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Rickson Gracie Jiu Jitsu in Minnesota!

#1 BJJ Training & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Schools in Minneapolis & St. Paul!

Experience the BEST Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training 
Under The Legendary Rickson Gracie!

BJJ Training Optimized For Everyone!

Our new members include men & women that range from the total beginner, to professional fighters and high ranking martial art instructors. Everyone starts at a level appropriate for their existing skills, and advances at their own pace. No matter what your skill level or fitness level, our instructors will make your transition into class easy and enjoyable! Click Here if you want to read over 150 Reviews from Warrior’s Cove Members!

We maintain a friendly & safe training atmosphere, with clean & modern training facilities, in the Minneapolis & Saint Paul area. Our Minnesota training centers are located in Saint Louis Park (serving West Minneapolis area), Burnsville (South Minneapolis) and Little Canada (Saint Paul).


Learn COMBAT TESTED Jiu Jitsu under Rickson Gracie! 
Undefeated in over 30 years of MMA, BJJ & No Rules Challenge Matches!

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Rickson Gracie Jiu Jitsu!

Rickson Gracie’s father, the late Grandmaster, Helio Gracie, refined the original Japanese Jiu Jitsu system. He was only 135 pounds, but he fought anyone, of any size or style, who doubted the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu Jitsu (which later became known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or BJJ).  

Rickson Gracie’s Jiu Jitsu not only preserves his father’s focus on REAL FIGHTING – it also includes his own refinements relating to connection, pressure, leverage and timing that, when tested, produce massive changes in effectiveness! As many MMA Champions and BJJ Masters testify, Rickson’s Jiu Jitsu provides the highest level of combat-ready BJJ available today! 

The Rickson Gracie Black Belt Instructor!

Our BJJ program is taught & supervised by Official Rickson Gracie Jiu Jitsu Instructor & Black Belt, David Arnebeck. Mr. Arnebeck is the only instructor in Minnesota to have received his BJJ Black Belt directly from Rickson Gracie! Mr. Arnebeck has been training with Rickson Gracie since 1996!

Mr. Arnebeck is also the Founder of the Warrior’s Cove Training Centers, and Founder/Master Instructor of the Shinbudo MMA system with over 40 years of reality based MMA experience!

Sport BJJ vs Combat BJJ!

Unfortunately, nearly all Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) taught today is now Sport Jiu Jitsu focused on point fighting – ignoring the dangers of potential kicks, punches, elbows, knees, head butts, and armed attackers. In fact, we have seen many world champion SPORT Jiu Jitsu fighters fail when confronted with striking! At the Warrior’s Cove, we do not make this mistake.

Defeating Larger, Stronger, Faster Opponents!

BJJ focuses on elements such as leverage, timing, endurance and intelligence in order to defeat an opponent that has superior speed, power and size. Perfect for reality based self defense where there are no weight classes! Also perfect for women’s self defense vs male attackers!

BJJ has consistently proven its effectiveness in realistic fighting and self-defense situations as demonstrated by law enforcement, special forces, and professional MMA fighters worldwide! 

Over 80% Of Fights End On Ground!

Complete BJJ training deals with both standing and ground fighting, but it has an emphasis on ground fighting where it is more easy to dominate and defeat an opponent that does not know BJJ. Decades of FBI and Law enforcement statistics, as well as thousands of mixed martial arts competitions prove that most fights (over 80%) end up on the ground! Therefore, ground fighting MUST be emphasized in self-defense training. 

BJJ For Competitiors!

We also provide competition training for those who want to compete in Sport BJJ competitions! It is an easy and simple transition from the complete Combat Ready BJJ to the more simple version of Sport BJJ. All you need to do is avoid using those techniques that are not allowed in the rules of Sport BJJ. Although the transition from the complete Combat Ready BJJ to simplified Sport BJJ is easy, it does not work the other way around! It is a mistake to practice only Sport BJJ if you are interested in real fighting and self-defense!

No Gi Grappling.

We provide training in both Gi and No-Gi Grappling, which is basically wearing a different style of training uniform. The transition from Gi Grappling to the more simple version of No-Gi Grappling is just a matter of not doing the holding and submitting techniques that are available with a full Gi. Even though the transition from Gi Grappling to the more simple No-Gi is easy, it does not work the other way around! It is a mistake to practice only No-Gi if you are interested in real fighting and self-defense where any type of clothing can be worn! Extra clothing DOES make a big difference in grappling technique!

