The Most Intersting Man in Anne Arundel County

Wrestler, Navy Deepsea Diver, Helicopter Pilot, Firefighter, Jiu-Jitsu Instructor, husband, and father. These sound like the credentials of a Hollywood action hero or The Most Interesting Man in the World, but this is just a small slice of Anne Arundel County resident and Kogen Dojo Jiu-Jitsu coach Isaac ‘Ike’ Haertel’s real world resume. A graduate Read more about The Most Intersting Man in Anne Arundel County[…]

Self Defense aka “Real Jiu-Jitsu” for Kids – The Story of Kogen Dojo Pt 3

By the time I walked into Gracie Maryland, I’d been training in martial arts for about fifteen years or so. I’d trained many places and I’d seen many different class and instruction models. Watching the kids classes at Gracie Maryland was eye opening to me. Kids classes were divided into two groups, ages 4-7 and Read more about Self Defense aka “Real Jiu-Jitsu” for Kids – The Story of Kogen Dojo Pt 3[…]

Generostiy and Real Jiu-Jitsu – The Story of Kogen Dojo Pt 2

In mid-2016, after recovering from a back injury* that kept me off the mats for nearly half a year, I was looking to resume my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training. I had earned my blue belt and some stripes at a Pedro Sauer affiliate near my home, but the school moved and I wanted something new. My Read more about Generostiy and Real Jiu-Jitsu – The Story of Kogen Dojo Pt 2[…]