We believe that everyone has a right to dignity, self-determination and respect regardless of age, gender, or physical ability.
We believe in defending that right for ourselves and for others who are unable.
We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to learn evidence based self-defense. And that everyone CAN learn self-defense.
We are a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense Academy. Our programs include:
We are committed to the continual growth of all of our students regardless of their age or experience level.
Bartman MMA provides a safe and clean environment for our students to train.
We offer classes in the Kensington area, with members from all across Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.
We invite you to call, email, text, or come in today; meet some of the members, and train with us. Stop by soon and see what it's all about.
We look forward to working out with you!
You'll feel more confident, reduce anxiety, build fitness, and make great friends as part of the Team.
New members are invited to join any time. No experience needed. Classes are mixed levels and very welcoming to beginners. Sign up and jump in right away!
Dedicated to the success of his students, Professor Greg Bartman has been training and teaching for over 25 years total, beginning substantially in 1994. He aims to demonstrate clear instruction and a thoughtful understanding of his student's needs. He welcomes everyone regardless of experience or athletic ability and emphasizes training in a safe environment for long term goals.
Greg is known for his technical understanding of the important aspects underlying self-defense techniques as well as the broader concepts. He emphasizes the power of skill that a smaller weaker person can use to overcome a stronger bigger opponent through refined technique. He has a strong interest in the practical application of self-defense, and recognizes the positive impact that conquering physical and mental challenges can have on increasing an individual's self-confidence and the ability to defend oneself.
Greg is a certified Instructor of Black Belt Second Degree rank, Professor, under Grand Master Relson Gracie (past due to test for his Third and Fourth Degree.) Relson Gracie is recognized as the world's best self-defense instructor. His core technique was handed down directly from Helio Gracie.
Greg has trained directly under the Gracie family since day one, and has been certified by both Relson Gracie and Royce Gracie. Greg began training Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in 1994 and started leading lessons in 1995. He follows Helio Gracie's technique as handed down directly to Grand Master Relson Gracie, and has enjoyed learning from many great instructors such as Ryron and Rener Gracie.
Greg's training has included Conflict Resolution, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Judo, Wrestling, Aikido, Jeet Kune Do, Tae Kwon Do, Boxing, and Kendo. His students have included state and county police, FBI, CIA, US military, bouncers, correctional officers, cage fighters, doctors, attorneys, stay-at-home parents, girl scouts, kids, teens, and adults of all ages, fitness levels, and professions.
Greg teaches or co-teaches all group classes, including coaching the youth class. He is also available for private lessons.
His instructional specialties include:
Greg has cleared background checks through the US Army for working with children, and is AED & CPR certified. Additionally he is a graduate of McDonogh High School in Maryland, and Haverford College in Pennsylvania.
Kevin is one of our Team Coaches, and assists with the Adult/Teen Mixed classes and the Youth class. He is a 4-stripe Purple Belt in Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Greg Bartman and Relson Gracie. Kevin also has years of training with Muay Thai Kickboxing, and is a former sport jiu-jitsu competitor for Team Bartman MMA / Relson Gracie. He's happy to share his great deal of firsthand experience using self-defense in the real world successfully!
Carla is one of our Team Coaches, and assists with the Youth class and the Women's/Teens Self Defense class. She is a 1-stripe Blue Belt in Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Greg Bartman and Relson Gracie. Carla demonstrates excellent efficiency of technique, and is very welcoming to all new Team members!