Garfield Martial Arts began in 2005, as the vision of Master Jonathan Garfield, a 3rd degree Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt, as a way to pass down the wisdom, knowledge and skills that he inherited from his masters, over a 22+ year period.
Building upon the foundational philosophies of Master Sauer, a direct student of Grandmaster Helio Gracie, Master Jon now trains his students in a unique and authentic blend of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Military Martials Arts and Street Self Defense.
We train military, law enforcement, secret service, ATF agents, homeland security agents, DEA agents, Doctors, professionals and men and women JUST LIKE YOU – to defend yourself with Martial Arts, so you can be stronger, more confident and proud of who you are.
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WHAT CLIENT'S SAY
Doug Wasson / Tae Kwon Do Instructor
I’ve only been doing Jiu Jitsu for a limited time and learning the basics for BJJ was not an easy skill for me, and I’m still working on it a lot. Personally, I believe BJJ is something that appears so simple to do but when actually learning it, most get the initial shock and think ‘wow this is a lot harder than on t.v. Mr. Jon offers such a relaxed environment for learning such a skilled/technique based art that quitting would be the last thing anyone would think of doing. It’s a testament to Jon that you can walk in a class and see such a variety of people (size, age, and skill) and they all manage to get along together as one big, smelly family. The way Jon runs the classes, I never have to worry about there being someone in the class I can’t joke around with or have to worry about getting injured against. I often joke around a bit too much in class but when I listen to the way Jon teaches and the knowledge he has and especially his ability to work to each individual’s abilities, the word respect come to mind.
Jody Presty / Business Owner
As a martial arts veteran of nearly 20 years I expected to ‘master’ BJJ very quickly. I have learned through class and competition that the critical elements of success lie in the most miniscule of details. Success is the byproduct of experience and experience comes only with patience. Jui Jitsu has given me an exciting challenge in more ways that I have imagined and a child-like eagerness to learn.
Clara Henson / Professional Swimsuit Model
Garfield’s school is very family oriented and fun to attend. You are able to learn the art, techniques, and history of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts in a fun comfortable environment. The instructors are very knowledgeable and skilled in the art. Proper technique and safety are consistently taught. His school in not sloppy and all about just going at each other like other schools I have looked at in the area. He is flexible with your schedule and I am able to bring my son because there is a play area. Being a single mom, that is very important for me and my busy schedule. Garfield’s school is not all about making a profit, its about making and growing a family. I recommend his school to all my friends. You can even try the school for free a couple of weeks to see if its a right fit for you.
Andre Alves / Navy Officer, BJJ Blue Belt
Training with Jon has helped my game tremendously. The convenient location and the small group atmosphere have both improved my development as a fighter, and keep me wanting to train. Now here I am training in Brasil confident that I will represent our country well and will not be embarrassed rolling around with the tough Brasileiros.
Awesome program. Matt is a great coach and great person. Best place for Muay Thai in Maryland.
This is awesome my husband is an mma fighter and would love to be a trainer or a sparing partner this would help him train on his off season
Matt is a great instructor with a wealth of knowledge! Come on in and lose some pounds before summer, have fun, meet new people, and learn how to defend yourself at the same time!
The best training around, whether you want to compete or just get in great shape and the people are awesome!
Britney Yannuzzi / College Student
Coming to Garfield was the best decision I’ve ever made. Jon has made me feel so welcomed over the past month and a half that I feel like I’ve known him for years. One of the things I love most about Jon is that he’s hilarious. His personality and sense of humor is what makes me want to come to class every Saturday. I’ve learned so much in the 6 classes that I’ve taken. I’ll try my moves on anyone that will let me. It’s a great experience and an awesome class. Jon is an amazing instructor. He loves what he’s doing and he especially loves teaching other people. He knows when to be serious and teach you the proper techniques but he also knows when to have fun and laugh. I’m so proud to be apart of his class and there’s no where else I’d rather be. If you want to learn great fighting techniques and have a blast doing it, Garfield Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the only place to be.
Matt Zanelotti / Annapolis Business Owner
I’ve trained over the years at different BJJ academys in the area and just didn’t feel I was getting the one on one attention I needed. Then I met Jon Garfield, who at first had me thinking this is gonna be the same as the rest and working out and learning from a bunch of blue belts. To my suprise, Garfield BJJ is hands down the best place I’ve ever trained. You have a legit Black Belt in Jon who points out everything you’re doing wrong and works with you to correct your weak areas. Jon is a master and along with Andy, Mike, and Big Steve you couldn’t ask for a better group of instructors.
