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Five New Blues!

On Monday May 19th Tai-Kai held a belt test / promotion.  The following candidates successfully passed to blue belt:

Tom Barnes, Rich D’Amico, Tim Overend, Rodrigo Clementino and Justin Flower.

To be promoted the candidates demonstrated 30 minutes of continuous technique.  This included:  positional escapes, sweeps, submissions, combo sweeps to submissions, submission chains, takedowns into guard passes, self-defense and self-defense against a live opponent.  The candidates then performed 30-minute of live grappling against “fresh” opponents.

Blue Belt Promotion!














Congratulations to everyone!

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. -Heather Beecher Stowe


US Grappling Tournament Videos

Jim Jordan – Blue Belt 30+ Finals Match                                      

Jim Jordan is a product of our noon BJJ program.  Jim trains 4 or 5 days per week and has done a great job developing a solid BJJ game…especially utilizing the “baseball choke”with huge success.  Jim is also a father of two small children.  Congrats!

Chris Roach – Brown Belt Finals Match











Tai-Kai Brings home 28 medals!


Congratulations to everyone from Tai-Kai who competed in the US Grappling, Submission Only tournament on May 17th, 2014 in Rochester NY.  This tournament was very different than most BJJ and grappling tournaments as there were no points or time limits!  You could only win one way…via submission!  This made for some long, interesting matches.  The great part about the “submission only” concept is that there leaves zero doubt about who won a match.  You either got tapped out or you didn’t.  There are no points…no advantages…no judges decisions…just submissions.

Highlights from the tournament:

  • Big Ed Abrasely dominated just about every single match, even submitting a seasoned black belt in the absolute division.  Ed won 1st in the Absolute no gi,  1st in advanced heavy (gi), 2nd in the blue belt absolute (closing it out with Shawn Champa and Matt Irland)
  • A lot of credit can be given to Crazy Mike Mucitelli for returning to his BJJ competition roots and doing an amazing job pushing through some long, tough battles to secure the wins.  Mike won 1st in the purple belt heavy gi, purple belt absolute and closed out the advanced no-gi super heavyweight with Ed Abrasely).
  • The match of the day has to go to Melissa House.  She just started BJJ two months ago, coming from the kickboxing program.  Melissa fought a 35 minute battle in the beginners, absolute gi division.  The match was a nail biter with both girls getting dominating positions on each other. In the final ten minutes Melissa secured the mount where she was able to pass her partners gi lapel across her face to create enough of a reaction to transition to a beautiful arm-bar submission win!  Melissa won 1st in the gi absolute and 1st in the no gi heavyweight.


No Gi Results:  Adv. Absolute (no gi) – 1st Ed Abrasely, Adv. 215 + 1st Ed Abrasely / Mike Mucitelli (close out), Beg. Absolute (no gi) – 1st Tom Barnes, Beg. 1st (no gi) Tom Barnes, Beg. Absolute (females no gi) – 1st Melissa House, 30+ No Gi – 1st Matt Irland, Intermediate 215+ (no gi) – 1st Matt Irland

Gi Results:  Brown belt Absolute – 1st Chris Roach, Purple belt Absolute – 1st Crazy Mike Mucitelli, Purple belt 215+ Crazy Mike Mucitelli, Blue belt Absolute – 1st Shawn Champa (close out) 2nd Ed Abrasely – 3rd Matt Irland, White belt females – 1st Melissa House, 30+ Blue belt – 1st Jim Jordan, White belt – 2nd Tom Barnes.

Kid’s Results:  Damiana Racciatti 2nd / 2nd place, Naiture Saffold 2nd / 3rd place, Ausin Herrera 1st / 1st place, Ty Demoya 2nd place, Carter Rowley 3rd place / 2nd place, Will Burnell 2nd place, Jayme Jackson -1st place teens.

Medal Count: 28 total medals

First Place – 15 medals, Second Place – 8 medals, 3rd place – 5 medals.




















































Tai-Kai Win’s Team Title!











Congratulations to everyone who competed in the NAGA Tournament in Albany, NY on March 22nd, 2014.

Tai-Kai won the overall team title, kid’s team title, no-gi team title and 3rd place in gi.  Also a special congrats to our friends at Behring BJJ, Infinity BJJ and B.C. Martial Arts on placing among the top teams!












Real Jeet Kune Do at Tai-Kai Martial Arts taught by Sifu Kevin Seaman.  He literally wrote “the book” on Jeet Kune Do.

Pictured here is the cover of his book (endorsed by Dan Inosanto himself, personal student of Bruce Lee)  Classes Start:  5/21/14 7:00 PM This is the perfect class for ANY age or skill level (teens to adults).  Come by and give it a try on 5/21 (try the first class FREE).


New Jeet Kune Do Classes at Tai Kai – May 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM



Starting May 21st I will be teaching an ongoing class in Jeet Kune Do aka JKD at Tai Kai Brazilian Jiu JItsu and Mixed Martial Arts Arts! I have studied Bruce Lee’s Art and Philosophy of this martial art for 30 years with Sifu Dan Inosanto of the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts. Sifu Dan was Bruce Lee’s TOP Student and Protege. This class will be an in-depth organized study of this simplistic, non-classical approach to fighting from a second generation student in the Bruce Lee Linage. I also wrote a very well received book on the subject you can use as a text. If you train in BJJ, this will enhance your BJJ, if you study Thai Boxing with me, this will help to improve your striking, if you study Kali with me, JKD will give you an expanded understanding of your art. Classes start at 7pm. Mention that Kevin Seaman sent you and receive 2 FREE classes to try Jeet Kune Do with me…only at Tai Kai.

“Kevin, your book is just as valuable as the Tao Of Jeet Kune Do!”
-Dan Inosanto
Founder of the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts