Cumberland, MD's Premier Training Facility for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and Kickboxing

From beginners to black belts, we teach all levels of BJJ, self-defense, functional striking, and wrestling at B.C. Jiu Jitsu. We welcome and have classes for adults, teens, and kids.

Training For Everyone.
A Tribe For All.

We're more than just a gym. We're a tribe. Whether you've never trained a day in your life or you're racking up stripes on your belt, you have a place at B.C. Our gym is a friendly, clean, and safe learning environment for all levels and ages. We offer family rates, monthly and yearly memberships, and drop-in fees for visitors.

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BJJ is a predominantly ground-based martial art using leverage, angles, pressure, and timing to achieve non-violent submissions. It focuses on close-contact holds and techniques, and the application of chokes and joint-manipulations.

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Striking is far more than a punch. It's a combination of proper stance, footwork, and form. Strike training teaches timing, hand-to hand combat skills, self-defense, and helps develop acute muscle memory.

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Wrestling is a hand-to-hand combat style that relies on gripping or grabbing an opponent to take them down to the ground and maintain control. It is based on throws, trips, sweeps, clinch fighting, pins, and counters.

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Meet our instructors

Chad Fazenbaker

Chad is a third-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). He began training and studying BJJ in 2002 under the tutelage of Kevin Wilson. After earning his blue and purple belts, Chad moved to Seoul, South Korea to teach English where he continued BJJ training with John Frankl, head coach at SBG Korea/JFBJJ. Chad earned and was awarded his black belt May 2016 in Seoul from John Frankl.

Upon returning to the United States in late 2016, Chad continued to teach BJJ locally and returned to school to become a physical therapist assistant. Now a graduate of Frostburg State University and Allegany College of Maryland, he is a licensed physical therapist assistant in both Maryland and West Virginia and the head instructor and co-owner of B.C. Jiu Jitsu in Cumberland, MD.

Born and raised in Allegany County, MD, Chad's passion is to share the art of BJJ with the tri-state region.

Ben Phillips

Ben earned his black belt from Chad Fazenbaker in September 2023. Before training under Chad, Ben started his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) journey in March 2015 under the tutelage of Kevin Wilson, then received training from Bob Carder and Vicente JR. Wanting to give back to the community he grew up in, Ben decided to open his own gym in Cumberland, MD and go all in on B.C. Jiu Jitsu.

Outside of the gym, Ben was a combat veteran. He served as Cavalry Scout in HHC 1-67 AR. 4I.D. and was a follow-on force of the initial invasion of Iraq. After he served his military term, Ben returned home to raise his kids, and found comradery on the mats.

Ben is head kids coach, assistant wrestling coach, and no-gi coach, at B.C. He has also won multiple newbreed advanced gold medals and grappling industries advanced gold medals. As a brown belt, he is the Charlotte International IBJJF Open 2022 Master 2 Gi Silver medalist and No-Gi Gold medalist, as well as the Washington, DC International Open IBJJF Master 2 Gi Gold medalist and No-Gi silver medalist.

Chris Lyon

Chris earned his black belt from Chad Fazenbaker in December 2023. Before training under Chad, Chris started his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) journey in 2015 under the tutelage of Kevin Wilson, then received training from Bob Carder and Vicente JR. Dedicated to combining his love of martial arts and fitness with his desire to help others, Chris decided to take his passion further by contributing to the development of and to be a co-owner at B.C. Jiu Jitsu.

Outside of the gym, Chris is a licensed social worker with years of experience in the field, helping individuals and families in the area navigate complex social and emotional issues. He is also an adjunct professor and is pursuing his PhD in psychology.

Chris understands and incorporates into his teaching the importance of physical and mental well-being, and is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive environment for his students to grow and learn, both on and off the mats.

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