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  • Success at Tap Cancer Out: Checkmat Charlotte Jiu-Jitsu Shines Bright

    This past weekend, the Checkmat Charlotte Jiu-Jitsu team made an impressive showing at the Tap Cancer Out BJJ competition, not only excelling on the mats but also making a significant impact off them. Our team’s dedication was on full display as we contributed to a great cause, raising over $23,000 in this single event. This incredible effort has pushed our lifetime fundraising total to over $70,000, a testament to the commitment and generosity of our team and supporters. The competition was fierce, and with over 45 of our team members participating—including a spirited group of children—the energy and enthusiasm were palpable. Our young competitors showed incredible ....

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  • Celebrating Checkmat Charlotte's Outstanding Contribution to Tap Cancer Out

    As the Tap Cancer Out tournament approaches tomorrow, our Checkmat Charlotte community has every reason to hold our heads high. This year, not only have we raised an impressive over $20,000 for cancer research, but we are also proud to field more than 52 competitors representing the best of Lake Wylie and Steel Creek areas in both South Carolina and North Carolina. Tap Cancer Out has been a significant event in our annual calendar for the past five years, and Checkmat Charlotte has been at the forefront of this noble cause. Remarkably, we have topped the fundraising charts four out of those five years, a testament to the dedication and spirit of our students and their families. ....

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  • Jiu Jitsu Conserve: A Stress-Relieving Journey Towards Better Mental Health

    In today’s fast-paced world, stress has become an all too common companion in our daily lives. From work pressures to personal challenges, the weight of stress can take a toll on our mental health. However, amidst the chaos, there exists an modern martial art form that not only teaches self-defense but also serves as a powerful tool for stress relief and mental well-being, Jiu Jitsu. Originating in Japan centuries ago, Jiu Jitsu has evolved into a holistic practice that encompasses physical, mental, and social aspects. At Checkmat Charlotte, located in the picturesque areas of Lake Wylie, Steele Creek, and Fort Mill, individuals have found a sanctuary ....

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  • Gear And Stuff You Need For Beginning BJJ

    If you have attended a few classes or even if you are just thinking about starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you may feel overwhelmed by how many different types of BJJ Gearare on the market. Don’t worry, I have you covered! In this blog, i will break down the top items you need as a BJJ beginner to hit the ground running with your training. BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU GI (KIMONO) A Gi is an absolute must if you plan to train traditional BJJ. The Jiu Jitsu Gi consists of a Gi top, Gi pants, and belt. Early on in your journey, you should opt for a cheaper Gi, ideally single weave or pearl weave. Once you have more mat time under your proverbial belt, you can investigate more expensive premium ....

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  • Belt promotions!!!

    Belt Promotions Congratulations to the following students on their recent rank ups in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. (Pictures from left to right) Remington Foster, Mckenzie Lee and David Mobote were all promoted to the rank of Blue belt. Also pictured, Brad Blades was promoted at his home school Great Grappling by Professor Jeremy Arel. These students all worked extremely hard to achieve these ranks. Once again, congrstulations to all! ....

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  • Endira Morales

    Endira Morales 2022 White Belt of The Year I started my J iu J itsu journey on Nov 4 th 2021 , it was during a big transition in my life and little did I know it would make a huge impact on my life, and would be a sport I’d become passionate about. Aside from J iu J itsu I’m also a competitive powerlifter but unlike powerlifting, J iu J itsu is very intense and faster paced, and requires physical contact, completely different than anything I was used to and had ever done. I originally started J iu J itsu for self-defense purposes, but now I keep at it for much more than that, I keep at it because of the confidence it gives me, because of the family ....

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  • Congratulations to Audrey Smith on her Yellow / White Belt

    Audrey Smith awarded Yellow White belt Congratulations to Audrey Smith on her promotion to Yellow/White belt here at Checkmat Charlotte on November 5, 2023. Audrey has been a staple in our kids (7-13) program. Recently, she has been attending our beginners program as well. We are excited for Audrey’s future here as a student and as a competitor. ....

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  • Student of the Month - January 2022: Brandon Justice

    Congratulations to Brandon Justice for being awarded student of the month! Brandon's hardworking attitude makes him a great addition to the team. Get to know Brandon below! What is your name, how old are you and Where are you originally from? My name is Brandon Justice. I am 25 years old and I’m from Greenville, South Carolina. What brought you to BJJ and Checkmat Charlotte? I wanted to find a new hobby. I had heard a lot of great things about BJJ online and through some friends of mine so I wanted to give it a shot and see what it was all about. I ended up at Checkmat Charlotte after doing some research online and seeing a lot of great reviews for the gym and ....

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  • 2021 Competitor of the Year: Jillian Chalke

    Congratulations to Jillian Chalke for being awarded Competitor of the Year for 2021 Jillian was awarded competitor of the year for her commitment and dedication to competing as much as possible and training hard with no excuses. In 2021 she went on an absolute competition rampage, stepping out on the mats for over 80 individual matches and bringing home 30+ medals for Checkmat Charlotte. What is your name, how old are you and Where are you originally from? Jillian Chalke, 29, originally from Virginia What brought you to BJJ and Checkmat Charlotte? I literally woke up one day and thought “you know what might be fun?” and then I chose Checkmat ....

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