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Master David Arnebeck!

 Training & Teaching Reality Based Martial Arts for OVER 40 Years!

“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. I highly recommend this school to both the experienced martial artist and also those with no prior experience.”

Sean Lissarrague

Black Belt with over 20 years experience in the martial arts.

“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. Thank you Mr. Arnebeck and all of the great training partners at the Warrior’s Cove!”

Ben Neumann

Professional MMA Fighter & Instructor, Third Degree MMA Black Belt

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

Professional MMA Fighter & Instructor. No previous martial art training prior to the Cove.

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Over 50 Years of MMA Experience!

The Founder of the Warrior’s Cove Training Centers is Master Instructor, David W. Arnebeck. He started training at age four, and has cross-trained in numerous martial art disciplines for over 50 years! While most instructors specialize in either striking or grappling, Mr. Arnebeck holds high level Black Belts and Instructor Certifications in both striking and grappling martial arts!  In addition, Arnebeck has won both striking and grappling competitions at the International and National levels!

Over 40 Years of Leadership!

The current MMA trend started with the UFC in the early 1990’s. Nearly all MMA schools started after the UFC and are now simply copying – as best they can – the trend that they see on TV. Mr. Arnebeck has proven to be a leader rather than simply following the latest trends. Starting in 1980, more than a decade before the first UFC, Arnebeck was teaching reality based MMA to his students! That was long before the term, “mixed martial arts” even existed. Arnebeck just referred to the training as “martial art cross-training’ or the traditional Japanese name, Shinbudo. In 1868 Japan, Shinbudo was a martial art revolution similar to modern mixed martial arts in that the best of various styles were integrated together with a focus on a more realistic approach to training.

Arnebeck developed a safe & organized system to teach complete MMA directly to those with no prior martial art knowledge from day one! In contrast to this, some MMA schools still won’t allow their students to train MMA until they complete training in other martial arts!

Arnebeck also created a revolutionary MMA Belt Rank System that awards rank based on actual MMA skill rather than giving rank based on time in training, or simply giving rank because members have superior size, strength or speed! He also created an MMA Instructor Program to help others become qualified teachers of MMA, along with a successful MMA Career Path for those who want to retire from their job to help others learn MMA full time! In fact, many of the MMA & BJJ instructors running the various schools in and around the Minneapolis / Saint Paul area learned under Mr. Arnebeck!

Today, Arnebeck continues to lead the way by offering an intelligent and revolutionary approach to MMA that you won’t find anywhere else. In addition to optimizing the MMA training year after year, he has also integrated the highest quality Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from the family that started the UFC, the Gracie family.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Under The Legendary Rickson Gracie!

In addition to extensive training in various martial art disciplines, Arnebeck received his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt directly from the Champion of the Gracie family, the legendary Rickson Gracie! Rickson remains undefeated in over 30 years of MMA, BJJ and no-rules challenge matches!

David Arnebeck: History & Achievements!

  • Over 50 Years Mixed Martial Arts Experience
  • Over 40 Years Teaching Experience
  • Founder: Warrior’s Cove Martial Art Centers
  • Founder & Master Instructor: Shinbudo MMA System
  • Rickson Gracie 2nd Degree Black Belt: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Official Rickson Gracie Instructor: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt: Tang Soo Do
  • Certified Kyo Sah Instructor: Tang Soo Do
  • Assistant Instructor: Wing Chun Kung Fu
  • Assistant Instructor: Chi Kung Kung Fu
  • Brown Belt: Danzan Ryu Jiu Jitsu
  • Extensive training in: Boxing, Weapons, Meditation
  • Systems Designer: Self-Emergent Training Environments
  • 8 International & National Championship Titles in both Sparring & Grappling Competitions
  • Numerous 1st Place Wins in State & Regional Black Belt Tournaments

Martial Art Lineage!

Due to Arnebeck’s continual search for the most effective systems of training regardless of source or style, his complete lineage is very complex. Some of Arnebeck’s main lines of formal martial arts training descend directly from martial arts legends such as Wing Chun Grandmaster Ip Man (4th generation), Tang Soo Do Grandmaster Hwang Kee (2nd generation) and of course Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Grandmaster Helio Gracie (2nd Generation via Rickson Gracie)!

Current New Member Specials!

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David Arnebeck Reviews!

“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.

“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.

“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

MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. Previous training includes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

“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.

“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.

“The Warriors Cove has turned out to be a kind of fountain of youth for me. At age 47, I am among the older students at the Cove. After decades of strenuous farm work and even more intense lifting at UPS while attending school in my 40’s, I found myself at a desk job after graduation. As a result, my body seemed to begin to “freeze” from inactivity.

As a result of the warm-up, stretching and comprehensive conditioning from live grappling at the Warriors Cove, I haven’t had a single occurrence of back trouble in the year and a half that I’ve been a member despite giving my back a great deal more bending, flexing and twisting during my workouts. My shoulders have more range of motion and less pain since longer ago than I can remember. My flexibility, endurance and appearance continue to improve with each passing month. The last profound benefit of the Warriors Cove for me has been the anxiety and stress relief.

My experience at the Warriors Cove has been very positive due to the fore mentioned benefits along with the emphasis on safety and the skill and dedication of Mr. Arnebeck and his staff. If I were to offer advice to new students, it would be two-fold: First , set priorities and know what you hope to accomplish. Second, be patient. The results will come.”

Tom Roehl

MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. Previous Experience: High School Wrestling

“The training offered by you is some of the best I have ever experienced. The format you use for the kids class seems to work really well. I was surprised at how seamlessly mine fit in. I was also very impressed at the number of adults you had available to help facilitate the kids, and their willingness to make the work fun. I believe that having them involved in a high quality, Gracie-based system at this young age will produce payoffs that will not be seen for years to come. I just want to take a few minutes to say that I am very impressed with the way you run your business. I can see that you plan to grow your academy, but are being very careful to grow smarter instead of faster. That is a credit to you. I have been involved with several instructors that used the buy-a-belt and get rich quick methods of martial arts training. I saw none of that at your school.”

Ray Guest

Kids & Family Class Parent. Former training includes Jiu Jitsu.

“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 since 1996.

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 county 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. No previous Martial Art Training. Currently Working in Research & Development for Boston Scientific Corporation. Former United States Air Force Officer in Europe.

“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 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. Patent Attorney.

“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.

 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 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.

“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

“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 Goben

MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. Previous training includes Japanese Jiu Jitsu

“I am very thankful for having the opportunity to train under both you and Rickson. You both possess a warrior spirit that is able to transcend the limitations of modern society, and those unique qualities that allow you to transmit your strength and knowledge to others in a compassionate way.”

Dennis Chornenky

MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student. Former training includes various martial arts.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“You have earned my respect and loyalty as a student. Congratulations for your success at the Arnold [Schwarzenegger] & Gracie Brothers World Championships!”

Matt House

MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student.

“I want to thank you for the skills I learned at the Warrior’s Cove. In Mexico, my girlfriend and I were leaving a bar, and we were jumped by three men. I took the biggest guy down to the sidewalk and applied a choke. I then told him to call off his buddies. Without the training, I could have been seriously injured. Thanks.”

Dr. Jason Webb

MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Student and Doctor of Chiropractic.