MMA Integration!

Sport BJJ and Sport MMA are worlds apart. However, BJJ and MMA systems that are focused on real fighting are very similar. Therefore, our BJJ is seamlessly integrated with our MMA training. Members can customize their training by attending Standing Days for an emphasis on Striking, Clinching & Takedowns, or Ground Fighting Days for an emphasis on BJJ ground fighting. Of course, real fighting includes both standing and ground fighting, so both are essential.

Selecting The Best BJJ School For You!

If you are in the process of selecting a school, we encourage you to carefully compare, and find the best school for you. We suggest that you read the “Our Advantages” section to learn about the many important advantages our school & programs provide to you.

Selecting The Best Class For You!

You are welcome to take one FREE class in each program we offer, to see which one is best for you. Details of each program is listed under the“Classes” menu. 
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If you are interested in taking one or more classes at the Warrior’s Cove, you may visit to observe the classes. We have a seating area for visitors. You may also participate in one free class – in each program that we offer.  You will find our instructors and the other members to be friendly, informative, and supportive. Simply fill out the GET YOUR FREE TRIAL form above to get started today!

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"Five Star" Reviews For Brazilian Jiu Jitsu At The Warrior's Cove! *

“I outweighed him by 100 lbs, but he tossed me like a rag doll & submitted me with ease…”

“The best thing about the Cove, is the atmosphere. It’s friendly and cooperative with fantastic instruction from some of the best martial artists in the area. When Mr. Arnebeck demonstrated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I was amazed! I outweighed him by 100 pounds, but he tossed me like a rag doll and submitted me with ease. That’s when I realized cross-training is the way to go. You must be able to defend yourself both standing and on the ground. Otherwise, you will have a weakness that can be exploited.”
Michael Ellefson – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. 3rd Degree Black Belt of Aikido & 2nd Degree Black Belt of Ryukyu Kempo.

“Mr. Arnebeck incorporates complete striking and MMA training with the jiu-jitsu…”

“I began training at the Warrior’s Cove after being introduced to the Army Combatives Program while preparing for a deployment to Iraq. I found the instruction at the Cove to be much more technical and in-depth that what the army could provide. My initial goal was to begin competing in grappling tournaments, which I was able to do after about a year of training. I was not very interested in the striking aspect at first, since I thought actual sparring and competing in mixed martial arts would be too intense for me. However, since Mr. Arnebeck incorporates complete striking and mixed martial arts training with the jiu-jitsu program, I was able to learn them both at the same time in an effective manner without feeling out of my comfort zone. Soon I felt that I would be comfortable competing in mixed martial arts, so I took my first professional fight after 2 years of training at the Cove and I have not stopped competing and training since. I am currently an assistant instructor at the Warrior’s Cove and I enjoy being able to share the knowledge I have acquired over the past 4 years with people who are as excited to train and to learn as I am. Thank you Mr. Arnebeck and all of the great training partners at the Warrior’s Cove!”
Ben Neumann – Pro MMA Fighter 4-0-0. MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student.

“I continue to be impressed every class by how wonderful the people are…”

“I am very happy with my membership and training.  I have been most impressed by the people there and how friendly, helpful and approachable everyone is.  And this goes from the top down and includes instructors as well as other class members.  Having no prior martial arts training, I was a little concerned when my boyfriend convinced me to join that there would be a lot of hard core, militant types in the class that would be intimidating to a small woman like me.  On the contrary, I’ve found everyone to be friendly and approachable and easy to work with.  I am sure that attitude is instilled from the top down (meaning you) because your class members want to emulate you.  So they take cues from you and when they see that you are respectful of everyone and friendly and approachable in your training style, they act the same way.  So please don’t change a thing about that…because I continue to be impressed every class by how wonderful the people are!”
Robin Osborne – Female MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. No Previous Martial Art Training.

