Welcome to Minnesota Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. This site is designed for the individual who might only have 2-3 hours a week to dedicate to self defense/martial arts training. We will educate you on the most overlooked but also most practical form of self defense... which in our opinion is Gracie/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Below are real fight videos showing Gracie Jiu-jitsu taking on all style of martial arts as well as real testimonials. The fight footage may be shocking... but so is real self defense. Enjoy!

This is the Minnesota Jiu-Jitsu site all about Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The Gracie family is a prominent martial arts family from Brazil known for their development of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). They have been successful in combat sport competitions including mixed martial arts, vale tudo, and submission wrestling events. As a family, they uphold the Gracie challenge, which promotes their style of modern jiu-jitsu. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting fundamentals that were taught by a number of individuals. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of Judo. BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent.

Royce Gracie vs. Jason DeLuca below. After his defeat, he went on to train Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at the Gracie Academy in Torrance, CA. He then fought Royce in UFC 2 where Royce defeated him via armlock.


“I would highly recommend American School of Martial Arts to others. I have a story that highlights the benefits my kids have enjoyed. Louis used to get picked on a lot, and would cry after school once or twice per week. On Tuesday he was talking about school and mentioned that he doesn’t get picked on at recess any more. Had that been the end of the story I would have been happy and satisfied with the changes Louis has made, but there was more. He told me that he and his friend Eric have made a “team”, and at recess they help out other kids who are getting picked on. I was concerned that he was getting physical with other kids and asked him to explain how he helps other kids. He said that the two of them walk over and stand next to the kid getting picked on and tell the bully to stop, and then they ask the kid that was getting picked on if they want to play with them (Louis and Eric) so that the bully wont come back. He said it has worked every time except for once. For me that is what defines success at American School of Martial Arts. Not belts or the mastering of an escape or submission, but learning right from wrong, respect for authority, and the confidence to stand up for your self and others.”

-Jeff Wiley


“MMA really toughened up our son. He is one of the fastest players in his hockey program, and is in by far the best condition of any of the players. He has no fear knocking down players twice his size. He’s become quite good at defense. I’ve seen him step right in front of an 8th grader in full stride turn his hip and take him down. That takes guts! I’m sure it hurts too. He has no fear of tangling with people. Also he’s a 4th grade kid who demands fruits and vegetables, including broccoli sprouts, and he drinks water instead of pop or milk even when pop is offered. Yep, he learned this stuff from you. Of course we reinforced it too. He’s not the greatest athlete by nature. His nature is to be a computer and math geek, and MMA has given him confidence. Now he has the opportunity to compete at sports like hockey, I don’t think he would have been able to compete without an MMA background. We’ve had a great relationship with ASMA and ATT and you will always be highly recommended by our family.”

-Steve Olson


“I wanted to take a quick moment to thank you for putting together and inviting me to the MMA workshop last Saturday. I really enjoyed it! I thought it was very informative. It was a great workout. It was one of the better seminars I have participated in, right up there with the Royce seminars. I feel the experience will really add to my training and confidence. Good work. I really appreciate it. See you soon.”

-Tony Schaeffler


“ATT Savage has given me the training to have confidence in combat situations. Whether you are training to fight, want to learn self defense or just get in great shape and learn a discipline in the meantime, ATT Savage has it all. The coaches and instructors are very knowledgable, with high level mma/jiu jitsu instruction, boxing, kick boxing and wrestling. If you put in the time you will learn the skills and the techniques that actually work in a fight.”

-Jason Wong, Deputy Sheriff


“Training with American Top Team in Savage has been one of the most rewarding physical experiences I have undertaken. As a former athlete I appreciate the challenge and physical nature of the training. As a middle school teacher, I have been impressed with how well the instructors teach to all abilities and levels. No matter what your past experience has been, the practical hands on instruction allows for the beginner as well as the more experienced members to learn and be challenged.”

-Dave Standke, Teacher at Hidden Oaks Middle School
Prior Lake, MN


“In the unpredictable world of Law Enforcement, I have to be able to protect myself and be ready for anything. I train hard at ATT to be ready for when the unpredictable comes along.”

-Brian Dressel, Police Officer.


