When Stuart Ramos told his brother he was opening a martial arts studio in Towson, his sibling was incredulous.
"You're going to open a studio in Towson?" his brother, Brad, who lives in Northern Virginia, asked rhetorically. "Anyway, where is Towson?"
Even folks who know the Baltimore County seat pretty well may not have an inkling where the Maryland Judo & Jiu-Jitsu Academy is located, although Ramos' program is steadily building a reputation for producing high-caliber competitors.
Tucked away behind Gardiner's Furniture on Orchard Park Lane off of Joppa Road just west of Loch Raven Boulevard, Ramos is putting the Towson studio on the martial...