BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU       TEAM MALTA


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INSTRUCTORS

KEITH DARMANIN - Head Instructor


BJJ Black Belt - Mestre Rogerio Olegario                           

2nd Dan Black Belt Ju-Jitsu - Sensei John Sevasta



Keith Darmanin started his martial arts training in 1993 at 14 years of age with Japanese Ju-Jitsu. Since his instructor, Sensei John Sevasta, was also a Judo black belt sessions consisted of both traditional Ju-Jitsu self-defense techniques and also stand up and ground-work randoris (sparring). In 1997 he saw the first editions of the UFC where he learnt about BJJ but it was only in the years 2005/6 when he had his first hand to hand experience with BJJ were he spent over a year and a half training with a BJJ purple belt. In 2008, he founded his own club to specialise more in grappling and later on in 2009 he met Mestre Rogerio Olegario in Italy. In 2010 Mestre Rogerio Olegario promoted him to Blue Belt in BJJ and consequently he founded Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Team Malta. Thus Keith Darmanin became the first ever Maltese to get a grade in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Today he heads BJJ Team Malta and is the first and only Maltese to receive the prestigious rank of Black Belt in BJJ. He is also the only Maltese to win medals in international BJJ competitions in all belts, ie. Blue, Purple and Brown.


Interview by BJJ Eastern Europe.

Montana International Jiu-Jitsu Cup 2009

Milano Jiu-Jitsu Challenge 2010

IBJJF European Open 2012

IBJJF European Open 2012

BJJ British Open 2012

IBJJF European Open 2013

IBJJF European No-Gi Open 2013

IBJJF European No-Gi Open 2013

IBJJF European Open 2014

IBJJF London Open 2014

IBJJF London Open 2014

IBJJF London NO-Gi Open 2014

IBJJF London NO-Gi Open 2014

IBJJF Rome Open 2015

IBJJF European No-Gi Open 2015

IBJJF Rome Open 2016

IBJJF European No-Gi Open 2016

IBJJF Rome Open 2017

IBJJF European No-Gi Open 2017

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MICHELLE ZARB - Asst. Instructor


BJJ Brown Belt -  Inst Keith Darmanin



Michelle Zarb started her BJJ training in June 2010 with BJJ Team Malta under the guidance of Keith Darmanin. After only a few months of training she went to win the European Jiu-Jitsu Championships in 2011 and later on that year she became the first Maltese woman to ever get promoted in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


Currently she holds the rank of Brown Belt.




Milano Jiu-Jitsu Challenge 2010

IBJJF European Open 2011

IBJJF European Open 2012

IBJJF London Open 2012

IBJJF European No-Gi Open 2012

IBJJF Rome Open 2013

IBJJF European No-Gi Open 2013

IBJJF London Open 2013

IBJJF London No-Gi Open 2013

IBJJF London Open 2014

IBJJF London No-Gi Open 2014

IBJJF Madrid Open 2014



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JOSEPH ABELA - Asst. Instructor


BJJ Purple Belt -  Inst Keith Darmanin

Joseph Abela started his BJJ training with BJJ Team Malta in June 2008 under the guidance of Keith Darmanin. He became one of the very first Blue Belts promoted by BJJ Team Malta in July 2011. He also competed in various submission grappling tournaments and holds the record of 2-0 in MMA.


Currently he holds the rank of Purple Belt.


BJJ Team Malta Competition 2010

BJJ Team Malta Competition 2010

BJJ Team Malta Competition 2011

BJJ Team Malta Competition 2011

Malta Grappling Challenge 1 2012

Malta Grappling Challenge 2 2013

Malta Grappling Challenge 2 2013

Malta Grappling Challenge 3 2014

Malta 1st MMA Competition 2015

Malta Combat Grappling Trials 2015

World Combat Grappling - Bulgaria

EFC MMA 2015


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JOZUA CURMI - Asst. Instructor


BJJ Purple Belt -  Inst Keith Darmanin

Jozua Curmi started his BJJ training with BJJ Team Malta in November 2008 under the guidance of Keith Darmanin. He became one of the very first Blue Belts promoted by BJJ Team Malta in July 2011. 


Currently he holds the rank of Purple Belt.







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Abu Dhabi UK Trials 2011







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OFFICIAL LIST OF BELT PROMOTIONS

BROWN BELTS


Michelle Bonnici Mallia        Sept 2016

PURPLE BELTS


Joseph Abela                     Mar 2014


Jozua Curmi                      Mar 2014


Neville Thomas                 Sept 2015


Joe Vella                            Sept 2016

BLUE BELTS


Tyrone Camilleri                 Jun 2011

Noel Montebello                 Mar 2012

Andrei Spiteri                     Mar 2012

David Agius                        Nov 2012

Elton Aquilina                     Nov 2012

Matthew Azzopardi             Jun 2013

Gordon Benedikt                 Jun 2013

Gordon Carter                    Mar 2014

Murman Korchilava             Jul 2014

Stephan Swain                    Dec 2015

Edward Muscat                   Dec 2015

Karl Gonzi                          Sept 2016

Matthew Camilleri              Sept 2016

Zack Galea                         Dec 2016

Conrad Zammit                  Jun 2017