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The Minnesota River Bluffs new home for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

River city Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is owned and operated by Alliance Jiu Jitsu black belt, and Winona native, Erik Miner. Erik moved from Winona to the twin cities to study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2005. Over these years, Erik competed all over the country and medaled in numerous regional, international and world tournaments. He has been fortunate enough to have spent time training with dozens of world champions, Olympic level grapplers and NCAA national champions. Erik and his family moved to Winona in 2021 to raise their family and open a gym to share the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle with the community he grew up in.

I am very excited to be back in Winona after all of these years. I grew up loving the outdoors, but taking for granted the natural beauty and rich life that is at our fingertips here. Each time I would return to Winona, it would set in a little more of how great of an area this really is. The Alliance Jiu Jitsu gym that I have been fortunate to be a part of has wholeheartedly revolutionized every aspect of my life. My goal is to share that culture and lifestyle with the people in the Winona area in an extremely friendly and welcoming environment. If you have ever considered jiu jitsu, please contact us!

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Class Schedule

Class on Monday 7/4 is open mat at 10am! ...

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You will never know your limits unless you push yourself to them.

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“The purpose of education is to free the student from the tyranny of the present” - Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

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By Fabio, after winning 13th team title:

Alliance is completing 30 years of life, we have been present in all 26 editions of the IBJJF world championship, (we have won half of them), we live and actively participate in the construction and evolution of our sport, we love the competition that motivates us and drives us to be better every day.

No matter what you do in life, what is your challenge or your competition, what will determine your success are the people around you, yes it doesn't just depend on you and you're not as good as you might want to believe you are, we need people by our side and who brings together the best people wins the game.

I would summarize our journey in these 30 years of history by saying that we were the best at bringing together the right people and making our dreams their dreams, their mission our mission.

Do we always get it right? Of course not, we are all fallible in our analyses and choices and many people have been getting in the way of our history for different reasons and misalignments on the other hand others have arrived and strengthened our convictions and so we continue to evolve.

The jiu jitsu conceived by our master Romero Jacaré is based on taking care of people, that governs our culture. But do not understand help with assistance here we teach our students to do for themselves, not to complain about the world, not to find excuses for difficulties, to understand obstacles as a way. We do this the only way we know, through good example, to take the mistakes, to know that we are not capable of everything but to guarantee our best, that's how we teach our students this is how through jiu jitsu we build better people for the world.

We're champions because we build champions.
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The challenges you face right now are the building blocks of your character for the future. Jiu Jitsu will teach you to find comfort in discomfort, how to be proactive and how to make good decisions.

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Michael will be here this week!!! Friday from 6-8pm, make sure to sign up if you are planning on attending. See me if you have any questions!

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One week left to register for Michael Langhi, don’t miss this chance to learn from one of the greats!

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The next generation of Eagles 🦅🦅 👊

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Surround yourself with people who are going to lift you up higher!

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@michaellanghi will be coming June 10,11,12!!
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There are not a lot of resumes that can match @michaellanghi 's. He deserves the leadership role of being owner and CEO of @alliancesp . 🦅

Titles in Black Belt:
3x World Champion
1x No Gi World Champion
1x Abu Dhabi World Champion
5x Pan-America Champion
7x European Champion
1x Eurpean No Gi Champion
5x Brazilian Nationals Champion
1x No Gi Brazilian Nationals Champion
1x South American Champion

Titles in Colored Belts:
Blue Belt World Champion
Purple Belt World Champion
Brown Belt World Champion
Purple Belt Brazilian Nationals Champion
Brown Belt Brazilian Nationals Champion

2009 Black Belt Grand Slam (won all major tournaments).

Record holder for most European Championships titles at black belt

Record Holder for most Brazilian Nationals titles at black belt in the lightweight division.

Grappler of the year 2009

Named the most consistent athlete by Gracie Magazine in 2009 and 2010

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Back to normal training, see you on the mats!

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Michael Langhi will be here on June 10, Minneapolis on June 11 and St. Croix on June 12. Be there!

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Instructors

It’s hard to talk about our Judo and BJJ instructors without sounding like we’re bragging. The plain fact of the matter is that we have one of the best teams of martial arts instructors you will find anywhere. Led by Erik Miner, our instructors are talented, accomplished, passionate and the kind of people you just enjoy hanging out with, because after all, although we take what we do very seriously, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is supposed to be fun.

Erik Miner
Head Coach
Alliance BJJ Black Belt

Erik has competed all over the country and medaled in numerous regional, international and world tournaments.  He has been fortunate enough to have spent time training with dozens of world champions, Olympic level grapplers and NCAA national champions.  Erik and his family moved to Winona in 2021 to raise their family and open a gym to share the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle with the community he grew up in.

J.R. Westberg

Assistant Coach
Alliance BJJ Brown Belt

J.R. is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt under Damian Hirtz from Alliance Minnesota. He started jiu-jitsu in early 2009 as a temporary means to stay in shape during the cold Minnesota winter, but fell in love with the sport and never stopped. J.R. has competed in multiple tournaments as a blue and purple belt and enjoys the coaching and strategy of jiu-jitsu tournaments. When off the mats, he works as the research director for orthopaedic surgery at Hennepin County Medical Center, and is also pursuing a master’s degree in public health at John University in Baltimore, MD.

Corey Hentig
Assistant Coach
Alliance BJJ Brown Belt

Corey is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt who has had a life-long passion for grappling. Corey started out as a High School Wrestler and Coach, in 2013 he began training in BJJ to get back into a healthy hobby and reconnect with grappling when a “normal” workout just wasn’t enough. Corey enjoys competing occasionally to test his progress, but his real passion is just enjoying all the friendships and experience gained through training. Corey’s continued goal is to improve his Jiu Jitsu and gain more experience instructing.

Not only is Erik a phenomenal BJJ athlete, he’s also a fantastic teacher. – Alex A