Baltimore Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or Baltimore BJJ, is taught at the Baltimore Martial Arts Academy in Catonsville Maryland. Baltimore Martial Arts has been teaching Baltimore BJJ and Mixed Martial Arts MMA since 1995.
Baltimore Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a wrestling based martial art specializing in takedowns and submissions which typically include joint locks and chokes. BJJ Baltimore has grown in popularity in the United States and abroad faster than any other martial art.
Baltimore Jiu Jitsu can be learned as sport and/or a means of self defense. In either case, the BJJ Baltimore student deals with an opponent by taking them to the ground and finishing them with various submission techniques, like arm bars, leg locks & chokes.
Baltimore Jiu Jitsu offers both gi (uniform) and no-gi BJJ. Each style has is benefits. Uniformed classes are the more traditional approach to learning BJJ. We recommend attending gi classes before training with no gi, however one can be learned without the other. Many mixed-martial-arts practitioners focus on no-gi training for MMA competitions since its slightly more applicable to the sport.
Many of our Baltimore Jiu Jitsu students — both adults and children — compete in gi and no-gi BJJ. Visit our page for Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for information about Baltimore BJJ classes for younger students.
Our Baltimore BJJ curriculum is governed by Renato Tavares Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association.
Baltimore Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Baltimore Martial Arts has been teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Judo since 1995. This was about the same time that Mixed Martial Arts was becoming a coined term and the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC was achieving prominence. Originally our students were learning a combination of San Shou, Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. At that time, only Ground Control Baltimore (John Rallo was a Blue Belt under Renzo Gracie) was the only other martial arts school teaching anything similar. Today the Baltimore Martial Arts Academy has grown and has become a leading institution for not just Baltimore Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but numerous other martial arts styles that include but are not limited to Judo, Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Arnis, Silat, Kung Fu, Tai Chi and more!
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Renato Tavares was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1968. He started training in BJJ at the age of 6 years old with Geni Rebello who is now 85 years old. Geni Rebello is one of the best masters in Brazil and he is a black belt from Carlos e Helio Gracie. Geni Rebello has made many students State, Pan-American and World Champions around the world.
Renato Tavares is a world renowned authority in the discipline of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Grappling Enhancement for MMA. His thirst for knowledge has made Renato a technician par excellence. Tavares has been training for about 36 years and competing for more than 30 years. At ten years old he was an instructor, helping his Master Geni Rebello and his son Cirilo Rebello teach new students.
In the last fifteen years he has made big changes in many cities and states that he has visited. In Parana, a state in the south of Brazil, he took Jiu Jitsu to the next step by making it recognized in the bjj community. In just three years Renato & Curitiba made the first world champions.
After training under Geni, Tavares moved to Rio and trained with Carlson Gracie Sr. for over 10 years. Renato currently teaches out of Vero Beach, Florida.
Master Pimenta is is a third degree black belt and is one of the top competitors in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s featherweight division (Peso Pena – 70kg/154lbs). Master Pimenta and also is part of the prestigious Grappling Fight Team (GFT) from Brazil. GFT has gained international prominence since it was founded in 2007 and continues to produce high level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters such as Bruno Malfacine, Rodolfo Vieira, Ricardo Evangelista, Italo Lins, Theodoro Canal and many others.
Coach Denilson is an internationally renowned BJJ competitor often placing or winning in most tournaments that he competes in. Coach Denilson recently won in his class at the 2013 and 2014 Pan American Championships. Denilson’s success is a result of working with some of the best fighters in the world.
Denilson Pimenta’s Achievements
- Pan American Champion 2013
- Pan American Champion 2014
- Rio Open Champion (2009)
- European Champion (2009 – CBJJE)
- World No-Gi Silver Medallist (2008)
- Brazilian National Bronze Medallist (2009)
- World Cup Bronze Medallist (2009)
Denilson Pimenta’s Biography
Denilson Pimenta grew up on the Favela’s in Rio de Janeiro. Denilson started Jiu Jitsu in 1991 as a way to occupy his spare time, in order to focus on something positive and escape the dangers of falling victim to crime. Denilson was awareded his black belt by Mestre Julio Cesar, GFTeam’s main instructor.
Denilson Pimenta’s BJJ Lineage
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Luis França > Oswaldo Fadda > Moacir Salomão > Julio Cesar Pereira > Denilson Pimenta
Videos of Denilson Pimenta
Denilson Pimenta rolling with Rodolfo Viera
Denilson Pimenta x Douglas Moura by X-COMBAT
Denilson Pimenta x Mário Reis by X-COMBAT
Denilson Pimenta e Tiago Bravo – Rio Internacional Jiu-Jitsu Qualifier – 73kg
Baltimore Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Check out the videos below to see some of our Baltimore Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students in action.
BJJ Baltimore Fox News Baltimore Martial Arts
Kids Baltimore BJJ Tournament – NAGA – Landover, MD. September 25th 2010. Baltimore Martial Arts Academy – Xtreme Team