11600 Crossroads Circle, Suite C, Middle River, MD 21220
(410) 529-1262

FAQ

Kids Martial Arts

No way! Martial arts is about peace, harmony and diplomacy. It teaches children how to AVOID fights - not pick them.
Sometimes. But the truth is, injuries are very, very rare here. We have a lot of measures in place to keep your child perfectly safe. In fact, safety is our #1 concern.
Yes! In fact, martial arts is often a “home” for kids who don't excel at team sports. Kids who have trouble in baseball, basketball, etc. often come to martial arts and do extremely well. And it's okay if your child is not athletic right now. Through our classes, they'll get in great shape and become very athletic.
Kids have a blast here. There's smiling and laughter throughout every class. We have our moments of intense concentration and focus... but we always balance things out with fun and games to keep everything alive and light.
Absolutely. Kids with low self-esteem often come out of their shells. As their skill level increases, they feel more and more confident. Other kids look up to them, just as they look up to other kids who are ahead of them. It builds a sense of confidence, pride, and teamwork.

Adult Martial Arts

Every form of physical exercise, from running to walking to martial arts, comes with a risk for injury. However, our program is run by trained experts who place a tremendous focus on injury prevention.

Because martial arts makes you more balanced, limber & flexible - it generally leads to LESS injury in people's lives. Not the other way around!

People come to us of all fitness levels. We get natural-born athletes, and we get people who have a harder time with athletic endeavors. However, everyone gets the same focus and attention.

If you're not in great shape, don't worry. Go at your own pace, and we'll do everything we can to help you learn each and every technique. Soon enough, your physical fitness will improve, and you'll be in better shape than ever!

No! Because self-defense technique is taught in martial arts, it's often thought of as violent. However, the philosophies behind martial arts revolve around peace and harmony. The moves are more of a way to become connected with your body. We teach diplomacy and friendship. However, if a violent situation ever arises in your life, you'll have powerful tools to defend yourself and your loved ones.

Kickboxing

Most likely you'll be in a group class. However we gladly offer private classes for those that are interested. Feel free to ask any of our instructors for more info on private classes!
At peak times, there's between 15-30. Some times have more, some less. But we make sure to have enough instructors to match the class size. That way you always get the attention you need.
Yes, classes are full of people of all experience levels - including total beginners.
Absolutely. Whether it's in the mini nutrition seminars we give during classes from time to time... or private consultations... we've got you covered.
No, our classes are extremely interactive, and involve real-life boxing equipment like punching bags & gloves. This is nothing like cardio kickboxing!
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Our Mission

Our mission is simple: We want to teach everyone who walks through our doors the timeless, incredible benefits of martial arts. Self-discipline, so you can work hard to all of your goals in life. A deeper respect for self and others, to help you live a more peaceful life. Fitness, for health, energy, and stamina. And self-defense, for safety, and to put your mind at ease.

From children to adults - we help people of all ages gain these timeless traits and live better lives.

Our Story

Our dojo got its start under Sensei Jim Howard, who taught Budoshin Ju-Jitsu through what was then known as the Northeast YMCA. Classes were held in an old house converted to offices with an open multi-purpose room in northeastern Baltimore City. Over the years the dojo moved to several different locations, all the while flying under the YMCA flag. The dojo came to be known as the "White Marsh Dojo" among students and other dojo. Somewhere around 1990, Sensei Jim Howard moved away and handed the classes over to Sensei Wade Susie.

During Sensei Wade's tenure, he was presented with the opportunity to begin offering classes at the Ward Y in Abingdon when it opened. Sensei Wade seized the opportunity and the classes were an immediate success, gaining more students than at the original location in the White Marsh/Perry Hall area. Eventually the YMCA canceled the classes in the White Marsh area due to declining enrollment, but the popularity of the classes at the Ward Y continued.

Professor Will Harris

Professor Harris has been studying martial arts for over 30 years. He got his start by tagging along with his older brother who had become interested in trying out a ju-jitsu class at the local YMCA. Life's obligations took his brother in different directions and away from the class, but sensei continued his training, ultimately earning his shodan (1st degree black belt) under Sensei Jim Howard, who had had received his training from Sensei William Fromm. Professor Fromm along with Professor George Kirby, founded Budoshin Ju-Jitsu.

Sensei Jim relocated to California and turned the class over to Professor Wade Susie. Under Professor Susie, Sensei Will Harris continued his training and progressed through the ranks to his current rank of shichidan (7th degree blackbelt).

Throughout his martial arts career, Professor Harris has competed in and judged competitions too numerous to list. He has also attended and taken part in numerous seminars and learned from a multitude of sensei, including but not limited to such notable sensei as George Kirby (Budoshin Jujitsu), Wally Jay (Small Circle Jujitsu), Tony Maynard (American Combat Jujitsu), Gene Roos (Aiki Jujitsu), Dennis McCurdy (Jujitsu), Bruce Jones (Taihojitsu), George R. Parulski, Jr. (Ni-Hon Ryu Jujitsu), Bill Stokely (Seibukan Karate), Reginald Heefner (Judo), and Scott Anderson (Sambo).

Upon Professor Susie's retirement from teaching in 2013, Sensei Will agreed to take over the teaching responsibilities for the dojo, which at the time only held classes at the Ward Y in Abingdon, Maryland. In 2014, Sensei Will founded and opened Baltimore School of Self Defense, LLC in White Marsh, Maryland.

Professor Harris is a member of the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Yudanshakai.

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