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Introverts Welcome!

Brittany Gorham, once a self-professed homebody, never would have thought that she’d fight one day but the community at the gym opened up a whole new world for her. Brittany is 31 years old, works for an insurance company, and…
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Are You Looking for a Healthier Lifestyle?

Are you looking for a fun, new way to get into shape and lead a healthier lifestyle? If so, you can relate to our member, Tom’s story. Tom Brekke has been training Muay Thai at The Cellar Gym since 2017,…
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For Coach Katie Locken, Martial Arts Is More than a Childhood Hobby

As The Cellar Gym’s general manager and a youth Muay Thai coach, Katie Locken’s everyday life is immersed in martial arts. She’s had two feet firmly planted in the world of martial arts since she was young, and that passion…
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What to expect at your first BJJ class
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What to Expect at Your First Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Class

Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is a style of grappling developed on the principle that a smaller person can defeat a heavier, stronger opponent using leverage, timing, and submission holds. Because of its practicality in ground fighting, BJJ has become a staple…
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Professor Mauricio Carra Wins Gold in New York

This past weekend, Professor Mauricio Carra traveled to New York to compete in the IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championship. Professor Mauricio defeated two opponents to become the 2018 Master 3 Medium-Heavy Champion. Congratulations to Professor on winning GOLD in New York!…
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bjj tournament medalists with coach professor mauricio carra
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3 Bring Home Gold at Chicago Open

The IBJJF Chicago Summer International Open was held on August 11th and 12th. The Cellar Gym sent six competitors, along with Professor Mauricio Carra, to represent Checkmat Minneapolis. Three took home a gold in their divisions, including Kenn Glenn (1st…
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cellar gym fighter wins fight in savage
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Austin Brown Wins Knockout Night 23 Bout by 3rd Round TKO

Austin Brown got the win this weekend at Knockout Night 23. The bout was a K1 style kickboxing match. Austin won the fight with a 3rd round TKO! He overcame a last minute opponent switch when his original opponent came…
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derek varin becomes muay thai champion with chris cichon in his corner
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Derek Varin Becomes Inaugural 3soteric Champion

Derek Varin picked up a huge KO on July 23rd to capture the inaugural 3soteric -172lb Muay Thai title! The event, Mind and Body Clash I, was held in Mound, MN. This was Derek's first Muay Thai fight, and he…
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glory 55 knee to the head
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Nate “The Natural” Richardson Fights at Glory 55

On Friday, July 20th, Nate Richardson fought on the main card for Glory 55 at Madison Square Garden. Richardson faced Victor Pinto, a very tough opponent who grew up training in Thailand and has over 100 professional fights. The fight…
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Fight 2 Win Returns to Minnesota

This past weekend Fight 2 Win, one of the biggest and most exciting promotions in the world of Jiu Jitsu, returned to Minnesota for F2W Pro 78. The event was held at the Lakeville Hasse Arena on June 30th. There…
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