Terrific Experience and Training: Greg is a highly skilled sensei who works with you until you get the techniques right, which means that you are learning more effectively than in some other martial arts schools where they want to show you a lot of techniques, but never in depth. In both classes and private training, he has a clear plan for skill development. He pushes you in very positive ways. A big bonus: he is also a fabulous personal trainer - ask him about options for this too - it will improve your martial arts!
Physical fitness is not the only change I've noticed since I took up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense training. My self-confidence and self-reliance has increased in a way thats hard to describe. You learn to deal with different emotions when you get trapped in a bad spot or make a mistake, and you learn to manage your breathing and relax to reserve your energy and strength. As a woman, wrestling is not something you grow up doing with your friends in the backyard or the basement. I had to get over apologizing for putting my weight on someone and being too nice. As one of my teammates says, there is no gender on the mat, just sparring partners.
I get asked, “Have you had to use what you’ve learned in your training Yes, every day, every day I use what I’ve learned in self-defense - in defense of self.
Hope to see you on the Mat soon!
I have been training with Bartman MMA for over a month now. As someone with no experience in Jiu-Jitsu I found Bartman MMA to be well organized and dedicated to executing correct and proper technique. Bartman MMA has a great ratio of learning to sparring. I would highly recommend anybody who wants to train in MMA to check out Bartman MMA. The best standout of Bartman MMA is the support and mentoring of the other people in the class everyone their makes you feel like you are part of a team.
For many of us 65 is the beginning of a long physical decline. For me Brazilian jujitsu has been a life saver. It allows me to compete physically with those decades younger. It allows me to be involved in high intensity exercise that is low intensity to my knees. It has a strong aerobic quality. I have seen my physical exertion, weight, and chronic problems such as diabetes and hypertension improve. The only shame is that jiu-jitsu is only beginning to be appreciated by the general public.
I have found both Tori and you [Greg] to be very patient and supportive of someone older such as myself. That encouragement makes me eager to learn more and not count myself out as being too old or lacking flexibility. Also, the way you break down the moves into small details in a sequence makes it easier to learn and recall the moves. The key for me is that you have made this form of exercise and physical training fun so I look forward to learning new techniques and always come out of a training session happier and more energetic than when I came to the training session. Also, I have developed a whole new set of friends. It’s all good."
"I have been going to Bartman MMA since November 2011, and have loved every minute of it. . . . ."
My daughter has been attending the kids class on Saturday for two years and she loves it. As a father, it also gives me some piece of mind that while she is having fun and gaining confidence she also is learning how to defend herself mentally and physically
" . . My son is in the kids class and absolutely loves it." - Check out Kevin's review on Yelp!
Mike and I are very happy with the classes. It’s a good father-son bonding experience for us. I know Mike is very interested in the mixed martial arts and kickboxing as he is getting a degree in kinesiology at U of MD – College Park.
"Sheila and I often talk about the great instruction and the fun we have in your class."
"To be honest, this was better, more relevant and more in context than the self-defense course I took in college - that was an entire semester long"
What I enjoyed most about the workshop was the hands on approach focusing on real situations. It was very empowering and gave the girls real skills!
I enjoyed practicing the moves. Everything was awesome! and the teachers are very good!
I enjoyed learning how to defend myself by using my own body. I loved it! Thanks for all the tips!
Bartman MMA and Self-Defense is conveniently located in Montgomery County, Maryland, convenient to Bethesda, Rockville, Silver Spring, Wheaton, Olney and Washington, DC.
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