welcome to baltimore gracie jiu-jitsu!
Why start jiu-jitsu?
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is designed so that a smaller person can subdue and neutralize a larger enemy, without exerting too much energy. It is all about using timing, technique, and leverage to gain control, as opposed to speed and strength. It was designed so that any person, regardless of size, age, or athletic ability can learn the techniques.
The great thing about starting Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at our Baltimore Academy is that you need no prior experience and can enroll at any time without feeling like you have missed any lessons. All jiu-jitsu classes at our Baltimore based martial arts academy are approximately one hour long. They are conducted following a curriculum, which we make accessible to all students so you know what lesson you are showing up for on any particular day. All classes are conducted in a safe, orderly manner, and all students are encouraged to ask questions, help, and support each other so that everyone can train safely and develop together.
"We don't just teach people how to fight, we give them the confidence so that they never have to."
Leverage - Alavanca
Alavanca [ala'vãka] - Brazilian Portugese - meaning: lever
"Alavanca was Grandmaster Helio Gracie's favorite word. Literally translated, it means "Leverage". The Grandmasater applied it masterfully on and off the mat. Invisible to the eye, imperative in combat and impossible to resist; it represents the most powerful principle of jiu-jitsu, and without it the art we all love would not exist." - Rener Gracie
What to Expect
For your very first lesson please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled class time so that you can fill out a short waiver, have any questions you may have answered, and get settled in.
We are a family-friendly academy and pride ourselves on making every person who walks through our doors feel welcome. We are not a competition based school and do not require students to compete in tournaments.
Adults: Once class begins, our lead instructor will invite you to take part in a 10-minute intro. This will introduce you to the martial art and you will learn one technique that exemplifies what Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is all about. After the intro, you will participate in class partnered with a student who will work cooperatively you to practice the techniques.
Youth: Class begins with a few fun warm-ups to get the kids' energy flowing, followed by a listening/coordination game. The bulk of class consists of 2-3 jiu-jitsu techniques demonstrated by the instructor and practised partnered with another youth student. We finish each class with a fun game!
What to Bring
If you are brand new to jiu-jitsu, wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that you can workout in (we suggest a t-shirt that covers your shoulders, paired with sweatpants/leggins- please no shorts, tank tops, or zippers). If you have previous experience and already own a gi (grappling kimono) feel free to wear that (white gis required-patches okay). Youth students will receive a uniform during their trial period, which will be their's to keep if you decide to enroll.
A hand towel and bottle of water is always a good idea! We also offer bottled water and uniforms for purchase at the dojo.
FREE 10-day Trial
After your first lesson you will be enrolled in our FREE 10-day trial period. During this time, you'll receive access to our programs for the next 10 consecutive calendar days so you can try out as many classes as possible before making a comittment. Our staff will be more than happy answer any questions you may have and get you set up with any necessary information. If, for whatever reason, you don't enjoy our programs or aren't sastified with the trial period, there is no obligation, just return any uniforms loaned to you and you won't be charged a penny. If you enjoy our programs, please choose to become a member of our jiu-jitsu academy in Baltimore City and let us help you along your amazing jiu-jitsu journey!