Bowie Mixed Martial Arts, located at A Plus Academy in Bowie, Maryland offers instruction in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo (Kodokan and Kosen). Led by BJJ Blackbelt Carlos Catania and NAGA Champion, we are a Team Sergio Penha affiliate. The mission of Bowie Mixed Martial Arts Academy is to promote the sport in a non-violent fashion. Focusing on self-defense while also providing the opportunity for the trainees to experience what body to body contact is all about. Our style is defined by the creation of a relaxed atmosphere where practicing the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. People of all genders are welcome!


  • Bowie MMA under Carlos Catania is an amazing place to train. I have a background as an 0351 Marine Combat Assaultman and have sparred Tae Kwon Do. Now, I train here with my 10 year old son and I am more impressed than I could have imagined. My son sweats with the big guys… they call him “little man” and I couldn’t have asked for a more encouraging place to train. My wife even says he acts differently towards her in public in a very good way. This is the best thing that’s happened to us in a long time.

  • Brett Douglas says:

    I have ran into some of these guys at local mma and jui-jitsu events. They are very respectful and seem to be trained well. If I lived in Bowie, I would definitely check this place out.

  • I have had the honor of rolling with Carlos in this school and the students are blessed to have such a talented teacher.

  • Mia says:

    My 10yo and I are taking our first Basic BJJ class tonight at this place. I hope the reviews are right. We have no real experience. Looking for a great workout, to teach him respect and learn self-defense.

  • droc says:

    If you are interested, please contact BMMA to inquire about trying a class. You have all the info above and make sure to visit their website too. Thanks.



  • Rich Kappes says:

    Blown away! That’s the only way I can describe our experience with Bowie MMA so far. I have 2 sons who have been training here for just over 6 months now and we couldn’t be happier. There are no egoes here, just great instructors who are also great guys! My sons are both black belts in TKD and have trained and competed in martial arts for over 8 yrs and the level of instruction, encouragement, and dedication has truly impressed us. If you are looking to reach your potential for yourself or your children I would highly recommend Bowie MMA!

  • Jeff Van Dam says:

    Excellent, professional instructors and a really great group of people at the gym. Carlos, Charles, Tom, Scott, and Nick are all extremely talented and provide high quality instruction to all levels of athletes. It is a very encouraging and friendly environment and has had a very positive impact on my life. When my little guy is old enough he’ll be right there with me.

  • Juanita says:

    Highly recommend attending classes and joining. The instructors are great and they make everyone feel welcomed each time you come thru the door!

  • Beth Hopper says:

    I’ve been doing cardio kickboxing here for a year and a half and recently started BJJ and all the guys are nice, helpful, and respectful. I never have any qualms rolling with any of the guys, and I hope they’re not taking it easy on me!

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