Category: CheckMat

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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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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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The Cellar Gym wins “Best Academy” at the MNBJJF Winter Open

The Cellar Gym's BJJ team did great last weekend at the MNBJJF Winter Open. We brought home lots of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in both the kids and adult divisions. We won 1st place in "Best Academy" for team…
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Gold at Grappling Industries

Congratulations to Andy Young on winning 3 gold medals in Gi, Open Gi and No-Gi today. Congratulations to Kong Lo as well for taking home silver in both GI and No-Gi at the @grapplingindustries tournament today! #bjj #jiujitsu #grapplingindustries #checkmatminneapolis…
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Fight 2 Win Success

The Cellar Gym had a great showing this last weekend at F2W Pro 50 in Lakeville, MN. Tom Krenzel won his F2Win Pro Jiu Jitsu match by unanimous decision! Kenn Glenn won his F2Win Pro Jiu Jitsu match by split…
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The Cellar Gym Represents at Fight 2 Win Pro 50

Fight 2 Win Pro visits Minneapolis for the first time on Friday, October 6th at Lakeville Hasse Arena in Lakeville, MN. The Cellar Gym and Checkmat Minneapolis will represent with 3 professional Jiu Jitsu matches. Come cheer on Kenn Glenn,…
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BJJ Mom Tip – Hip Escape Drill

Coach Michelle leads us in a hip escape drill that you or your child can do at home! Stay tuned for the second half of the video when she explains how you can do this drill with a friend..
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Leo Vieira Seminar

Great Brazilian Jiu Jitsu seminar today by Checkmat founder, Leo Vieira! Thank you to everyone for coming out and thanks to Mauricio Carra for helping out! #leovieira #mauriciocarra#thecellargym #BJJ #seminar
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