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Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Promotion at Baltimore Martial Arts

Several junior students from the Baltimore Martial Arts Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program recently tested for their next belt. Four students in particular tested and passed their junior BJJ black belt.

The junior black belt candidates had to pass a grueling one hour test of physical strength, endurance and mental challenges before they were tested for technique proficiency. Their entire test took about 2 1/2 hours and was a testament to what students can achieve through hard work and dedication.

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Baltimore Martial Arts Children's BJJ Promotion

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Little Girl Bullied – Grandmother’s Testimonial

Childhood Bullying

One of our students was bullied at her school before joining our children’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program at Baltimore Martial Arts. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is only one of several kids martial arts programs that we offer. They all help kids gain confidence and teach them defensive skills that help protect them against big bullies.

Below is a brief video of the little girl’s grandmother giving her opinions of our children’s martial arts program and what it has done for her granddaughter.

Childhood bullying has become a major issue in our society. No longer are bullies getting slapped on the wrist or detained after school. School policies are beginning to adapt a zero tolerance policy which may result in school expulsion and legal consequence.

The graph below shows that children’s behavior and/or attitudes toward other children is changing for the worse.

Childhood Bullying

Changing Attitudes

Teaching children martial arts and instilling confidence is only one part of the problem. We can help the victim stand up for themselves and punish those children who decide to be abusive. However, these strategies are only bandaids on a wound and not a cure. We may never be able to stop bullying and giving your child bandaids may be your best immediate strategy. We should strive for more than quick fixes and reach out to those being bullied and or bullying through their parents and through their teachers at school. We can try and educate parents, teachers and our children’s guardians by teaching them the signs to look that are indicative of being bullied or bullying other children.

If you have a child that is being bullied or who is bullying others and you would like to discuss this matter in person, please feel free to call or email me anytime. Gary Berger Owner Baltimore Martial Arts.

Baltimore Martial Arts Academy 6565 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville, MD 21228
Looking for a map?

Walk in M-F, 5-9 PM Saturday, 9 AM – 2 PM & Sunday 2-4 PM
Visit our You Tube Channel{Baltimore Martial Arts You Tube}.
Email us at:baltimoremartialarts@yahoo.com

To read more reviews about Baltimore Martial Arts & Fitness please visit our GOOGLE PLACE PAGE.

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Bully – Motion Picture

Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, The Bully Project is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of Americas bullying crisis. The Bully Project follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. Stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals offices, the film offers insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children. As teachers, administrators, kids and parents struggle to find answers, The Bully Project examines the dire consequences of bullying through the testimony of strong and courageous youth. Through the power of their stories, the film aims to be a catalyst for change in the way we deal with bullying as parents, teachers, children and society as a whole.

The Bully Project
For more information on Bullying or how to set up defense classes for your child {Martial Arts Baltimore}, {Martial Arts Baltimore} you can contact us at: Baltimore Martial Arts Academy 6565 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville, MD 21228
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Walk in M-F, 5-8PM Saturday, 9AM – 2PM & Sunday 2-4PM

Video tour of the Baltimore Martial Arts & Fitness with owner Gary Berger. Tour includes audio.

Gary Berger, owner of Baltimore Martial Arts and Fitness in Catonsville presents a brief video of some of the classes offered at his academy.

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Bullying Victims Fight Back


Kids fight bullying with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

A seventh grader is unafraid of bullies for the first time since he can remember after learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. After learning Brazilian Jujitsu for only five days, Martin Hendricks, age 12, learned enough techniques to give him the self-confidence for dealing with bullying.

The first week of school 12 year old Martin Hendricks put his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the test after a bully attempted to bother him.

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Anderson Cooper, CNN News correspondant, has recently brought childhood bullying to the mainstream media. He will be doing a documentary on bullying this Sunday at 8PM. For more on childhood bullying as featured on CNN click HERE.

If you would like your child to gain more confidence and be better prepared to deal with bullying, our youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program can help. For more information visit our web page Baltimore Martial Arts or call us at 410-465-7799.

