INSTRUCTORS

KEITH DARMANIN

Founder & Head Instructor

IBJJF Certified Black Belt 2nd Degree (Mestre Rogerio Olegario)            Goshin Ju-Jitsu Black Belt 2nd Dan (Sensei John Sevasta)

Keith Darmanin started training Japanese Ju-Jitsu in 1993 at 14 years of age. His instructor, Sensei John Sevasta, was also a Judo black belt thus sessions consisted of both traditional Ju-Jitsu techniques and also stand up and ground-work randori. In 1997 he saw the first editions of the UFC where he learnt about Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and later he trained BJJ with a purple belt under Master Pedro Sauer. Apart from BJJ and Ju-Jitsu experience, he has a vast knowledge of Judo since he also cross trained in Judo at a young age and was also training with the Maltese Judo National Team. In 2008, he started his own club and in 2009 he met Mestre Rogerio Olegario in Italy, from whom he got promoted to Blue Belt. Consequently he founded Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Team Malta. Keith Darmanin is the first ever Maltese to achieve a grade in BJJ. Today he heads BJJ Team Malta and is the first and only Maltese to receive the prestigious rank of BJJ Black Belt. He is also the only Maltese to win medals in international BJJ competitions in all belts, ie. Blue, Purple, Brown & Black.

Interview by BJJ Eastern Europe

IBJJF London NO-Gi Open 2014 Gold

IBJJF London NO-Gi Open 2014 Bronze (Absolute)

IBJJF Rome Open 2015 Bronze

IBJJF European No-Gi Open 2015 Bronze

IBJJF Rome Open 2016 Silver

IBJJF European No-Gi Open 2016 Bronze

IBJJF Rome Open 2017 Silver

IBJJF European No-Gi Open 2017 Silver

IBJJF London Winter Open 2018 Gold

IBJJF European No-Gi Open 2019 Silver

Montana International Jiu-Jitsu Cup 2009 Bronze

Milano Jiu-Jitsu Challenge 2010 Gold

IBJJF European Open 2012 Silver

IBJJF European Open 2012 Bronze (Absolute)

BJJ British Open 2012 Gold

IBJJF European Open 2013 Bronze

IBJJF European No-Gi Open 2013 Bronze

IBJJF European No-Gi Open 2013 Bronze (Absolute)

IBJJF European Open 2014 Silver

IBJJF London Open 2014 Bronze

IBJJF London Open 2014 Silver (Absolute)

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INSTRUCTOR JOZUA CURMI

Black Belt (Instructor Keith Darmanin)        

Jozua Curmi began training Jiu-Jitsu in 2008 with Instructor Keith Darmanin and after 12 years of regular training he achieved the Black Belt. Thus he became the first BJJ Black Belt ever awarded by another Maltese Black Belt.

 

Jozua Curmi has been assisting and conducting classes since being a Purple Belt. He also successfully competed both localy and abroad.

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