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Ready for the next NAGA submission grappling / Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament close to Maryland or Washington DC?
Are you sure… there’s one coming up in early January 2012 in Baltimore.
How is your training… or better yet, how are your trainers?
Have any fellow team members been named NAGA Grappler of the Decade, showing just how good the training is?  There is only one and he is a student of a local BJJ Black Belt (not Lloyd Irvin).
In the Marines, when it came time to train I learned from the best marksmen in the world. For hand-to-hand combat, we had awesome trainers and it paid off when it came time to put it into practice in actual situations.
Now that I’m a civilian, I wanted to find the best civilian instructors before entering a tournament as a novice/white belt.

I found ’em.

BJJ Black Belt Carlos Catania is a 5-Time NAGA Absolute champion with many other victories to his credit. His program at Bowie MMA is bare bones and hard core, with many successful students to his credit (including Anthony Argyros, the NAGA Grappler of the Decade I’d mentioned above).
That’s just what I wanted.
It would be great even if Carlos worked alone, but he’s partnered with 2d degree Judo black belt/BJJ brown belt Charles Cherry, who also wrestled on the Army team at Fort Bragg for 3 years. Cherry is also a former Eastern Open Judo champion.

BJJ Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt in Bowie, Crofton, Columbia, PG County Maryland

Every week we learn submission grappling with a well-rounded focus, not solely dedicated to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. But I believe it’s the core of BJJ that gives us an edge.

Although we’re a relatively small school, our percentage of medal-winning NAGA champions is off the charts. Sure, we may not have 3 cages, 20 showers and 10,000 sf of mat space, but if it’s results you want, Bowie MMA is it.

So, if you’re thinking of competing at the next NAGA tournament and want to get the best submission grappling instruction in the DC metro area, give ’em a call at 240-286-5219 or email
The website is and you’ll find a few training videos on there.

See you on the mat!

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.

Call 240-286-5219 or email for more info.

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.

For more info, visit

Do you live near Bowie, Crofton, Lanham or Mitchelville and have you been watching UFC on Spike lately, wondering how you could learn some of the moves that so often win matches?

From a properly-executed guillotine choke, to how to hold your position and advance, come to a class any night of the week and you’ll have the chance to see how it’s done. Our coaches are professional champions with the skills and background to show you how to win… or just get healthy.

Some of our students have fought, and won, with no prior MMA experience. That’s right, everything they’ve learned came from our coaching team. We’ve got the resources at Bowie MMA to equip you to win, either in the cage or on the street.

Give us a call at 240-286-5219.

BJJ Black Belt Carlos Catania. Coach Carlos is a 5-time NAGA Absolute Champion (no weight restriction, all-in submission grappling) and has traveled around the world honing his skills.  We have an exclusive library of his training videos available only to Bowie MMA students. Coach Carlos’ world-class instruction is priceless, and it comes with your membership because you will have one-on-one time with him.

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Head Coach – BJJ Black Belt, Carlos Catania

Email us at or call 240-286-5219 to get started. You can try us for two weeks to see if MMA or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are for you. Go for it!

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Darnell Murphy of Bowie MMA took home the belt of a champion Saturday night.
With this win, Darnell’s record is now 4-0 and he holds the OSF title in the 155 lb weight class. He won with a guillotine choke in the first round.

To learn more about Bowie MMA visit or call 240-286-5219 email

Bowie MMA team congratulates Sebastian Davis on a powerful showing in his first fight, resulting in his winning the “Fight of the Night” award even though he lost the match.
If you were at the event, you saw a powerful debut.

Video and pictures on the way.

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!

Carlos Catania, BJJ Black Belt (Sergio Penha), is owner and resident instructor at Bowie MMA located in Bowie, Maryland. Carlos’ NAGA North American Championship Finals (1999).

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.

Click this link to view the video.