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Black Belt Test Results and Videos from 1/18/14

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January 19th was a great day at Tai-Kai Jiu-Jitsu. Four new black belts joined the ranks. Jason Eggleston, Joe Roach, Mike Bidwell, and Anthony Johnston. People asked what did they do on their test. Their test was mainly self defense and rolling. They had to demonstrate BJJ self defense on eachother for about 15 minutes. They then demonstrated takedowns on eachother for 15 minutes. Then they were spread out around the room and for 15 more minutes had to have all the people at the test go up and attack them, put them in a hold, throw a punch, etc and they had to demonstrate live self-defense for another 15 minutes. The new black belts said that this was the hardest part of the test.  They then had to grapple one and half minute rounds for and hour and a half. They all did awesome. Below are some videos that are good friend and student Jim Kearns made about the event.

 

 

 

Tai Kai goes 2-0 at Gladius Fights-Videos included

 

 

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Tai Kai went 2-0 at Gladius fights on January 18th in Syracuse(Videos at the end). Big congrats to Bryce Tallini. He was a submission machine going for chokes, armbars, leglocks and finally putting a very tough opponent to sleep via guillotine choke in the 2nd round. Dustin Whalen finished his opponent in the first round with a tap out from some vicious strikes standing and on the ground. You both did awesome and everyone at Tai-Kai is proud of you. A big thanks and congrats to our head of the mma program Dennis Sugrue. Dennis works so much with these guys, really giving his full heart into the program. Everyone at Tai-Kai is lucky to have a coach like Mr. Sugrue. I alway want to thank all the people that helped behind the scenes in the corner: Chris Roach(new BJJ Brown Belt),  Ben Tallini, Shane Manley, Ed Abrasley, Mike Mucitelli, Mike Leone, and Mandy Sugrue for her victory cookies. Also a big thanks to Jason Heaney for getting everything ready in the corner and locker rooms( You are very much appreciated). This is why I love Tai-Kai. It is not about one person, one fighting art, but about a group of martial artists working together. Now to the videos

Tai Kai Belt Ceremony 1/18 a Big Success

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It was a great day. Four new black belts, 2 new brown belts, one purple, ten blue belts, and a bunch of stripes.  Thanks to everyone that came from all the other schools to help support. Thanks to all the people that were there helping. I will make a more detailed posted tomorrow but right now here is the list of promotions.

 

Black Belt

Anthony Johnston

Jason Eggleston

Mike Bidwell

Joe Roach

 

Brown Belt

Chris Roach

Brody Neville

 

Purple Belt

Mike Spuches

 

Blue Belt

Scott Fowler

Matt Irland

Neal LaPage

Keith Allen

Charles “pez” Bothem

Nicholas Newcomb

Pat Harrington

Paul Cavalire

John Astles

Jason Caceres

 

Purple Belt Stripes

Phil Mitsiell

Tamndan McCory

Kevin MacDougall

David Briest

Darius Collinson

Mike Mucitelli

 

Blue Belt Stripes

 

Tom Cooney

Dan Puma

Shawn Chapa

Nate Musick

Sheena Bidwell

Matt Spack

Jeremy Hobbs

Ben Siragusa

Bryce Tallini (He is excused from the ceremony since he fighting MMA that night)

Trevor Pastor

Jeff Callahan

Steven Elsenbeck

Sam Saba

Matt DeGonzague

Shane Manley

Jim Jordan

Patrick sullivan

Ed Abrasley

Matt White

Dan McCarthy

Matt Thompson

Brian Kelly

Logan Walker

Kevin Seaman

Saboor Coleman

Desmond Chestnut

Brad Setter

Sabra Geiger

John Meckley

I may have forgot a few on the Blue Belt stripes but I will correct it. We now have about 15 Blue Belts with 4 stripes that will be our next batch of Purple Belts coming up soon, I will make a more detailed post with pics, videos, and more info on yesterday tomorrow.

 

 

Updated Blue Belt Stripe List- January 18th, 2014 Belt Ceremony

 

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Remember everyone, even if you are not testing or getting a stripe everyone should be there for the comrade and the workout. January 18th, 2014 at 12 Noon.  Four new Black Belts will be awarded along with some Brown, Purple, Blue and a bunch of stripes. Here is an updated Blue Belt Stripe List.

 

Blue Belt Stripes-1/18/14

 

Tom Cooney

Dan Puma

Shawn Chapa

Nate Musick

Sheena Bidwell

Matt Spack

Jeremy Hobbs

Ben Siragusa

Bryce Tallini (He is excused from the ceremony since he fighting MMA that night)

Trevor Pastor

Jeff Callahan

Steven Elsenbeck

Sam Saba

Matt DeGonzague

Shane Manley

Jim Jordan

Patrick sullivan

Ed Abrasley

Matt White

Dan McCarthy

Matt Thompson

Brian Kelly

Logan Walker

Kevin Seaman

Saboor Coleman

Desmond Chestnut

Brad Setter

Sabra Geiger

John Meckley

 

This list is still being updated. So If I left some people out , you will be added