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Metamoris-3 Party, A Great Time at Tai-Kai!

Tai-Kai held its first “Metamoris” Submission Grappling Party on March 29th, 2014.  The event featured the “live”, streaming Metamoris – 3:  “Bravo Versus Gracie” event on a huge seven foot screen.  Everyone provided amazing food at the potluck party.  The matches were awesome and everyone had a blast!  We look forward to showing another event again soon.  



















Metamoris-3, unlike most events, actually lived up to the hype! Even in spite of Vinny Magalhaes dropping out of the Keenan match in the final hours before the match reportedly due to a staph infection. Every fight had it’s moments of excitement and we were spared another Brendan Schaub debacle. It seemed as if every fighter brought their “A-game” and no one was really playing for the “a draw is win” strategy. The Eddie Bravo versus Royler Gracie could possibly go down as one of the greatest rematches in our sports history. This match could have gone many ways. Think about it for a second: They could’ve both ran out of gas early and laid on each other the whole time? Royler could’ve killed Eddie as most people assumed would happen…hell even Eddie didn’t sound all the confident in interviews leading up to the event.

Wondering how I will react…when it all goes down…am I going to go out there and just perform? Am I going to go there and be so nervous that I gas out…I get butterflies just thinking about which one of those dudes is going to show up.” -Eddie Bravo

It could’ve been a terrible match – BUT IT WASN’T! It was truly the Sephan Bonnar / Forrest Griffin match for BJJ! (That TUF Finale in April of 2005 is often sighted as the fight that saved MMA)

Was this the match that saved Metamoris? Perhaps…time will tell!

What did Metamoris-3 prove? We saw some of the best BJJ players on the planet really put it all on the line. We saw two middle aged men, who defy age, put on a show that will not soon be forgotten! Will Eddie Bravo and Royler do it again? That’s an interesting question that will probably be answered by both combatants in the weeks and months to come. So who was the real winner at Metamoris-3? Jiu-Jitsu! It amazing to see the sport we love grow to the point where we get to see such an amazing rematch right from the comfort of our home. Was the event perfect? Of course not…but kudos to Metamoris for putting together a great event. Will Metamoris do it again? For the sake of the sport and the fans, let’s hope so!


Zak Maxwell vs. Sean Roberts – Roberts came out strong attacking from his very tricky guard with his signature ulmaplata / triangle game. Maxwell did an amazing job countering Roberts attacks. Maxwell would eventually pass guard and mount. The match goes the full 20-minutes with a draw. Maxwell looked very tough.

Keenan Cornelius vs. Kevin Casey – Casey an MMA fighter and Rickson Gracie black belt reportedly took the match on thirty minutes notice. Casey came out strong with a nice outside leg trip on Keenan. Once Keenan found his rhythm it was over quick with a takedown, guard pass and eventual very quick tap with a heel hook from 50/50.

Rafael Mendes vs. Clark Gracie – Both guys immediatley go to double guard pull with Raf going right to work on his berimbolo attacks almost securing the back in the opening minutes. Raf pretty much sticks to his berimbolo strategy for the entire match. This strategy almost worked as Clark was in trouble a few times but did a great job defending the back takes. The match goes twenty minutes to a draw. (It should be noted that Gracie outweighed Mendes by almost 30 lbs.) Clark clearly did his homework, and did a great job shutting down the “berimbolo king”.

Dean Lister vs. Renato Sobral – This was a great match between two former MMA fighters. Lister looked massive compared to Sobral. Most people had Lister ending this one quickly with a foot-lock. Sobral would prove to be a tough nut to crack…escaping one foot-lock after another from the alway amazing Lister. Sobral did a great job neutralizing every attack from lister and never really finding himself in all that much danger. The exciting match went to a draw. Will be interesting to see if Renato continues this venture into submission wrestling.

Gui Mendes vs Samir Chantre – Mendes looked imposing in an all black gi with a very focused look on his face. The second the match began it was all business for Mendes. He immediately pulls guard, reverses, passes to side control and finishes with a beautiful baseball bat choke in just under six minutes into the match. Mendes wins via submission.

Main Event: Eddie Bravo vs. Royler Gracie

What can I say…it was an amazing match that, if you haven’t seen, you should watch and draw your own conclusions.

What did it ultimately prove? Two 40+ guys can put on an amazing show. It wasn’t a fluke in 2003.

