Category: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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Despite his size, one boy’s confidence is all he needs to be bully-proof

Eli Feyen, 7, faced his opponent at the recent Twin Cities Grappling Tournament and quickly realized the other child was younger, less experienced, and new to competing. During the brief match, Eli showed his control and superior technique to win…
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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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December 2018 BJJ Promotions

Congratulations to our newest blue, purple & brown belts! We are very proud of you! Pete Donlin - Brown belt Randy West - Brown belt Jose Cano - Purple belt Nate Richardson - Purple belt Francisco Mendoza Florez - Blue…
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IBJJF podium mauricio carra champion
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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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biggest party in grappling stage
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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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Three Brazilian jiu jitsu black belts with newly promoted blue belt
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Alex Philipp Promoted to BJJ Blue Belt

Congratulations goes out to The Cellar Gym's Alex Philipp. On Saturday June 16th, Alex was promoted to the rank of Brazilian jiu jitsu blue belt under Professor Mauricio Carra. Alex has been training BJJ for the past two years. His…
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sunny day youth martial arts camp
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2018 Youth Martial Arts Summer Camp Kicks Off

This week we are kicking off of our 2018 Youth Martial Arts Summer Camp. The camp is for ages five to eleven, and it will run for 11 weeks. Activities include daily martial arts lessons in both Muay Thai and…
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16 years of martial arts, self defense, and empowerment for youth and adults
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The Cellar Gym Celebrates 16 Year Anniversary

16 years ago this weekend The Cellar Gym opened its doors in the basement of a laundromat! We may have outgrown the original facility (and the two that followed), but we will never forget our roots. At The Cellar Gym…
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MNBJJF Success!

Congratulations to all of our youth and adult competitors yesterday at the MNBJJF Spring Open! We are so proud of you all for going out there, testing your skills, learning valuable lessons, and representing your team & coaches with sportsmanship…
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