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Adult BJJ Promotions at Baltimore Martial Arts


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Belt Ranks

Adult BJJ belt promotions will be held at Baltimore Martial Arts on Tuesday April  17th 6:30-8:30PM. The test will include demonstration of techniques, self defense applications  and competitive skill.

Test registration forms and a BJJ curriculum will soon be available for viewing and downloadable at http://www.baltimoremartialarts.com/student-information/. You must pre-register for this exam by March 15th, 2014. Cost for blue belt exam is $60 and purple belt is $80. Belts are included.


Testing criteria will be based off of aspects from both Master Renato Tavares and Professor Pedro Sauer’s curriculums. Belts awarded will conform to the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s published standards. See poster that displays recognized BJJ belt ranks by the IBJJF.


Tuesday evening classes will now be lead by Professor Gary Berger, Black Belt under Master Tavares. Tuesday classes will include a lot of drills with an emphasis on putting speed and precision to your technique. Improved physical conditioning and developing tournament advantages is a natural consequence to this type of training however all skill levels including complete beginners are welcome. Professor Berger will be awarding belts during April’s exam along with council from Officer Mike Johnson and Steve Lord.


You should keep a record of your class attendance.  Class attendance will be considered in terms of test eligibility and promotion. A downloadable attendance chart will soon be available at the link posted above. Participation in competitions like NAGA, IBJJF, The Good Fight etc. will also weigh heavily towards test eligibility and awarding rank. BJJ tournaments on the horizon include The Good Fight “Maryland Grappling Championships in Maryland January 11th, IBJJF Pan American Championships in California March 12th-16th, US Grappling in Virginia Beach March 15th & NAGA New England January 25th. Visit https://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreMartialArts and https://www.facebook.com/groups/190762797778183/ for updated info concerning tournaments. Note, if you are interested in competing in the Pan Americans see Professor Berger for details.


Master Renato Tavares will be conducting a seminar at Noel Smith’s BJJ on February 15th, 2014. Attendance is highly encouraged especially since techniques taught at this seminar will be emphasized on Tuesday evenings following for at least a few weeks. Master Tavares is tentatively scheduled to visit Baltimore Martial Arts sometime in mid June 2014.


If you have any questions please see Professor Gary.

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About Gary Berger

Sensei Gary Berger+1 graduated cum laude from Towson State University with degrees in Biology, Psychology and Animal Behavior. Mr. Berger abandoned a future in science to pursue his true passion: the martial arts. He and his wife, Danyelle Berger, jointly own the Baltimore Martial Arts Academy in Catonsville, Maryland.
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