Academy Information


About this club

Founded in 2009, Westcoast Academia De Jiujitsu is an affiliate club of Dartford Academia De Jiujitsu. Based in Aberystwyth west Wales we provide training in Gracie Jiujitsu, the classes provided are suitable for beginners and experienced martial artists alike.

Our Jiu Jitsu is based on Grandmaster Helio Gracie’s fight philosophies:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Punch proof technique
  • All techniques are based on natural body movement

We teach the original Gracie Jiu Jitsu standing self defence programme as our core fundamentals. Weapons defence, Striking, Clinch work, Throwing and Groundwork.

Academy Coach Graham Birkett started Jiujitsu shortly before the club was founded in 2009 with his brother Dave Birkett; head instructor to both Dartford and Westcoast academies, in May 2015 Graham was promoted to Purple belt by Dave.

Professor Dave Birkett took his first martial arts class back in 1976 (Judo), his first Jiu Jitsu Class in 1996, receiving his Black Belt from Professor Marc Walder (3rd degree) back in 2012 and was recently promoted to 2nd degree.

Professor Marc (Dave’s teacher) was the first UK student to be certified by the Gracie Academy (Grandmaster Rorion & Royce Gracie) back in 2000. Marc has been a long time Student and friend of Royce Gracie and took Private lessons from Grand master Helio Gracie himself. Marc continued his studies and was promoted to Black Belt by Rolls Gracie legend Mestre Mauricio Gomes in 2005.

(All promotions in this club are done by Professor Dave Birkett)

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