Founded in 2000, the Tōukon (lit. fighting spirit) Academy is a member of the United Kingdom Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association (UKBJJA), a founder academy of the ‘Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Schools‘ initiative and is proud to be one of the UK’s largest providers of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to pre-school aged children (aged 3-5 years).

As the number one Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Bedfordshire we have developed relationships with several world-class coaches and competitors in order to provide a pedigree of regular world-class black-belt instruction. Our student base is wide and varied; in conjunction with many lower, middle and upper schools we are proud to offer one of the largest structured programs of martial arts study through breakfast and after-school sessions across the UK as well as the infrastructure designed to impart functional self-protection knowledge and advice to post 16 students as they embark on work and or university life.

Our combined knowledge of grappling and sports science is utilised by rugby teams to provide off-season training and the functionality of our Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling programs have fostered very healthy working relationships with members of the emergency and armed services. In short, if you live or work in Bedfordshire and want to train Jiu-Jitsu or would like your children to train Jiu-Jitsu from the best coaches in the area you should be looking to train with the Tōukon Academy.

We look forward to welcoming you to our mats.



Starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2008 was a step into the unknown.
After trying other martial arts which did not provide the expected satisfaction or challenge, BJJ opened my mind to the real and practical application of martial arts and grappling techniques. Regular training is the perfect elixir for balance in modern life. Learning, improving and applying fighting techniques provides the mental and physical balance necessary for performance in all other areas. The challenge of rolling with training partners, reward from achieving a submission, reflection and self improvement after being submitted build the motivation to develop even further – BJJ is the most rewarding activity I have ever taken part in and its essential for overall well-being.

Alex Maguire
Consultant Engineer & Tōukon Academy Brown Belt

I started training in BJJ in January 2015 as part of the Tōukon Academy’s “Transform your Lifestyle” initiative and it has lived up to its word.
My fitness training used to consist of jogging and swimming and now with BJJ my fitness, general well-being and confidence has changed for the better. From the beginning I was welcomed into the class and the training I have received has been excellent. The calm and methodical teaching style breaks down the techniques into manageable chunks. The session then ends with all the chunks being pieced together in a structured sparring session. Also the opportunity to spar with the experienced members of the group has been invaluable to my understanding. The Transform your lifestyle initiative has given me the best start into the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and I am very grateful.

Steve Doe
Police Offcier & Tōukon Academy Blue Belt

Jiu-Jitsu has transformed my lifestyle because it puts life in perspective. Every time you roll, you literally put your life in someone else’s hands. Every decision you make is theoretically a life and death one. Suddenly, the things that used to stress you out and overwhelm you become ‘water off a ducks back’ and inconsequential. You gain a confidence and self-assuredness that you would never have thought possible.

Daniel Ip Piang Siong
Barrister & Tōukon Academy Blue Belt

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has provided me with an outlet to gain better fitness without having to do the long jogs or forcing myself to be motivated to go to the gym. It enabled me to try something new without even realising I was getting fit! I’ve found it’s given me a healthier lifestyle as the more I’ve got committed to BJJ, the more it’s made me think about what I’m eating and other ways to exercise that will all complement BJJ.

Leon Clarke
Accountant & Tōukon Academy Blue Belt

I have been training with Professor David Webb since 2014, since moving from Roger Gracie Mill Hill due to work commitments. The tutelage on offer is not just world class Jiu Jitsu but his knowledge in anatomy and physiology explains why and how Jiu Jitsu works on the human body. David, having three Black Belts, including one in judo, is an asset when we are learning standup for a competition, as Jiu Jitsu starts from standing then eventually will go to the ground. The Tōukon Academy students all have an amazing camaraderie from when you enter unitl the time you leave. Without Jiu Jitsu I would not be as focused as I am today, and having spent 16 years so far in the British Army I am in the best place I have ever been.

SSgt Mark Badham
British Army Platoon Commander & Tōukon Academy Purple Belt