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About True Grit

At True Grit we aim to provide world class Jiu Jitsu instruction for both kids and adults. Our focus is on building better people through Jiu Jitsu. This amazing Martial Art develops strength of character, resilience, determination and grit. Both you and your children will develop problem solving skills, superior fitness and physical capacity as well as learning to defend yourselves and your loved ones.

Dan Ward

Dan began training in 1998 at the de Been academy in St Kilda. He has competed numerous times a State, National, Pan Pacific and International level winning a number of medals along the way. In 2012 he took gold in the Pan Pacific Brown Belt Masters u85 division and followed up with a Silver Medal in the u88 division in the Masters Black Belt in 2015 at the Pan Pacific Championships.


In 2004 he competed as a Purple Belt in the World Championships held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dan has been coaching since 2002, initially at the de Been academy but then at the Arena Personal Training gym.

In 2017 Dan founded True Grit Jiu Jitsu after recognising the need to pursue his own path as a leader and Coach.


Dan is also an Educational Professional having completed a Sport and Exercise Science degree in 1998 at the University of Tasmania and then a Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education. He has been teaching in the Government education system for 14 years and is currently still a full time Physical Educator.

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