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Monthly Archives: October 2014

This Week at Tai-Kai: Schedule Reminders


10/25 & 10/26 – Dan Inosanto Seminar 

Saturday 10/25 and Sunday 10/26 – Seminar 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tai-Kai Schedule:

Saturday – NO Adult BJJ at 11:00 AM (there will be open mat at 12pm)                                                                             All other classes follow the normal schedule

Sunday – Advanced Open Mat 11:30 am,                                                                                                                                     All other classes follow the normal schedule










A Girl In A Gi Mini BJJ Documentary

FROM:  “On The Mat”

BJJ Purple Sheena Bidwell Shares Her Love Of BJJ In Jim Kearns Jiu Jitsu Story Mini BJJ Documentary.

Women’s BJJ is on the rise and growing by leaps and bounds. We are seeing more and more women getting On The Mat and training BJJ!

This video shares some great in site from Sheena Bidwell about what Jiu Jitsu and training means to her she really comes from the heart. It is clear that she is passionate about her training.

Sheena is a purple belt under BJJ Black Belt Dennis Sugrue from Tai Kai Martial Arts in Syracuse, NY which is run by our old friend Ken Kronenberg a BJJ Black Belt under Relson Gracie.

This video is also to promote The Gi Project which is to Providing Martial Arts Uniforms to underprivileged children and share the joy and benefit of Jiu Jitsu with children.

Tai-Kai Student Helps kids Worldwide


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Liverpool (WSYR-TV) – A young Salina girl is making an impact around the world with a special project she’s spearheading from right here in Central New York.

Valencia Bidwell has been involved with the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for 3 years.

She’s only 8 years old now so it’s been a big part of much of her life and she wants to make sure other kids have the same opportunity she’s had with the sport.

When we first met her last year, Valencia had decided to try and collect 100 gis, the uniform used in the sport, to donate to kids who couldn’t afford them. She’s passed her goal.

Valencia Bidwell tells NewsChannel 9, “I want to help kids around the world experience the joys of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu like I have.”

Sheena Bidwell, Valencia’s mother says, “For your average person to give something as simple as a top and bottom,it’s life changing to these kids.”

“Take kids out of really negative environments and teach them martial arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and gives them things like nutritional counseling, education counseling and it gives them confidence and they believe in themselves” says Valencia’s father Mike Bidwell.

They say you can’t really do Jiu Jitsu without a gi.

It’s a lot more than just a uniform to make you look good, it’s actually built really strong and tough for all the gripping, pulling and grabbing they do while they’re training.

It would be like playing football without any pads.

Later this week Valencia will receive a donation of 100 gis, her original goal, all in one day, from Submission Fight Company. So what’s her new goal?

Valencia says, “I don’t have a limit.”