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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Zach Wakeman Fights- RIVT 2000- Old School(Two Fights in one night)

These are some fights from 2000 at NAGA’s Rhode Island Vale Tudo. This was an Amateur event. Tim Sylvia and Jorge Riveria fought in the same events. To the face only open hands and kicks were allowed This was in the early days of MMA. Zach fought twice in one night to win a belt. Zach competed for Tai Kai in MMA and in Grappling matches.

Zack Wakeman vs Ruben Lopez

This was his first match of the night. The match was stopped when Ruben was knocked out and unable to defend himself.

Zack Wakeman vs Luciano De Olivera

This was in the finals about an hour after the first match. Luciano ,from Brazil, Was from Joao Amoraol BJJ school. He quit due to exhuastion

Old School 2000-Rhode Island Vale Tudo- Dr. Andrew Doe

This an old school Amatuer MMA fight.

Rhode Island Value Tudo 4
– July 7, 2000
– Police Athletic League Community Center, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
– Andy Doe( Tai Kai) vs Brad Nelson

Rhode Island Value Tudo Eventually became Reality Fighting from NAGA. Andy Doe is now a doctor practicing Radiology in New Jersey. He is married with two kids. Andy was one of the original Tai Kai Competitors.

Kali Class 12/22/10 at Tai Kai

Here are some video clips from Kali Class from 12/22/10. We offer Kali classes Monday and Wednesday nights at 7 to 8 PM. Classes are taught by Sifu Kevin Seaman.Kali is an ancient martial art of the Philippines dating back to the ninth century. Kali is sometimes called escrima, arnis, or Filipino Martial Arts. They are all the same martial art.

More Old School Pictures 1997-1999

Here are some more old school Pictures from different competitions, etc. I am going to try and post a few of this every week, so people see the history Tai Kai has. These are from 1997-1999. Most schools in CNY were still not doing Jiu Jitsu or any type of MMA yet.

Training in California in 1997 with Carlson Gracie Black Belt and UFC vet. Allan Goes. We used to go to Costa Mesa, California to train with Allan several times a year.

Attacking the leg against Olympic Trials wrestler Rob Pritchett in 1999 in the very first Grapplers Quest in the Superfight

Winning by Leg Lock in the first Grapplers Quest Superfight in 1999. You can tell it was a while a go by the style of fight shorts I am wearing

Here is a link to that Match

Congrats Marc Stevens, James Friar, and Bill Garrett at 2010 NAGA MOHEGAN SUN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Marc Stevens Winning his Superfight

James Friar winning 1st place Blue Belt

Congrats to all Tai Kai and Jiu Jitsu Nation students that competed at the 2010 NAGA Mohegan Sun Grappling Championships

1) Marc Stevens won his superfight 8-0 totally dominating his opponent

2) Bill Garrett for taking 1st Place Blue Belt and 3rd Place NO GI Advanced

3) James Friar for taking 1st place Blue Belt and 2nd place NO Gi Advanced losing in the finals to Renzo Gracie Black Belt and TUF veteran Dan Simmler

30 Warriors show up at Tai-Kai in a Blizzard Whiteout

It was probably the worst weather conditions so far of the year. A whiteout in Syracuse and the surrounding areas. All classes ran as normal at Tai-Kai. I wasn’t sure if a lot of students would show up,but 30 warriors showed up tonight to train. There were Black Belts, Brown Belts, Purple Belts, Blue Belts, and White Belts there to train. It was a great night of training and it brought students even closer to train on a night such as this. I am proud of Tai Kai and the students for having such a great showing on a night such as this. Everyone deserves a BIG Pat on the back.