this class.


These classes represent the pinnacle of de Been 100% Jiu Jitsu. You will learn advanced techniques, strategies and also do great deal of sparring/rolling. All levels are welcome.

No Gi (all levels)

Submission wrestling-focused classes without wearing the traditional gi. The classes contain advanced themes for students of all levels.

Takedown Fundamentals

A takedown focused class that teaches fundamental concepts from Judo and Wrestling and how to apply them in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


A state-of-the art program that has delivered great success. Not only in competition, where the de Been 100% Jiu Jitsu Junior team remains undefeated in Victorian State and Pan Pacific championship for over 20 years, but also success in forming wonderfully balanced and confident individuals. Kids will build confidence, resilience, agility, strength, and will have a great deal of fun while making new friends.

Competition Training

Classes for those who want to challenge themselves and get conditioned to compete while learning the competition aspect of Jiu Jitsu. These classes involve competition style sparring for all levels.

Open Mat

An unstructured class for students to train freely with eachother and practice techniques.


State-of-the-art facilities

In 2015, we moved into our purpose-built Jiu Jitsu facility at the top floor of our St Kilda premises featuring:

  • 250sqm of dedicated training space with high quality Jiu Jitsu mats

  • Padded walls for student safety and protection

  • Separate male and female changing rooms with clean toilets and showers

  • High powered fans for hot weather training

  • Built-in pull-up bars for strength training

  • First aid supplies and qualified first aid personnel

  • Retail store with clothing, equipment, drinks and supplements

  • Kitchenette

  • Lounge area with free Wifi for guests and parents


World class instructors


Peter de Been - Head instructor

Pete is a 5th degree Black Belt under Carlos Gracie Jr. and is the pioneer of Jiu Jitsu in Australia, establishing the country's first academy in 1993. Over the years Pete has had the pleasure of teaching and coaching some of the country's greatest competitors and coaches

Max de Been - Senior instructor

In June 2017, Max became Australia's youngest Black belt at the age of 20. He entered his first Jiu Jitsu competition in 2000 and has been Pan Pacific Champion more than 10 times, as well as third in the World Blue Belt in 2012. He has won numerous titles and is believed to be Australia's best chance to be the first Black Belt World Champion



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St Kilda, VIC

Top floor, 179 Barkly Street

Phone: (03) 9534 3294

Email: admin@debeenjiujitsu.com




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