MINNEAPOLIS, MN—DOG SOLDIER MIXED MARTIAL ARTS is proud to announce its first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar to be held in Minneapolis June 21-22, 2013 featuring Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Grandmaster, Relson Gracie. Mr. Gracie’s father, Helio Gracie, is credited with developing the art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, also referred to as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, beginning back in the 1950s. Mr. Gracie’s family is also credited with revolutionizing the Mixed Martial Arts world with its version of Jiu Jitsu and turning Mixed Martial Arts into the annual multi-billion dollar industry it is today. Says Lodge, “To have a living legend of this caliber agree to teach a seminar for the students at our gym is unprecedented, and we are very excited to welcome him here, as well as very grateful to him for agreeing to teach.”

Grandmaster Gracie will teach two Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminars, each held at a different location. The first, and more intimate seminar, will be restricted to 30 students and be held at the ACADEMY ELK RIVER on Friday, June 21, 2013 from 6-8 pm. At this seminar, Mr. Gracie will instruct students in the art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu for two hours, providing individual one-on-one instruction and coaching.

The second seminar will be held at the Minneapolis AMERICAN INDIAN CENTER on Saturday, June 22 from 4-7 pm. This seminar will be restricted to the first 100 students who register. The seminar will begin promptly at 5 pm.

In keeping with the Native tradition of honoring our guests, there will be an Opening Ceremony at the American Indian Center at 4 pm, led by AIM Co-Founder Dennis Banks and native-Brazilian, Carlos Sauer. “I met Carlos last year at a Sun Dance, and as luck would have it, he is a both an adopted Cheyenne brother and a childhood friend of the Gracie family back in Brazil and his Brother is Pedro Sauer, one of the greatest instructors of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the World. What are the odds?” “What makes this second event even more unique and special is that this Seminar will be open to the public. That means that anyone from the Native Community or Martial Arts Community can watch the seminar for free.”

To register for either seminar or to find out more information, contact Vaughn J. Lodge at Dog Soldier MMA directly or visit their Facebook page:

DOG SOLDIER MIXED MARTIAL ARTS is the first American Indian owned and operated Mixed Martial Arts School in America. Located on the Southside of Minneapolis, its student base is comprised primarily of Native students, ranging in age from five to 25 years old. Opened by Vaughn J. Lodge in 2012, Dog Soldier MMA’s mission is to reach out to the community ____________________

“We are a relatively small gym in comparison to some of the warehouse-type schools in our area. Covering an area of just 1,400 square feet, we have fighters and high school students training for Cage Fights and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments. Our fighters come from various reservations such as Turtle Mountain, Red Lake, and Prairie Island. Our high school student base comes from many different ethnic backgrounds locally. We are proud to cater to people of color in an industry where we are completely under-represented.”


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