“By far the most enlightened I’ve come across in my 11 years of law enforcement…”

“As the Training Coordinator for the defensive tactics and use of force for our department, I’ve encountered dozens of styles and systems of defense. The simple truth is that in police work, as well as your typical bar fight, the altercation ends up on the ground about 70% of the time. These are FBI statistics that remain constant year after year. To survive and overcome a situation like this, you need training that focuses on simplicity, realism, and proven methods. This is the training you will get at the Warrior’s Cove. The staff is respectful, helpful and eager to see you make progress. Their system of martial arts cross training is by far the most enlightened I’ve come across in my 11 years of law enforcement.”
Deputy Kent Mueller – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. 1st Degree Black Belt of Judo. Officer of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department. Self-Defense Instructor for the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department.

“I went from being over 250 lbs to 215 in the first 3 months. Now I fight at 185 lbs…”

“I grew up playing sports my whole life. I played soccer, baseball, hockey and football. After high school I started putting on a lot of weight from being inactive. Joe and I found the Cove and the rest was history. I went from being over 250 lbs to 215 in the first 3 months. Now I fight at 185 lbs., planning on dropping to 170. I owe it all to Mr. Arnebeck and the Warrior’s Cove. The training at the Warriors Cove is intelligent, safe and effective. It is not a “tough guy” school like so many others that are out there nowadays. You are taught the very core of Jiu Jitsu and stand up fighting (striking, clinching and takedowns) which is the most important (I always preach fundamentals). Everybody at the Cove is friendly and always willing to help each other, and when needed, willing to push each other, challenge each other and help each other grow, not only as martial artists but as human beings as well.”
Nate Howe – Pro MMA Fighter & Middleweight Champion. MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. No previous martial art training. Warrior’s Cove Competition Team Captain.

“I have over 20 years of Martial Arts training…”

“I would recommend Warriors Cove to anyone who wants to learn a very effective system of self defense.  I have over 20 years of Martial Arts training and a black belt in Tae kwon do.  Out of all my years of training I attended many different schools and have had 19 instructors.  Based on my previous experiences I can honestly say that the head instructor of Warriors Cove, David Arnebeck, is not only one of the most skilled martial artists I have trained under, but he is also the best instructor I have ever had.  Mr. Arnebeck is very patient and takes the time to make sure his students understand every technique.  The training environment is safe, clean and there are no attitudes by other students.  My favorite aspect of the school is the training in Brazilian Jujitsu which is a very effective defense and a great workout.  The training is well rounded and includes stand up striking and throws.  I highly recommend this school to both the experienced martial artist and also those with no prior experience.”
Sean P. Lissarrague – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do with over 20 years experience.

“I’ve lost over 20lbs, and I’ve taken my self defense skills to a whole new level…”

“The quality of training, the hours, the flexibility to attend other classes and sessions are all GREAT! I’ve only been a member for a short time, but I have found all of the instructors to be deserving of recognition.  They have all shown tremendous patience with me personally and have taken the time to work with me to improve. I originally joined the Cove as a way of providing some conditioning to my workouts.  I’m happy to say that I received that and so much more.  Under Mr. Arnebeck’s direction and dedication the Cove has been an incredible experience.  My conditioning has improved, I’ve lost over 20lbs, and I’ve taken my self defense skills to a whole new level.  The Warrior’s Cove provides everything you’re looking for.”
Robert Plaszcz – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student.  Chief Information Officer, Allina Health System. No Previous Martial Art Training.

“Informative, professional, and very knowledgeable…”

“Thank you for instructing us at our last training meeting. The skills and techniques you showed were very helpful and well done. I received nothing but positive comments from my fellow instructors. You were informative, professional, and very knowledgeable. Again, thank you from the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Training Unit.”
Deputy Steve Yochim - Warriors Cove Corporate Training Student. Training Coordinator for the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Officer Training Unit.

“Very impressed with your program and instructors…”

“I was very impressed with your program and instructors. I found your school very well taught.  I am a police officer (retired) and my daughter is going to school for law enforcement.  I know very well that most fights end in ground fighting and wanted her to learn how to defend herself and boost her confidence.  Your school fit the bill completely.”
William A. Snyder – Former Police Officer & Father of a Warrior’s Cove student.

