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Self-Defense Seminars and Workshops

We now have both In-Person and Online Classes! Contact us to schedule a group session!

Self-Defense Workshops and Seminars

Now is the time - Gain Safety. Security. Confidence.

Contact us today regarding your specific needs. We specialize in self-defense workshops and seminars customized for you specific group, with your interests and concerns taken in for considerations. 

We have created self-defense workshops for a variety of audiences including for girl/boy scout groups, Au Pair organizations, small companies as a group activity, back to school safety nights, apartment building complexes, community groups, nurses, teachers, senior citizens, students heading off to college, book clubs, unique birthday parties, meet-up groups and a variety of other organizations.

Read about the Global Empowered Women Self-Defense workshop!


Learn powerful and effective techniques in a fun and safe environment! Get a workout, gain confidence, and build your skills! These comprehensive seminars and workshops lead by two (one male, one female) internationally ranked and recognized instructors, Head Instructor Greg Bartman and assistant instructor Tori Garten cover the fundamentals you need to protect yourself on the street. 

The techniques are 100% realistic and based on Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Thai Kickboxing, the most practical martial arts. We focus on both mental and physical preparedness. You won't be learning how to stab some one with your keys, blow the whistle, or even "Wax-on Wax-off" Karate Kid moves - but real, practical moves you can use to escape, control, and subdue if necessary anyone who threatens you.

We will discuss Mental Preparedness, Environmental Awareness, Defensive Tips, Safety Precautions, and "Criminal" Concepts, as well as practice Physical Techniques including defending yourself against various grabs, holds, tackles, and strikes. Many attacks end up on the ground, so the seminar will include some moves on the mats in addition to some common standing techniques. Some basic defenses against weapon attacks can also be covered.

Wear comfortable workout clothes. And please invite a friend or two along for the fun! We've had great reviews of previous seminars and you won't want to miss out!

Please RSVP if you plan to attend. Arrive a few minutes early to complete registration and preview the instructional materials.


Seminars and workshops can also be scheduled for groups upon request. We regularly schedule seminars and workshops throughout the year for interested individuals, please contact us to get on the announcement list or to schedule a workshop geared towards your group!

Join us to learn more!

We invite you to come in, 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!

Phone: 202-203-9013 



Visit the Contact Us page for our contact form as well as location 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.

Contact Bartman MMA and Self-Defense
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Join Us for Upcoming Events!

Women's Self-Defense Workshop: - Last year this event sold-out! Join our mailing list for updates on date and time of next one.

Men's Self-Defense Workshop: next one coming soon! Join our mailing list for updates on date and time!

Contact us to find out more about our upcoming Doorman Security Workshop coming soon!

Check out our KickAss Women's Self-Defense class  or our Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense Class for Adults (Men and Women) and Teens in the meantime! 

Also join our mailing list to hear about future workshops or request information to set up one for your special group! Take action today to commit to your own personal defense! 

Previous Events:

April 1, 2017    

July 30, 2016
Women's (Adults and Teens) Self-Defense Workshop

Women's (Adults and Teens) Self-Defense Workshop
July 28, 2016Kids Self-Defense at CASA
March 30, 2016Wedding Wire Employee Self-Defense Seminar
Sept. 19 2015        Street Self-Defense with GM Relson Gracie
Sept. 19, 2015Women's Self-Defense Workshop with GM Relson Gracie
July 22, 2015Low-vision and Blind Middle School Children's Self-Defense Workshop, Montgomery County Public Schools
July 12, 2015Women's (Adults and Teens) Self-Defense Workshop
May 2, 2015Global Women's Empowered Charity Self-Defense Workshop
April 25, 2015    Women's Self-Defense Workshop: Because you matter! Verbal, Mental and Physical Techniques
March 25 - 27, 2015Relson Gracie Seminar Week in Maryland/Virginia
Jan. 26 - 30, 2015Relson Gracie Seminar Week in Maryland/Virginia
Nov. 6, 2014Realtor's Self-Defense Workshop
Sept. 17-19, 2014Relson Gracie Seminar Week in Maryland/Virginia
June 7, 2014Women's Self-Defense Workshop - Glenmont Location
May 14, 2014Grand Master Relson Gracie Seminar - Glenmont Location
April 26, 2014Global Women Empowered Self-Defense Workshop 
October 2013 ITN Women's Self-Defense Workshop
July 20 -2013 Woman-owned Small Business Self-Defense Workshop with Blue Canopy
June 9, 2013Au Pairs Women's Self-Defense Workshop
May 19 2013Au Pairs Women's Self-Defense Workshop

Global Women Empowered Self-defense Class Workshop with Bartman MMA and Self-defense
Women's Self-Defense Workshop with Bartman MMA and Self-Defense, a Relson Gracie Jiu-jitsu Association in Silver Spring and Bethsda MD, near to DC, Rockville, Kensignton, and Olney
Two-hand throat grab bow out escape, Women's Self-Defense Workshop Class in near Washington, DC, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton and Rockville
Women's Self-Defense Workshop at Bartman MMA and Self-Defense with Relson Gracie  certified Head Instructor Greg Bartman and Assistant Instructor Tori Garten
Push Base Women's Self-Defense Workshop class in Silver Spring MD at Bartman MMA and Self-defense, a Relson Gracie Jiu-jitsu Academy

Women's Self-Defense Workshop Class with Bartman MMA and Self-defense, a Relson Gracie jiu-jitsu Association, Silver Spring and Bethesda, MD near Washington, DC

Bottom Mount defense in Women's Self-Defense Workshop Class at Bartman MMA in Silver Spring and Bethesda, MD, A Relson Gracie Jiu-jitsu Association