Kogen Dojo supports Local Police, Firefighters, Paramedics, and EMT’s by offering special classes and rates* for these community servants. We know that these good folks have a difficult job and they selflessly put their lives on the lines every day for us. We also know that time and training budgets are tight and that this can make it difficult for our First Responders to receive all of the necessary training to keep themselves and the people they serve safe.
At Kogen Dojo, we believe that it is important to take care of the people who take care of us. That is why we offer a class schedule that is specifically designed to work with our First Responders’ varied shifts. Whether you work mornings, days, or late night shifts, we have classes for you. If you are a police officer, fire fighter, paramedic, or EMT, you will find our schedule convenient and adaptable to your needs.
While First Responders are welcome at any and all of our classes, our special First Responder focused Jiu-Jitsu classes are offered Monday-Friday at 9am with an Open Mat session every Saturday at 8am. These classes, open to all of our members, are led by a local First Responder, Firefighter Isaac ‘Ike’ Haertel, are focused on Self Defense and Survival Tactics for both First Responders and Everyday Citizens, including:
Beyond just being conveniently scheduled, our self-defense focused Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai classes teach real-world applicable skills for keeping you and the people you serve safe and protected. In addition, many of the folks on our teaching staff are first responders themselves, so they do not simply talk the talk, but they also walk the walk with what they teach. Our instructors are all highly skilled, working professionals who need what they practice to work not just on the mats, but in their lives as well.
Our culture at Kogen Dojo is open and welcoming to people from all occupations and all walks of life, but we also understand that there is something special about a person who dedicates his or her life to serving the public. First Responders put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe, so we do our best to give back to them. That is why we do our best to create a safe, friendly training atmosphere for people of all levels of experience and physical fitness. In all of our classes, questions are not only allowed, but are also encouraged.
Many of our instructors have actually had to use the skills they teach on the streets to keep both themselves and the public safe. It is our belief that the more physically skilled a First Responder is, the more capable he or she is to help everyone involved make it home safely. That, after all, is the number one goal for all of us, especially First Responders. Kogen Dojo is Severna Park, MD and Anne Arundel County’s community Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai academy. We serve the community that serves us.
*When you come in for your FREE class, be sure to mention to our staff that you are a First Responder, to be eligible for special discount pricing, also available to all active duty and former Military personnel.