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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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professor mauricio carra promotes michelle donovan to purple rank
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Michelle Donovan Receives Purple Belt Promotion

On May 29th, Michelle Donovan was promoted to purple belt under Professor Mauricio Carra with team Checkmat. Coach Michelle started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu six and a half years ago. She has been instructing The Cellar Gym's youth Jiu Jitsu…
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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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Introducing… New Checkmat Black Belt… Lemmy Sturua!

This past Saturday, December 9th... The Cellar Gym had our December BJJ promotions. Congratulations to all of our newly promoted Blue, Purple and Brown Belts. Blue Belt: Damon Leahy CJ Hays Zachary Ollerman Chris Selleck Purple Belt: Ryan Grant Brown…
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