BALTIMORE — Carlos Raba is a grasp of two arts.

Many folks know him for his made-from-scratch tacos at Clavel, however for those who go simply across the nook from the restaurant, you’ll find one other hidden gem.

“I’m passing alongside an artwork like how I move alongside within the restaurant making tortillas. I’m doing right here with martial arts,” says Carlos Raba.

Not simply any martial arts.

The gymnasium teaches Ju-Jitsu, self-defense martial arts.

Miguel Denis’ daughter, Brooklyn, has been in this system for the previous two years.

“Ju-Jitsu goes in opposition to the whole lot you taught them as a dad or mum rising up till that time, so that you inform them don’t hit, don’t battle, don’t assault someone, after which it’s important to come to rewire the mind to to do that,” says Miguel Denis.

He says whereas she is studying new methods to defend herself, she can be studying life classes.

“There is instances the place you don’t wanna go practice there’s instances the place you don’t really feel like being right here and that’s why I needed to step in and be like, hey you decide to that is one thing you needed to do; you mentioned you needed to, or in a black belt, I’m gonna present you the ropes to get there,” says Miguel Denis.

The kids within the courses come from completely different backgrounds and stay in numerous elements of the state, however they’re united due to a typical curiosity.

WMAR requested Carlos Raba why he selected to make this system free for them.

“It’s one thing that I at all times say we’re a nonprofit that teaches; we don’t train math, however we train them easy methods to be a human, easy methods to face stress, easy methods to face nervousness, easy methods to specific your self, and easy methods to be in new environment, and I really feel like that’s essentially the most worthwhile,” says Carlos Raba.

Guardian Baltimore teaches kids ages six to seventeen freed from cost, and the kids who research the artwork additionally get free burritos from Clavel after every lesson.