Baltimore Martial Arts
6565 Baltimore National Pike
Catonsville, MD 21228
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Phone: 410-465-7799
Email: baltimoremartialarts@yahoo.com

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Baltimore Martial Arts Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Children’s BJJ Tournament

The Baltimore Martial Arts Academy, in Catonsville Maryland, recently held a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition for its junior BJJ students – February 13th 2011.

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Children's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament at Baltimore Martial Arts

The Baltimore Martial Arts Academy hosts a children’s Brazilian Jujitsu (BJJ) tournament at its facility every 4 months. The primary purpose is to help instill within children a competitive spirit, self confidence and life’s lessons concerning winning and losing. Every child comes away feeling good about themselves as each receives a medal and patches regardless of how well they placed. Kids that earn first place receive a nice trophy.

There were over 40 competitors spanning 8 divisions including children aged 5 through 13. For several children this was their first tournament. For others, especially for our children”s competition traveling team it was one of many. One little girl in particular, named Lilly, won her first BJJ trophy after 2 years of trying. Needless to say that she was very happy as well as her parents.

Baltimore Martial Arts is planning a BJJ Junior Promotional sometime in mid April. We will have two students, Nick Taylor & Sonny Csorba testing for their junior black belt. Both of these students have been actively competing on the BJJ tournament circuit and are excellent role models for the rest of their classmates.

Referring the tournament for the first time was Steven Lord. He is a BJJ purple belt under professor Sauer and in one of our Brazilian Jujitsu instructors for our Adult students. Justin Pyle Sr., Justin Pyle Jr. & Ronnie Russell also refereed. Our next tournament will take place sometime in mid  June.

6 Year Old BJJ Competitors

6 Year Old BJJ Competitors at BMAA Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament 2011

Mr. Gary's Pep Talk to BJJ Kids Before Tournament

Mr. Gary's Pep Talk to BJJ Kids Before Tournament

Girls Trophies at Baltimore Martial Arts Inner-School BJJ Tournament 2011

Girls Trophies at Baltimore Martial Arts Inner-School BJJ Tournament 2011

Children Compete at Baltimore Martial Arts Academy's BJJ Tournament

Oscar & William in a BJJ Competition at Baltimore Martial Arts

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Baltimore Martial Arts Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Team Wins Junior Grappling

Junior BJJ Brajilian Jujitsu Jiu-jitsu

Gary Berger & Noel Smith pose with Students after winning Team Trophy at the Junior Grappling Tournament in Hagerstown, MD 2011

The Baltimore Martial Arts Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu junior team along with Noel Smith and Noel Smith BJJ competitors win the Double A Team trophy award at the Junior Grappling Tournament in Hagerstown February 5th, 2011.

Several competitors from both teams did outstanding. BMAA BJJ competitors included Parker Brown, Alias Wall, Sonny Csorba, Julian Williams, Jacob Haskins, Rayon Overcast & Justin Pyle. Justin had 15 matches and won the iron man cup. Sonny won three gold medals including the absolute division and the most submissions cup. Julian & Parker both won golds in gi. Rayan, Alias & Jacob won several silvers and bronze medals.

The Baltimore Martial Arts Academy’s junior Brazilian jujitsu competition team is training hard and preparing for a full schedule of competitions in 2011. Future BJJ Tournaments on our itinerary include several tournaments held by Grapplers Quest, Jr. Grappling, the Good Fight, Copa Nova & NAGA.

If you are interested in our junior BJJ competition team or if you would like more information about our kids’ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs please call the Baltimore Martial Arts Academy at 410-465-7799. The Baltimore Martial Arts academy has a top notch kids BJJ program along with other junior martial arts programs including Tae Kwon Do, Judo & Karate. Baltimore Martial Arts also has family programs so that Mom and Dad can train and exercise as well.

