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Ben Thelke

Ben Thelke is a Purple belt, received in October 2015 by Roger Machado. He started training in 2012 and has been teaching since 2015. He started training after watching years of MMA and was intrigued by the grappling aspect of the sport. Being a formerly ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, that knowledge has helped him with his strength and conditioning for Jiu Jitsu. He has also competed at numerous tournaments over the years under different rule sets around the Midwest.

Favorite Position: Spider/Lasso/Lapel hybrid guard

Favorite Submission: Any lapel choke

Favorite Grappler: Keenan Cornelius

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