The Best Gracie Jiu Jitsu Instructors in Columbia and Westminster Maryland

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Mike Stewart Jr.

Mike Stewart Jr

Mike along with his brother Jordan are the owners and founders of Gracie Jiu Jitsu Maryland.

He is a lifelong student of the Martial Arts who has been training for over 25 years. After achieving black belts in several other martial arts, Mike began studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, believing it to be more effective and practical than other martial arts.

In 2010 he decided to focus entirely on teaching Gracie Jiu Jitsu and opened Gracie Jiu Jitsu Maryland with his brother Jordan. 

 

Jordan Stewart

Jordan Stewart

Jordan owns and runs the academy alongside his brother Mike. He is the Chief instructor for our kids programs as well as Program Director of Gracie Jiu Jitsu Maryland.

Jordan is a brown belt under Grandmaster Relson Gracie and is an exemplary leader. Students look up to Jordan for his work ethic, dedication, and commitment to running a quality program. Parents can expect professionally conducted classes from this friendly and courteous instructor.

 

Kyle Spendiff

Kyle Spendiff

A black belt under grandmaster Relson Gracie, Kyle Spendiff has been training in the art of Jiu Jitsu for over 16 years.

He is the head instructor of our beginner adult jiu jitsu programs in Finksburg. Kyle is known for his attention to detail and his dedication to helping students grow. Kyle will often stay after class to answer questions and help students solve problems, going above and beyond the expectations of an average instructor. 

 

Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson

A black belt under Professor Pedro Sauer, Mike Johnson has been training in the art of Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is a head instructor of our adult jiu jitsu programs as well as a lead instructor at our Columbia location.  

A life long martial artist and 20 year police veteran, Mike holds numerous defensive tactics instructor certifications. He brings real world experience and 15 years of teaching experience to our school.

 

Toney Waldecker

Toney Waldecker

Toney Waldecker is a fifth degree black belt making him the highest ranked Relson Gracie student in the region.

A veteran of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Sambo and MMA competitions, Toney is also a veteran of the USMC and is a certified level 2 Army combatives instructor. He is an expert at teaching specialized Gracie Jiu Jitsu self-defense techniques and conducts Wednesday Adult Advanced Jiu Jitsu classes. 

 

John Gilbert

John Gilbert

A brown belt under Relson Gracie, John has been training in the art of jiu jitsu for over 8 years.

John teaches adult gi classes and the Friday night fight sim class in our Columbia location.  

 

Naqi Sayed

Naqi Sayed

A brown belt under Relson Gracie, Naqi has been training and instructing jiu jitsu for over 5 years.

He is the lead instructor of our adult daytime as well a instructor in the evening jiu jitsu programs. He iis one of the adult instructors of the programs at the Columbia location.  

 

Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller

A brown belt under Relson Gracie, Stephen has been training and instructing jiu jitsu for over 5 years.

He is the lead instructor of our adult daytime as well a instructor in the evening jiu jitsu programs. He is also, the lead instructor of our kids programs at the Columbia location.  

 
 
 

Nick Buecker

Nick Buecker

A purple belt under Relson Gracie, Nick has been training and instructing jiu jitsu for over 3 years.

He is a lead instructor of our adult daytime as well as an instructor in the evening jiu jitsu programs. He is the lead instructor of our kids programs at the Finksburg location.  

 

Logan Yox

Logan Yox

A purple belt under Relson Gracie, Logan has been training and instructing jiu jitsu for over 3 years and grappling for 10. He is a lead instructor of our kids evening jiu jitsu programs at the Finksburg location.  

 

Anton Garcia

Anton Garcia

A purple Belt under Relson Gracie, Anton has been training and instructing jiu jitsu for over 3 years. He is a lead instructor of our Women' Self Defense program at the Columbia location as well as an instructor for the kids.  

 

Jen Werner

Jen Werner

A blue belt under Relson Gracie, Jen has been training and instructing jiu jitsu for over 3 years. She is a lead instructor of our Women's Self Defense program at the Columbia location as well as an instructor for the kids.  

 

Shane Buchman

Shane Buchman

A blue belt under Relson Gracie, Shane has been training and instructing jiu jitsu for over 3 years. Shane has been studying and teaching martial arts for over 8 years and is one of Finksburg's instructors for the kids program.

 

Laura Gucci

Laura Gucci

A blue belt under Relson Gracie, Laura has been training and instructing jiu jitsu for over 2 years. She is a lead instructor of our Women's Self Defense program at the Finksburg location as well as an instructor for the kids.  

 

Scott Weddle

Scott Weddle

A blue belt under Relson Gracie, Scott has been training and instructing jiu jitsu for over 2 years. Scott is a kids instructior at the Finksburg Location  

 

Todd Tanaka

Todd Tanaka

In the Spring of 1990, what started out as a hobby for Todd Tanaka and his three friends would soon change his life forever. Meeting Relson Gracie would set Todd on a path of compassion, discipline, and perseverance. Values that would later shape and guide his life in the twenty years to follow.

He became the first person in the United States to compete in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament. To Todd, Gracie Jiu Jitsu is more than a hobby and a martial art but a way of life.

Although Todd resides in Hawaii he visits the academy regularly and advises Mike and Jordan on an almost daily basis about how to better run the academy.

Todd is the owner of Team HK in Honolulu, Hawaii.