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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the MOST EFFECTIVE MARTIAL ARTS for practical, modern self defense. Kogen Dojo maintains the Gracie family tradition by focusing on the self  defense aspect of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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Muay Thai Kickboxing

Muay Thai is a powerful striking art that incorporates punches, kicks, elbows, and knees with clinching, throws, and sweeps, creating a well-rounded system that is equal parts physical fitness and self defense suitable for all types of people, whether as a martial arts, a competitive sport, or simply a means of getting strong and fit.


Martial Arts Classes for Everyone

First Martial Arts School in Severna Park & Annapolis for Self Defense

Kogen Dojo is a family friendly martial arts school in Severna Park, MD and Annapolis, MD in Anne Arundel County. Our mission is to provide the best martial arts classes in the area, focusing on maintaining a clean, fun, safe, and friendly environment where you can come to learn self defense, get into better shape, and have a great time while doing it! Our Martial Arts classes have something to offer everyone, regardless of age, experience, or current fitness level. Our programs range from classical to modern, self defense to fitness, private and group training, for adults and kids. Whether you are looking to keep yourself safe on the street, to compete in tournaments, to fight in the ring, or just to improve your quality of life and your health, come to Kogen Dojo in Severna Park or Annapolis and try a FREE CLASS! We are your school for old school and new school martial arts!

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    There are lots of martial arts schools to choose from. Choose Kogen Dojo for Practical & Effective Self Defense!

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    Learn to Protect Yourself and Your Family and Have Fun while doing it!

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    We take great care to take care of you! Our focus is on training for mutual benefit, not competition! Learn at your pace.

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    We have something for the whole family! Adult Progams, Kids Programs, Private Lessons, & Group Classes!



Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (aka Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) was developed for a smaller, weaker person to be able to successfully defend him / herself against a larger, stronger person. Maintaining the Gracie tradition, we teach Authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, focusing on practical self defense for everyone. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is equally effective for men, women, and children.

Team Kogen

Diversity & Professionalism With Over Five Decades of Combined Martial Arts Experience

Dwayne Bowie

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Head Instructor
Father of two and veteran of the US Marines, Dwayne aka “Bowie” is a Maryland native with experience in wrestling and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, holding the rank of black belt in the latter under Grandmaster Relson Gracie. Bowie is the head instructor of our Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program, focusing on the self defense aspect of the art. Bowie lives in Anne Arundel County and is proud to serve his community by passing on his passion for martial arts and self defense to others.

Robert Van Valkenburgh

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Instructor
Robert Van Valkenburgh has lived in Anne Arundel County for over 20 years and resides in Arnold with his family. Robert began his martial art journey in traditional Korean hapkido under Grandmaster Joe Sheya. After receiving his black belt in hapkido, Robert began cross-training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu where he met Dwayne Bowie and this relationship eventually led to the founding of Kogen Dojo along with Robert's brother Matthew. Robert's current focus is on NoGi Jiu-Jitsu which he teaches at both the Severna Park and Annapolis locations. 

Matt Van Valkenburgh

Muay Thai Head Instructor
A US Army veteran, husband, and father of three, Matt Van Valkenburgh runs our Muay Thai program and assists with the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program. Matt has experience in boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai, having traveled to, trained, and fought in Korea and Thailand, as well as having fought and competed the US. Matt holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has been teaching Muay Thai since returning to the US in 2013.


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