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  • 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 ....

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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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  • Hannah’s Wonderfully Crazy BJJ Experience

    After having my daughter, I was eager to get onto the mats and start my journey of BJJ. I thought it would be difficult to decide what studio’s to try out, given there are so many amazing ones in the area, but once I came to CheckMat Charlotte, I knew there was no other place I’d rather be! After playing Volleyball for well over a decade, I thought my athleticism and conditioning desires had run their course, but boy was I wrong! I learned immediately that BJJ is a sport of high competitiveness, it’s fast-paced, strategic, and it immediately builds your endurance/stamina. For such a challenging sport, you need to have amazing coaches and mentors by your side, and that ....

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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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  • 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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