“I have evolved into a better athlete, fighter, and a more humble, balanced individual…”

“I began Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training for the challenge.  Period.  As a relatively large individual, BJJ effectively negates many of my genetic advantages.  Better yet, BJJ turns said potentials against me.  Struggling against superiorly skilled opponents has bolstered my confidence, combat mastery, and most importantly, my ability to accept failure positively. I have evolved into a better athlete, fighter, and a more humble, balanced individual.  These progressions have been instrumental in my personal and professional development.  In its totality, I consider BJJ training for life, not merely battle.”
Chris Daeger – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. Former Navy SEAL. Currently a Firefighter for the Minneapolis Fire Dept.

“The best school in the area…”

“When I moved to the United States from Russia in 1989, I had already trained in the martial arts for 17 years. I started looking for a school with a clean workout area, personalized training, high moral standards, qualified instructors and, most of all, quality people with which to train. However, during my search, I began to wonder if I would find a school I could belong to. Eventually, a friend told me about the Warrior’s Cove, and I agreed to go take a look. Twenty minutes into class I was on the edge of my seat trying to see every move and catch every concept! Needless to say, I was a proud member of the best school in the area by the end of the hour!”
Leonard (Dobrovetsky) Goldberg – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. Former Shotokan and Sambo practitioner. Former Captain of the Moscow Junior Sambo Team.

“I’ve lost about 40 pounds, I’m stronger, more flexible and more energetic...”

“At the age of 44, I was severely overweight and developing some very painful arthritis that was limiting my ability to exercise, especially the sport that I loved most, basketball. I decided that I needed to get serious about controlling my weight, and wanted to find an activity that would be challenging and vigorous, without aggravating the damage to my joints. I’ve found all that and more with the cross training at Warrior’s Cove. After a year and a half of training at Warrior’s Cove, I’ve lost about 40 pounds, I’m stronger, more flexible and more energetic. I’m starting to feel like an athlete again! I’ve also discovered a lifelong pursuit that will continue to challenge and engage me. I highly recommend Warrior’s Cove to anyone of any age that’s looking for a positive and supportive place to work out and learn new skills.”
Dave Hunter – MMA, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Aerobic Kickboxing & Eskrima student. Warrior’s Cove Competition Team Member. Software Engineer with no prior martial arts experience.

“Thank you for your great school...”

“Thank you for your great school. Not only is the instruction great but the entire atmosphere is warm, professional and energizing. I am now living in Orange County (South of L.A) and I am preparing for law school entrance tests. I really miss the Warrior’s Cove! Although I had no prior instruction in martial arts, I felt that your school was first class. My belief was confirmed as I tried to find a school to train at here in California. There are many good schools in the area but I wish one of them was yours. I realize now how important it is to learn good positional control skills first, and I appreciate the fact that you hold off on submissions until a degree of skill & experience has been achieved. Those I have talked to here are unfamiliar with such restrictions, and I think It has definitely been to my advantage. We are planning on moving back to MN after a few years out here, and I hope you are still instructing. Sorry the letter is so long, but I wanted to thank you. Take care.”
David O’Brien – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. Law School Student. No Previous Martial Arts Training.

“Your school is the best training facility that I have ever been to…”

“I am still in Prague teaching English and I am currently the director of a teacher training program here that I established. Martial Arts in this city is pretty seedy and usually cater to the Russian Mob type. The techniques are always completely overshadowed by the use of brute force. The end result is that you never seem to improve in grace or understanding – only in aggression. I wanted you to know that your school is the best training facility that I have ever been to and you are easily the best teacher I have ever had. I just wanted to thank you for your never-ending patience with me and the rest of your students. I know it must be frustrating to have to demonstrate techniques over and over again and correct students mistakes. Thank you for taking the time to show us the details of proper form and technique.”
Chris Westergaard – MMA & Jiu Jitsu Student. Director of The Language House, Prague, Czech Republic

“I could have never imagined the transformation I’ve gone through…”

