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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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  • Student of The Month For September - Brock Kirkland

    Student of The Month For September - Brock Kirkland

    Student of The Month For September- Brock Kirkland Congratulations to our Student of The Month For September, Brock Kirkland. Brock started his Jiu Jitsu journey in April of 2019. He comes to us ffom a small town outside of Madison, WI. He has a degree in applied Sciences with focus on Network Engineering. Thats his profession, but his hobby and passion is in bending and twisting things here at Checkmat Charlotte. You can find Brock on the mats most 6am classes, but if you really need to see him look no further than Friday open mat at 6am. Guaranteed he will be there with his always friendly smile ready to welcome anyone and everyone. In fact, you could call that class his baby ....

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  • Student of The Month of August- Konan Perez

    Student of The Month of August- Konan Perez

    Student of the Month of August - Konan Perez Congratulations to Konan Perez for being named Student of The Month for August. Konan came to us in January of 2020 with no prior combat sports eXperience. He received his Blue belt on May 2, 2021 and has been training consistently since day one. Often times Konan trains twice a day, thus resulting in an astounding 50 pounds of weight loss!! 🤩 He has competed at successfully at Newbreed, while taking first place at Tap Cancer Out Charlotte and the Ibjjf Charlotte Open. Konan is a graduate of Virginia Tech University, majoring in mechanical engineering. He is a quality engineer at Britax Child Safety. For Konan’s exemplary efforts ....

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  • Student of The Month for June, Jeff Zazarro

    Student of The Month for June, Jeff Zazarro

    June’s Student Of The Month - Jeff Zazarro Congratulations to Jeff Zazarro for being named the Student of the Month in June. Jeff was unavailable for comment immediatley, but promised us an interview for a later date once his hectic schedule allows. For being named Student of The Month Jeff was awarded a brand new kimono from Break Point. Unfortunatley, this kimono pales in comparison to Jeff’s high dollar collection of kimonos. If you have the pleasure of knowing Jeff, you know he has a taste for the higher dollar toys of life. But that is another story. Congrats El Jeffe!!😃 ....

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  • Student of The Month - May

    Student of The Month - May

    Congratulations to Troy Hunt for being named Student Of The Month for May. Troy has been a member at Checkmat Charlotte since July 1,2020. He has entered successfully numerous competitions such as grappling industries, tap cancer out and IBJJF opens. Troy was recently promoted to the rank of Blue Belt by Professor Michael Allen . We sat down with Troy to ask him some questions about Jiu Jitsu and alot of other cool things. Here it is. Where are you originally from? Asheboro NC -- Home of the NC ZOO How old are you? 27 What is your Favorite Food? Tacos What is your favorite Type of Music? Classic Rock What is your favorite color? Teal Who was your favorite Avenger? Rocket ....

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  • Student of the Month April 2021

    Student of the Month April 2021

    Student of the Month of April - Lynne Robinson Its been a year since we did a Student of The Month. No better way to get back into the swing of things than a Blog interview. The student of the month for April is Lynne Robinson. Lynne has been training with us now for eight months to the day😍. Hope you enjoy the read. Hi. Please tell all of our readers your name. - Lynne Robinson Awesome! Please tell us how old you are and your rank in bjj? - I am 53 years young and I am a white belt. Why did you Start bjj training - I wanted nothing to do with it. But my youngest son convinced me it would help me gain confidence, which was pretty low at the time. That is a pretty ....

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  • Student of  the Month for  January 2020

    Student of the Month for January 2020

    Student of the Month for January 2020 - Dalton Withers Every month at Checkmat Charlotte we award a student of the month. This gives potential students an opportunity to gain some insight as to what we are and what we do here at the Academy. This month the recipient is Dalton Withers. Dalton is a white belt here at Checkmat Charlotte and is two months into his journey. Dalton won a $50 Amazon gift card for his efforts and enthusiasm. Enjoy Dalton’s story and we hope that you decide to come by and visit us and begin your jujitsu training as well. What is your name, how old are you and Where are you originally from? Dalton Withers, I'm 25, I'm originally from Marietta, ....

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