About Bowie Mixed Martial Arts

Bowie Mixed Martial Arts is located near Ft Meade, the US Naval Academy in Bowie, Maryland.

About Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Carlos Catania:

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Carlos Catania, New Yorker and athlete, was introduced
to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through Royler Gracie in 1997.
He worked under a dedicated training regime
with Gracie and David Adiv (RGDA) at the YMCA in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
With the RGDA camp, Carlos took to the mats, competing
in regional, national and international competitions, including the
IBJJF World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
After an 8-year partnership with Royler Gracie, who awarded his
White, Blue, Purple and Brown Belts, Carlos stepped out
within the BJJ community.
He partnered with Mike
Monica and opened The Combat Zone in Fairfield, NJ.
Since he had competed with the best of the best to date, Carlos
began traveling to broaden his skills, looking for the next challenge.  He found the challenge of his life in Las Vegas, at the Las Vegas Combat Club where he met Sergio Penha. His eyes were opened to a whole new world.

The First Hour

In his first hour, Carlos realized the power of this 45 year old man and his 100 Kilos technique… by being knocked unconscious. He immediately fell in love with Sergio’s aggressive,
no-mercy approach.  The two forged a bond and Sergio became
an immediate source of inspiration for Carlos.
After three years of rigorous training, Penha awarded Carlos his
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt in 2006, which is one of less than a handful of Black Belts
awarded by Penha in the US.
Carlos holds that moment and his
lifelong bond with Sergio Penha, his mentor, friend, and most fierce
competitor, as his greatest honor and achievement in the art of
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  After his pivotal years in Las Vegas with Penha
and rolling with the likes of Frank Mir, Forrest Griffin, Heath Herring,
Stephan Bonnar and many other top contenders, Carlos attributes
his achievements to dedication, discipline, and an open-minded
approach to the various styles and forms that he has encountered
over the last 13 years.

The Next Phase

He has reached a stage in his life where he wants to share his
appreciation and passion for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts by giving back
to a sport that has given him so much over the years.

To learn more, call 240-286-5219 or email info@mmaofbowie.com

Here are some videos of Carlos in his early years:

Here is his Carlos Catania’s first championship. He’s a BJJ White Belt competing (and winning) against a BJJ Purple Belt in this No-Gi match:

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