Mixed Martial Arts Instructors

Mixed Martial arts, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, Kettlebells, Yoga, Barre Classes, Excellent Nutritional Program in the Savage/Prior Lake/Shakopee/Burnsville area

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

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

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

Dave Cruz


Brian Shover


Dan Michener


Jes Waukazo


Shannon Clark


Wendy Berry


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.