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Learn About the Best Gracie Jiu Jitsu Instructors in Columbia, Maryland and Westminster, Maryland

Mike Stewart Jr.

Mike Stewart Jr

Mike, along with his brother Jordan, are the owners and founders of Rising Tide Academy (formerly Gracie Jiu Jitsu Maryland).

He is a lifelong student of the martial arts who has been training for over 25 years. After achieving black belts in several other martial arts, Mike began studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, believing it to be more effective and practical than other martial arts.

In 2010, he decided to focus entirely on teaching Gracie Jiu Jitsu and opened Rising Tide Academy (formerly Gracie Jiu Jitsu Maryland) with his brother Jordan. 

 

Jordan Stewart

Jordan Stewart

Jordan owns and runs the academy alongside his brother Mike. He is the Chief Instructor for our kids programs and Program Director of Rising Tide Academy (formerly Gracie Jiu Jitsu Maryland).

Jordan is a brown belt under Grandmaster Relson Gracie and is an exemplary leader. Students look up to Jordan for his work ethic, dedication, and commitment to running a quality program. Parents can expect professionally conducted classes from this friendly and courteous instructor.

 

Kyle Spendiff

Kyle Spendiff

A black belt under Grandmaster Relson Gracie, Kyle has been training in the art of Jiu Jitsu for over 16 years.

He is the head instructor of our beginner adult Jiu Jitsu programs in Finksburg, Maryland. Kyle is known for his attention to detail and his dedication to helping students grow. Kyle will often stay after class to answer questions and help students solve problems, going above and beyond the expectations of an average instructor. 

 

Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson

A black belt under Professor Pedro Sauer, Mike has been training in the art of Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is a head instructor of our adult Jiu Jitsu programs and a lead instructor at our Columbia, Maryland location.  

A life long martial artist and 20 year police veteran, Mike holds numerous defensive tactics instructor certifications. He brings real world experience and 15 years of teaching experience to our school.

 

Toney Waldecker

Toney Waldecker

Toney is a fifth degree black belt, making him the highest ranked Relson Gracie student in the region.

A veteran of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Sambo, and MMA competitions, Toney is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and is a certified Level 2 Army combatives instructor. He is an expert at teaching specialized Gracie Jiu Jitsu self defense techniques and conducts Wednesday Adult Advanced Jiu Jitsu classes. 

 

John Gilbert

John Gilbert

A brown belt under Relson Gracie, John has been training in the art of Jiu Jitsu for over eight years. John teaches adult gi classes and the Friday night fight simulation class in our Columbia, Maryland location.  

 

Naqi Sayed

Naqi Sayed

A brown belt under Relson Gracie, Naqi has been training and instructing Jiu Jitsu for over five years.

He is lead instructor of our adult daytime classes and an instructor in the evening Jiu Jitsu programs. He is one of the adult instructors of the programs at the Columbia, Maryland location.  

 

Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller

A brown belt under Relson Gracie, Stephen has been training and instructing Jiu Jitsu for over five years.

He is the lead instructor of our adult daytime classes and an instructor in the evening Jiu Jitsu programs. He is also the lead instructor of our kids programs at the Columbia, Maryland location.  

 
 

Anton Garcia

Anton Garcia

A purple belt under Relson Gracie, Anton has been training and instructing Jiu Jitsu for over three years. He is a lead instructor of our Women's Self Defense program at the Columbia, Maryland location and an instructor for the kids.