Gene Tudor, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat / Head & Neck Surgeon,
Prince Frederick, MD

“Tap early; tap often”. This concise Brazilian Jujitsu advice has been passed on from top level instructors like World Champion, Saulo Ribeiro. It’s intended to prevent beginning jujitsu students from engaging in unskilled, uncontrolled fighting with their training partners during class so they can focus on learning key elements of the art. While there will always be inherent risks in any contact sport or martial art, a “Safety First” concept is fundamental to the training philosophy of Jim Thrift, owner and instructor at Calvert MMA Academy. He has created a collegial atmosphere that allows students of all ages and levels of athleticism to study this extraordinary, exciting martial art.  Check your ego at the door, because Jim’s school is all about refining your skills through the proper understanding of angles, leverage, timing and polished technique. We’re extremely privileged in Calvert County to be able to study Brazilian Jujitsu in the direct lineage of Grand Master Helio Gracie and his son Relson. If you’re interested in learning the most exciting and innovative martial art to be developed in many generations,
come by the school and check it out.

I would like to say “Thanks” to Jim, Ray, Andre and all of the Calvert MMA instructors for creating a school that allows an old guy, many years past his prime, like me, to study at my own pace along side of young serious competitive fighters. What you’ve accomplished and continue to build on is a tremendous asset to the community. I’m very grateful to be a part of the Calvert MMA Academy family.”

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