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Category: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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December 2023 BJJ Belt Promotions

The Cellar Gym held our year-end BJJ belt promotions on Saturday, December 16. We had a wonderful turnout for both our youth and adult promotions, and we celebrated many new belts and stripes! Charlie Keith was promoted to Brown belt.…
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Big Wins for Team Cellar at Grappling Industries Minneapolis

The Cellar’s BJJ team had an incredible day at Grappling Industries on December 10th! Our team brought the heat with 20 students competing across 23 divisions. The heart and determination on display were simply awe-inspiring, leading to numerous victories in…
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Team Cellar Dominates at Grappling Industries

The Cellar's BJJ team brought one of our biggest groups of competitors so far to the Grappling Industries tournament in Hopkins, MN on September 15th. With 15 kids and 22 adult competitors, Team Cellar brought home the team points award!…
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Cellar BJJ Athletes Compete at IBJJF World Masters & Jiu Jitsu Con

A group of our BJJ competitors -- Kenzie Swartz, Tara Mitchell, and Ben Otanez, along with Professor Dave Margraf -- traveled to Las Vegas to compete as part of the IBJJF World Master Championships and accompanying event Jiu Jitsu Con on August…
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Summer 2023 BJJ Belt Promotions

The Cellar Gym's BJJ team held our bi-annual belt promotions for youth and adult students this past Saturday, July 8. Between the youth and adult programs, we had nearly 100 students and guests in attendance! Special congratulations goes to our…
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Cellar BJJ Athletes Compete at Tap Cancer Out

The Cellar BJJ team did awesome at the Tap Out Cancer tournament on June 10! We had 7 competitors and took home 5 medals (3 gold and 2 silver). Quick recap of our team’s matches: Avery kicked butt and beat…
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Cellar BJJ Competitors Medal at IBJJF Pans

Last weekend, The Cellar Gym had a number of our BJJ competitors head to the Pan IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship tournament April 6-10 in Kissimee, FL! Michael Barreto battled his way through a stacked Men's 129 white belt bracket to take…
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Pam Sorenson and Ben Locken Promoted to Black Belt

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…
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December 2021 BJJ Belt Promotions at The Cellar Gym

The Cellar Gym held our year-end BJJ belt promotions last Saturday, December 18! This was our first major Checkmat Minneapolis belt promotion event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it was truly wonderful to see so many of…
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The Cellar Gym Competes at Fuji BJJ Tournament

The Cellar Gym/Checkmat Minneapolis BJJ team brought 14 jiu-jitsu competitors to the Fuji BJJ Wisconsin State Championships in Stoughton, WI on December 4. Our team was able to display the hard work they have been putting into their training, with…
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