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

About BAMS Martial Arts Academy
in Laurel, MD

Meet Willie & Kimber Johnson

Owner and Chief Instructor at
BAMS Martial Arts Academy in Laurel

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…

  • More flexible, balanced and coordinated
  • Killer concentration and listening skills
  • Tremendous confidence and empowerment
  • Unbelievable focus and a longer attention span
  • More of those happy feelings and less stress

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.

How to Get Started

Come join our Laurel, MD Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Summer Camp, Birthday Parties, Adult Martial Arts, Kickboxing, and Mixed Martial Arts. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at (301) 776-0909 if you have any further questions. BAMS Martial Arts Academy hopes to speak with you soon!

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