“To me the Warriors Cove is much more than a martial arts school.  I came to the Warriors Cove 4 years ago.  I was very out of shape and weak.  I struggled at first against bigger and stronger opponents.  But I fell in love with the game, and stuck with it.  MMA, for me is the only physical activity that has ever been able to hold my interest.  I know if it wasn’t for finding the Warriors Cove, I would still be weak and out of shape.”
“The physical benefits, which are great, for me pale in comparison to the great mental & emotional benefits I have received in the 4 years since I started training at the Warriors Cove.  I am much more confident in myself.  I have a greater sense of peace.  My mind feels much sharper, and I am a much happier person now.  I generally feel much more capable of dealing with whatever life throws at me. My day to day anxiety level is also much less.  I couldn’t imagine my life without the Warriors Cove, and I am eternally grateful that Mr. Arnebeck started this school.”
“The friendship and camaraderie among the students is one of the greatest benefits of the school.  It makes it easy to make it to class when you know there are so many great people there.  I look forward to seeing all my friends at the school, as much as I look forward to training.
“I could have never imagined the transformation I’ve gone through to be able to pull this off. [15 submissions against 4 rotating opponents in 1 full hour of submission grappling!] For that, all the thanks goes to Mr. Arnebeck… There’s no way I could have gotten through anything like I did without your help.”  
Joshua Lebsock – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student.

“I can submit or choke out an opponent who has 100+ pound weight advantage…”

“If you are a small man or are a woman and want the skills to fight off an attacker, my testimonial is a must read. I’m 5’7″ and weigh 140 pounds. I’m a small guy. In fact, my frame is very similar in size or smaller than many women. The beauty of MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that size doesn’t matter. I can defend myself in stand up punching and kicking situations, and take the fight to my opponent if needed. I now know that Judo throws and takedowns are easier for a shorter person because your center of gravity is lower and you can get under your opponent easier. If things go to the ground, I can submit or choke out an opponent who has 100+ pound weight advantage. Once on the ground everything equals out, and with training, you have a huge advantage. Your opponent will be a fish out of water. How can this be? MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) aren’t dependent on athleticism, strength or fitness. You use your brain, not brawn, and the laws of physics (leverage) to defeat your opponent.”
“In my opinion, real self-defense is more of a mental match up then a physical size match up. Mr. Arnebeck is a unique teacher. I have found him to be very open minded to new ideas and he realizes the only constant is change. I see him as student as well as a teacher and he is constantly adding to his resume and skills by continuing his education. He has been a student of Rickson Gracie (7th degree black belt BJJ) since 1996, and brings in Rodrigo Vaghi (3rd degree black belt BJJ) and Tom Crone (highest ranking Judo Master In MN) to the Warriors Cove for seminars. Its important to me that he continue to provide me with up to date information.”
“Mr. Arnebeck will spar or grapple with me any time I ask. This is important to me, it shows he is the real deal. If I have a new technique to try or if I don’t think a technique is good, he will work though it with me on the mat and explain verbally why it will or won’t work. Mr. Arnebeck is not afraid to be tested by me on a weekly basis and realizes that I won’t learn as much if he uses all of his abilities against me while sparring or grappling. By allowing the playing field to be more even, I learn faster. He does this by allowing me to achieve a position, a hold, a sweep etc, that I normally wouldn’t be able to achieve, so I can improve. If I have technique questions, he will answer them and probably ask me to try it on him several times so he is sure I understand it. He also knows that everyone is unique physically and mentally and shouldn’t be forced into the same mold. He has always told me to use the tools he has given me but to develop my own individual style of BJJ.”
“I have visited several schools around the country Neto Jiu Jitsu and City Boxing in San Diego, CA; Renzo Gracie Association School in New Haven, CT and Royce Gracie Association School in Norwich, CT. But I’m always excited to return home to “The Cove” for the quality, integrity, and fun.”
Scott Sjoquist – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. MMA Fighter.  No previous Martial Art Training. Currently Working in Research & Development for Boston Scientific Corporation. Former United States Air Force Officer in Europe. 

“Such an awesome place to train…”

“Sir, just wanted to say Thank You for providing such an awesome place to train. I am greatly impressed with your level of skill mixed with your humility and professionalism. YOU, personally make the Cove special. Thanks again.”
Richard “Dicky” Goben – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. Warrior’s Cove Competition Team Member. Previous training includes Japanese Jiu Jitsu.

