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James Thrift

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  • Black Belt 4th Degree

Discover the Mastery of Professor Jim Thrift: Founder of Calvert MMA Academy® and Lineage BJJ®

Welcome to the captivating world of Professor Jim Thrift, known to many as James or Jimmy Thrift. This 4th Degree Black Belt isn’t just a martial artist; he’s the visionary founder and beacon leading two renowned institutions - Calvert MMA Academy® in Sunderland, Maryland, and Lineage BJJ® in California, Maryland. His enigmatic presence, coupled with a deep-seated respect for Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, creates an atmosphere both enlightening and riveting.

Yet, there's more to Professor Jim than meets the eye. His academic accolades, a Bachelor of Science in Technology and Management, complemented by an Associate Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology, showcase a blend of martial arts passion and scholastic proficiency. Dive deeper into his professional journey via his LinkedIn Profile.

Every nook and cranny of Calvert MMA Academy® and Lineage BJJ® echoes Professor Jim’s commitment to perfection. Whether it's the pristine facilities or the invigorating training sessions, his touch transforms these spaces into martial arts sanctuaries.

Journey back to the vibrant '80s, a time when Professor Jim embarked on his martial voyage. Trained by illustrious masters like Ki Wang Kim, Mike Warren, and Amos Johnson, he honed his skills in Moo Duk Kwan, Tang Soo Do, Hapkido, and Tae Kwon Do, swiftly clinching his black belt. Between 1984 and 1998, his accolades from point fighting to Judo tournaments turned him into a martial arts legend.

However, it was during the sizzling '90s that Professor Jim encountered his true calling - Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. This newfound love was kindled by an associate from the U.S. Secret Service. His role as a certified Defensive Tactics Instructor, recognized by the Maryland Police Training Commission (MPTC), combined with over a quarter-century of guidance from the revered Gracie lineage, has refined his skills phenomenally.

Professor Jim’s illustrious 25-year tenure with the U.S. Secret Service isn’t just about global assignments. It’s about harmonizing with the world's martial arts elites, delving into Gracie Jiu-Jitsu®, Sambo, Aikido, Judo, and Taekwondo. As a commendable U.S. Navy veteran and a proud alumnus of the University of Maryland, his achievements are simply awe-inspiring.

Now, are you poised to revolutionize your martial arts journey? Enter the realms of Calvert MMA Academy® or Lineage BJJ®. Here, Professor Jim Thrift's vast expertise, relentless dedication, and fervor will reshape your perspective. With him, you’re not merely training; you're partaking in a legacy of positivity, discipline, and self-enlightenment. Relish the dynamic allure of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu exclusively at Calvert MMA Academy® and Lineage BJJ®.