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Master Thorn wins Diamond Ring

October 7th, 2017 – Master Nathan Thorn, 38, of Lake Elmo owns and operates The Edge Martial Arts in Stillwater, MN. He is one of the most successful Sport Martial Arts competitors to compete in the state. He has won 3 World Champion Titles one while competing on Team USA in 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. In 30 years of training Thorn has competed in hundreds of events and won over 50 Grand Champion Titles. The Edge is littered with trophies and awards from all over the nation. With all of his accomplishments he has always had on award on his checklist that he had never crossed off the Diamond Nationals Diamond Ring. The Diamond Nationals has been voted the #1 tournament in North America by Black Belt Magazine as well as competitors across the nation. The tournament draws talent from all over the world each year to the Minneapolis area. The event has been held right here in Minnesota since its beginning. Thorn has attended this event every year since 1988 and as a young child watched these elite athletes come into town to compete for this coveted ring. Since the beginning this award was put on Thorns checklist of things to accomplish. Many years have come and gone where Thorn would compete at the event and come up short. In 2015 Thorn was injured at the WKC World Championships while kicking he torn his Labral Superior in his hip and at the age of 36 this could have meant that the dream of taking home the ring would never happen. Two years have gone by since then and the slow rehab process has finally brought his hip back to the level needed to compete at the top level. On Saturday, October 7th, 2017 Thorn won his division, won his Weight Grand Championship and then won his fight for the Diamond Ring. Years of not giving up on a dream had finally come true. Thorn is now training to compete on Team USA his November at the WKC World Championships and is planning on retiring from competition following that event.

“Karate is a fun way to get in shape, learn important skills, and acquire new and exciting accomplishments. I started Karate with several other karate moms after we caught the excitement and enthusiasm watching our children at The Edge. We were so impressed with how Master Thorn and his team encourage and support people of all ages, shapes and sizes that we decided to give karate a try. Both of my sons and I are now black belts and we continue our training with all of the excitement and passion as the day we started. In the beginning I was hoping my children would discover enjoyment in exercise, discipline, confidence, self defense skills and the many, many benefits of karate and am pleasantly surprised that I have benefited from these attributes just as much. You will not find a better karate studio, superior direction, or a nicer community of people than The Edge Martial Arts and Fitness.”
“A Top School in the Nation! I've been to several Martial Arts schools, and nowhere have I found the training experience as good as it is at The Edge. The classes are fun, and give you the skills you need to defend yourself in any situation. I spent years training with Master Nathan Thorn and consider myself extremely fortunate. He gave me confidence to succeed, not just as a fighter, but in real life. Job interviews and social situations are a cakewalk after the training I went through with Master Thorn. I would put my reputation behind this man and his school. Whether you want to simply get in the best shape of your life, become a world fighting champion, or learn how to be someone your friends and family look up to, The Edge is the place to do it!”
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