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8101 Sandy Spring Rd., Ste. 107, Laurel, MD 20707
(301) 776-0909

Laurel Martial Arts

Spark the adventure of self-discovery, empowerment,
and unlimited potential while getting in great shape!

About Our School

The 5 Life-Changing Gifts of
Martial Arts. For Kids AND Adults.

Hi and Welcome!

We’re thrilled to share our passion for martial arts with you! For some, our Laurel Martial Arts school might seem like just another run-of-the-mill place to get fit and learn self-defense... but to us it’s SO much more.

As you get into the absolute best shape of your life, some other “subtle” changes are happening, as well. These changes really surprise our new students. When you train in our programs, your life will NEVER be the same again...in a really good way!

Here are just a few of those life-changing benefits that students experience...

#1 Gain Tremendous Confidence

Working out is tough. Heck, the commute to and from work can be tough - let alone changing lifelong habits for fitness and success! But it CAN be done. And we’re gonna help you. 

But we won’t do it for you. We’ll become a team and work together. Whether you want to get fitter or you’re in it to win it and compete in a fitness contest at some point, trying something new is challenging, both physically and mentally.

But...as you push past your limits and listen to your instructors as they inspire and cheer you on...

You will get a HUGE SURGE OF CONFIDENCE! You’ll also get in amazing shape, which gives you a positive and healthy body image, gain a lot more energy and all those “feel good” feelings from moving your body in an entirely new way.

#2 Improved Focus

Martial arts is challenging and requires your full attention. As you concentrate hard on listening to the instructor, then performing what they taught you, you start to build crucial links in your brain which boost your ability to focus.

What’s great is that this intense concentration naturally pours into all other areas of your life.

Adults report being able to not only concentrate better at work, but they’re able to clear their mind at the end of the day better as well. Kids benefit too as they pay more attention at school and at home.

#3 Physical Fitness

Each class is loaded with challenging, fun exercise. But because you're so focused on performing techniques, and having so much fun, you hardly notice it. Before you know it, the class is over, and you not only learned powerful martial arts...

... you got a great workout, too. Being physically fit boosts energy, mental clarity, and confidence as well.

#4 Family and Friends

We're a tight-knit group here. And our members and instructors are all about support and friendship.

We provide the kind of environment that fosters friendship, encouragement, and motivation. It's truly a great experience to share and care.

#5 It’s All About the FUN!

Stuck in a fitness rut or tired of going to bootcamp style classes where you get yelled at? That’s no fun and luckily our classes are NOTHING like that. Action-packed and a total blast, focused on your success, and always changing. No two workouts are the same and we use positive motivation.

No military style yelling or body shaming, ever.

Both kids and adults work hard, but also play hard. Laughing, smiles, and woo-hoos are part of every class.

Make your fitness dreams come true while learning how to protect yourself and your family.

We’re so dedicated to community improvement and safety that we’re offering a limited time 100% money back guarantee on all web specials. So, if we’re not a good fit for you, no worries. But chances are you’ll love it here. If you’re comfortable signing up over the internet, we highly encourage it. If not, don't hesitate to give us a call: (301) 776-0909

Looking forward to meeting you in person!

Willie & Kimber Johnson

Willie & Kimber Johnson
BAMS Martial Arts Academy
(301) 776-0909

Kids of all ages as well as their parents love these Laurel kids martial arts classes. That's because they focus beyond martial arts. Kids are taught self-discipline and respect as well as focus and confidence. The kids are better-behaved everywhere they go, their sense of respect improves and they perform better in school.

Our classes are results-focused and there are an array of fun activities and games for kids of all ages. Every age is perfectly catered to and the kids love these classes as they perfect their martial arts techniques and learn new ones.

So school's out and you're looking for the coolest camp around to send your kid to, right? We've got you covered with our Martial Arts Summer Camp. Every day your child will experience super fun games and activities... learn powerful self-defense skills... get a healthy dose of fitness... make friends...

... and learn all about important life lessons like discipline, goal setting, focus & concentration, and more. We give kids the perfect blend of structure and “running free”. Call us now to learn more. But hurry! We sell out fast, and I'd hate for you to miss out.

Let your kid feel like a total rock star with our awesome kids birthday package. It's a fun, educational, structured birthday party involving martial arts... crazy-cool fun & games... pizza (of course!)... and more. Plus your kid will be the one-and-only star of the show!

They'll help teach martial arts to their friends... cut the birthday cake with a real sword (carefully supervised of course!)... and break a wooden board with just their hands or feet (if they've reached this level in their training). Guaranteed to be a safe, fun, awesome experience for your child & all of his / her friends.

Both men and women come to our adult martial arts classes for lots of reasons. Some have been in dangerous situations where they felt hopeless and realized they needed to learn self-defense for safety and protection. Some have come to make new friends and meet like minded people while others have wanted a new way to get fit.

No matter what your reasons are, you're sure to gain life enhancing skills while getting a great workout and having a ton on FUN! Burn fat, tone muscle, and improve stamina while learning dynamic martial arts moves today! Check out the class page for amazingly low web specials and more details on how you can be safe, happy, and fit for life!

Both men and women come to our adult martial arts classes for lots of reasons. Some have been in dangerous situations where they felt hopeless and realized they needed to learn self-defense for safety and protection. Some have come to make new friends and meet like minded people while others have wanted a new way to get fit.