“I have recommended it a ton of people…”

“Everything has been AWESOME so far….best Martial Arts work out EVER….change NOTHING. WOW…is all that I can say about EVERYONE I have come into contact with….from Mr. Arnebeck to Bob P. to Randy and Josh L….great instructors who take the time to go over techniques with everyone in class and answer any questions…knowing my wrestling background they have all tried to teach me moves that would be suited to a grappler. I have recommended it a ton of people…..I am an assistant wrestling coach at the local high school and I have recommended that all my kids try it. I have done a wide variety of different martial arts-(Wu Shu Kung-Fu {2nd degree green}, boxing{6-2 4kos}, all types of amateur wrestling-{state champion freestyle and Greco-roman} and some Sambo/Judo) and I can say that without a doubt the Warriors Cove is what I have been searching for.  From the great class environment to the instructors everything I have encountered has been great.”
         UPDATE – “Jiu-Jitsu and MMA have had such a tremendous affect on my life in so many ways….I eat better…I don’t abuse my body…I treat people with more respect…and I have newfound appreciation of the world around me…..I used to have a kind of tough-guy complex…or so I have been told ….but my training at the Cove has been humbling in a sense that guys much smaller in stature and strength… can tap me out if I make a mistake and try to pour it on with just power and aggressiveness….thank you so much for the opportunities to improve myself and others at the Cove”
Shane Dezee – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. MMA Fighter. Current High School Wrestling Coach. Former State Wrestling Champion. Former Training Includes Kung Fu, Judo, Sambo, Boxing & Wrestling.

“I doubt that I could find a better MMA instructor anywhere in the United States…”

“I am very excited to begin the advanced training program at the Warrior’s Cove. From day one, I have appreciated all of the instruction that you have provided, and I’m very excited to take it to the next level. I doubt that I could find a better MMA instructor anywhere in the United States, much less the Twin City area.”
Kelly Fitzgerald – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student (21 Months). Attorney. No Previous Martial Art Training.

“The Warrior’s Cove is, in my opinion, the only place to go for martial arts training…”

“I am a huge fan of BJJ and MMA so this chance for me to learn what I have seen is very very cool. It is an honor to be taught by you after learning so much about your martial arts history and your practice under Rickson. The Warrior’s Cove is, in my opinion, the only place to go for martial arts training. Everything is very practical due to it being based on real life scenarios. I have learned so much in just the 4 weeks I have been there. I have a very demanding job (Senior Loan Officer) and I am almost always able to work around my schedule because of the class availability. I think whether you are a beginner looking for self defense skills or you want to expand on past martial art experiences, the Warrior’s Cove has what you are looking for. Thank you Dave for everything! I look forward to my future with the Cove and getting a Black Belt from you or Rickson himself!”
Josh Boege – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. Senior Loan Officer: Pillar Mortgage Services.

“The results are noticeable immediately…”

“The school is very professional and the results are noticeable immediately. Thanks for the training.”
Paul Fern, MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. Law Enforcement Field.

“I will be recommending the class to my friends…”

“I enjoyed every class I went to and learned a lot. I will be recommending the class to my friends. I really liked the training because it is useful in real situations.”
Eric Stafford – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student.

“Thank you again…”

“I enjoy Warrior’s Cove in all aspects of the training. This cannot be emphasized enough!! Thank you again, as well as the other instructors
for all the help!”
Ryan Wichmann – MMA, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Eskrima Student.

“No martial arts background, Warrior’s Cove has been a great way to get started…”

“I like the format of the classes, and the open gym time afterwards. Everyone has been helpful and approachable, and the atmosphere feels good. For someone who has had no martial arts background, Warrior’s Cove has been a great way to get started. From the moment I walked in, I feel like I’m being encouraged to do my best without being pressured to do more than I am able. In addition to learning self-defense, I have also seen improvements in muscle tone and my heart rate.”
David Doyle – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. No Previous martial arts experience. Computer programmer with a Master’s Degree.

