BETA Academy - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Thai Boxing, and Mixed Martial Arts

Beta Academy Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Thai Boxing, And Mixed Martial Arts

Welcome to the Academy for Body Efficient Tactical Arts, the premier source of effective martial arts instruction in the Washington, D.C. and the surrounding Metropolitan Area. We offer classes for adults and children (ages 5 - 13) in the following arts:

Thai Boxing (also known as Muay Thai) is an effective method of self-defense developed from an ancient form of martial art, Muay Boran, used by the Siamese army during the medieval ages to defeat their enemies on the battlefield. It has evolved into the martial art of choice that is used by “eight-limbed warriors” to deliver punches, elbows, knees, and kicks, as well as standing grappling techniques, to devastate their opponents both inside and outside of the ring.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (also known as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu or BJJ) is a ground fighting martial art that is based on early 20th century Kodokan Judo. It was developed and refined through a series of Mixed Martial Arts competitions to become the most effective grappling method in the world. BJJ utilizes positional control and effective grappling techniques, including joint locks and choke holds, to force opponents into submission. Underlying all effective Jiu-Jitsu techniques is the concept of leverage. Mastery of this concept is what eliminates the impact of size and strength disparities in a confrontation.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full contact, no holds-barred, combat sport that utilizes a wide range of fighting techniques, both traditional and non-traditional. The combination of stand-up fighting techniques of Thai Boxing and on-ground grappling techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has proven to be most effective in MMA competitions.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Thai Boxing are distinctly individualistic sports, for which the ultimate criterion of success is the ability to execute techniques successfully, rather than strict stylistic compliance. Private lessons with BETA instructors excel practitioners’ tactical fighting skills by providing customized techniques and training methods that work for our individual students' body types, strategic preferences, and levels of athleticism. To set-up a private lesson, contact us.

Visit BETA at our primary location, 1459 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009. (We are located less that two blocks away from the Columbia Heights Metro Station, in the basement level of the Calvary Methodist Church / Casa Del Pueblo.) If we do not see you soon, we would like to hear from you. Call us at 202.538.0422 or email us at [email protected]

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