Bartman Mixed Martial Arts and Self-Defense - A Relson Gracie Association


We believe that everyone has a right to dignity, self-determination and self-respect regardless of age, gender, or physical ability. We believe in defending that right for ourselves and for others who are unable.

We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to learn Gracie Jiu-jitsu based Self-defense. And that everyone CAN learn self-defense.

We are a Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense Academy. Our programs include:
  • Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense Class
  • KickAss Women's Self-Defense Class
  • Kid's Jiu-Jitsu with Bully Prevention Class
  • Thai Kickboxing and MMA Striking Class
We are committed to the continual growth of all of our students regardless of their age or experience level. Bartman MMA provides a safe and clean environment for our students to train. We offer classes in the Silver Spring (Near Glenmont Metro) area as well as in Bethesda, with members from across Montgomery County, Frederick County and Washington, DC. We are the closest Relson Gracie Jiu-jitsu and Self-Defense Academy to Washington, DC and are accessible via the Red Line of the DC Metro.

Head Instructor Greg Bartman is a Grand Master Relson Gracie Black Belt following Helio Gracie's technique as handed down directly to Grand Master Relson Gracie and is a certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu coach. He has trained directly under the Gracie family since day one, and has received promotions from both Relson and Royce Gracie. Greg began training Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in 1994 and started leading lessons in 1995.

We invite you to call, email, or come in today, meet some of the members, and train with us. Stop by soon and see what it's all about. We look forward to working out with you!

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March 25, 2015: Relson Gracie Seminar - March 25, 2015 . Relson Gracie is back in town!  Join us for top-notch Self-Defense and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu training with the legendary Relson Gracie.

January 28, 2015: Relson Gracie Seminar - January 28, 2015 . Relson Gracie is in town.  Join us for top-notch Self-Defense and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu training with the legendary Relson Gracie.

Aug. 26, 2014: If your self-defense game plan consists of just planning to gouge the attackers eyes, its time to learn some more effective skills! See why in our latest video! 

Aug. 4, 2014: Self-defense skills require only the body you were born with. It is what we call self-reliant self-defense - the most important tool in your personal defense tool box. Check out our new video subscribe to our YouTube channel

June 7, 2014: Women's Self-Defense Workshop Class -  This event has now passed. Contact us to get on the mailing list for the next workshop! This special class will cover 10 techniques and 5 concepts that will change how you feel about your personal safety!

Grandmaster Relson Gracie Self-Defense and Jiu-jitsu Seminar at Bartman MMAMay 1, 2014: Stay tuned for the next time! Contact us to be alerted the next time Grand Master Relson Gracie is in town.

April 29, 2014 Blog Post:  Global Women Empowered: An Example of Courage and Strength in the Local Community

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