“The atmosphere inside the Cove is truly special…”

My experience at Warrior’s Cove has been profound. After three and one half years of training, the effects on my life are obvious. My fitness level has increased dramatically. I am much more flexible, have better endurance and health of the cardiovascular system. I also have better posture and have seen great improvements in balance. The most powerful change has been in my mind. The focus that I have acquired through the repetition of movements and the will to improve has been a potent ingredient in my growth. I am able to concentrate and relax under difficult circumstances. This is a great tool for dealing with stress and anxiety. I am more confident but also have better control of my ego. All of these factors have contributed to me making better life choices for health and family.”
“The atmosphere inside the Cove is truly special. Everyone trains with the safety of their partner in mind. Senior members are always willing to help newer students learn technique. The code of conduct is simple, graceful and never dramatized. My experience around Mr. Arnebeck has taught me that he is generous and easygoing, but also very skilled in the martial arts and gifted in their teaching. I am daily impressed with the passion he has for his life’s work. I feel very fortunate to have this incredible place near enough to me to allow my training and I look forward to each class I attend.”
Andrew Bendzick – Professional MMA Black Belt Instructor. Previous training includes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

“All the instruction I have received here at the Cove has been top notch…”

“The atmosphere is the biggest thing that drew me to this place when I first came and visited. The people were respectful and were there to learn. The classes are taught in a way that I find most effective for me to learn by presenting a problem and providing a potential solution to that problem. Also emphasis on position really helps to build a patient mindset that is needed while grappling to help avoid injury to your partner or oneself. All the instruction I have received here at the Cove has been top notch. As far as training partners go all those who train regularly during the day classes (Monday and Wednesday) are great. They all encourage me and help me learn the finer points of the technique that is taught that day. If your goals are self-defense, fitness, competition or just for fun Warrior’s Cove will give you a place to meet those goals. The Cove gives you a great place to learn in a safe environment that encourages learning and hard training that will get you to the goals that you set for yourself. I would recommend Warrior’s Cove to anyone looking for Martial Arts training.”
Jason Bautista – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. Former Training Includes 1.5 Years of Krav Maga.

“This has truly been a great experience for me…”

“The instructors are friendly and informative and want you to learn. I think Josh, Andrew, Bob, Juan and Randy have done an excellent job of teaching and taking the time to show us the techniques however many times it takes and to give us one on one demonstrations as well. It’s a safe atmosphere in which to learn and I feel like I’m getting real self-defense training that could be useful in the future.  I am also enjoying the sport of Jiu Jitsu as well as getting back into shape.  I already have recommended the Warrior’s Cove to several people that I work with, as well as friends.  This has truly been a great experience for me, in that I am learning a useful skill and sport while having fun and getting in shape at the same time.   I’ve wrestled and taken Martial Arts before, but this is a realistic mixture of both that I plan on doing for a long time.  I also would like to get back into competition sometime in the future.”
Todd Erickson – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. Former Training Includes 2 Years Boxing, 8 Years Wrestling, 4 Years Tae Kwon Do, 1 Year Kendo.

“Everyone has been very helpful and made me feel more than welcome. Thank you!”

“I am very very excited to finally have the opportunity to train with you at The Cove. You and your assistants and the other students have impressed me a lot and everyone has been very helpful and made me feel more than welcome. Thank you!”
Joshua Iverson – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. No Previous Martial Art Training.

“You don’t have to be strong, fast, or big to become a formidable fighter…”

“I’ve taken numerous martial arts (and benefited from all of them), but I’ve definitely learned the most from my experience in grappling that I’ve received at the Warrior’s Cove. I’ve always really appreciated the realism our school embraces. The people we tend to attract and who stay with the school, as well as the instructors are the most excellent people I’ve ever trained in martial arts with (double kudos to that end)… I’ve never felt really skilled at a physical activity until I found Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. It capitalizes on my strengths, and with time, I know it will make me a formidable fighter. You don’t have to be strong, fast, or big to become a formidable fighter; that is one of the first things you learn here. You learn how to overcome size, strength and blind aggression with technique. The realism of full-strength grappling (which can be done without the bruising caused by striking) wears you down at first, but you learn how to compensate technique for strength. Being less strong than your opponent becomes less intimidating, and full-strength grappling will feel pretty close to what a real self-defense situation will be like. Being a man of only modest build, I use to wonder what I’d be able to do to defend myself if someone stronger ever attacked me full-out. After near 6 months of training here, I know if I ever have to defend myself or my family from an attacker I will not worry about being tough enough.”
Matthew Shotley-Menzel – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. Previous training includes White Crane Kung Fu (1 1/2 years), Tiger Claw Kung Fu (1 1/2 years), Snake Style Kung Fu (1 1/2 years) and Shotokan Karate (9 months).