No matter what your reasons are, you're sure to gain life enhancing skills while getting a great workout and having a ton on FUN! Burn fat, tone muscle, and improve stamina while learning dynamic martial arts moves today! Check out the class page for amazingly low web specials and more details on how you can be safe, happy, and fit for life!

If you wish to learn the best of Muay Thai, kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and tons of other self-defense techniques, our Laurel Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) program has what it takes, and then some! Learn how best to use knees and elbows in striking ferocity from Muay Thai or how to utilize powerful techniques from kickboxing for punches and kicks.

Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques will help you master combat when standing up or laying on your back. You will have a better toned and conditioned body too through our powerful conditioning drills and exercises which will hep you gain lean muscle and great strength. Join our program today and learn more!

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Welcome to The BAMS Martial Arts and Fitness! For over 20 years, Willie “THE BAM” Johnson and his family have been providing the most energetic, motivational, and skills based martial arts, fitness and self-defense programs in and around Laurel, Maryland.  Our exceptional programs are designed to meet the needs of your entire family.

Our approach is a well-balanced blend of traditional values with modern teaching practices. Our programs offer not only highly effective self-defense training, but are also a means of personal and character development and discipline that lead to success in other areas of your life too.

With the very first class you take, we’ll show you why The BAMS Martial Arts and Fitness is becoming the most well-known martial arts center around. Our goal is to provide the highest quality instruction in kids and adults martial arts, mixed martial arts and kickboxing fitness, as well as personal safety and modern self-defense training.

We are a family friendly school that welcomes people from all walks of life. The environment here is one of unconditional acceptance so it doesn’t matter what age, background, or fitness level you are, EVERYONE is welcome here. Our focus is to inspire you to meet your goals and reach your full potential.

Your safety, success and achievement based learning are at the core of our curriculum. We are committed to helping you and your kids increase focus, self-discipline and physical fitness in a challenging, FUN way.

Beginners Welcome! Whenever you learn something new, it can be intimidating or overwhelming at first. Maybe you’re nervous about taking the first class and wondering if you’ll fit in or be able to do it. We totally understand and guess what? Everyone here was once a beginner at some point.

That’s why we make sure every class is super FUN and we train you at your level. Kids get a POW out of the powerful punches, epic kicks and stellar strikes. The instructors and students alike are helpful, encouraging and will become your new friends. You’ll lose count at how many high fives you get in every class.

A fit, strong, healthy body are just the beginning of what you’ll get in our awesome classes, whether you’re a child, teen, or adult. You’ll also get…

You may think that this high level training in a state-of-the-art facility with all those AMAZING benefits would cost an arm and a leg. Not at all. Training here is actually a LOW COST activity with PRICELESS benefits.

Check out the SUPER LOW web special going on right now! Our classes fill up fast because it’s such a great deal, so reserve your spot today! And bonus… it’s 100% RISK-FREE!

Are you ready to experience the best prices, the most helpful instructors, and have the most fun you’ve EVER had getting fit and learning lessons on life? We would love for you to join The BAMS Martial Arts and Fitness or at least stop by and see what we’re all about. See you soon!

Our Instructors

Willie \"The Bam\" Johnson is the owner and president of The Bams Kung Fu Academy in Laurel and Rockville, Maryland. In 1991, Johnson made history as America’s first nationally-ranked Triple Crown martial arts champion. Only three years later, he had the distinction of being the first African-American to be ranked number one in kung fu forms and weapons.

Willie is a seven-time sport karate and kung fu world champion and two-time All-American champion and is viewed as a true hero in the world of martial arts. As the creator of Wushudo Universal Martial Arts, Johnson is known for his dynamic, universal approach to developing physical, mental and spiritual fitness.

In addition to these accomplishments, he has earned fifth- and seventh-degree black belts in karate and kung fu and studied several other arts such as jujitsu, thai boxing, boxing, wrestling, tai chi, and kickboxing.

Johnson received the title of Grand Master in 1995 and is a member of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He starred as himself on the WMAC Masters television show and the Wesley Snipes Masters of the Martial Arts show. He is also the creator of the Predators Self-Defense Concepts, which teaches participants how to deal with the predators that stalk our society.

A graduate of the Beijing Physical Culture Institute of China, Johnson has over 35 years of training in the martial arts. He has appeared in four films, including Super Fights and Major League II, 16 stage plays, 11 television shows, and two videos.

He has also had more than 30 articles published in leading martial arts magazines and been featured on the cover of Karate/Kung Fu Illustrated and Martial Arts Training.

Named Instructor of the Year by the Educational Funding Company, Johnson is the founder and national spokesperson for the Stronger Than Drugs Foundation. He is a regional representative of the U.S. Shuai Chiao Association and the Federation of United Martial Artists Crusade Against Crime.

In addition to these contributions, he serves as national spokesperson for Champions Against Drugs and grand master of the World Head of Family Sokeship Council. He is a member of the Educational Funding Corporation and the Martial Arts Industry Association.

Johnson also is the founder and coach of the leading sports karate team known as the Better Attitude Makers and founder of the Cardio Defense Kickboxing program.  

Master Kimber Johnson holds a fourth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is a 25 year veteran of the martial arts and 2-time Gold Medalist (Olympic Style Fighting USTU and AAU). She is recognized as one of the most powerful women fighters and forms champions in the world.

Kimber was also a featured performer on Wesley Snipes TNT special, Masters of the Martial Arts. She is a World Champion in forms and fighting and graduated from Towson State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education.

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