CHAMPS: Peter De Been, Alex Gonzalez, Ryan Deme, Joshua Mullineaux and Dave at the event last month.
CHAMPS: Peter De Been, Alex Gonzalez, Ryan Deme, Joshua Mullineaux and Dave at the event last month. Contributed

Gonzalez strikes gold at Jiu Jitsu Pan Pacific Championships

Peter De Been and Ryan Deme.

YEPPOON'S Alex Gonzalez took home gold at the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Pan Pacific Championships in Melbourne last month, with more than 30 competitors in his weight categories.

The talented athlete, who trains with De Been 100% Jiu Jitsu Capricorn Coast won gold in the No Gi division, but unfortunaetly missed a place in the Gi division.

Alongside him was his coach Ryan Deme and training partner Joshua Mullineaux, who spent the entire week training out of De Been 100% Jiu Jitsu in St Kilda.

Learning from some of the best black belts in Australia, including the founder of De Been Jiu Jitsu himself Peter De Been, was a memorable experience for the three men.

With over 10 years' experience, Ryan gained his purple belt which now makes him the highest ranked coach in Yeppoon and Emu Park.

Alex was also rewarded with a blue belt.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu rankings range from white to blue, purple, brown and black and can usually take 10 years to reach the highest rank.

The club now has a purple and two blue belt holders plus competitors that hold Pan Pacific, State Championship and CQ titles. They currently train at Emu Park State School free of charge on Mondays and Thursdays from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

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