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Kids' Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense Martial Arts Class

We now have both In-Person and Online Classes!
The single most useful class your kids will ever take! Get Bully-proof today! 

We welcome everyone to the table. Praised by parents and students, our lessons are inclusive, easy to learn, and lots of fun — letting members focus on action and situational storytelling.

What is Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)?

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

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and sport that focuses on both standing grappling and ground fighting (defense and offense) 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. 

For kids we focus on the self-defense aspects, body movements and positioning that can be safely used for bully-defense and to build a strong foundation for adding the more offensive techniques as the child gains knowledge and control of the foundational techniques.

How is it different from other Martial Arts?

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu differs from other martial arts you may be more familiar with, like TaeKwondo and Karate in that it focuses on what happens if a fight goes to the ground which the striking martial arts do not cover. 

Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Self-defense training covers how to defend against strikes, kicks, and various types of grabs while standing as well as if the conflict goes to the ground - which statistics show 90% of fights will end up on the ground. Gracie Brazilian Jiu-jitsu gives you options for any type of situation where you - or your child -  find the need for self-defense.

What will my child learn?

Our focus is on learning self-defense and bully-prevention methods while improving fitness, creating a fun experience to encourage your child to enjoy exercise, improving your child's concentration and determination, practicing social skills, good sportsmanship and respect for others. We utilize a positive feedback reinforcement approach to encourage the learning process and help your child gain self-focus and self-discipline.

The curriculum includes Self-Defense, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Bully Prevention skills, and Fitness. Students participate in exercises, drills, games, techniques, controlled sparring, and stretching. Also covered are conflict-resolution, verbal self-defense, safety tips and a value of the week, such as awareness, respect and teamwork.

Your child will have fun, get fit, learn self-defense primarily through the martial art of Relson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, gain focus and increase discipline! There is a full curriculum and rank system with periodic skill tests. 

Classes are carefully structured and supervised by multiple Coaches and Assistants, both male and female. 

And, the truth be told, we really like teaching kids!

Here is our Youth Class Creed that we recite as a team at the start and conclusion of every Kids Class session:

"I will develop myself in a positive manner; and I will avoid anything that will reduce my physical health or mental growth." 


Classes are for both genders, ages 5 -13. They will occasionally be divided into groups such as 5 - 7 yr olds and 8 - 13 yr olds or by belt level.

Some 13 yr olds may be invited to register for the Saturday Adults and Teens class at 1:00 PM.

It's a great time for kids and parents, and we are sure your child will benefit greatly from the experience!

Class Details: 

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!

Saturdays: 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Membership Dues: LIMITED TIME: only 89 a month for first child

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Class Instructors: 

Relson Gracie Black belt, 2nd Degree Greg Bartman

+ assistants!


Kensington -

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.

Get Your Child Started Today!

Drop-in option for first class and out-of-town visitors: Pay online option now available!

Phone: 202-203-9013 



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