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Programs


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Programs


Kids Self-Defense & MMA

Every great journey should start with a strong foundation. Our fundamentals program is the first curriculum of a new Ascend student on the journey to the black belt. In your first class the professor will teach you about Jiu-Jitsu and the benefits of practicing the gentle art. The program's duration is twelve weeks and will cover basics and essential techniques. Once the student has completed the programs curriculum twice he/she will receive the first stripe on his/her white belt and will be able to attend the Kids Master’s Program.

 

Self-Defense & BJJ Fundamentals

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Our Fundamentals course is a 10 month curriculum that focuses on the core techniques designed with the beginner in mind. This course incorporates the most effective techniques from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Mixed Martial Arts and other disciplines to provide you with a well rounded foundation for self-defense!

 

Combat Kickboxing Fitness (CKF)

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Learn the basics and beyond from a system of kickboxing that brings different styles of kickboxing from all over the world (Muay Thai, European kickboxing, Sanda, exc) and western boxing together into a functional package of combat sport and self defense. 

 

Combat Kickboxing Systems (CKS)

Learn advanced movements from a system of kickboxing that brings different styles of kickboxing from all over the world (Muay Thai, European kickboxing, Sanda, exc) and western boxing together into a functional package of combat sport and self defense. Founded and developed by WKA North American kickboxing champion and IKF World Muay Thai Championship runner-up Gregory Force.

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Understanding Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu


Founded by the Gracie family, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (or BJJ for short) is a martial art and combat sport that teaches its students how to defend themselves by using leverage and technique.

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Understanding Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu


Founded by the Gracie family, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (or BJJ for short) is a martial art and combat sport that teaches its students how to defend themselves by using leverage and technique.

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a highly efficient martial art for men, women, and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu depends on physics, timing, technique and gamesmanship to overcome larger, stronger, and more aggressive adversaries.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practical martial art with a hierarchal system of movements, which includes throws, hold downs, and submissions. It can be practiced recreationally, or competitively, at all ages. Regular practice develops a high level of physical fitness, increased coordination, greater problem solving, ability to focus during stressful situations, and friendship.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a effective system of self-defense, so much so, it forms the basis for the U.S. Army’s Modern Combatives program and it is considered a foundational martial art for professional mixed martial artists. Also, many of the techniques are also well suited for women’s self-defense situations.

While speed and strength will always be factors in physical altercations, a well-trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, male or female, will be able to negate much of his/her opponent’s power through the use of proper technique, leverage, and timing.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Belts


 At Ascend we follow the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) belt system.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Promotion Cycles


 At Ascend we follow a Trimestral System promotion cycle as defined by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF).


 “For the academies that adopt the degree graduation every three months, the IBJJF suggests three degrees for each belt. The fourth degree will be graduating the athlete to the next belt color according to the images below.” -IBJJF


 Promotions will be held on the last Saturday of every quarter. Not every student will be eligible for promotion during each promotion cycle as progression for higher level belts usual takes longer than lower level belts.
 

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Understanding Kickboxing


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Understanding Kickboxing


What is Kickboxing?


 Kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching, historically developed from karate, Muay Thai, and Western boxing. Kickboxing is practiced for self-defense, general fitness, or as a contact sport.

Our Program

Our program is based on the experiences of WKA North American kickboxing champion and IKF World Muay Thai Championship runner-up Coach Gregory Shepherd. 

It is a scientific system that blends Western Boxing with different styles of Kickboxing from all over the world (Muay Thai, European Kickboxing, and Sanda) together into a functional package of combat sport and self defense.

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Class Schedule


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Class Schedule


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►  Only White Gi's with no other School/Affiliation patches may be worn for training. Colored belts may wear colored Gi's with their professor's permission.

►  All BJJ classes, with the exception of Tuesday night's, are No-Gi for until 22-September.  You will still need to bring your Gi to all classes as we line up and bow in, and perform all our warm-ups with the Gi.

►  Colored belts should wear ranked rashguard or ranked t-shirts for No-Gi classes.

CLICK HERE to  sign our waiver in advance

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Team


The most diverse in the area

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Team


The most diverse in the area

Professors

Josh Troy

Josh is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt that has been training with Luke Rinehart at the Clinch Academy for over 16 years. Most of his training has been focused on No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu/Submission Grappling. 

Under Master Rinehart's tutelage, Josh has a very deep knowledge of all the facets of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Josh is a very well versed grappler who has a lot to share. He is not only a great practitioner but an incredible instructor as well. 

His interest in teaching sparked in 2006 and he became one of first instructors at the Clinch Academy.

Competing hasn't really been a big priority for Josh, however, he has competed in several submission only events.

  • 2010 Submission Only Advanced Men's 30+ Open Division 1st Place
  • 2011 Submission Only Advanced Men's 30+ Open Division 2nd Place

 

Gregory Sheperd

Gregory is a nationally and internationally(IKF/WKA) ranked ametuer kickboxer and has future aspirations to compete at the world class level in professional Kickboxing. Gregory begun his martial arts journey 20 years ago with Olympic WTF taekwondo at the age of 7 in Ellicott City, Maryland Under Grand Master Jong C Jang. Started Boxing at age 12, And scholastic wrestling at the age of 14. 5th dan black belt taekwondo. He also holds a black belt in Hapkido. A former soldier in the US Army of almost 10 years and a former world-class taekwondo competitor in the All Army/Armed forces sports program. As a youth Gregory has Lived abroad on 2 different occasions(South Korea) and Traveled to numerous countries to study, train, and/or compete in martial arts . In his 20 years of consecutive martial arts training Gregory has cross trained and studied many different systems most notably Jow Ga Kung Fu and Krav Maga. Gregory believes martial arts is a lifelong metaphysical journey to help cultivate oneself as a human being mentality, physically, and spiritually.

*Titles*

  • Kickboxing/Muay Thai(record 8-3-0):
  • 2014 WKA North American Kickboxingchampion
  • 2014 IKF World classic Muay Thai 2nd place
  • Olympic WTF Taekwondo:
  • 3x US military national team
  • 3x All Army member
  • 3 time US national and collegiate medalist

Competed at the 2010,2012 world military championships and 2011 world military games.

 

Coaches & Staff

Cameron Goudarznia
Front Desk Staff

 

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Facility


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Facility


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  • 4,500+ SQUARE FEET OF TRAINING AREA
  • TWO SEPARATE MAT AREAS
  • LOCKER ROOMS
  • GUEST LOUNGE
  • COMPLIMENTARY MEMBER WIFI
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Visitors


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Visitors


Here's How You Can Contact Us

Ascend Institute of Martial Arts
1-844-9-ASCEND |  info@ascendBETHESDA.com | 6936 Wisconsin Ave | BETHESDA, MD 20815

 

Information for Visitors

1. Don’t forget to sign in at the front desk.

2. Prior to training at Ascend you will be required to fill out a waiver. Minors should be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

CLICK HERE to  sign our waiver in advance

3. Please be aware that there is a mat fee of $30 per day for visiting BJJ practitioners from other academies to train at Ascend (mat fee not applicable for prospective students). Or $15 for Open Mat. Please contact us if you will be in town for more than one day to ask about weekly/monthly mat fees.

4. Only White Gi's with no other School/Affiliation patches may be worn for training. Colored belts may wear colored Gi's with their professor's permission. Rental Gi's are available for a nominal fee.

 

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Gallery


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