My son, Rayan Overcast, has attended the Baltimore Martial Arts academy for approximately 2 1/2 years. He is 7 years old and just achieved the rank of brown belt in the mixed martial arts and junior Brazilian jiu-jitsu program. My wife and I are extremely pleased by the overall instruction, direction, and positive messaging he receives from Mr. Gary Berger and the other instructors. We first brought Rayan to the academy hoping that the instruction he received would help instill discipline, confidence, positivity, and assertiveness. We feel, without a doubt, that our purpose is and has been achieved. I cannot recall a class by Mr. Berger that did not involved a discussion about respecting parents, the importance of doing good in school, the importance of listening, following direction, and so much more. He has a way of connecting and communicating with kids in particular. Beyond that, his method of of instruction is very age appropriate and scales according to the particular stage, acumen, and overall skill of his individual students. Mr. Berger also has a very accomplished school competition team which my son is a part of and, beyond Baltimore Martial Arts tournaments (which there are a few), he always travels to these regional tournaments to lead, coach, and support. I have grown to know Mr. Berger over the past 2 1/2 years and must say that he is very approachable, likable, and is always there and eager to provide feedback. If you are looking for a first rate martial arts academy, look no further. I highly recommend Baltimore Martial Arts. Thank you very much.