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We teach jiu-jitsu here in London straight from the source. Our founder Fabio Prado is a black belt under 10x world champion Roger Gracie who is also the grandson of jiu-jitsu's founder Carlos Gracie. Jisso Academy is proud to be a Roger Gracie Academy as well as a UKBJJA registered club.


Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) has a seen a major rise in popularity over the last two decades, and with good reason. Translated from Japanese as “the gentle art”, jiu-jitsu is a self-defense method that can be effectively implemented by any type of person regardless of age or physical ability against a larger and stronger opponent.


Everyone from martial artists to fitness enthusiasts to stay-at-home parents are training jiu-jitsu because of the physical and mental benefits from what starts as an interest and turns into a life-long passion. 


 “Martial arts are ultimately self-knowledge. A punch or a kick is not to knock the hell out of the guy in front, but to knock the hell out of your ego, your fear, or your hang-ups.”  

– Bruce Lee

The word “jisso” is a Japanese philosophical concept that translates to “true image” or “essence”. We chose this name for our academy because we know that jiu-jitsu puts you in touch with who you are so that you can work to become a better version of yourself.

Our goal is not just to train people to be able to compete in jiu-jitsu as a sport, but to turn people into champions of their own lives. Through training, you will be faced with your own emotions. You will notice your ego. You will learn to put expectations to the side and be fully present, to overcome adversity, and work to improve your position through technique, patience and skill.

Every time you train offers an opportunity to tap into the deeper level of jiu-jitsu and become not only a better martial artist, but a better you. Whether our students are adults or kids, we believe that jiu-jitsu isn’t just for self-defense, competitions or fitness. Jiu-jitsu is for life.


“Jiu-jitsu has been one of the most valuable tools I’ve had in my whole life”

– Joe Rogan

In addition to the psychological benefits, expect to take what you learn in class and translate it into your daily life

Develop your game 

Become stronger

Learn to submit or control through technique

Use your energy strategically

Sharpen your skills 

Focus your mind


Build resiliency

​Value patience over power 

Relieve stress from daily life

Belong to a community

​Celebrate victories 

​Develop a learner’s mindset 

​Improve your well-being 

​Practice consistency


Solve complex problems


Our academy is built around its members. We challenge each other to get better as a team and learn from one another in the process. We train hard and play hard, often organizing social events or having a laugh over a joke shared in our group chat. Outside of the gym, this leads to long-lasting friendships built on support and encouragement. 


“The academy has a warm and welcoming atmosphere like no other. The coaching delivered is of top quality and the class is very supportive. After your first session you will not only be hooked on BJJ, but also feel part of a new community”

– Chris, Jisso Academy Student


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