Welcome to Zenyo Jiu Jitsu at Meadow Mill Athletic Club in Baltimore. We offer classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which are suited for all levels, from beginners to advanced students, and are taught by John David Emmett, a black belt with nearly 20 years experience. We have programs for adults and children, in a fun, encouraging, relaxed environment.
What is Zenyo?
Zenyo (pronounced zen-u) is a simple method to improve ability. Zenyo can be translated from Japanese as "good use." Zenyo is a way of organizing your body and mind for powerful but relaxed movement. Seiryoku Zenyo -- "maximum efficiency, minimal effort" -- is the central idea taught by Judo founder Jigoro Kano. Based around a revolutionary system of movement lessons, we teach a way of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that is smooth, structurally sound, efficient and that creates "good use" on and off the mat.
Learning Zenyo is learning a new way to be. Martial arts are such a revolutionary way of becoming a new person because they help you to overcome yourself. The weak gain strength, the strong gain control, all learn to be calmer, more focused and determined in the face of adversity. Zenyo emphasizes a different way of learning, one that does not focus on effort and repetition but on awareness, ease and grace. In the process, you can learn good jiu jitsu, gain flexibility, become stronger, lose weight, get fit, feel better, but you also will gain so much more. Zenyo works in all areas of your life.
Our goal at Zenyo Jiu Jitsu in Baltimore is to share Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in a way that is accessible to everyone. Each individual is unique and so is their journey; we foster that journey in a constructive, encouraging manner that really shows jiu jitsu can be for all. You will be able to gain confidence and strength, learn self-defense, find calmness under pressure, and have fun. Getting started is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Step 1: Two Free Classes. Step 2: One-Month Trial Offer. Step 3: Affordable Monthly Membership. Children's classes are available now. Click below to learn more about getting started.
Teaching at Zenyo
Black Belt John David Emmett is head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor. "I didn't get my black belt because of effort. I got it because I love jiu jitsu. I would rather be on the mats than anywhere else. I want to share that enthusiasm with everyone. In nearly twenty years of martial arts, there are two principles above all others that I try to embody and instill in my students: maximum efficiency and mutual welfare. Jigoro Kano founded Judo on these ideals. Zenyo Jiu Jitsu is based on them."
Training at Zenyo
Zenyo Jiu Jitsu
At Meadow Mill Athletic Club
3600 Clipper Mill Rd, Baltimore, MD 21211
We are located inside Meadow Mill Athletic Club. We are close to Druid Hill Park, Television Hill and the Woodberry light rail stop.
News: Classes Are Growing!
Zenyo Jiu Jitsu has moved to Meadow Mill Athletic Club in the city limits of Baltimore. Both adult and children's classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are underway and growing in size each week. This is a great new location conveniently located on the light rail, with full locker-room facilities.
Zenyo In Action
"There are no shortcuts because there is no end."
Judo Legend Kyuzo Mifune