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NAGA Tournament – Glen Falls Results

Here are the full results from the NAGA tournament in Glen Falls, NY.  Congratulations to everyone who competed.  Special thanks to coaches Anthony Johnston, Ed Abrasely, Brody Neville and Mike Bidwell for a great coaching job Saturday.

Full Results:

Kyle Parella 1st Place / 1st Place

Ed Abrasely 1st Place

Mike Bidwell 1st Place / 1st Place

Frank Parella 2nd Place

William Burnell 2nd Place / 2nd Place / 3rd Place

Carter Rowley 2nd Place / 2nd Place

Dominic Schiano 1st Place / 1st Place

Luca Pelosi 2nd Place / 2nd Place

Austin Hererra 2nd Place / 2nd Place

Abigail Mossotti 2nd Place / 3rd Place / 2nd Place

Ty DeMoya 2nd Place

Sonny Sehsand 2nd Place

Kenji Frazier 2nd Place / 2nd Place

Valencia Bidwell 1st Place / 1st Place

Jayme Jackson 1st Place / 1st Place







Congrats New Tai-Kai Blue Belts and Purple Belts








Congrats to new Tai-Kai Blue Belts and Purple Belts.

A more detailed post with more pictures will be done this week.


Blue Belts

Kevin Solano

Frank Parella

Kyle Parella


Purple Belts

Kevin Seaman

Matt DeGonzaque

Ed Abrasley

Sam Saba

Matt Thompson

Jeff Callahan

Trevor Pastor

Rob Solano

Logan Walker

Steve Ward

Bryce Tallini

Nate Musick

Ben Siragusa

Steve Elsenbeck (will test this week)

Brian Kelly

Sheena Bidwell

Shawn Chapa

Dan Puma

Pat Dwyer

Jeremy Hobbs


Ryan Balinfy Gladius Write Up


Gladius XII Full Card Report

August 2, 2014; Sharkey’s Bar & Grill




Fight Seven: Ryan Balintfly vs. Lushima Kuajo Lumba-Kasamango, 170 lbs
Syracuse’s own Ryan Balintfly of Tai Kai faced Lushima Kuajo Lumba-Kasamango of Ithaca in a welterweight bout. Neither fighter showed an ounce of extra weight, but it was a classic case of a stout, powerfully built fighter in Balintfly against a lean, athletic fighter in Lumba-Kasamango.

Lumba-Kasamango looked to use his length to fight on the outside, but Balintfly forced a clinch and muscled a takedown against the side of the cage. Balintfly improved to a half guard and looked to mash Lumba-Kasamango against the cage while setting up his ground and pound, but Lumba-Kasamango managed to retake guard. Lumba-Kasamango attempted to sweep but Balintfly postured up and rolled back into guard. Balintfly crammed Lumba-Kasamango back against the cage and tried to open up with his offense while Lumba-Kasamango held on in a purely defensive position. This round was clearly a 10-9 round for Balintfly.

Lumba-Kasamango looked to circle and kick as the second round began, while Balintfly pressed forward. Lumba-Kasamango landed a thudding body kick but Balintfly took it in stride and pushed him into the cage, taking him back to the mat. Lumba-Kasamango rolled through, briefly reversing position, but could do very little from the top and Balintfly quickly reversed back to top position again, where he pounded on Lumba-Kasamango’s body. Balintfly pushed him to the cage and landed some bombs to the head along the cage in the last seconds of the round. The round clearly belonged to Balintfly and was close to being a 10-8 round based on the heavy shots he landed late. Lumba-Kasamango was staggering as he returned to his corner, earning him a long and close look from the referee between rounds.

As the third round started, Balintfly secured a quick double underhook in the clinch and slammed Lumba-Kasamango to the mat. Balintfly worked from the guard, landing a couple of heavy shots as he worked to push Lumba-Kasamango into the corner. Lumba-Kasamango was extremely game made a nice sweep attempt, but Balintfly postured up and blocked it easily to finish the round in guard. All three judges were unanimous in awarding the decision to Ryan Balintfly.