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Nick Tissue

Rank: Black Belt

Nick Tissue is the owner and head instructor of Baltimore Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Nick has years of martial arts experience, as well as several amateur MMA fights. After a challenging MMA fight, Nick realized the importance of a successful ground game and began learning Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in 2008. He received his Purple Belt from Grandmaster Relson Gracie in 2011. In 2014 Nick became a certified instructor of Gracie University in Torrance, CA, and opened Baltimore Gracie Jiu-Jitsu later that year. He received his Brown Belt from Ryron Gracie in 2016. In December 2019, Nick travelled to Gracie University to receive his Black Belt from Rener and Ryron. Nick has extensive experience teaching students of all ages and experience levels.

 

Montgomery (Jake) Gray

Rank: Brown Belt

Jake Gray received his Brown Belt in 2018 from the BETA Academy in Washington, D.C. He began training Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in 2017, and shortly after began assisting with our Master Cycle classes.

 

Haley Chitty

Rank: Purple Belt

Haley Chitty has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2010 and earned a Purple Belt at Yamasaki Academy in Washington, D.C. from Luis Pantoja, an IBJJF certified Second Degree Black Belt training under Mario and Fernando Yamasakai and Francisco Neto. Haley has been training and teaching at Baltimore Gracie Jiu-Jitsu since 2016 under the tutelage of Nick Tissue. Haley's experience includes competing in several local tournaments as a white, blue, and purple belt. You can also catch Haley assisting in our youth classes with his son.

 

Laurel Jansen

Rank: Blue Belt

Laurel Jansen is an instructor at Baltimore Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Laurel is our Women Empowered instructor and also teaches in our youth and adult programs. She received her Blue Belt in 2016 and became a certified instructor of Gracie University in Torrance, CA in 2018. Laurel has 25 years of martial arts experience. She is a second degree black belt in the United Fighting Arts Federation and has been training Gracie Jiu-Jitsu since 2015. Her greatest joy comes from witnessing women and children find their confidence.

 

Justin Roem

Rank: Blue Belt

Justin Roem is an instructor at Baltimore Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Justin currently teaches in our youth and adult programs. He received his Blue Belt in 2015 after successfully completing the Combatives Qualification test. In July 2016, he became a certified instructor of Gracie University in Torrance, CA. Justin lives in the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore and has been training at Baltimore Gracie Jiu-Jitsu since it opened in October 2014.

 

Cameron Durity

Rank: Blue Belt

Cameron Durity has been training Gracie Jiu-Jitsu since 2016 at Baltimore Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. He receieved his Blue Belt in 2017. Passionate about fitness, Cameron often participates in several marathons and tournaments in his free time.

 

Brent Hayward

Rank: Blue Belt

Brent Hayward has been training jiu-jitsu since April 2016, earning his Blue Belt in 2017. He started the Gracie Combatives program with no previous grappling experience, but now enjoys the gentle art of leverage without power. He also represents the school at local competitions when not busy watching football, playing soccer, or doing Crossfit on the weekends. 

 

Theo Williams

Rank: Blue Belt

Theo Williams is an instructor at Baltimore Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and currently teaches in our adult programs. He started a Gracie Garage in 2016 and learned Gracie Combatives from the DVDs with the other members of his garage. Theo earned his Combatives Belt at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Louisville from Allan Manganello in 2018, became a certified instructor of Gracie University in Torrance, Ca in 2018, and received his Blue Belt in 2019.

 

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