Master Mike Moses is the Owner and Head Instructor of Evolve Academy of Martial Arts, a nationally recognized martial arts academy located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where he teaches over 450 students in Personal Defense Systems, Thai Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Primal Skills Fitness and Women’s Self-Defense.
Mr. Moses is the possessor of an unheard of (5) Black Belts in various disciplines and with this extensive background in martial arts as well as his specialized training as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp, Mike has become one of the most highly demanded Executive Protection Specialist in the country.
Mr. Moses not only provides security detail for corporate executives, entertainers and other high profile figures, he also provides bi-annual Functional Combat Training to Marine recruits as well as specialized self-defense and weapons training to military personnel and law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Mr. Moses has trained in Defensive Tactics, Extreme Close Quarters Combat, weapons dis armaments, unarmed combat and evasive driving. He is professionally trained in physical security assessment, threat assessment and threat management.
“It has been extremely rewarding for me to see my efforts in perfecting myself as a martial artist carry over into various avenues of my career. Where I initially strived only to provide my students with the most functional martial arts system available to them, I have seen these same techniques and skills carry over to me on a personal level as a Personal Security Specialist. I have found that my extensive background and drive to always improve has enabled me to provide my clients both in my school and while working as an Executive Protection Specialist, with the safest and most reliable form of self-defense.”
~Master Mike Moses
"After watching my Son train in Personal Defense Systems and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over a year, I decided to give it a try. What began as a personal challenge, rapidly developed into a quiet obsession! This was back in 2006, and despite the fact that I had never trained in any other martial art (and had been completely inactive prior to beginning my schooling) I quickly fell in love with the training style, the mental and physical challenges and the overall conditioning that both of these disciplines had to offer me.
I feel passionately about what Evolve Academy has to offer their Students. When I was asked to become an Administrative Director and Part-time Instructor, I couldn't refuse. I truly believe that Evolve Academy is the most unique martial arts training facility in the area. Not only does Master Moses' PDS System offer our Students the most "cutting edge" Personal Defense and Muay Thai Training, but our BJJ program is one of the most sought after programs in our region. The level of instruction is unsurpassed and the focus of each class is, and always will be, on the Student.
“Martial Arts continue to shape and mold my life in a positive and constructive manner every day, on and off the Mat. Training in both Evolve Personal Defense Systems and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, my martial arts journey has provided me with improved physical health, mental growth and a sharpened focus that could only be forged here at Evolve Academy. It is now my greatest honor to lead and assist others in their own pursuit of self-mastery, self-defense and a fighting spirit that will enrich their everyday lives on the mat and on the street.”
Zach Davis has been involved in Martial arts for close to 15 years. While beginning his career wrestling in high school, he continued his journey with Muay Thai Kickboxing, Western Boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. To further his knowledge in the arts he has spent time training in Thailand and Brazil. He combined his knowledge of martial arts to compete successfully as a professional mixed martial artist.
He caught the attention of the UFC and participated in The Ultimate Fighter Season 13: Lesnar vs Dos Santos. After winning his first fight, he tore his retina in his next, putting an end to his competitive career. Zach now focuses on bringing up the next generation of martial artists by training men, women and children in all aspects of martial arts. His goal is to help all people who enter Evolve Academy reach their goals of self-defense, fitness or competition.
“I've been training with Mike Moses since February of 1997. As a husband, father and police officer, my original intention was to expand my knowledge and skills that would enable me to function as a more effective police officer. The Personal Defense System (PDS), Thai Boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) are street friendly systems that will teach you how to defend yourself in a real world altercation. As far as my personal training is concerned, I have received a lot more than I originally intended. The friendships, the camaraderie, and the quality of the individuals that train at Evolve Academy are something that I would classify as nothing short of special.
I began teaching at Evolve Academy in 2001. I’ve been able to parlay my Evolve Academy experience into becoming a full time defensive tactics instructor for my police agency. The quality of instruction at Evolve Academy is amazing. Master Mike Moses has very high standards for his instructors. Having a high skill level is not enough to be an instructor at Evolve Academy. You have to interact well with the students and demonstrate an ability to teach the curriculum to the standards of Master Mike.”
