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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 info@MMAofBowie.com
The website is http://www.MMAofBowie.com and you’ll find a few training videos on there.

See you on the mat!

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 http://www.MMAofBowie.com

This video is Carlos’ first tournament at the 1998 New York Grappling Challenge, where he earned his first championship title.
In this video, Carlos is a white belt competing against a purple belt.

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!

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 www.nagafighter.com 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

“When I met Carlos Catania on May 24, 2001 I was a 32-year old grappling competitor with a losing 15-17 record. I had won 3 advanced division tournaments but had been struggling the whole way. Carlos showed me a foot lock, put a gi on me the next class and he has been my Jiu-Jitsu sensei ever since. In the past 8-plus years I have managed to win over 80 more championships and competed at the highest level in the grappling circuit. Using Carlos’ intricate techniques and strategies, I have been able to win about 90 percent of my matches and have defeated multiple World Champions, many of them Brazilian fighters who have been grappling for over 20 years. I am often called a Cruiserweight Carlos Catania by my contemporaries on the circuit, and I take that with great pride. Carlos not only molded me as a fighter, but his philosophies have made me a better person, a better husband to my longtime wife and the best father to my children. I wouldn’t be the person I am without Carlos. I owe him so much. I am proud to call him my sensei, but more proud to call him my friend.”
 
Anthony Argyros
Carlos Catania/Sergio Penha BJJ Brown Belt
NAGA “Fighter of the Decade 2000-2009”