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Authentic Gracie Jiu Jitsu in Columbia, MD and Finksburg, MD

Program Descriptions

Most martial arts rely heavily on strength, power, speed, and athletic ability. However, Gracie Jiu Jitsu is a martial arts system based on maximizing timing, technique, and leverage to overcome an opponent. Even when one is battling a larger or stronger opponent, our martial arts system allows a smaller opponent to survive and prevail effectively. For example, in a fight the safest place to be is on top of your opponent and not on the ground, which nullifies many of the athletic and size advantages of a larger opponent.

We teach our adult students the Gracie Jiu Jitsu martial arts system to emphasize how to take down aggressive opponents and use various holds (such as chokes and joint locks) that will cause an opponent to “submit”. Gracie Jiu Jitsu also considers the dangers of having a larger opponent on top. Using the same principles, Gracie Jiu Jitsu allows us to stay safe and attack with our back on the ground, either submitting an opponent or “sweeping” from a bottom position to land on top of our opponent.

These considerations for safety, technique, and natural movements create an amazing martial arts activity where you can learn new skills, break a good sweat, lose weight, gain strength, and be mentally engaged in a supportive, friendly atmosphere. We strive to help you develop towards your self improvement goals.

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Fundamentals Adult Classes:

These Gracie Jiu Jitsu classes focus on teaching fundamental Jiu Jitsu takedowns, positions, sweeps, and submissions that can be applied to various real world self defense situations. Fighting is always a last resort, but when faced with an unavoidable conflict against an untrained opponent, we want our students to know how to handle themselves with this proven martial arts system.


  • Improve fitness, coordination, and movement;
  • Develop an effective, real world self defense skill set; and
  • Build a consistent practice of self confidence and self discipline.

Fundamentals Adult Classes Include:

  • An instructor led warm up;
  • One standing situation with 1-3 techniques plus partner drilling;
  • 1-2 ground techniques with partner drilling; and
  • Controlled grappling matches or "rolling".
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Advanced Adult Classes:

Our advanced Gracie Jiu Jitsu classes dive further into more advanced Jiu Jitsu concepts for self defense and pure sport and competition. For example, sport Jiu Jitsu, which involves grappling under a rule set with no striking against a trained opponent, requires a very different approach to this martial art than what one might encounter in a street fight. We first and foremost teach common sense Jiu Jitsu for self defense. However, for advanced students, some of whom are focused on competing in tournaments, we add advanced layers of Jiu Jitsu and consider the reactions of a trained opponent.

We advise that new adult students focus of earning their second stripe in our Fundamentals Adult classes before participating in our Advanced Adult classes.


  • Improve coordination and movement;
  • Instill positive values including confidence and self discipline; and
  • Develop the student's self defense fundamentals, takedowns, positions, and transitions.

Advanced Adult Classes Include:

  • High paced warm ups;
  • Standing distance managment with a takedown and one variation;
  • Ground technique training (pins, escapes, sweeps, and submissions) with one or more variations; and
  • Controlled grappling matches or "rolling".