“I have been at ATT with my boys for the past 2 months. I am 100% sold on the life lessons they are learning and the application this training makes in life and for the sport of hockey. It has especially hit me now due to the size, intensity and speed of the bantam game some of us are now watching. Some of the things learned are importance of 100% pressure, intensity, nutrition, how to fall, how to absorb impact, power, explosion, hand and foot speed, balance, discipline, respect, sportsmanship, and self defense. We do not like to talk about it and I hope it never happens but I have heard of bench clearing brawls in Bantam Mash games and even in older year AAA hockey games this summer. I know we all have aspirations of higher level hockey and there will come a day when they all will have to defend themselves in life from some bully or opposition force.”

-Brian Hansen
Prior Lake, MN


“Thanks to ATT and my Thaiboxing class, after 4 weeks of training, my resting heart rate improved from mid 70’s to mid 50’s. My doctor is really impressed and so am I. This is the first time I have ever loved cardio! Thanks from the bottom of my heart :)”

-Alicia Ray
Shakopee, MN


“Caleb has been taking classes at ATT Savage for a while now. These classes have been very challenging for him both physically and mentally. He has never worked so hard to achieve a goal before, yet he has also never been so proud of his efforts either. His experience at American Top Team of Savage has left him feeling proud, confident, self assured, and he has a whole new respect for the value of hard work and discipline.”

-Rich and Andrea Dean
Shakopee, MN


“I can’t thank you enough for the difference that American Top Team has made with Louis. He has improved in his technique and ability. More importantly his confidence and self esteem is soaring. Even his grandpa and grandma have mentioned it. I was considering several options such as karate and other martial art studios close to my home in Jordan when a coworker suggested American Top Team. It was a lot longer drive but I decided to check out your gym. I am glad I did. Especially when talking to neighbors and friends who complain about how much of a money grab the belts are at those places. Even though it took Louis a bit longer to get his bars and new belt than other kids, he values his a lot more because he knows he earned it with hard work. If you ever need a recommendation for a potential client don’t hesitate to give them my number.”

Thanks, Jeff Wiley


“We really appreciate the great leadership and skills that you have taught Carlos in the last few years. He has become more confident, disciplined and is demonstrating leadership qualities that we believe were nurtured through training at your school.”

-Irvin Pierskalla
Prior Lake, MN


“I particularly like your idea that protecting yourself from a bully is mainly a mental strength and not necessarily a physical one. Besides learning the moves, and disciplines of martial arts, I think my daughter has gained a lot of self-confidence and bullying is no longer a fear for her. It is not the sole reason she and her brother are in the class, but I have noticed a change in this area and I really wish you could help other kids in the community as well. Also, I have noticed Mr. Aasen is very good at motivational speaking.”

-Maria K.

“I would like to thank you for your guidance and coaching, as in the short time that I have spent with your facility, I have absorbed more knowledge than I had at any facility I had previously trained with for longer extents of time. I truly believe your facility is one of the best, and appreciate the time spent training there. Thank you again for sharing your expertise with me, and if I ever return to living in the area, I will seek more knowledge!”

-Christopher Hoffarth
Eden Prairie, MN



“In one year at ATT Savage, I have met and exceeded my weight loss goals. I have not only cut the fat, but I have gained muscle. If you’re looking for toned abs and arms, boxing and kickboxing are perfect. ATT Savage was the only place within 40 miles of us that offers true combat (person to person) training and self defense.”

-Christine Neutgens
Waconia, MN


“Thanks for all the great training! I got more of a workout there in each class than I did in months worth of traditional martial arts training. Thanks too for letting me in a ring to get a real sense of realism to get hit. I had a lot of fun training.”

-Cory Middendorf
Rosemount, MN



“Our family joined ATT Savage about four months ago after being 2nd degree black belts at another martial arts school. It was an extremely difficult decision to start over, but it couldn’t have been a better move for our family. The emphasis on exercise, physical fitness, proper nutrition and doing what is right are awesome and our families habits have changed considerably and we are getting in better shape, we feel great and are learning some very practical martial arts and self defense. As a family with two daughters, we feel more at ease that they will be able to defend themselves if necessary. Our daughters testing for their first belt at ATT Savage was more difficult than any of their previous black belt tests, so when the test was over, they were very proud of themselves and we are very proud to be a part of ATT.”

-Bill, Sun Ae, Jonna and Nicole Kolmer


“The time Griffin spent there this summer has really shown to improve his wrestling. He’s a beast! His entire game has changed. We haven’t had any issues with him smoking dope, his grades are good and his attitude has been in check. He’s been thinking that he’ll skip Freestyle/Greco this year and focus on BJJ and striking.Most of all I wanted to say thank you. The small amount of time we were there did make a huge impact. Can’t wait to be back!”

-Tim Thorn