Mitsuyo Maeda
Carlos Gracie Sr.
Helio Gracie
Rolls Gracie
Mauricio Gomes
Marc Walder
Dave Birkett


Established in 2011, Westcoast Academia de Jiu Jitsu has gone from strength to strength in providing high quality martial arts in Aberystwyth and amongst our headquarters in Dartford, Kent & East London Ilford country wide. Our classes are suitable for experienced martial artists and beginners, alike. Our Jiu Jitsu is based on Grandmaster Helio Gracie’s original fight philosophies:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Punch proof technique
  • All techniques are based on natural body movement
We teach the original and complete Gracie Jiu Jitsu standing self defence programme as our core fundamentals. Our Head Coach in our Aberystwyth Club is Graham Birkett and is a Brown Belt - (1st Degree) under Professor Dave Birkett. Our Head Coach, located in London - 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 (4th degree) back in 2012 and is currently a 3rd degree Black belt.


Westcoast BJJ, 65 Marine Terrace, Aberystwyth SY23 2BX


The white belt journey is where we all begin, and primary is focused on survival. (Roadmap will be posted here soon [2023])
The blue belt is the time of escape, where you not only survive but turn the tables on your opponent. (Roadmap will be posted here soon [2023])
Purple belt is where you become the hammer and find your style, only 18% of members reach this stage. (Roadmap will be posted here late [2023])
Brown belt is where you refine your skills.
Black belt is a great place to start Jiu Jitsu. Seriously.


The technique website module is not currently live. This is being worked on and live late 2023.
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