Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes at Crazy 88 Mixed Martial Arts

Benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

  • Learn to defend yourself on the ground as well as in close range
  • Train in a “must-know” style for any professional mixed martial artists like the guys fighting in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship)
  • Get in shape and participate in a life-long activity that everyone from children to senior citizens can do
  • Master chokes, armlocks, and other submission holds that allow you to end a confrontation with no punches or kicks necessary
  • Have fun while mastering the martial art commonly referred to as ‘human chess’

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a complete fighting system that teaches you how to control and subdue your opponent. You learn not only how to immobilize an opponent effectively so they can’t attack you, but also how to defeat them humanely without having to seriously hurt them. It’s the only proven style where a smaller person can immobilize and defeat a stronger, larger attacker.

It is so effective in fact, it is considered to be required training for anyone who chooses to compete in the world renowned Ultimate Fighting Championships. Every single UFC Champion trains in Jiu-Jitsu or grappling. Bottom line, what you are going to learn in our Jiu-Jitsu classes works because its what professional fighters rely on when they step into the cage.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion in Baltimore Maryland

The Major Difference Between Crazy 88 and Other Jiu-Jitsu Schools in the Area is the PROVEN RESULTS

Do not be fooled by coaches that claim to have “world champions” at their gyms – in the Baltimore area, no school has produced a world champion except Crazy 88.

These other coaches are sending their students to events named “World Championship” run by other, minor organizations…then using that title to deceive their customers. No school except Crazy 88 has even produced a medalist at one of the 4 Major Tournaments — much less all of them!

Here’s the problem: If you wanted to learn law, medicine, or even something like plumbing, there are standard certifications your instructors have to have. If someone has those certifications, you can at least know they’re qualified in what they’re teaching (even if you can’t tell just how good they are).

Unfortunately, the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has nothing like that. It’s a free-for-all—which means charlatans and fakers can easily prey on potential martial arts students. So you have to be wary of the programs most martial arts schools offer. Almost every dojo these days offers grappling classes—regardless of whether the instructor is actually qualified to teach them or not.

Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt Tim Spriggs Holding BJJ Trophy

We Are the Only School to Produce World Champions and We Have Done It for Gi and No-Gi – For All Ages

In the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world, there are 4 major tournaments that comprise the “Grand Slam” of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. These competitions are:

  • The European Championship
  • The Pan-American
  • The Brazilian Nationals
  • The World Championships

The fighters who come out on top at these tournaments are considered the best of the best. In the Baltimore area, no school has produced a world champion except Crazy 88. Not one other. We get students all the time who have left other training facilities after they realize the ‘World Championship’ promises made by other instructors were run by other, minor organizations. No school except Crazy 88 has even produced a medalist at one of the 4 major tournaments, much less all of them.

If you wanted to learn law, medicine, or even a trade such as plumbing, there are standard certifications your instructors must have. If someone has those certifications, you can at least know they’re qualified in what they’re teaching (even if you can’t tell how good they are).

Unfortunately at this time, the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has no such certifications, leaving charlatans and fakers that prey on potential martial arts students. Students considering training in BJJ must be wary of the programs most martial arts schools offer and make sure that the instructor is actually qualified to teach what they say they can.

Baltimore Maryland Brazilian Jiu Jitsu School Lineup

Learn Jiu-Jitsu and No-Gi Grappling in a Structured Beginner-Friendly Environment


For years, many poorly run Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools have been giving the art a bad name due by having beginner students fight advanced students the first week they start training.

Having your first experience with Jiu-Jitsu by getting easily defeated and humiliated by more advanced students is perhaps the poorest representation of discipline and true understanding of Jiu Jitsu there is. Unfortunately, most people get disillusioned and just give up.

This is why our all our programs are designed to take you at your current fitness and skill level and gradually build you up to get you into your best fighting shape. You don’t need to be in shape already, or have previous grappling or martial arts experience.

We build your martial arts foundation using our Fundamentals and Intermediate curriculum – the same way we built up our professional fight team. We’re very proud of our ability to turn the average student into a skilled Jiu-Jitsu practitioner almost without them noticing.

All classes are divided into levels that allow you to learn at the pace that best fits your current experience and fitness level. You’ll start in the BASICS program where you will learn Jiu-Jitsu techniques. As you keep improving, you’ll start training in the Advanced and maybe even the Competition Team level classes. And at each step of the way, you’ll be getting stronger, losing weight, and having fun.


Crazy 88's Vannessa Griffin became the first female JIu-Jitsu World Champion from Baltimore Maryland.

Crazy 88’s Vannessa Griffin became the first female World Champion ever from the Baltimore area in 2015.


Rave Reviews from Other Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Students

I think some women might be hesitant to come into classes, especially co-ed ones. Sometimes I’m the only woman there and I never feel weird about it. It’s never been an issue.

Aubrey B.Software Engineer

I love the place. Its a great place to train. When I first started, I was 285 pounds. I’m down to 270 pounds now. And I’m still going.

Will W.Security Officer

I’ve gotten more visibly in shape. I’ve lost some weight. I’ve toned up a lot more and I’ve also gained the self confidence that you can only gain here because the coaches push you.

Christine GActress

It’s just so much fun to be with people who love doing what they’re doing. If you’re willing to work and put that effort in, you’ll have one of the most rewarding experiences you can have.

Dan A.Software Engineer

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