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Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense Class

We now have both In-Person and Online Classes!

What is Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? 

Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and sport that focuses on both standing grappling and ground fighting with the goal of gaining a dominant position and using joint locks and holds to control an opponent. It teaches that a smaller, weaker person using leverage and proper technique can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant. 

The Gracie family BJJ style emphasizes self-defense as well as the competitive sport aspects. Relson Gracie's street defense techniques are extremely efficient and practical.

Join Gracie certified coach Greg Bartman for a great confidence building, full-body workout in a safe environment and friendly atmosphere! Our team members are very supportive of each other and eager to welcome new training partners. Come to train for exercise, self defense, or competition!

Schedule your first class today!

New members are invited to join any time! No experience needed. All Classes are mixed levels and very welcoming to beginners. Sign up and jump in right away!

VIP First Class Pass: Pay online option now available

Phone: 202-203-9013 

Why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

1. Works even when you are surprised and in a poor position by utilizing technique and leverage.

2. Designed for defending equally well against a bigger, stronger, and more aggressive person.

3. Allows you to develop immediate reactions by practicing in lifelike situations.

4. Provides you with a range of severity options in dealing with an attacker.

Your First Class:

  • Arrive a few minutes early. Bring water or such for yourself.
  • Wear or bring exercise clothing. If you have a previous gi (uniform), bring it with you.
  • Please introduce yourself.
  • Enjoy the class!
  • Jiu-Jitsu classes may include a warmup with calisthenics, stand-up self-defense, takedowns and counters, technical groundwork with Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, sparring for the experienced students, and a cool down stretch.


  • Get Great Exercise 
  • Improve Health 
  • Build Endurance 
  • Reduce Stress 
  • Lose Weight 
  • Learn Techniques 
  • Challenge Yourself 
  • Get Discipline 
  • Effective Self-Defense 
  • Meet New People 
  • Have Fun
And remember, all of us were complete beginners at some point. We guarantee that you will be instructed at your appropriate skill level.

Class Times

Classes are available for Adults, Teens and Kids.

Please see Schedule and Membership information.



Within "Spirit Club"

10417-B Kensington Pkwy, Kensington, MD 20895

Easily accessible from Maryland and Washington D.C. locations like Rockville, Wheaton, Bethesda, Potomac, and Silver Spring.

Bethesda (currently paused)

Rockledge Fitness Center

*(Fitness Center Membership not required)

Rockledge Centre Two, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD, 20817, Suite 4133 (4th floor)

The Rockledge Fitness Center is located on the 4th floor in an office building. There is visitor parking behind the building. Gym membership is not required. You will need to show ID and sign in at the lobby when entering the building.

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April 12, 2015 -Internet Poll Results for “Who is the top “Self Defense”/”Street” BJJ teacher? - Who else but our very own GM Relson Gracie!

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