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Certified Authentic Gracie Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai Martial Arts School in Maryland

the Highest Quality Martial arts training

Rising Tide Academy was started in 2009 by the Stewart brothers, Mike and Jordan, who both earned their black belts in Brazilian jiu jitsu under Grandmaster Relson Gracie. Their reason for opening an academy was simple: provide the best training facilities for martial arts in Maryland.

At Rising Tide Academy, we are honored to teach authentic Brazilian jiu jitsu, also known as Gracie jiu jitsu, and authentic Muay Thai at both of our locations in Columbia and Finksburg, Maryland. We specialize in teaching practical self defense designed for modern day applications. Members can expect top notch instruction from patient and enthusiastic instructors who have dedicated their lives to teaching the amazing art of Gracie jiu jitsu and Muay Thai!

We welcome students from all backgrounds including those with no background in any martial art to seasoned, experienced wrestlers and practitioners of other martial arts. We offer classes for men, women, and children throughout the morning, afternoon, and night.

In both locations, we have clean bathrooms and new showers available for our students along with ample locker room space for men and women to store their belongings, clothes, equipment, etc. We also have plenty of space for friends, family members, or visitors to watch our students train.

Equally important, we work hard at both locations to maintain a clean, safe environment. Our mats are cleaned after every class, and we routinely clean and disinfect all areas of our academies regularly. Additionally, we have First Aid supplies on site that are replenished frequently by an outside vendor.

Our academy name, Rising Tide, draws from the popular phrase "a rising tide lifts all boats". We chose that name because we strongly believe our academy is a family. We emphasize teamwork and camaraderie in a supportive, friendly environment. Our instructors and more experienced students are always eager to welcome new students on the mats. As a business, Rising Tide Academy often engages in charity work and assists other local small businesses whenever possible. We are consistently trying to uplift every one of our students. 

Our Columbia, Maryland location in Howard County is conveniently located off Routes 29 and 32 for residents of or near Burtonsville, Clarksville, Columbia, Elkridge, Ellicott City, Fulton, Highland, Jessup, Laurel, and Savage. The Columbia academy has 7,500 square foot of mat space and is temperature controlled during hotter and cooler months.

Our Finksburg, Maryland location in Carroll County is conveniently located off Routes 140 and 91 for residents of or near Eldersburg, Finksburg, Gamber, Glyndon, Hampstead, Manchester, Owings Mills, Randallstown, Reisterstown, Sykesville, Taneytown, and Westminster. The Finksburg academy has 5,500 square foot of mat space and is also temperature controlled during hotter and cooler months.