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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Congrats to Our Latest Prize Wheel Winner- Keith Allen

Keith Allen was our latest Prize Wheel winner. He referred a friend that enrolled for a membership at Tai-Kai. That made him eligible to spin the prize wheel. See the video below for the rules and explanation of the prize wheel. He spun and won free gloves. Keith already had bought a set of MMA and Boxing Gloves from the school. The class voted and we allowed him to spin again. I was rooting for him to get the $100 prize. He won a brand new Tai-Kai Zip UP Hoodie. These are brand new and look sharp. The logo is embroidered on the front. Congrats Keith. Who will be next to SPIN the Tai-Kai Prize Wheel.

5 people- a free year
10 people-1,000 Cash
15- A lifetime membership to Tai Kai
(Kickboxing memberships are able to spinm but do not apply for the 5,10,15 bonuses)
Anyone that needs Class Passes to give oout- Please See Jackie up front

Meet our First Prize Winner- Brad Setter

Congrats to Brad Setter. He is the first person to spin the wheel. Brad referred his Girlfriend who later enrolled at the school. Brad spun and won a brand new Gameness Kimono. If Brad gets 4 more enrollments he will win a free year. So remember, refer a friend and they sign up and you get a spin of the prize wheel.

5 people- a free year
10 people-1,000 Cash
15- A lifetime membership to Tai Kai

(Kickboxing memberships are able to spinm but do not apply for the 5,10,15 bonuses)

Anyone that needs Class Passes to give oout- Please See Jackie up front

Can I start BJJ if I am Over 40? Reprinted from Revolution BJJ

Reprinted from Revolution BJJ

40 is not the new 20, contrary to what you may have read on the internet. However, it’s also not the end of your active life. Here are some incredibly helpful tips I’ve compiled from my older students as I’ve worked to guide them through a long and luxurious career of jiu jitsu well into their 50s.
Pick a training schedule that works for you
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to train every day, or even 3 or 4 days a week. 2 days a week is the sweet spot for grapplers over 40; it provides enough training to get constant information and to see steady progress, but also enough rest time. Make sure the 2 days you pick have enough time in between them so that you can rest (for example, Wednesdays and Sundays would be ideal).
Select training partners you can trust
Upper belts tend to be much better choices than white belts. Although you might have a much higher rate of success in “beating” a white belt, another white belt is actually the last person you want to work with. These guys, like you, are often trying to figure out basic body mechanics and simple physiology. What this means for you is that they might not have the most control, especially when “going live.” Choose wisely, and always remember:
You don’t have to roll super competitively yourself
This might be the most important of all advice. If you don’t “turn it up” when you are rolling, your partners are far more likely to dial back the intensity themselves. This can prolong your training sessions, which means you’ll get better sooner, but it will also help to keep you safe. Remember that a little ego is healthy- it keeps you coming back to train- but too much ego means you’ll very likely hurt yourself. Leave most of your ego outside!
It doesn’t matter if you lose a battle, especially since it means you get to keep training. Always remember this!
Remember that you have attributes as well
Young guys have speed, cardio, flexibility… what can you possibly bring to the table? Three words: old man strength! (Old woman strength definitely applies too- trust me, I’ve felt it!) Old man strength means that you have a lifetime of grip strength in your hands that the young bucks simply don’t have, and your endurance strength can be much higher for longer periods of time. This can be very useful!
You’re also going to bring wisdom to the table (after all, you are here reading this article… how many young’uns read articles before considering starting BJJ?). This can be a tremendous asset, as you are far more capable of seeing the big picture. Train smarter, not necessarily harder, and you’ll see tremendous gains!
One last note: You are also smart enough to recover during your off days. Be sure to take advantage of the time when you’re not training. This means that if you are injured, you need to ice the injury and take care of it. Be sure that you get enough sleep! You’re not 21 years old, so the days of partying into the early morning hours and getting up at the crack of dawn to go into work are behind you now. Treat recovery time as a part of training as well. We’ll have another article coming out on that soon, too!

Local Martial Artist Promoted to Ajarn (Master Instructor) By Thai Boxing Association

A big Congrats to Kevin Seaman in his Milestone achievement. He was promoted to Ajarn by Grandmaster Chai Sirisute on September 7th in Buffalo, NY at a seminar taught by Grandmaster Chai, President of the Thai Boxing Association USA is considered the Father of Thai Boxing in the United States. Seaman has been training with Grandmaster Chai for 25 years, and has held the positions of NY State Director and Special Advisor for the TBA. This is a huge honor and Ajarn Seaman is one of a few people given this honor by Grandmaster Chai, and the only person in the Northeastern US to be promoted to this title. Ajarn is Thai for head instructor. This is the highest honor in the Thai Boxing Association, which has over 30,000 members in 12 countries. Ajarn Kevin has taught Thai Boxing and other martial arts in the PE Dept. at Cornell University for 20 years, and currently offers regular classes at Tai Kai Jiu-Jitsu in Liverpool, along with workshops at different schools throughout the northeast.
Seaman is an author of three books and writes a blog on kevinseaman.net

Tai Kai NAGA New York Team Results

The NAGA New York Team Results are up. Tai Kai took first in NO GI adults, 2nd in GI Adults, and 3rd in KIDS. Overall, combining Kids and Adults Tai Kai took home the most overall team points. This was with only a fraction of students competing. Lets try and really get some numbers in the next one.