Monthly Archives: August 2013
Congratulations to all the students that tested this week at the Syracuse Branch Thai Boxing Association testing held at Tai Kai Martial Arts.
John Miller- White/Level 1
Carlos Moroz- White/Level 1
Brian Hotchkin- Gold/Level 2
Ryan Buck- Gold/Level 2
Steve Elsenbeck- Blue/Level 4
Darius Collinson- Blue/Level 4
Erich Spuches- Blue/Level 4
Cory Lawson- Purple/Level 5
Brad Setter- Brown/ Level 6
Kids’ NO-GI Expert 60 – 69.9 lbs., 8 1st Place Dylan Healy
Kids’ NO-GI Expert 60 – 69.9 lbs., 10-12 3rd Place Justin Jackson
Kids’ NO-GI Expert 115 – 129.9 lbs. 3rd Place Jayme Jackson
Kids’ NO-GI Expert 130 – 149.9 lbs. 2nd Place Bailey Sherbourne
Girls NO-GI Beginner, 70-79.9 lbs 2nd Place Desiree Hoff
Girls NO-GI Beginner, 80-89.9 lbs 2nd Place Damiana Racciatti
Girls NO-GI Intermediate, 60-69.9 lbs 1st Place Valencia Bidwell
Teens’ NO-GI Beginner Cruiser Weight 2nd Place Danjai Jones
Kids’ GI Expert 60 – 69.9 lbs., 8-9 yo 1st Place Dylan Healy
Kids’ GI Expert 60 – 69.9 lbs., 10-12 yo 3rd Place Justin Jackson
Kids’ GI Expert 80 – 89.9 lbs., 9-10 yo 3rd Place Anthony Kasarda
Kids’ GI Expert 115 – 129.9 lbs. 3rd Place Jayme Jackson
Girls GI Beginner, 51-69 lbs 1st Place Valencia Bidwell
Girls GI Beginner, 79-90 lbs 2nd Place Damiana Racciatti
Girls GI Beginner, 79-90 lbs 3rd Place Desiree Hoff
Girls GI Beginner, 9-10 yo 2nd Place Damiana Racciatti
Teens’ GI Beginner Light Weight 1st Place Jonah Lightaul
Teens’ GI Novice Light Heavy Weight 2nd Place Danjai Jones
Teens’ NO-GI Novice Light Weight 1st Place Jonah Lightaul
Men’s NO-GI Intermediate Feather Weight 2nd Place Benjamin Siragusa
Men’s NO-GI Intermediate Welter Weight 1st Place Mike Spuches
Men’s NO-GI Novice Cruiser Weight 3rd Place Ben Mozo
Men’s NO-GI Expert Super Heavy Weight 1st Place Ed Abrasley
Directors’ NO-GI Expert Light Weight 1st Place Mike Bidwell
Directors’ NO-GI Intermediate Heavy Weight 2nd Place John Meckley
Women’s NO-GI Beginner Light Weight 1st Place Lindsay Tyo
Men’s GI White Belt Cruiser Weight 1st Place Ryan Balintfy
Men’s GI White Belt Heavy Weight 2nd Place Charles Bothem
Men’s GI Blue Belt Welter Weight 1st Place Dan Puma
Men’s GI Blue Belt Welter Weight 2nd Place Mike Spuches
Men’s GI Purple Belt Super Heavy Weight 2nd Place Rich Damco
Masters’ GI Purple/Brown Belt Catch Weight 3rd Place Anthony Johnston
Directors’ GI Blue Belt Heavy Weight 2nd Place John Meckley
On August 23,2013 Spirit FC had their first show in Oswego NY. Tai-Kai along with TKO/CNYMMA had a group of fighters on the card.
Tomas Garcia def Joe Gosart via Guillotine :28 Rnd 1
Zac Maneri def Jordan Champion via Kimura 2:28 Rnd 3
Doug Miller def Lance Sawyer via RNC 2:59 Rnd 1 for the Lightweight Title
Thanks to Spirit FC, Cory Laplant, all the fighters, and all the coaches that helped out in this event.
As combat sports continue to grow throughout the United States, new gyms continue to pop up throughout each city. As the lists of schools grow people are having more and more opportunities to train in his preferred martial art and better themselves healthwise and athletically. This in my opinion is great for the sport and great for martial arts in general, which I completely understand. What is hard for me to understand is a lack of loyalty of your school, your instructor, and your team mates. People jumping from school to school just because this guy is opening a school here or this guy is opening a school there. I’m talking about people who have spent time at a BJJ school and decide to leave because another BJJ school is opening somewhere else. There are a couple of factors that I understand could play a part in switching schools.
#1. Your current instructor is not a black belt. This bothers some people and I can somewhat understand it, but if he is a purple/brown belt and your still a white belt don’t you think that you could still learn something from him?
#2 This new gym is closer to my house. Understandable, but if you have already put in time at one school, have made bonds with your teammates/instructors, and are still getting better why leave? Your response, “Gas prices are way too high right now” Which is true, but if you were paying them before to come out to the academy, an extra gallon or two of gas won’t kill your pockets trust me. This is coming from a guy who drives 70 miles everyday in a V8 truck.
Don’t get me wrong I’m all for learning new things from anyone, but I am very loyal to my instructor who has gotten me to where I am and to my team mates because they are my second family. We make each other better and sweat and bleed on the same mats daily with the same goal in mind. To be the best at BJJ that we can possibly be and to have the biggest and best Family that we can possibly have. The bonds that I have forged with my team mates is something that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I have friends outside of academy but very few. Some of my best friends in the world train jiu jitsu with me. Not only do they train with me, but if I ever needed something I know I could go to any one of them with the problem and they would do their best to help. My instructor is not only our leader and teaches us BJJ, but someone who we trust and look to for guidance in all walks of life. I cherish these bonds that have been created by the time that I have spent on the mat with everyone. I would never in my right mind leave my second family regardless of any new school, any extra distance I had to drive, or for who ever decided to open a school. Professor Drac is someone who I hold in the utmost respect and someone who I look up to. He has built something beautiful in Gracie Barra Texas. A place where not only champions are made, but better human beings in all walks of life are made.