"As an experienced police officer, I have had my share of physical confrontations dealing with criminals. I always seemed to come out of those dangerous situations in one piece but I always had the feeling of not being fully prepared. When I had the opportunity to become a member of my agencies SWAT team I was sent to find Master Mike Moses by my SWAT commander. My commander is a lifelong student in the arts of fighting and made it clear to me the importance of being competent in hand to hand combat. He told me that he could think of no better martial arts instructor than Master Mike Moses. In February of 2003 I sought out Master Mike to learn martial arts and began training in the Personal Defense System (PDS) to learn Thai Boxing, self-defense and weapons training. The classes were fun, easy to follow, and effective at improving my skills and physical conditioning. I found myself looking forward to going to the next class to learn more. Over the years my skills, confidence, and self-esteem have grown while training at Evolve.
“In December of 2005 I was honored to become a PDS instructor and have the opportunity to pass along my knowledge to the new members of Evolve Academy. This has again broadened my learning and has been a great benefit in my career and personal life. In January of 2006 I began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), submission wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) at Evolve.
This created a whole new avenue of learning for me. The core principles in martial arts Master Mike taught me in PDS allowed me to quickly excel in these new styles. I am always learning new skills at Evolve that continue to help me grow. Competing in tournaments has also been an enriching experience I have gained through Evolve. The thrill of testing my skills against new opponents while my Evolve friends and coaches cheer me on has been a fun and challenging aspect to martial arts training. While my self-defense skills grew, I also discovered that I had found much more than a martial arts academy. I found a family of friends that changed my life forever. I have made friends with many police officers, doctors, lawyers, computer specialist, and every other profession you can imagine. I had joined a network of professionals that were eager to share their professional skills with one another!
“Now, with more than decade of training under Master Mike Moses, I cannot imagine my life without my family at Evolve. In addition to instructing at Evolve academy in PDS, BJJ, and MMA, I also instruct control tactics to police officers. Master Mike and my Evolve friends are integral parts of my professional and personal life. My confidence and defensive skills have flourished under Master Mike’s instruction. Over the years I have promoted the benefits of Evolve Academy and brought in my many of my friends and acquaintances to the school. My 9 year old daughter and 7 year old son also train at Evolve and I am proud to see them grow and learn respect and gain confidence in the kids program."
“I started training at Evolve at the age of 13. After training for nearly 9 years, I can say that my decision to begin training at Evolve was one of the best I have made in my entire life. Why? Because the confidence and abilities you gain make every other part of life better. Not only will you have a better body, but you have the ability to defend it.
“Visiting a new place becomes more fun when you know how to keep yourself safe and you are sure you will make it home that night. Even eating food is better when you think of how it will not be taken from you by those who would misuse their size and strength.
“There is never a bad time to start. Training is a key that will unlock your ability to get the most out of life. Whether you are 5 or 85, I recommend training at Evolve.”
Awesome Gracie Academy in Montgomery County!!
Evolve academy was an amazing place to train before they added Gracie jujitsu to the curriculum. Now, there is no place in the state of Maryland that even compares to the level of training offered here! The Gracie combatives is awesome because not only does it focus on self defense, it teaches practical, easy to learn techniques that women and children find easy to learn.
Evolve is an amazing training facility. The staff are very committed and involved in helping everyone improve their skills. The facility is clean and organized.
The best place around
Evolve has been a great experience. It has completely changed my focus on life. All of the staff are extremely welcoming and support with all instruction. They work so hard to make you better. As you get further into the program it starts to feel more like a family and you feel like you belong. I couldn't be happier with being apart of Evolve Academy
Can't say enough about the positivity this has brought in to my life.
