Hear from Eric, one of MN Top Team's youth BJJ Member's Dad:
We were looking for alternative athletic skill training once the Minnesota Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling seasons came to an end last year for my son as a way to stay on the mat. Though we were geared towards Judo we came across Minnesota Top Team as a local source. At the time they were kicking the tires of having a Judo/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu youth offering. I asked them to please have such a class and that my 9 year old, Paxton, though small in stature but big in heart, would love the opportunity to train at MTT. I know we were glad when Jennie and Jeremy decided to give it a try. We kind of think they are happy with their choice as well.
Now I know alot of people in the wrestling world are skeptics when it comes to mixing BJJ with wrestling. Some people say don’t, and while I am the first to admit I am no authority on mixing the styles, I consider training oneself in all matters of ways, you get a complete well-rounded athlete. Not to mention the discipline and focus of martial arts is a nice addition to the mix.
My son Paxton has worked hard since coming to MTT this summer at both his wrestling and Judo/BJJ skills. He kept up his training at MTT as well as attending various wrestling camps in and out of Minnesota. I am happy to report his 2011-2012 wrestling results are beyond our expectations and feel the training he has received at MTT has been a part of that success.
His overall conditioning was better and had him ready at the beginning of the fall wrestling season. His is much stronger, focused and decisive on the mat. Paxton had the opportunity to represent MTT in Hudson in October in his first BJJ tournament. Paxton took out his competition with ease winning both the Gi and No-Gi brackets. He was even ballsy enough to enter the Absolute Division and took on two 13 year olds. Pax's 10-second pin
Bottom line is this, he feels happy and at home being a part of the MTT family. Coaches Jeremy, Kevin Ryan and Perry have all been instrumental in his success. The encouragement and help of the guys in the adult BJJ class has also been wonderful.
We were also able to introduce Coach Clark to the world of youth wrestling. Coach Clark is now working with Minnesota Elite Wrestling’s