Looking Back at 2023
As we say goodbye to 2023 and look forward to the start of a new year, we would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt appreciation for each one of you. Looking back, 2023 has been a significant year for our gym, and it’s all due to the unwavering support of our dedicated members who have made the Cellar Gym not just a training ground but a second home.
Some highlights of our journey in 2023:
Welcoming New Martial Artists: This year, we were delighted to welcome a host of new students who have become valuable additions to our martial arts community. Your presence has been instrumental in advancing our mission of sharing the transformative benefits of martial arts.
Success of our Fight Team: Our fight team has traveled extensively, fighting 111 times 😮 and securing numerous titles and belts. Their remarkable achievements include not just one, but two overall team championships, a testament to their commitment and hard work.
Jiu Jitsu Accomplishments: The Jiu Jitsu competition team exhibited outstanding dedication throughout the year, participating in well over 200 total matches at tournaments and grappling events. Both our seasoned competitors and newcomers amassed an impressive array of medals, culminating in two overall team championships in Jiu Jitsu.
Skill Advancements: All of our members demonstrated remarkable progress in their skills and many new rank promotions were achieved, including two new BJJ black belts and more than 30 additional belt promotions among our adult and youth students. These promotions reflect a high level of dedication to personal growth.
New opportunities: In 2023, we introduced new exciting opportunities for our members. This included the addition of women’s-only classes, expanded class options, enhanced strength and conditioning offerings, an expanded training floor, and the addition of talented new coaches and staff members. These enhancements have further enriched your experience at the gym and provided more avenues for growth.
Strengthening Our Community: Our in-house scrimmages and seminars not only honed our skills and the skills of the martial arts community in our area but also fostered stronger bonds among our members, reinforcing the unity and sense of purpose that define our gym.
2023 has been a year of remarkable growth, achievements, and camaraderie. As we look forward to the promise of 2024, we have no doubt that we will continue to rise to new heights, collectively pushing the boundaries of what we can achieve.
As we bid farewell to this year, we extend our warmest wishes for a holiday season filled with joy, warmth, and cherished moments. In the coming year, may you be blessed with health, success, and the realization of your aspirations, both within and outside the gym.
We are deeply thankful for your integral role in the Cellar Gym family. Your presence is the cornerstone of our community, and we eagerly anticipate the countless achievements, challenges, and memorable moments we will share in the future.
With profound gratitude and a sense of anticipation for the journey ahead,
Katie & Ben Locken and The Cellar Gym team