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Tom Schmitz, right, teaches Brazilian jiu jitsu at his gym, located on Hale Avenue North in Oakdale. Staff photo by Riham Feshir

Martial arts coach opens east metro gym

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A Woodbury resident and one of the few renowned black belt jiu jitsu artists in the Midwest is now passing on his experience to the east metro.

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Tom Schmitz, owner of Spartan Martial Arts Gym in Oakdale, has competed in 50 jiu jitsu matches over the years, in which he won all but three.

But after competing since 1992 and teaching sporadically for 15 years, he's now focusing on the teaching aspect of the sport, which inspired him to open up the gym.

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Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.
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