“The senior students impressed me…”

“When I found the Warriors Cove I was impressed in the safe manner that Mr. Arnebeck conducts his classes. Also the senior students impressed me in the way they help to make sure new students learn the techniques correctly. I started BJJ just to get in shape and lose weight. If you really want to lose weight just show up to class!!!! The side effects….. you will learn real self defense.”
Juan Rivera – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. Warrior’s Cove Competition Team Member. Former Training Includes Combat Hapkido.

“The training I have received at the Cove is top notch…”

“The training I have received at the Cove is top notch. Mr. Arnebeck always answers my question no matter what it is. I feel that the training pertains to real life situations that may occur, not just the competition end. I love that I get a well rounded training as well. One day working on my feet the next on the ground. As a wrestler for many years I have been taught many moves on the ground. MMA teaches me a more effective and safer ways to defend myself on the ground. Training with Mr. Arnebeck and his assistant instructors is something that I look forward to every week.”
Eric Herman – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. Previous training includes 11 years of Folk, Freestyle, and Grecco wrestling. Inside Sales/Fabrication for a steel company in Eagan.

“Everyone here is really supportive…”

“Warriors Cove offers great realistic martial art training to keep you safe on the street or at home. It gives well rounded instruction, allowing you to be a well rounded fighter and capable of defending yourself in any environment. However the best thing I like about Warriors Cove is the friendly training environment.  Everyone here is really supportive and answer any questions that you have.”
Cutler Dozier – MMA, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, & Eskrima Student.

“Directly associated with the great Rickson Gracie…”

“I had lost my faith in martial arts due to my prior training. I was able to make it to blue belt in Tae Kwon Do simply by doing forms. It felt more like dance class than self defense. This all changed the day I pursued Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.”
I was able to locate a school called Warrior’s Cove, and I was also excited to learn that the school was directly associated with the great Rickson Gracie whom I’ve seen on many a highlight reel. He is so good in fact that Royce Gracie actually claimed Rickson to be 10 times better than him. I figured it was meant to be and went in for some information.
I was greeted by a man named David Arnebeck. I could tell that he had a fighters build and an abundance of confidence. He made me feel at ease as we discussed my martial arts history and goals. I told him that I had taken 4 years of Tae Kwon Do but still felt as thought I was no good in a ‘real’ situation. I was good at forms but lacked the real sparring experience. He told me that many students at Warrior’s Cove had joined because of the ‘true to life’ training. He said, ‘kicking the air will do you no good.’  He said many things that I also heard from Bruce Lee’s fighting philosophy. He had me convinced. I joined that week. I have now found what seems to be the most effective form of self defense and exercise.
My first day was a real eye opener. I didn’t want to be like most beginners. I wanted to get right into free-sparring. This is where you wrestle other students to gain superior positions as they are taught in class. My first opponent was a towering gentleman by the name of Jan. (pronounced Yan) Being much taller than me, Jan had a considerable advantage not to mention he was also a gold belt. We started ‘rolling’ and he put me into his guard. To be in some ones guard means that you are trapped between their legs as they lay on their back. I had no choice but to give up. He then followed up by showing me ways to escape. This is what I love about this school. The other students aren’t there to ‘beat’ you. They are there to learn and to teach others as well. Mr. Arnebeck goes out of his way to do the same. He is never hesitant to demonstrate the move with you in order to answer your questions. The teaching is great, the students and staff are very helpful and receptive, and the atmosphere is that of a dedicated practice.
I have come a long way since my first week and am now (11-15-04) a 3rd degree white belt on my way to my gold belt. I can’t wait to have enough experience to make it to gold so that I am able to start the submission moves. I already feel so much stronger and well balanced. My asthma has also been tamed to the point where I’m barely using my inhaler. Thanks to Warrior’s Cove I have a new found confidence in myself and the art and I know that I will actually ‘earn’ my way to new ranks. I’d rather be a white belt at Warrior’s Cove than a higher rank anywhere else. Thank you…”
Michael Geronsin – MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. Previous Training Includes 4 Years of Tae Kwon Do.

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