KEEPING UP WITH MINNESOTA TOP TEAM

Keeping up with MN Top Team: New faces, free kids camp, 4th of July

Posted by Jennie Clark

Jun 23, 2016 10:25:33 AM

ICYMI Summer is here.  Bring a towel! The temps are climbing and the workouts here at MN Top Team aren't getting any easier so be sure to hydrate like crazy and if you're a sweat-pool maker, please bring a towel.

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Holiday hours and MN Top Team Team events

Posted by Jennie Clark

May 17, 2016 5:44:57 PM

Happy May!  

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Keeping up with MN Top Team: Hygiene, more classes, and more

Posted by Jennie Clark

Apr 3, 2016 10:28:50 PM

It's trying to warm up and that means we're all going to sweat more and that means....hygiene.  I'm trying to gently ease into a hygiene talk.  Always an awkward topic but a necessary one so stay with me quick.  Let's be respectful of each other and ourselves and make sure we're regularly washing our gym clothes, gis, hand wraps and whatever else. Wouldn't it be cool if we never wore the same workout clothes twice between washings? #goals  We're not saying you smell bad, we're just asking everyone to be aware of your partners' and gym mates' experience.  For our BJJ'ers remember to clip your nails (toes and fingers, sorry, seems gross to say) and mind your breath because things get close.   That's your PSA for the month.  Moving on. 

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Keeping up with MN Top Team: Mud, Mats, Hockey, and Angels

Posted by Jennie Clark

Mar 8, 2016 9:39:05 PM

Lots to share - be sure to read to the bottom.

Spring appears to have arrived extra early which is GREAT for everyone except our sweet parking lot.  There is mud and there will be mud until such a time when there is no mud.  Thanks for your patience and for wiping your feet upon entering.  Speaking of parking....you may notice that it's getting busier in here in the evenings (yes!) so please be aware of how you're parking; don't leave too much space between cars and pull all the way foward.  We dream a dream of painted lines and curbs. 

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Keeping up with MN Top Team: so many new things

Posted by Jennie Clark

Feb 3, 2016 8:26:51 PM

So much always happening here at MN Top Team.  Where to start where to start....let's go with....

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Keeping up with MN Top Team: New Year rules and deals and farewells

Posted by Jennie Clark

Dec 30, 2015 11:49:50 AM

Happy New Year!  Here are a few things you need to know:

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Keeping up with MN Top Team: Meet The Coaches

Posted by Jennie Clark

Nov 17, 2015 12:23:31 PM

Our coaching staff is growing!  Although you've seen these faces around MTT for a while now, we wanted to formally introduce you to our newest coaches here at Minnesota Top Team.  Get to know a little bit about each of them below and make sure to say hi when you see them around the gym! 

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Keeping up with MN Top Team: MTT in the community

Posted by Jennie Clark

Nov 4, 2015 2:59:35 PM

It's getting colder and the holidays are weeks away.  This is when we here at Minnesota Top Team kick into gear with our community outreach efforts -- with YOUR HELP of course. 

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MN Top Team partners with M-Theory Jiu Jitsu

Posted by Jennie Clark

Jul 8, 2015 11:41:00 AM

You know we do Boxing, Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu and CrossFit at Minnesota Top Team in Eagan, MN, but did you know MTT was born as a little jiu jitsu school back in 2007?   Jiu Jitsu is at the very heart and soul of who we are at MTT.  

This is why we are thrilled about our latest news.  We have partnered with M-Theory Martial Arts in St Louis Park MN and our Jiu Jitsu program is now M-Theory Jiu Jitsu at Minnesota Top Team

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Keeping up with MN Top Team: where we come from; where we go.

Posted by Jon Grilz

Jun 26, 2015 2:04:00 PM

From Minnesota Top Team Jiu Jitsu Coach, Jon Grilz:

Where we’ve come from; where we go

 The other day I made a little BJJ faux pas and left my belt at the gym. I like to get in some extra training at affiliate schools when I can and that particular day I was in a hurry to get home and relieve the babysitter. After eight years of BJJ I think I’ve forgotten my belt maybe twice.

Never with consequences.

This time, I was treated to stripes on my belt. Four pink stripes. And a video filled with chuckling as the stripes were put on as well as an explanation that it takes 200 hours to take off each pink stripe and another 200 hours to put on each white stripe.

 

So…1600 more mat hours until black belt.

It was a joke, but I accepted the challenge with a smile. I went back, got my belt and rolled with the pink stripes. I wore them with *ahem* pride, as it were. I was a little sad to see the professor take the stripes off, I rather enjoyed my new flare, but it got me thinking more about the idea.

1600 hours.

It’s not a set in stone rule by any means, but figure about 200 hours per stripe on a brown belt. I train about 400 hours a year, maybe more, but 400 is about right. That would mean with no stripes, 4 more years to black belt.

It didn’t bother me.

It wasn’t where I was going that I thought about, it was where I have been.

Since I first stepped on the mat, my life is completely different. In fact, if I were to read about that person’s day-to-day life I would think it was just really boring fiction. I was in a go-nowhere job I only went to because I needed some sort of income. I was newly married, no kids, no dog, still renting an apartment and slowly working my way through graduate school.

And I was bored.

And I was frustrated.

I feel sorry for that person. If I could, I would go back and tell him that it gets better, but it starts with you. You need the motivation to take the extra step, find the joy in life. Money…well, you still won’t have any money, but you will be happy.

BJJ makes me happy. The art makes me happy. The people make me happy.  It’s the only thing besides my family that I will fight for to keep in my life.

It makes me wonder, if I ran into the me who exists 8 years from now, what will he say.  If I had to guess, I think he’d say “you made the right choice.”

See you on the mats.

 

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