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Maryland Mixed Martial Arts Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ MMA Mitchelville Bowie Crofton 20720 20721 21114

Visiting from out of town and looking for a place to roll with a good crowd? Give us a call and we’ll have a waiver ready for you. You’re welcome on the mat.

Call 240-286-5219 or email or check our website.

Whether you’re a seasoned competitor (several on our team have amateur and pro MMA fights and victories under their belt) or part-time student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, submission grappling, judo or muay thai, you’ll be able to hone your skills and stay in shape. We look forward to having different techniques and training philosophies to learn from since it keeps us all sharp.

Our head instructor, Carlos Catania, is a Sergio Penha BJJ Black Belt and 5-time NAGA Absolute Champion. Coach Charles Cherry holds a 2d Degree Black Belt in Judo, a BJJ Brown Belt, and wrestled on the Army team for 3 years, bringing a well-rounded game to the school. We also have Tom on the team to help out with Muay Thai and his expertise as a Black Belt in that martial art.

Come on out and let’s roll!

vs frank mir ufc mma cage fighter against vs zombies

One of the great things about being a father is perspective… you know, kids will ask off-the-wall questions and it makes you think. So, dads, ever get that “why is the sky blue” question, or “why is my mommy making that noise” when they listen through the bedroom door?
What’s a guy to say?!
But, sometimes I turn the tables and ask the wild questions to get them thinking. This time, I want to get everyone on it. So, here’s my question:

Just how would a zombie do in the cage against a professional mixed martial arts fighter?

First, let’s examine the zombie and see what characteristics may help him/her/it in the cage:

Zombies In The Octagon

  • Focus – talk about single-mindedness (pardon the pun). All they want is some fresh flesh and juicy grey matter. The bloodier, the better. Ever see The Walking Dead? They don’t want canned spam, bro, they want bleeding, screaming meat. I’ve come to think that screams are a kind of zombie spice… sorta like salt.
  • Dedication – they never give up. Also, they’re 100% committed to their all-brain diet. I’d puke after just a few days eating nothing but the best filet mignon! Zombies? Nooooo… they stick to it by keeping things simple.  Here’s an example of what their food pyramid looks like:
    zombie brain food pyramid
    Tell me sticking to THAT wouldn’t take some serious dedication!
  • Teamwork – Zombies don’t eat each other. If they did, there would have only been one movie. And they hunt in swarming packs. I wish I could get my kids to cooperate like that!
  • Strength – I don’t think they know how to hold back… and they routinely crash through doors, fences and walls. They’re some strong mo-fo’s!
  • Commitment – Hey, it’s gotta take commitment to keep pushing forward when those pesky humans are popping your pals in the head with everything from shotguns to flame throwers!

So, although I’ve probably left out a lot, let’s look at the qualities of an MMA/UFC fighter and see where they cross over with their zombie brethren.

MMA UFC Fighter Characteristics

  • Focus – it takes intense focus to pick your target and not expose yourself to a submission or knockout blow.
  • Dedication – I see guys in the gym train for professional MMA fights and their dedication is inspiring. They watch their diet and weight, all with the goal of victory in mind. (I guess you’re starting to see where I’m going with this).
  • Teamwork – no man is an island. Without a team of coaches and training partners (willing to get hurt for your benefit) a cage fighter wouldn’t stand a chance. There’s a saying in the gym – Don’t break your toys! That means don’t hurt your training partners. Save it for competition. That’s some good teamwork there.
  • Strength – pound-for-pound, these guys are sick strong. I’ve rolled with 150 lb guys who make my 190-lb, “body by Marines” muscles, feel oh so weak. It’s truly tragic… for my ego. Some nights I need to grab a newbie just to feel good about myself and this huge investment of time and sweat.
  • Commitment – when ya gotta sit in an ice bath to bring down the swelling and get back to training, you know commitment is the only thing that keeps you going. One of our teammates recently got knocked out and has a plate in his jaw after taking a knee to the face in the second round. A few weeks later, he’s back on the mat, showing us what commitment is all about. So, where does this leave us?

The End Result… forget Mir vs Nogueira!

In the end, it looks even.
But wait!
The zombie is not worried about his next fight and will never, ever tap. You can arm-bar them into tomorrow, break their should like Frank Mir did to Nogueira, rear naked choke the piss out of ’em, and you’ll not see a tap in sight.
Nope, hungry zombie no tappy.
In fact, the very-human MMA/UFC fighter has got to be scared out of his gourd when it comes to the dreaded bite that will certainly induce zombification (thank you, Mr. Bush, for the grammatical influence-ifying). Looks like our pal the zombie is gonna prevail unless our UFC refs allow firearms in the cage.
When that happens, count me in!

Bowie MMA Head Coach – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Carlos Catania under BJJ Red Belt Sergio Penha. Watch and listen to the detailed instruction. This is the quality of training and explanation we get in class.

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No-Gi submission “The Monson Choke” as demonstrated by Bowie MMA Coach Carlos Catania, BJJ Black Belt and Team Sergio Penha member:

Coach Carlos earned his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Sergio Penha, one of the very few in the world to hold the BJJ Black and Red belt. Coach also trained Anthony Argyros and recently awarded him his BJJ black belt.

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A couple weeks before this competition, my 10-year-old son Jordan saw Sebastian puke after class.
There’s nothing overly unusual about vomiting from extreme exertion, although it’s not a goal… just a sign.
But the effort paid off.
Now, he’s walking away from the last NAGA DC competition with a gold and silver medal, along with Darnell and his silver.
It’s good to see how both of their efforts translate into solid performances under the coaching of the Bowie MMA instructors.

NAGA DC 2010 champions

Sebastian and Darnell pose after a job well done.


Bowie MMA head coach Carlos Catania, giving Sebastian some pre-match tips. Looks like he was paying attention!

Congrats to coach Charles Cherry on today’s win in the heavy weight division of the Eastern Open Judo Championships.
The Bowie MMA team keeps rackin’ up the wins.

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brazilian jiu jitsu black belts training bowie maryland carlos catania anthony argyros

On June 22, 2010, Carlos Catania promoted longtime student of ten years, Anthony Argyros, to the rank of BJJ Black Belt at Cannonball Gym of Pompton Lakes, NJ.  Anthony is the first student to receive each BJJ belt promotion from Carlos, beginning in November 2001 (Blue Belt) and subsequently in March 2006 (Purple Belt), November 2009 (Brown Belt), and June 2010 (Black Belt).

Anthony was awarded “NAGA Grappler of the Decade 2000-2009” in March 2010 and will receive Gladiator Magazine’s “2010 Golden Gladiator” Award on August 7th at the Wildwood Convention Center at the annual NAGA “Battle at the Beach” tournament. Go to and read “NAGA News” for more on this event.

“Carlos Catania changed my life by teaching
me the Martial Art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
It is a true way of life and Carlos gave me a
cloth to live by. I owe so much of my life to
Carlos. It is an honor and priviledge
to be his student.”

~ Anthony Argyros