About Calvert MMA Academy®


Since opening its doors in 2007, Calvert MMA Academy® has brought world-class instruction in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Self-Defense and Vale Tudo to Southern Maryland, offering a comprehensive blend of martial arts disciplines under one roof. Initially, we incorporated "MMA" into our name with the intention of embodying our dedication to teaching multiple martial arts styles. While some of our students compete in MMA events, the essence of our academy lies in our diverse martial arts offerings, not in today's definition of MMA.

As an authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy certified under 9th-degree Grand Master Relson Gracie, we are part of Team Relson Gracie and our Jiu-Jitsu program, “Lineage BJJ®,” is designed to honor and preserve the teaching and teaching methods of Helio Gracie. With over 10,000 active members across more than 40 locations worldwide, our Gracie Jiu-Jitsu team, including the extended family of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academies, Certified Training Centers, and students, has well over 100,000 active members globally.

Why Choose Calvert MMA Academy®?

Opting for Calvert MMA Academy® provides exceptional value. Our prices are competitive locally, and nationally below average. Under the leadership of Grandmaster Relson Gracie, we offer unmatched quality instruction. Our students' belt promotions, including black belt diplomas, are directly awarded by Gracie if desired, lending credibility and prestige to our programs. In Southern Maryland, we stand alone as the only martial arts academy to host Gracie family members and other high-level martial arts champions as guest instructors since 2007.

We pride ourselves on maintaining a high student-to-teacher ratio, ensuring personalized attention for every learner. At Calvert MMA Academy®, you're not just a member – you become part of our family. We believe that your hard work pays for your belt, hence we never charge for belt promotions in our Jiu-Jitsu programs.

Safety and Cleanliness: Our Priorities

We rigorously enforce all safety rules at the Calvert MMA Academy®. Any member or guest found purposely violating any safety rule is barred from training at the academy. Furthermore, we educate our students on proper training techniques, attitudes, and safety to prevent unnecessary injuries.

Cleanliness is paramount to us. Since 2007, we've had zero outbreaks of MRSA, Staph, or Ringworm infections etc. We uphold a rigorous cleaning routine, disinfecting our academy daily and between classes as needed.

True Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Experience

Calvert MMA Academy offers the authentic experience of Helio Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense under the name "Lineage BJJ®," as part of Team Relson Gracie, which consists of over 40 Jiu-Jitsu academies and associations worldwide. Our teaching methods mirror the original Gracie Academy in Rio de Janeiro and the Gracie Academy World Headquarters located in Torrance, CA.

We also provide a Vale Tudo class emphasizing self-defense, grappling, and fighting with strikes. While many martial arts schools in Maryland offer BJJ programs, only a handful offer authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The key differences between BJJ and GJJ lie in the "instruction methodology" and the "self-defense" aspect of the art.

By offering authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, we ensure effective techniques that anyone, regardless of age, size, conditioning, or gender, can perform. These techniques prioritize self-defense over sports Jiu-Jitsu and MMA competitions, preparing you to effectively defend yourself in real-world situations.