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Alternative Text Joe Lilly is a Gracie Certified Instructor as well as the head instructor and owner of Berwyn Heights BJJ. He has been involved in grappling and the martial arts for over 25 years, training and competing in several disciplines including Brazilian and Japanese Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing and wrestling. He holds a Master’s Degree in teaching, and incorporates many universal learning strategies into his BJJ classes to maximize his student’s progress and knowledge retention.

Our core belief is that Jiu Jitsu is for EVERYONE, regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability.

"There is no such thing as a bad student"

Offering Self-Defense Education and Jiu Jitsu Instructions for all ages!


Adults -   - Most aggressive altercations follow predictable patterns.   Learn practical self-defense against the most common street fight attacks, and get in shape at the same time!

Kids -  A 2014 CDC survey showed that 28% of U.S. students in grades 6-12 experienced bullying, and 30% of young people admit to bullying others!   Our curriculum will teach your child how to identify bullying, verbally assert themselves to make the bullying stop, and use self-defense techniques only as a last resort if they are attacked.   Building a child’s self-confidence is the #1 protection against being bullied, or becoming a bully!

Women -   In Marylnd, about 55% of women report experiencing some form of sexual assault in their lifetime.  You can be sure that the attacker will be bigger, stronger, and more aggressive than their victim.  You need to have a plan in place before you are attacked, since the bad guy will have every other advantage.   BJJ offers a system of leverage-based techniques that will be effective against a significantly larger opponent, greatly increasing your chances of survival and escape.

Law Enforcement -  “You must prepare your officers for the possibility that they will end up on the ground in a position of disadvantage.”   “Even a criminal suspect with no martial arts training at all is more likely to attempt a choke or arm bar merely because he has seen it on television and is aware of the effect it can have.” - Click hear for more information