Tai Kai- Naga Albany Results- 85 Medals







Mens NO-GI Expert Light Weight    2nd place Dickie White

Mens NO-GI Novice Middle Weight   3rd place Eric Whitney

Mens NO-GI Beginner Middle Weight  2nd place Dan Campbell

Mens NO-GI Expert Light Heavy Weight 1st place Tamdan McCrory

Mens NO-GI Intermediate Cruiser Weight 1st place Taylor Kirby

Mens NO-GI Beginner Heavy Weight 1st place Tom Barnes

Mens NO-GI Expert Heavy Weight    3rd place Phil Mitsiell

Mens NO-GI Expert Super Heavyweigh 1st place Ed Abrasley

Masters NO-GI Expert Light Weight 1st place Logan Walker

Masters NO-GI Intermediate Welter Weight 1st place Brad Setter

Masters NO-GI Intermediate Middle Weight 3rd place Jim Jordan

Masters NO-GI Expert Cruiser Weight  1st place Nicholas Newcomb

Masters NO-GI Expert Super Heavyweight   3rd place Phil Mitsiell

Executive NO-GI Intermediate Middle Weight 2nd place Kevin Seaman

Directors NO-GI Expert Middle Weight 3rd place Steven Ward

Womens NO-GI Intermediate Fly Weight 2nd place Sheena Bidwell

Mens GI White Belt Fly Weight 1st place Anthony Masella

Mens GI White Belt Heavy Weight 3rd place Tom Barnes

Mens GI Blue Belt Cruiser Weight  1st place Taylor Kirby

Mens GI Purple Belt Light Heavy Weight 1st place Tamdan McCrory

Mens Masters Blue Belt Welter Weight 2nd place Brad Setter

Mens Masters Blue Belt Middle Weight  2nd place James Jordan

Mens Masters Blue Belt Super Heavy Weight 1st place Sam Saba

Mens Masters Purple Belt Welter Weight  1st Logan Walker

Mens Executives Blue Belt Middle Weight 2nd place Kevin Seaman

Mens Directors Purple Belt Welter Weight 2nd place Steven Ward

Mens Blue Belt Super Heavyweight 1st place Ed Abrasley

Kids NO-GI Novice 49.9 lbs & Under, 4-5 yo 2nd place Dominic Schiano

Kids NO-GI Novice 49.9 lbs & Under, 4-5 yo  3rd place Carter Rowley

Kids NO-GI Novice 50 to 59.9 lbs 2nd place  Matias Romano

Kids NO-GI Novice 50 to 59.9 lbs 1st place   Matteo Pelosi

Kids NO-GI Beginner 50 to 59.9 lbs 7 years old 2nd place  Michael Schiano

Kids NO-GI Beginner 50 to 59.9 lbs 9 years old 2nd place Dillion Murphy

Kids NO-GI Beginner 60 to 69.9 lb 1st place Valencia Bidwell

Kids NO-GI Beginner 60 to 69.9 lbs 8 year olds 2nd place Cody Curkendell

Kids NO-GI Intermediate 60 to 69.9 lbs 6-7 Year Old 2nd place Micah Perry

Kids NO-GI Intermediate 60 to 69.9 lbs 10-11 Year Old 3rd place  Aidan Cau

Kids NO-GI Expert 70 to 79.9 lbs. 8-9 yrs old 2nd place Dylan Healey

Kids NO-GI Novice 80 to 89.9 lbs.  2nd place Elliana L. Saba

Kids NO-GI Intermediate 80 to 88.9 lbs. 8 & 9 yrs old  2nd place Elaina Saba

Kids NO-GI Beginner 90 to 99.9 lbs. 11 yr olds 2nd place Dakari Grady

Kids NO-GI Intermediate 115 to 129.9 lbs 10-12 yrs 1st place Sophia Cali

Kids NO-GI Intermediate 115 to 129.9 lbs 12- 13 yrs 3rd place Sophia Cali

Kids NO-GI Expert 120 to 129.9 lbs. 1st place Salim Saba

Girls NO-GI Beginner, 50-59.9 lbs, 8 yo 2nd place  Kayla Deats

Girls NO-GI Beginner, 50-59.9 lbs, 8 yo 3rd place Akasha Nunnally

Girls NO-GI Beginner, 60-69.9 lbs, 6 yo 2nd place  Sahara Grady

Girls NO-GI Beginner, 60-69.9 lbs, 6 yo 3rd place     Ariyah Racciatti

Girls NO-GI Beginner, 60-69.9 lbs, 7-8 yo 1st place   Naiture Safford

Girls NO-GI Beginner, 60-69.9 lbs, 10-11 yo 3rd place Kenji Frazier

Girls NO-GI Beginner, 90-100 lbs 1st place  Damiana Racciatti

Girls NO-GI Beginner                        2nd place Damiana Racciatti

Girls NO-GI Intermediate, 60-69.9 lbs  2nd place Kenzi Frazier

Teen NO-GI Beginner Cruiser Weight 17 yrs old  1st place  Danjai Jones

Teen Girls NO-GI Intermediate 1st place  Bailey Sherbourne

Kids GI Novice 49.9 lbs and Under 2nd place  Dominic Schiano

Kids GI Novice 50 to 59.9 lbs 6-7 yrs old 1st place     Matteo Pelosi

Kids GI Novice 50 to 59.9 lbs 6-7 yrs old 2nd place   Matias Romano

Kids GI Beginner 50 to 59.9 lbs 9-10 years old 1st place Dillon Murphy

