Minnesota Martial Arts Academy

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The Academy
The Academy Logo.jpg
Est. 1992
Founded by Greg Nelson
Primary owners Greg Nelson
Primary trainers

Greg Nelson

Andy Grahn
Past titleholders

Brock Lesnar heavyweight Champion (UFC 2008) 265 lb (120 kg)
Sean Sherk lightweight Champion (UFC 2007) 155 lb (70 kg)
Dave Menne Middleweight Champion (UFC 2001) 185 lb (84 kg)
Nick Thompson welterweight Champion BodogFight 170 lb (77 kg)
Kaitlin Young Hook -N- Shoot Women's Tournament Champion 135 lb (61 kg)

Cole Konrad heavyweight Champion (Bellator 2010) 265 lb (120 kg)
Prominent fighters

Sean Sherk (UFC)
Brock Lesnar (UFC)
Brock Larson (UFC)

Nick Thompson (Strikeforce and Sengoku)
Training facilities Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
Website theacademymn.com

The Academy is a martial arts training center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota that was founded in 1992 by Greg Nelson, a former NCAA Division 1 wrestler at the University of Minnesota.[1]


The Academy provides training in combative martial arts that include Muay Thai, Wrestling, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Filipino Martial Arts, Jeet Kune Do, Modern Army Combatives, and mixed martial arts.[2] The Academy's MMA team, Team Academy, has a winning percentage of 80%[3]

Greg Nelson combined his background in NCAA Division 1 wrestling, from college, with the Thai-boxing training he began in 1983 to form the basis of his Mixed Martial arts system. Starting the gym in 1992 the focus was on combative martial arts & sport martial arts. As The Academy grew it attracted future ufc champions such as Dave Menne, Brock Lesnar, and Sean Sherk.[1]

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