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Congratulations Coach Jim Thrift!

Calvert MMA Academy Owner / Coach Jim Thrift receives black belt from Grandmaster Relson Gracie.

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Gracie Jiu-Jitsu – BJJ Red Belts

Prior to 1961, the Gracie Brothers (Carlos, Gastão, George, Oswaldo, and Hélio Gracie) wore navy blue belts while all students wore white belts. In the 1961-62 timeframe, the first color belt system was introduced in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The original belt system devised by the Gracie Brothers was the following: Jiu-Jitsu students under 16 years of age, belt colors where white, yellow, orange and green. Youth belts also received up to three degrees on each belt color.

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Grand Master Relson Gracie

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, 9th Degree Red Belt, under Helio Gracie.

Relson Gracie, the 2nd oldest son of Helio Gracie, began learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at age 2 and entered his first competition at the age of 10. Relson was the Brazilian National Champion for 22 years straight and during this period he

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Professor Jim Thrift

Professor Jim Thrift (1st Degree Black Belt) is a Self-Defense / Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructor and a co-owner of the Calvert MMA Academy (Lineage BJJ & Lotus Thai Boxing).  Professor Jim’s passion for the martial arts dates back to the early 80’s

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Professor Mike Tran

Coach Mike Tran is a PhD Scientist, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructor and the program director for our Youth Bully Prevention and Kids BJJ classes at the Calvert MMA Academy – Lineage BJJ in Sunderland, Maryland.  Coach Mike Tran (Black Belt Professor)

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Coach Seth Caron

Strength and Conditioning, Kids BJJ, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, JBA

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Coach Nick Thrift

Instructor at Calvert MMA Academy

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Military Alumni Instructor – Luis Morales

Joint Base Andrews – JBA MMA BJJ Coach

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Military Alumni Instructor – Josiah Sojot

Josiah Sojot (Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt) began his Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Training while being station with the U.S. Air Force in Germany with Luis Morales.  Like Luis, Josiah Sojot was transferred to Joint Base Andrews (JBA) in Camp Springs, MD.  After

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Military Alumni Instructor – Andre Villanueva

Military MMA instructor from PAX River Maryland

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Coach Matt Almborg

Coach Matt Almborg

Matt Almborg is an alumni Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor of the Calvert MMA Academy – Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Maryland Training Academy.  Along with Toney Waldecker and Jim Thrift; Matt Almborg was an original Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor of the Calvert MMA Academy

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Coach Zach Nottingham

Zach Nottingham, Purple Belt under Relson Gracie, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor at Calvert MMA Academy.

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Professor Scott Devine

Professor Scott Devine

Professor Scott DeVine A special “Thank You” goes to Professor Scott Devine, 3rd Degree Black Belt under Master Relson Gracie.  Professor Devine began training with Master Relson Gracie at his Hawaii Academy back in 1988 and was awarded his black

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