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Kenneth Brown

Head Instructor

2nd Degree BJJ Black Belt

The head instructor, Kenneth Brown

Kenneth received his black belt in 2013 from Mike Moses, who runs Evolve Academy in Gaithersburg. And it was at that academy that he started teaching when he was a purple belt. Since then, he has been passionate about the both science and art of making Jiu Jitsu make sense. In fact, even now, he is constantly evaluating his own methodology and making improvements where possible. It is that drive that motivated him to teach full time.

Andrew D'Costa

Muay Thai Head Coach

Andrew, the Muay Thai Head Coach

Andrew has been a martial artist for 30 years. He is a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo, a TCB Champion, and also has extensive knowledge in other forms of martial arts such as Boxing, Wrestling, and Kung Fu. For him, martial arts is not an act, but a way of life.

Matthew Weinberg

BJJ Instructor

BJJ Black Belt

Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing Instructor - Matthew Weinberg

Matthew began training Jiu Jitsu in 2002, and throughout the years, he has competed in tournaments gaining experience as both a competitor and a coach. In 2014 Matt began training with Kenneth Brown and in 2022 he had the distinction of being the first person to earn their Black Belt in BJJ from Kenneth. Matt is committed to helping others discover their own passion for martial arts and the personal growth that accompanies it. As an outspoken advocate for the physical and mental benefits of martial arts, Matt has happily given seminars to groups of all sizes, ages and skill levels. Matt works tirelessly to help create an inclusive community that supports its members and helps them grow as martial artists and individuals.

Peter Kofinas

Kids BJJ Instructor

BJJ Purple Belt

Peter Kofinas receiving his purple belt at 2nd Gear.

Peter started training at 2nd Gear in 2018. As a Chemical Engineering Professor and Chair, he has been teaching and doing research at the University of Maryland for nearly 30 years. He started Jiu Jitsu in his fifties and since then has gone above and beyond to be on the mat as much as possible, even when traveling nationally and internationally. He strongly believes in continuous improvement, and that teachers are as much learners as their students. His passion for teaching in academia has translated to teaching jiu jitsu, where he continuously improves his own skills by training but also by teaching others.

Becca Niburg

BJJ Instructor

BJJ Brown Belt

Jiu Jitsu Instructor - Becca Niburg

Becca received her brown belt in 2023. She started training in Brazilian jujitsu for self defense after feeling threatened by a romantic partner. When she started in 2015, she was often the only woman in class and wanted to make sure that other women had a different experience. She came to 2nd Gear to start the women’s program as a blue belt. Her teaching includes her background in trauma and mental health to make sure the class is inclusive and that every woman feels supported regardless of her reasons to join the program or goals in training. In addition to her role at 2nd Gear, she runs a yearly fundraiser within the community to raise awareness and money for suicide prevention.

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2nd Gear BJJ

Prince Georges County


8730 Cherry Ln, Suite 14
Laurel, MD 20707
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Email: [email protected]
Call Today! (240) 786-5553


Our Mission


At 2nd Gear, we’re passionate about martial arts and its power to build strength, character, and endurance. Our programs cater to all ages and skill levels, focusing on technique, strategy, and physical fitness in a safe, supportive environment.

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