Foundry DC Brazilian Jiu Jitsu offers authentic and certified instruction in the unique and highly effective art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. We are conveniently located on Main Street in Downtown Gaithersburg, Maryland as well as at the Shops of Potomac Valley in Potomac. No other martial art offers the level of technical skill necessary for the smallest person to immobilize any aggressor regardless of size and strength. Come check out a class and see why!

At the Foundry, every class is taught by a BJJ Black Belt and our curriculum is designed to help new students practice, improve, and master the many intriquite bjj techniques, concepts, and skills. All students are treated like family. The goal is to make yourself AND your partner better at Jiu Jitsu. Ego on the mat is never tolerated. The Foundry offers small group classes and each student receives plenty of individual attention. The Foundry often brings in World class bjj and MMA competitors keeping the energy new and providing cutting edge instruction for the Jiu Jitsu enthusiast.

Noelie Danforth is the head instructor at Foundry DC, who holds a Black Belt in both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo. Noel began his training in Amateur Boxing as a young boy before moving to Karate and then to Judo. Noel had the opportunity to train under a number of excellent Judo instructors such as Ray Dion, Cal Potter, Mike Nees and Noriyasu Kudo. Noel began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2001 and met Jose Carlos Moreira (4x Brazilian National Champion and veteran of UFC 8 & 14) shortly after, eventually receiving his BJJ Black Belt in March 2010.

Noel has trained and competed all over the country and in Brazil and has won or medalled in many competitions. He has medalled numerous times at the Pan American Jiu Jitsu Championships in both Gi and No-Gi. At the age of 38, Noel entered the Mundial 2008 (World Championships of BJJ), losing on points to the eventual World silver medallist, almost submitting his opponent in the final seconds. Noel is known for his articulate and thorough teaching style and believes that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is for anyone, regardless of age, gender, size or level of athleticism.

Additional Location located at the Shops of Potomac Valley:

12109 Darnestown Rd.
North Potomac, MD 20878

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