Peter de Been

Pete is 6th degree Black Belt under Carlos Gracie Jr. He was the first non-Brasilian to gain a Black Belt out of Brasil. Pete’s Black Belt is recognised and certified by IBJJF.


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 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation – IBJJF. The AFBJJ oversees around 40 competitions Australia-wide and co-runs 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. 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 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, and push-ups. Pete also likes to ergo row (In fact he had the world’s longest distance for 30 minutes in the Adult lightweight 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 ’90s, in Brazil, Pete was renowned 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.


Pete’s Desafio  II Competition video: