Category: CheckMat

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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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October BJJ Belt Promotions at the Cellar Gym

Last week, we were very excited to promote two of our Brazilian jiu-jitsu students! Kai received her purple belt and Jose received his brown belt from Professor Dave Margraf. Kai is a hard worker, a great teammate, and is always…
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Rob Klink Becomes Newest BJJ Black Belt

Rob Klink started his Brazlian Jiu Jitsu journey at The Cellar Gym back in 2008, today he was promoted to BJJ and Checkmat Black Belt! Although he moves around a lot, and now spends his summers in Alaska as a…
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Kenn Glenn Wins BJJ Superfight

BJJ Brown Belt and Youth BJJ Coach, Kenn Glenn won his Superfight today at the Fulton Brew-Jitsu event promoted in coordination with Fuji Mats! Kenn won the match on points, 9-0 after getting 3x guard passes. Congratulations Kenn!
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Mighty BJJ Champions!

Congratulations to all of our kids bjj students who competed yesterday at the St. Croix Valley Grappling games. We had 11 students compete and many medals and matches were won. Awesome job!!
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IBJJF Worlds Masters Results

The Cellar Gym team traveled to compete at IBJJF Worlds Masters in Las Vegas this pasr weekend. The team did great with many matches won and lessons learned. A BIG Congratulations to Hooi Ling Soh, Silver Medalist at IBJJF Worlds…
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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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