Cecilia Benalcazar / Annapolis Business Owner
As a female student, I find Garfield Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes to be a fascinating, energetic, practical workout. Every session varies with new techniques being taught and the basics reinforced. What we learn is not just a sport but some advanced self defense skills. I feel lucky to have stumbled onto this activity. First, Jon Garfield is a competent instructor that has the knowledge, patience, and teaching techniques to keep us coming back. Secondly, it’s an intense workout without the monotony of a traditional gym setting. Lastly but not least importantly, is the confidence one has acquired if even in an undesirable physical predicament. After a year and a half, I’m still enjoying it!
Cindy Kendis / Caregiver
I’ve felt like family since the first day.
I enrolled my 12 year old son at Garfield Martial Arts in November 2015, and haven’t regretted one second. Jon Garfield and staff, offer a very relaxed and family like environment, which is key when teaching children. My son thoroughly enjoys training with Jon and Jason. I have since enrolled in Jon’s Combat Fitness Program, whivh is open to kids and adults, and have had nothing short of amazing results. Jon is an awesome individual with integrity above reproach. We couldn’t ask for a better instructor/friend.
I’ve been in Federal Law Enforcement for over 27 years and this is by far a great place to train! Good atmosphere, good people and great instruction! Come and join the family!
I’ve been training with Jon at Garfield MMA for about 5 years now and I love the training and the people I train with have become like a second family. If you’re looking for a friendly place to train with a focus on technique but still want to be able to get a good hard roll in this is the place to go.
Steven Adornato / Military Police Officer
I’ve been training with Jon Garfield for over 10 years, in that time I have come to rely on Jon for much more then just self defense training. He is a phenomenal instructor and even better human being.
Being a part of the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association truly sets this gym apart from any of the other ones in the area.
When my son is old enough to train I know that I will be sending him to learn from Jon.
We began at Garfield BJJ three years ago with our older son. Last year, our younger son began taking class as well. The boys love Jon and Cindy and we’ve come to feel like part of the family. Jon runs a serious gym and teaches respect of self and respect of one another- he’s very skilled, compassionate, and quite the story teller. Cindy is amazing at working with kids- she has the ability to instruct in a skilled way, while keeping learning fun and encouraging.
I cannot recommend Garfield BJJ enough!
I’ve been training with Jon and the team for several years and love it! It’s a very friendly, non-intimidating environment. Jon is a black belt under Pedro Sauer, which is reflected in the details in his techniques. I’m 44 and by no means the oldest guy there so there is no excuse not to give it a try. My daughters love the kids program and there are plenty of adult females that train as well. Also if you’re looking to round out your game there is also a killer Muay Thai program led by Matt Van Valkenburgh.
I’ve trained with Jon since he was a blue belt. His dedication is unmatched.
Garfield BJJ is a warm, fun and disciplined environment to train in. Specifically as a female it’s hard to find the right place that is welcoming and offers the proper training with similar training partners – this place is perfect.
The instruction provided by Professor Jon Garfield sets a standard by which all others should be held. Comprehensive, but never simple, his students have the opportunity to absorb and learn true BJJ. An inclusive environment feels like family, and students of all levels find themselves challenged and supported. If you are fortunate enough to live within an hour commute, you are damn fortunate.
I started training here just a little over two years ago and it has had nothing but a positive impact on my life. Both the adult and kids programs are great, The instruction is second to none, not only will you learn the basic fundamentals, as you progress you’ll learn the little tweaks to each technique that solidifies your Jiu Jitsu. Whether you want to compete or just train as a hobby, you’ll be in the best position to reach your goals all while getting into the best shape of your life. If you want to change your life for the best I’d definitely reccomend coming in and giving it a shot.
I have been training at Garfield Martial Arts for just about a year and have loved my experience so far! I was apprehensive about training Jiu Jitsu at first but Jon Garfield and everyone at the gym is so welcoming and supportive. They always look out for each other to make sure that we are training safely and taking care of ourselves. I would highly recommend this gym to anyone who is interested in Jiu Jitsu! They also offer great Muay Thai and fitness classes.
This is an awesome place, I dig it. I don’t think there’s an environment similar to the one found inside the doors of Garfield BJJ and MMA. From the instructors to the students, not a single bad vibe. It’s one big family with a passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Jon Garfield is a dedicated and passionate teacher with over 20 years on knowledge and experience inside of the art of Jiu-Jitsu. He teaches people of all ages and levels of experience. Also, it doesn’t stop at Jiu-Jitsu, there’s Muay Thai and more!