KEEPING UP WITH MINNESOTA TOP TEAM

Keeping up with MN Top Team: It's been 6 months

Posted by Jennie Clark

Jun 2, 2017 10:51:29 AM

It's been 6 MONTHS since our last Keeping up with MN Top Team! Here are the cliff notes:  

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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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Keeping up with MN Top Team: MTT2.0 Building Update

Posted by Jennie Clark

Feb 3, 2015 2:37:52 PM

buildingandlot

This is not a fast process. 

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Keeping up with MN Top Team: Will the dust ever settle?

Posted by Jennie Clark

Jan 7, 2015 1:44:22 PM

Will the dust ever settle?  It seems endless.  Better question:  Will the dogs ever be clean again?  Probably not.

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MN Top Team: big BIG news

Posted by Jennie Clark

Aug 20, 2014 7:18:00 PM

                  

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Try to keep up with MN Top Team...what's happening now

Posted by Jennie Clark

Aug 9, 2014 10:18:00 PM

Always a flurry of good stuff happening here at Minnesota Top Team!  Here's the run down: 

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Topics: CrossFit MN, BJJ MN, MN Top Team, boxing mn

Respect the BJJ Belt, don't fear it....

Posted by Jennie Clark

Jul 7, 2013 6:26:00 PM

From Minnesota Top Team's BJJ Instructor, Jon Grilz:
 
The other day I found myself in a bit of a quandry: for the first time in all my time doing BJJ, I didn't have my belt. It was an honest mistake. I left my gi bag in my wife's car on Saturday and hadn't expected to have the time to roll come Monday. I was wrong... and s*** out of luck.

BJJ White BeltBut I really wanted to roll, so I knew that sacrifice was needed. I have several Moya Brand gis (my favorite) and each gi comes with a complimentary white belt. Until that point they had always stayed in their original packaging, strewn around my house. I really didn't want to wear any of my actual previous belts, so I figured, what the hell?

In turn, I stumbled across an interesting scenario that kind of played out like a scene from Undercover Boss: The BJJ Edition.

Rolling at a gym not my own, there were those that knew me, but the lower belts didn't. I felt no need to tell them my actual rank, instead opting to just roll. I mean, what difference does it really make what color your belt is? No one would know the difference if it was no gi.

What I experienced was something unexpected: they rolled really hard. That isn't to say that when I actually wear my appropriate rank that other grapplers don't roll hard, but there was a different kind of urgency to it. Maybe it was due to rolling against someone with a brand new, still stiff white belt or maybe it was just rolling against any old white belt, but there was a different kind of tenacity to it all. Positions tjiu jitsu eagan mnhat I have otherwise experienced grapplers giving up the sub lead to immediate and long-lasting resistance.

loop choke bjj MTTIt was an interesting moment and it made me think back on my own BJJ past. I remember rolling with one of my first instructors, still a white belt and getting a loop choke sunk in pretty well. It was a good grip and he had to actively defend, then I just let it go. There was something about the idea of tapping him out that made me give it away. It was the only time I ever came close to subbing him and I gave it up.

To this day, I couldn't fully explain why. I don't think it is something necessarily held by everyone, but it was kind of like the idea of beating your dad for the first time at a game of one-on-one or something. Like if you won, that meant something more that maybe you weren't ready to handle.

mn.nice.mttThis may be a bit over-dramatic in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu terms and maybe it was just some good old Minnesota nice kicking in, but there was definitely a different feel to it all. Like I had my place on the hierarchy and that was that.

And it was total bulls***.

Rank is earned through success, failure and a lot of mat time. As I've said before, it takes a lot of tears to turn that white belt blue. A lot of blood to turn that blue belt purpl
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Why being an MTT CrossFit Trainer is so rewarding

Posted by Jennie Clark

Jun 13, 2013 10:38:00 PM

Written by MTT CrossFit L1 Trainer, JoEllen DePalma (Jojo): 

MTT CrossFit WOD
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Topics: CrossFit Eagan, CrossFit MN, MTT CrossFit, Eagan CrossFit, MN Top Team

In BJJ I found freedom. At MTT I found a home.

Posted by Jennie Clark

Feb 12, 2013 2:44:00 PM

What is your goal?BJJ Goals at MTT

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, like so many things in life, is all about goals. The goal to graduate high school or college; the goal to get the job you want or the promotion you feel you deserve; the goal to start a family and settle down or travel the world to find yourself.

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Topics: bjj st paul, bjj minnesota, jiu jitsu mn, BJJ MN, MN Top Team, jiu jitsu st paul

Meet Mark, MTT's newest personal trainer

Posted by Jennie Clark

Sep 30, 2012 5:20:00 PM

My name is Mark Spurbeck, and I’m a new personal trainer at Minnesota Top Team. You may have seen me around the gym, but I’d like to introduce myself here and share a little about myself and my fitness philosophy. Next time you see me at the gym, say hello. I’d love to put names with the faces I’m seeing.

Mark pushup
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Topics: personal training MN, Eagan Personal Training, MN Top Team

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