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Traditional Series

Kids Self Defense

Available to all levels.

Every great journey should start with a strong foundation. Our Kids Self Defense program is the first curriculum of a new Ascend student's journey to the black belt. The program's duration is twelve weeks and will cover the essential Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques to ensure your child can defend herself.


Essentials Gi

Available to all levels.

Conceived to provide students with a solid foundation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through fundamental BJJ philosophy, technique and ideologies. Each class incorporates mechanics, fitness and technique.

Essentials No-Gi

Available to White 2nd Degree and up.

Not just another No-Gi class incorporating Gi technique without the Gi.  Essentials No-Gi focuses on the fundamental differences of No-Gi grappling.

Innovative Series

Advanced Gi

Blue Belt or above and completion of Essentials Gi required.

Students will be introduced to Ascend’s unique collection of Gi techniques and Gi theory. Participants should possess a sound basic understanding of BJJ principles presented in Ascend’s Essentials Gi course.


Advanced No-Gi I

Blue Belt or above and completion of Essentials No-Gi required.

Students will be introduced to Ascend’s unique collection of No-Gi techniques and No-Gi theory. Participants should possess a sound basic understanding of BJJ principles presented in Ascend’s Essentials No-Gi course.


Advanced No-Gi II

Purple Belt or above and completion of Advanced No-Gi I required.

Students will be introduced to Josh’s collection of techniques. Participants should possess a solid understanding of BJJ principles presented in Ascend’s Advanced No-Gi I course.

 This Class will focus on taking advanced students to the next level. Efficacy of movement, fluid transitions and No-Gi strategy. Iterative drilling patterns, sparring, and athletic conditioning will be at the heart of this class.

Open Mat & Drilling

Open Mat

Available to all levels.

Open Mat is a non-instructional class where students may practice technique through drilling and timed sparring matches (instructors are present).  Students are encouraged to work on what they learned throughout the week.

Drill Session

Available to all levels.

A class dedicated to drilling basic BJJ principles and innovative techniques.



 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.

At Ascend, our kickboxing 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.



Take Your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the Next Level!


•Learn at your own pace from any device and be part of Ascend Institute of Martials Art's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes from anywhere in the world!
•Gi and No-Gi techniques. 3+ new lessons every week to keep you up-to-date.
•Techniques for all levels of students. All the lessons you need to achieve your black belt are now at your fingertips.
•Experienced instructors offering the latest in BJJ techniques with a new guest instructor every month!


Class Schedule

Class Schedule | 6936 Wisconsin Ave | BETHESDA

►  Only White Gi's with no other School/Affiliation patches may be worn for training. Non-members may only wear White Gi's at Ascend (School/Affiliation patches are okay).

►  A Gi is required for all PM No-Gi 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



The most diverse in the area


The most diverse in the area


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


Uriel Casas

Uriel has 18 years of experience in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and class instructor. He has an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business and a bachelor's of science in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland.

Uriel has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the past 12 years. He is an ACSM certified Personal Trainer.

Uriel is a Montgomery County native, graduating from Quince Orchard High school. He loves training in martial arts, volunteering with youth groups, doing his own HIIT workouts, and occasionally preaching at his church on Sundays. Uriel's passion is to help encourage others.

Gary Gioni

Gary  is a 25 year old brown belt under world renown Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu professor, Pedro Sauer, who is recognized for being a coral belt (8th degree black belt) under professor, Rickson Gracie.

Gary has been a part of the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association (PSBJJA) since he first started training. Gary has been promoted by professor Pedro Sauer for 4 of the 5 belts he's reached so far (White, blue, purple and brown) and is on track to test for his black belt under Pedro Sauer within the coming years.

Gary has already started creating a name for himself and representing his professor well, by seeking out, competing and winning many local and regional tournaments at the highest level (Expert/Advance divisions). Gary has competed over 50 times at many different tournaments including various IBJJF tournaments, Grapplers Quest, NAGA, NewBreed, US Grappling, ADCC America, The Good Fight, and CopaNova to name a few.

Although Gary is a big advocate for competition he also has many years of teaching experience, and has worked with people from all walks of life including kids, teens, and adults- both male and female. Gary has also worked with a wide spectrum of special demographic groups, such as geriatric clients and children with disabilities, to law enforcement and military personnel.

Lubomyr Murashchik


Lubomyr is an educated and motivating fitness instructor, as well as a Martial Arts coach/fighter.

He holds a reputation within the Fitness and Martial Arts communities as a serious and engaging trainer who yields real and fast results.  

Lubomyr has coached and cornered both amateur and professional fighters, and has himself competed in Boxing, Muay Thai, and MMA for the past 12 years.

His accomplishments include a National Silver Medal, a World Bronze Medal, and a regional light-heavyweight title. Along with training martial artists, Lubomyr has also trained government agents, military personnel, and law enforcement. He also teaches women's self defense seminars around Montgomery County.


Coaches & Staff

Cameron Goudarznia
Front Desk Staff





Here's How You Can Contact Us

Ascend Institute of Martial Arts
1-844-9-ASCEND | | 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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