We are so excited to announce The Cellar Gym’s newest black belts: Pam Sorenson and Ben Locken! Checkmat black belt Dave Margraf awarded Pam and Ben their black belts in a very special ceremony last Friday, March 11 attended by Cellar BJJ students and friends. Both Pam and Ben have probably logged more hours on our different mats than anyone else in the gym, and this promotion is very well deserved!
Pam Sorenson joined the Cellar Gym in 2012 and quickly fell in love with combat sports, first competing in BJJ and then MMA, kickboxing, and Muay Thai. Pam currently holds a 9-4 professional MMA record, and her recent accomplishments include winning the Invicta FC featherweight belt before signing with Bellator MMA. Pam is an incredible athlete, an amazing training partner, and one of the hardest workers you’ll find both on the mats and outside the gym. Congratulations, Pam!
Coach Ben Locken says he truly found his calling when he began his martial arts journey. He came to the Cellar in 2015 with some impressive combat sports experience already under his belt, in addition to his knowledge as a personal trainer and fitness professional. Coach Ben is renowned for his tremendous expertise in training martial artists and combat athletes to reach their full potential, earning him the nickname of “The Mad Scientist”. Ben also earned his Muay Thai Kru under Grand Master Chai in 2017 and has over 20 combined fights in MMA, kickboxing, and Muay Thai. We are very fortunate to have Coach Ben in our Cellar family — congratulations on this latest and greatest achievement in your journey!