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About Lineage BJJ®


OUR STORY: A Tale of Tradition and Transformation at Lineage BJJ®

Embark on a Martial Arts Odyssey with Lineage BJJ®

In 2007, Calvert County, Maryland, became the cradle of a martial arts revolution with the establishment of Calvert MMA Academy® - Team Relson Gracie Maryland Training Association, now the esteemed home of Lineage BJJ®. Rooted in the prestigious Relson Gracie lineage, we've been committed to imparting genuine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, garnering recognition for our top-notch instruction and welcoming environment.

The year 2009 marked a pivotal chapter with the passing of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu patriarch, Helio Gracie. Inspired to preserve his monumental legacy, our academy underwent a transformation, emerging as "Lineage BJJ®." This new identity signifies our unwavering dedication to the principles and lineage of the Gracie family.

At Lineage BJJ®, tradition meets innovation. We've become a sanctuary for those seeking to master Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, nurturing discipline, respect, and self-defense skills in an inclusive, community-driven setting. Our academy is a melting pot of enthusiastic learners, bound by their passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the values of technical excellence, mental fortitude, and holistic growth.

As we forge ahead, Lineage BJJ® remains steadfast in empowering individuals with the ageless art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. We're more than a martial arts academy; we're a journey of transformation and tradition. Join us at Lineage BJJ® and Calvert MMA Academy®, and be part of this inspiring story.



Cultivating Excellence and Integrity in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

At Lineage BJJ®, our values are the cornerstone of our existence. They are not just principles; they embody the spirit of our academy.

  • Authenticity: We honor the Gracie family's teachings, ensuring the authenticity of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu techniques in our world-class instruction.
  • Safety: Your safety is paramount. We uphold rigorous hygiene protocols and prioritize injury prevention for confident and secure training.
  • Friendliness: Diversity and friendliness are our hallmarks. Our academy is a vibrant community where every student is cherished and respected.
  • Exceptional Culture: Lineage BJJ® is more than a training venue. We cultivate a positive environment that fosters personal growth, discipline, and team spirit.
  • Continuous Improvement: We are committed to evolving and enhancing our teaching methods and techniques, encouraging students to pursue excellence in all facets of life.
  • Respect: Respect is the foundation of our interactions. We promote humility, sportsmanship, and dignity, ensuring a nurturing space for all.

Lineage BJJ® is not just an academy; it's a way of life. Our values create an environment that fuels personal growth, strong relationships, and the empowerment to realize your full potential.



Celebrating the Rich Heritage and Future of Lineage BJJ®

Founded in 2007 by Toney Waldecker, Matt Almborg, and Jim Thrift, Lineage BJJ® (originally Calvert MMA Academy®) is a testament to dedication, tradition, and innovation in martial arts.

Unique Curriculum: Under the guidance of skilled practitioners, our curriculum encompasses the Gracie family's self-defense techniques, gi and no-gi training, as well as vale tudo and mixed martial arts elements, shaping versatile martial artists.

Preserving the Gracie Legacy: Our academy is a tribute to the Gracie family's contributions to martial arts, known for top-tier instruction and a commitment to preserving this storied legacy.

A Tradition of Excellence: Lineage BJJ® caters to various goals, from self-defense to competitive success, fostering a tailored approach within a vibrant community.

As we embrace the future, Lineage BJJ® honors its past, guiding new generations of martial artists towards excellence while respecting the timeless Gracie family principles.

Join us at Lineage BJJ® and be part of a lineage that continues to shape the martial arts world. Our doors are open to all who seek the transformative power of Jiu-Jitsu. Be inspired, be challenged, and be welcomed into our family at Lineage BJJ®.