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Military Dad – Baltimore Martial Arts

I would highly recommend Baltimore Martial Arts Academy for many reasons and from a couple different view points.

As a student – Gary Berger and his staff are experts instructors not only in martial arts but fitness of both mind and body. I have been in the military for 21 years, have lived all over the world and have never seen a gym with so many different courses of instruction. Such a wide array and blending of talent is hard to find and almost impossible in a single school. Patient and professional – I have found these instructors to look at the individual and tailor classes to student needs and goals. The plethora of instructors is simply amazing. I have 3 Aikido instructors my son has 5 different jujitsu instructors and my daughter has 2 different kickboxing instructors – getting all of there collective strengths and experiences – class never gets boring or routine.

As a father – I have two teenagers attending Baltimore Martial Arts Academy and can not imagine a better environment for an extracurricular activity. My Son has attained his black belt in mixed martial arts and is working on belts in both judo and straight jujitsu. He is on the competition team and has competed nationally in numerous grappling and judo competitions – qualifying this year for the judo junior nationals this summer. It has been a great outlet for teenage aggression for both kids and has shown them a positive way to harness energy that would be otherwise wasted. His skills will serve him well in high school as he plays football and wrestles. My Daughter is working on a belt in mixed martial arts and taking kickboxing classes. Not the competitor her brother is I have found the discipline and fitness she is learning will carry on through her entire life. As a father it is good to know that my daughter can defend herself and walks with a confidence that
she may otherwise have not found. My children are the most important thing in my life and my greatest legacy – I feel blessed to have found this gym with such a large group of both male and female role models to help me raise my children and instill the values we all find so lacking in the world today. It is refreshing to find a place where integrity, honor, respect and discipline are not only preached but taught, practiced and expected.

All in all I was lucky or destined to find Baltimore Martial Arts Academy. I have found a family that cares about me and my families well being. I hope all of you are as lucky.

Justin D. Pyle

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Mom of Junior Black Belt – Baltimore Martial Arts

“We have been members of the Baltimore Martial Arts Academy (BMAA) for almost 3 years now. When my oldest son was 5, he watched Kung Fu Panda and decided to give martial arts a try. He fell in love with the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) classes for kids at BMAA. He’s now 8 and working on his black belt! We pay the monthly rate so the whole family can take unlimited classes at BMAA. Between BJJ, Judo, Tae Kwon Do and kettlebell classes, our family is at BMAA almost every day of the week.
Sensei Gary is very good with the kids. He really tries to make the classes fun. Danyelle is also a fantastic instructor. Working out with kettlebells is extremely challenging. She is good at motivating her class and never loses her sense of humor.”

🙂 Elayne K.

(Nick and Teddy’s mom)

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Happy Parent

My name is Aysar Odeh.  I enrolled my son after noticing that he was having problems with some kids in his school.  He immediately loved it and would throw a fit if we forgot to take him to class.  He made a lot of friends and he wakes up faster for school these days. Gary talks to the kids about when to use their skills and when not to use it.  He talks to them about bullies and rewards them for being good at home.  The classes also have a few games that keep the kids looking forward to the next class.

The center has a position and friendly atmosphere.  After a change in our schedule that prevented us from making our regular classes, we were welcomed into trying Judo and Tae Kwon-do.  Both instructors were also great and my son decided on Tae Kwon-do.  The center has moved into a bigger location recently and I wouldn’t be surprised if it needed to expand again.  I highly recommend this to any one.


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Bully Proof® Your Kids_Baltimore Martial Arts

The federal government has identified bullying as a national problem.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), a martial art, has proven to be an effective means of teaching children how to protect themselves against the bullying. Help your child learn to defend him or herself and develop self confidence with our Bully Proof® program.

CNN News recently aired a segment featuring children who learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to deter childhood bullying. This popular children’s BJJ program called Bullyproof®  is making waves around the world. The Baltimore Martial Arts Academy (BMAA) in Catonsville, Maryland has been teaching Jujitsu to children and servicing families for over 15 years.


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