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MMA Classes in Columbia, MD and Finksburg, MD


At Rising Tide Academy, we welcome students at all levels and ages, from novices to trained UFC fighters and from athletic kids or adults with no training in Brazilian jiu jitsu or Muay Thai to those who have exceled in those or other martial arts. Regardless of your skill level or age, we are here to build you up and help you improve!

A growing number of our students are interested in competing professionally in Brazilian jiu jitsu, Muay Thai, or mixed martial arts competitions held locally or regionally. Therefore, we offer classes for our more advanced students (at least a few stripes on your white belt) that are geared toward training specifically for competitions.

These classes are safe, challenging, and rewarding. The dojo will provide padded equipment to keep our students safe. These classes include sparring that uses light striking with the hands, elbows, knees, and legs as Muay Thai calls for in addition to takedowns and stand-up or ground grappling more common in Brazilian jiu jitsu. These classes are more intense to simulate or mimic competitive martial arts tournaments. We also practice “fight simulations” that simulate real-life self-defense scenarios on the street. All our MMA and competition classes are conducted in a controlled, safe environment. 

We encourage all our students to at least try some of these classes as they advance through the curriculum. Our philosophy is simple: knowing BJJ is awesome and beneficial, but not knowing anything about striking or strike-defense leaves you limited. The same is true in reverse: if you are an excellent striker, but cannot survive on the ground, your chances for survival are limited.

We have past and current UFC fighters and other black belts and high-level martial artists visit our dojo to teach classes on a regular basis or offer one-time seminars.