Bottom line up front. Joining Evolve Academy was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Evolve has heavily contributed to my successes in life and supported me throughout all of life’s challenges. After several years of working in a Special Operations Unit overseas I came back to the States lacking direction and missing the camaraderie and excitement that I was previously accustomed to. I found Evolve Academy while searching the Internet and read about the many accolades and achievements of it's instructors and students. A few weeks later I was in the area and decided to stop in. In my ignorance I expected to walk through the door and hear music blaring while massive men beat on punching bags. I was instead greeted by a smiling woman whom I later found out was one of the top athletes in the country. She took almost an hour of her time to ask me about my goals and expectations. She then taught me a series of basic skills that would make me successful for my first class. After this I was invited to observe a class and told that I could join if I felt comfortable. While I was standing on the side of the mats, each and every one of the students coming in for class stopped to greet me and shake my hand. They addressed me as “sir” and were some of the friendliest people I had ever met. I had brief conversations with many of them and was surprised by the diversity of the Academy's members. I met construction workers, housewives, NASA Engineers, College Students, Professional Fighters and children. In the months and years to follow Evolve Academy and it's students, staff and instructors became family to me. The owner/ head instructor Mike Moses encouraged me to apply to college and even wrote me a letter of recommendation. I often had conversations with him that eluded to how much I enjoyed my time with the military. He brought up the possibility of being able to enroll in an ROTC program and return to the military as an officer. He then took his time to write me an additional letter of recommendation that aided me in being accepted to the program. In addition one of the students at Evolve who had gone through a similar process years before assisted me with my application and resume. The end result is that I was awarded a full scholarship. While I was deployed I wanted to continue training and teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The staff at Evolve sent lesson plans and materials for my Soldiers and me throughout the deployment. Words cannot describe how much this helped us to get through a year away from our loved ones. Following my deployment I was stationed all over the United States and the World as a whole. During this time Mike Moses made suggestions to me on good schools in whatever area I was in where I could continue my Martial Arts Training. It amazed me that every place I went to train in whatever State or country I was in had some kind of great story about Mike. I have always been immediately welcomed to whatever school I walk in to due to my affiliation with Evolve and Mike Moses. As life continued I remained in close contact with everyone I knew from Evolve, despite being thousands of miles away. When I met my wife she was quickly made aware of the influential role that Evolve had played in my life. She joked that I should ask Mike Moses to officiate our wedding. I laughed and figured, why not at least ask him. The end result was that he flew 2500 miles to organize and officiate my wedding. Amongst the members present at my wedding many were close friends I had met from Evolve to include my best man. Not long after I wanted to attend Graduate School. I was happy with any school. Mike advised me to always try for the best. He stated that if I fail it should not be because I did not try. He wrote me yet another letter of recommendation to Harvard University. A few years later and many inspiring emails/phone calls from people at Evolve I had earned a Masters Degree from Harvard. I now live 300 miles away from Evolve. There is not a day that passes where I do not get a call from a student and/or instructor at Evolve to see how my family and I are doing. My 4 year old son views our occasional trips back to Evolve as an equivalent to Disney World. Every time we walk in to Evolve we are greeted by wonderful people and treated like family. My son gives high fives to UFC fighters and gets hugs from soccer moms within seconds of each other. In summary, when I joined Evolve I was just hoping that one day I would achieve a Black Belt. I am very proud that I was able to earn my Black Belt a while back. However, the Black Belt is only a small portion of what joining Evolve has provide for me and my family throughout life. I cannot recommend Evolve enough. Whether your goal is losing a few pounds or becoming a world champion. In the end you will gain a family, a healthy center in life, and an important skill.
You can't beat the family atmosphere!
It's hard to put in words, but you can't beat the Evolve Academy "family atmosphere". We look out for each other and take care of one another as if true family members. When one of us becomes sick, loses a family member, needs assistance getting to events, rides to classes, etc. others don't hesitate to step in and help. Where some martial arts schools are all about competition, even with one another, Evolve is the opposite of that. And despite this, I believe that they have the best instructors, most detailed classes and most practical systems in the DC/Baltimore area!
Awesome place to train.
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EVOLVE $20 TRIAL (3) CLASSES, SHIRT & PRIVATE LESSON
18753 North Frederick Avenue Suite 200
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Participants may try out (3) classes of their choice and will be given a t-shirt (adults) or kimono (children)which will be worn as part of their uniform. A Private Intro Lesson will be given to those who wish to try Personal Defense Systems. Participants will be loaned gloves or other equipment as needed.
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- Master Mike Moses
- Black Belt In Five Disciplines
- Four Stripe Black Belt In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Certified Instructor Of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu