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  • Student of the Month - January 2022: Brandon Justice

    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

    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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  • 2021 Student of the Year: Brock Kirkland

    2021 Student of the Year: Brock Kirkland

    Congratulations to Brock Kirkland for being awarded 2021 Student of the Year! Brock was awarded student of the year for his dedication and positive influence in the room. Brock is a hard worker while always maintaining a positive and approachable attitude - you will never hear him complaining! In addition to this, Brock is a well rounded and consistent grappler! Congrats again to Brock! What is your name, how old are you and Where are you originally from? Brock, 26, from Madison, WI What brought you to BJJ and Checkmat Charlotte? I had wanted to try BJJ for a while after hearing great things about it on various podcasts. What brought me to Checkmat was the ....

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  • 2021 Most Improved Male: Konan Pérez

    2021 Most Improved Male: Konan Pérez

    Congratulations to Konan Pé rez for being awarded most improved male of 2021! Konan was awarded most improved in 2021 based around the fact he does everything to maximize his attendance. He is a staple in the noon class, Sunday open mat and even makes an occasional appearance to our 6am open mat on Friday. His attitude is exemplary and his grappling progress has been as consistent as his attendance. What is your name, how old are you and Where are you originally from? Konan Perez, 31 years old. Fairfax, VA What brought you to BJJ and Checkmat Charlotte? I’ve always been an MMA fan and constantly heard about the positive aspects of BJJ on ....

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  • 2021 Most Improved Female: Alicia McCall

    2021 Most Improved Female: Alicia McCall

    Congratulations to Alicia McCall for being awarded most improved female of 2021! Alicia was awarded most improved in 2021 in recognition for her commendable effort to increase her mat time and get more involved in the competition scene. She has been picking up technique quickly and has significantly expanded her game and experience in 2021. Get to know Alicia more below! What is your name, how old are you and Where are you originally from? My name is Alicia, I am 30 years old and I am from Charlotte, NC. What brought you to BJJ and Checkmat Charlotte? My fiancé :) How long have you been training? 3 years in March What is your ....

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  • 2022 BJJ Goals Worksheet

    2022 BJJ Goals Worksheet

    What is your long term goal for 2022? This is your main focus for the year as it relates to BJJ. It can be anything from weight loss to competition focused. How will you measure success on this goal? It’s important to be specific in goal setting. “Improve at jiu jitsu” is everyone’s goal, but it is not measurable and therefore impossible to know if you’ve succeeded. What is your plan of action? Define three supporting goals that will help you reach your overall goal. I.e attend at least 2 practices per week, ask questions after practice, keep a training journal… etc. These are the building blocks to help you work towards your ....

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  • Student of The Month - November 2021: Josh Hawley

    Student of The Month - November 2021: Josh Hawley

    Congratulations to our November Student of the month, Josh Hawley. Josh became a regular on the mats quickly after joining, and has shown dedication, positivity and hard work. Get to know Josh below and come join him and the rest of the crew in our beginner’s class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm! What is your name, how old are you and Where are you originally from? My name is Josh Hawley. I'm 30 years old, born and raised here in Charlotte, North Carolina. What brought you to BJJ and Checkmat Charlotte. I had just moved and decided that I needed to really focus on self defense without any weaponry. Coach Michael welcomed me to the gym with open arms despite ....

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  • First Time Competing with Checkmat Charlotte

    First Time Competing with Checkmat Charlotte

    First Time BJJ Competition Guide at Checkmat Charlotte Competing in Jiu Jitsu is a challenging but highly rewarding experience. Read below to find a few tips and guidelines for how to prepare and conduct yourself on the big day! Most of all, remember to breathe and have fun! Prep Make sure you are on weight and hydrated if possible Newbreed, Grappling industries, TCO and NAGA allow a grace pound and you weigh in without the gi IBJJF does not allow a grace pound and you weigh in the gi All federations DQ if you miss weight (except TCO) Plan ahead. If you think you may miss weight, you have options. Change your division or ask for help to cut weight ....

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  • Student of The Month for October

    Student of The Month for October

    Student of The Month for October - Tim Goodwin Congratulations to Octobers student of the month, Tim Goodwin. Tim fought through three rounds of the World’s best Brown Belt competition on October 8 to win his first Masters 2 IBJJF No Gi World Championship. Tim has had a active year competing in major tournaments across the United States in both Gi and No Gi formats. Some of Tims accomplishments thus far has been placing in American Nationals, Pan Ams and of course his most recent and biggest achievement coming at the No Gi Worlds. Tim is Checkmat Charlotte’s first and only No Gi World Champion and our second Masters World Champion. Tim had this to say about winning the ....

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