Kids GI Beginner 60 to 69.9 lbs 8-9 years olds 2nd place Cody Curkendell

Kids GI Intermediate 60 to 69.9 lbs 6-7 year olds 2nd place Micah Perry

Kids GI Expert 70 to 79.9 lbs. 9 & 10 yrs old 2nd place Dylan Healey

Kids GI Beginner 80 to 89.9 lbs. 8 yr olds 3rd place   Elliana L. Saba

Kids GI Beginner 90 to 99.9 lbs. 2nd place   Damiana Racciatti

Kids GI Novice 100 to 114.9 lbs 1st place   Daikari Grady

Kids GI Beginner 100 to 114.9 lbs 11-12 year olds 3rd place Daikari Grady

Kids GI Intermediate 115 to 129.9 lbs.  2nd place Sophia Cali

Kids GI Expert 120 to 129.9 lbs. 2nd place Salim Saba

Girls GI Beginner, 50-59.9 lbs 2nd place  Ariyah Racciatti

Girls GI Beginner, 60-69.9 lbs  2nd place  Sahara Grady

Girls GI Beginner, 60-69.9 lbs 3rd place    Naiture Safford

Girls GI Beginner, 50-59.9 lbs 2nd place  Akasha Nunnally

Girls GI Beginner, 50-59.9 lbs 3rd place  Kayla Deats

Girls GI Beginner, 50-59.9 lbs 1st place  Isabelle Newcomb

Girls GI Beginner, 60-69.9 lbs 2nd place Kenzi Frazier

Girls GI Intermediate, 60-70 lb 1st Valencia Bidwell

Girls GI Intermediate, 70-80 lbs 2nd place  Desiree Hoff

Girls GI Intermediate, 100-110 lbs 1st place   Elaina Saba

Teen GI Beginner Cruiser Weight 16 & 17 yrs old 1st place Danjai Jones



3/15/14 Family Throwdown Open Mat









Our third annual Two hour open Mat was a success. We had over 80 people participate. The first hour was GI and the second hour you could go GI or NO GI. We had people from Tai-Kai, Infinity BJJ, BC Martial Arts,  Flavio Behring NY, and Ultimate Athletics Syracuse. There were 5 Black Belts, 5 Brown Belts, and a whole bunch of Purple, Blue and White in Attendance.  These opportunities are great for being able to train with people from different schools and a great example of the tightness of the Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood.  We will let everyone know when the next Family Throwdown is.

Tai-Kai goes 3-0 at The Gladius MMA Fights this past weekend.







Fight One: Lee Duvall (Ultimate Athletics) vs. Ryan Balintfy (Tai Kai); 185 lbs

Both guys came out swinging in this one, with Balintfy quickly getting the better of the exchange. The Syracuse-area fighter rocked Duvall with a right hand, then dropped him to the mat. As Balintfy moved in to swarm his downed opponent, the referee quickly called a halt to the action just 16 seconds into the fight.

Fight Three: Nick Valente (Fight Team Ascension) vs. Steve Elsenbeck (Tai Kai); 160 lbs
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blue belt Steve Elsenbeck showed very good technique from the bottom position in this fight. After Valente secured a take early into the round, Elsenbeck quickly secured wrist control and worked methodically for the triangle choke from high guard. Valente managed to fight out of one triangle, but Elsenbeck re-secured it and got the tap at 1:41 of Round 1.

Fight Seven: Mike Bennett (Five Element MMA) vs. Bryce Tallini (Tai Kai); 135-pound title fight.

In a battle of I-81, Mike Bennett of Binghamton faced off with Bryce Tallini of Syracuse for the Gladius Bantamweight title. This fight was largely a grappling match, with both men showing solid technique while battling for position on the floor

Tallini won all three rounds, but the action was close in each of them, as Bennett worked with dogged determination to secure a choke from bottom position. Despite the vast majority of the fight taking place on the ground, the referee did not need to issue a single standup warning to the fighters for being inactive. This is a rarity, and both fighters deserve credit for maintaining such a brisk grappling pace for three straight rounds.

As the Gladius bantamweight champion, Tallini will join Team Syracuse Gladius to face off against the visiting team from Tennessee in Cortland next month.