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About Lineage BJJ®


OUR STORY: A Journey of Tradition and Transformation with Lineage BJJ®

In 2007, a spark ignited a martial arts revolution in Calvert County, Maryland. That spark was the founding of Calvert MMA Academy® - Team Relson Gracie Maryland Training Association, now home to Lineage BJJ®. With the revered Relson Gracie lineage as its backbone, the academy dedicated itself to teaching authentic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, rapidly gaining acclaim for its superior instruction and inviting atmosphere.

But 2009 brought a poignant moment in the Jiu-Jitsu world – the passing of Helio Gracie, the illustrious pioneer of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Inspired to honor his immense legacy and continue his teachings, the academy underwent a transformation. The Jiu-Jitsu program was reborn as "Lineage BJJ®," symbolizing the endurance of principles and lineage established by the Gracie family.

Embracing this new identity, Lineage BJJ® has remained a beacon for the traditional teachings of the Gracie family. We stand committed to providing exceptional training and fostering discipline, respect, and self-defense skills within an inclusive environment that values community.

With each passing year, Lineage BJJ® has thrived, drawing passionate students from diverse backgrounds, all unified by a love for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. We honor the principles of technical mastery, mental resilience, and personal growth – values that resonate both on the mats and in everyday life.

Today, as we look ahead, Lineage BJJ® continues to empower individuals through the timeless art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. With an unbreakable link to tradition and a forward-thinking approach, we're here to make a positive impact on our members' lives. We invite you to join us and become a part of this inspiring journey, right here at Lineage BJJ® and Calvert MMA Academy®.



OUR VALUES: The Heart and Soul of Lineage BJJ®

At Lineage BJJ®, our values are more than mere words; they are the bedrock of our academy, guiding every interaction and shaping our dedication to excellence. Here's what sets us apart:

  1. Authenticity: Rooted in the legendary Gracie family's teachings, we strive to preserve and share authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu techniques. Our instructors honor the lineage, providing world-class instruction that resonates with the richness of tradition.

  2. Safety: We place the utmost importance on the safety and well-being of our members. A clean, well-maintained training environment, strict hygiene protocols, and a focus on injury prevention ensure that you can train with confidence and peace of mind at Lineage BJJ®.

  3. Friendliness: Our academy is a melting pot of diverse backgrounds, skill levels, and perspectives. We take pride in creating a friendly, welcoming atmosphere where respect and camaraderie thrive. Every student is a valued member of the Lineage BJJ® family.

  4. Exceptional Culture: More than a training center, Lineage BJJ® fosters a culture that stands out in the BJJ industry. Our positive, supportive environment nurtures personal growth, discipline, and teamwork. Through Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, we empower individuals to build mental resilience and character.

  5. Continuous Improvement: At Lineage BJJ®, the journey never ends. We believe in the continuous growth and refinement of our teaching methodologies and stay abreast of the latest techniques. Students are encouraged to embrace a growth mindset, striving for excellence on and off the mats.

  6. Respect: Our interactions within the academy are imbued with respect. Whether it's between students, instructors, or the very art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, respect is paramount. We cultivate humility, sportsmanship, and dignity, creating a space where everyone feels seen and supported.

At Lineage BJJ®, these values are not just guidelines but a way of life. They shape an environment that fuels personal growth, lifelong friendships, and the empowerment to reach one's fullest potential. Whether in Jiu-Jitsu or life beyond the academy, our values resonate, guiding us towards a better, stronger, and more connected community.




OUR HISTORY: The Legacy of Lineage BJJ®

The story of Lineage BJJ® (started as Calvert MMA Academy®) is a rich tapestry woven with dedication, tradition, and innovation. Established in 2007 by the esteemed trio of Toney Waldecker, Matt Almborg, and Jim Thrift, Lineage BJJ® has become a beacon of excellence, authenticity, and comprehensive martial arts training.

A Unique Curriculum: What distinguishes Lineage BJJ® is the depth and breadth of its curriculum. Under the guidance of Jim Thrift, Seth Caron, and an elite team of black belts and higher-ranked practitioners, students embark on an immersive journey into the world of Jiu-Jitsu. From mastering the self-defense techniques of the Gracie family to exploring both gi and no-gi training, the academy offers a complete experience. The integration of vale tudo and mixed martial arts elements further enriches the learning process, cultivating well-rounded and versatile martial artists.

Preserving the Gracie Legacy: Lineage BJJ® is more than a training center; it's a living testament to the Gracie family's legendary contributions to martial arts. The academy's commitment to preserving this legacy, coupled with an unwavering pursuit of excellence, has cemented its reputation as a hub for top-tier instruction. Students thrive under the mentorship of passionate instructors, enjoying a nurturing environment that promotes growth, camaraderie, and community.

A Tradition of Excellence: Whether aiming for self-defense prowess, competitive triumphs, or personal enrichment, Lineage BJJ® provides a tailored approach that caters to diverse goals. It's a place where respect, authenticity, and a strong sense of mission coalesce to form a vibrant and dynamic community.

Embracing the Future with Respect for the Past: As Lineage BJJ® continues to evolve and expand, it does so with an eye on the future and a deep reverence for tradition. The academy stands as a beacon, guiding new generations of martial artists towards their potential while honoring the timeless principles of the Gracie family.

Join us at Lineage BJJ® and become part of a lineage that has shaped the world of martial arts. Our doors are open to all who seek to explore, learn, and grow through the transformative power of Jiu-Jitsu. Be inspired, be challenged, and be part of our family at Lineage BJJ®.