eric aasen and rodrigo gracie

Eric Aasen and Rodrigo Gracie

Eric Aasen

Director & Head Instructor

  • Started formal training in 1979. Trained consistently in many styles of Traditional Martial Arts.
  • Started training in Kenpo and Kickboxing in the mid 1980’s, trained and taught 84 hours per week for many years, earning black belt in 1993.
  • Over 25 years of Thai Boxing/Kickboxing experience.
  • Started training with Royce Gracie in 1995.
  • Earned blue belt under Royce Gracie in 1997.
  • Fell off 3 story roof in 1998, was told to never practice martial arts again.
  • Starting training at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy in 1999, against doctors orders, overweight and nursing many injuries. Studied Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Combat Submission Wrestling.
  • Opened American School of Martial Arts in late 2004
  • June 2006, promoted to purple belt by Rodrigo Gracie
  • August 2012, promoted to brown belt by Rodrigo Gracie
  • May 2016, promoted to black belt by Rodrigo Gracie
  • Extreme Challenge Winner.
  • 2002 Greater Midwest Submission Hunt Absolute division no gi champion.
  • Competed in amateur Muay Thai, Boxing, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Shoot Fighting and Mixed Martial Arts competitions.
  • 10-4 Mixed Martial Arts Record.
  • Certified Coach for USA Boxing.
  • Certified in CPR and First Aid


Austin Judge


  • Max fights of ND Featherweight Champion
  • 2 time KTK of WI Champion
  • U.C.S. of MN Lightweight Champion
  • 5 years MMA experience
  • Pro MMA record: 10-5-1
  • Boxing record: 3-1-2
  • Muay Thai fights: 11
  • King Grappler Gi Division Champion
  • King Grappler No Gi Division Champion
  • Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • 2005 Toughman Runner Up


Ashkan Movari

Wrestling Instructor

  • All Conference
  • Minnesota State Moorhead-Team Captain
    Head Assistant Coach 2003-2004
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach 2002-2003
  • Robert Service High School (Anchorage, AK)
    Head Assistant Coach 2001-2002
  • 13 years experience
  • MMA Record:6-1, Boxing: 3-1, ThaiBoxing: 8-2
  • KTK Lightweight Champ
  • 3 stripe Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu


Rob Quarry



John King


  • Started training with American Top Team Savage in 2010
  • Promoted to blue belt in 2011 by Royce Gracie
  • Promoted to purple belt in 2014 by Rodrigo Gracie
  • Studied multiple different forms of Martial arts including Kung Fu and Tae kwon do
  • Has competed in local amateur boxing
  • Competes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/Submission Wrestling tournaments regularly
  • Specializes in woman’s, children’s, and beginner self defense


Brandon Jenkins


  • Pro MMA record: 7-3
  • Amateur MMA record: 17-13-1
  • 3 time amateur MMA Champion
  • Kickboxing record: 11-5
  • Pro Boxing record: 1-0


Tim Setala


  • Over 20 years of combined wrestling experience as an athlete and coach.
  • Coached wrestling at all levels from kindergarten to collegiate student athletes.
  • Over four years as a Collegiate head coach. Developed 18 National Qualifiers, 5 All Americans, 1 National Finalist and led his teams to multiple top 10 finishes at the National tournament including a 4th place finish.
  • Was selected as the 2011 Minnesota College Athletic Conference “Coach of the Year” and 2011 NJCAA Regional “Coach of the Year”.
  • An active competitor in many different grappling tournaments.
  • Promoted to purple belt in BJJ, May 2016 by Rodrigo Gracie.
  • 2016 US Combat Wrestling National Champion, Rogers, Arkansas
  • 2016 US Combat Wrestling World Team Member 62 kg, Tomasi, Hungary
  • 2015 Naga Expert NOGI Champion: Gold medal, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2015 North American Sambo Championships: Bronze medal, Montreal, Canada
  • 2015 North American Submission Wrestling Championships: Gold medal, Montreal, Canada


Mitch Jackson


  • 10 years wrestling experience
  • 5 years of college wrestling
  • 3 time national qualifier
  • 2 years college assistant wrestling coach
  • King Grappler Gi Division Champ
  • Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu


Robbie Gotreau


  • 12 years wrestling experience
  • 2 time state qualifier-high school
  • 3rd in state-high school
  • 3 time all american – college
    2006-174 lb-4th place
    2007-174 lb-5th place
    2008-184 lb-3rd place
  • Augsburg college coach
  • Trained at Olympic Training Center
  • Wrestled in the Ukraine representing USA
American School of Martial Arts provides superior martial arts instruction and training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling, Self Defense and Mixed Martial Arts to the Minnesota communities of Eagan, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Lakeville, Farmington, Eden Prairie, Edina, Savage, Prior Lake, Jordan, Belle Plaine, Chaska, Shakopee, Bloomington and throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul Twin Cities area.