After years of training with local martial artists in Australia, the Australian Federation of Brasilian Jiu Jitsu (AFBJJ) founder, Peter de Been was introduced to the Brasilian form of Jiu Jitsu in 1990. Peter immediately recognised it as the amazing martial art that many know it to be today. Each year Peter travelled to Brasil to gain understanding in the philosophy and principles of the art.
By the end of 1993 and after advice from Carlos Gracie Jr. (now World President), steps had been taken to incorporate the AFBJJ. In early 1994 the organization was officially recognised and registered as the AFBJJ Inc. The AFBJJ Inc. was the first international body outside Brasil to govern Brasilian Jiu Jitsu.
In Recent times, the martial art that is known in the western world as "Brasilian Jiu Jitsu", has rocketed to great popularity. The need for a protecting and governing body is now greater than ever.
Now the "AFBJJ Inc. South Australia Branch" has been formed to represent the local needs of all who take comfort in being guided by the national body. The new millennium is sure to continue with the growth of hybrid and mixed martial arts. AFBJJ-SA will endeavour to ensure the long life of Brasilian Jiu Jitsu in its natural progression in South Australia.