Tai Kai BJJ
On 9/2/2017 a whole community came together to help raise money for one of our students. Jackson Mitsiell is a 5 year old that takes BJJ classes with us at Tai-Kai( his father has been a member and assistant instructor for years). Jackson was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He was operated on and is currently being treated with chemotherapy. We wanted to raise money for the family and also show Jackson how much people care for him. In one day we raised close to $11,000. The go fund me page is still active and we are looking at a goal of $7500 for start. I will post that link and the link to the next fundrasier in another blog.
The day was overwhelming in a good way. There are too many people to thank, so I am thanking everyone. I am scared I will leave some people out. So thank you everyone in that picture and behind the picture. We had people and families from all different martial arts schools locally , people from Buffalo, Rochester, Oneonta, Binghamton, Seneca Falls, Watertown, Utica, Phildalphia, PA to name a few. There was over 200 people there throughout the day.
The first hour of the seminar involved Ben Tallini going over some one leg-X guard positions and sweeps. Everything built upon the previous technique. I know Ben could have shown us techniques for hours if we gave him the time. We had to use both rooms because of the amount of people.
The next hour was Dennis Sugrue showing some leg locks. Most of them were NO-GI versions but they could be adapted for GI. He went over some basic positions and also built off some of the positions Ben went over so the two sections flowed together. If you attended this section remember with Leg Locks come great responsibility 🙂
In between the sections Phil thanked everyone that came and went into some more details on his son’s conditon. It was very emotional experience even for us CYBORGS. The last hour was open mat. People were training hard and got some good rolls in.
We also had a silent auction on some extraordiany merchandise that was donated. I will have a full list later. People got to win some great items.
We also had people that donated their time and sold food on the outside. There was wings, candy, cookies, cupcakes,lemonade, cotton candy etc. So again THANK YOU everyone that came and also those that supported and donated to the seminar that couldnt’ make it.
Congrats to everyone from Tai Kai that competed at the Buffalo Tapout Cancer Tournament on July 22,2017.
1st-Allison Laraby women’s -white belt light featherweight
2nd- Dan Laraby Men’s Masters -White belt light feather weight
2nd- Jason Ryerson Men’s Master’s – White Belt Super Heavyweight
1st- Ed Abrasley- Adult ultra heavyweight- black belt division
1st-Jason Eggleston- Adult ultra heavyweight- black belt division
2nd- Mary Parry- women’s -white belt- featherweight
2nd- Anthony Carella- Adult -white belt- middleweight
2nd- Stevie Angelino- Women’s- white belt- heavyweight
On May 13th, 2017 in Ithaca was the next edition of Global Grappling. They had a regular tournament during the day and a 16 man professional 155 lb tournament and super fights with EBI rules at night. First thanks to Sam Micale and Global Grappling for having these local tournaments and giving athletes these opportunities. Next thanks to all the competitors , students, and family members that went up for support. And Lastly the biggest thanks to Ed Abrasley and Ben Tallini for coaching both the competitors during the day and the professional tournament at night. Once the professional pics are done we will do another post with all those pics.
Regular Tournament Results
Jack Sherbourne 1st place GI and 2nd place NO GI
Will Burnell 2nd place GI and first Place NO GI
Sydney Burnell-2nd place GI
Bailey Sherbourne- 1st place GI and 1st Place NO GI
Fred Perry- 1st Place GI
Tom Barnes- 1st Place GI and 2nd Place NO GI
Sam Micale-1st NO GI
Dickie White- Won first 2 matches by North South Choke and then lost in the semifinals. He looked awesome
Tomas Garcia- Won his first match by armbar then lost the next round to the eventual winner. He looked awesome too.
Alec Callahan- Won superfight by Kneebar
Ed Abrasley- Won superfight by Armbar
Mike Mucitelli- Won Superfight by Rear Naked Choke
On Saturday April 8th, 2017 at Noon, Tai Kai had its latest belt promotion. We had 6 testing: 3 for Brown Belt and 3 for Black Belt. The candidates had to demonstrate sweeps, guard passes, takedowns, certain self-defense techniques, and then free style self-defense (where everyone is attacking them). Everyone did great. Brown Belt Candidates then had to grapple for an hour straight and Black Belt Candidates had to grapple for an hour and half with no breaks, water, etc. I want to thank all the students, friends, family, affiliate schools, and also local schools for coming down to help out. We appreciate everyone. Any Blue belt stripes that I missed please message me or reply into this post.
Black Belts- First Degree
Brown Belt Stripes
Chris Roach- 4th stripe
Brody Neville-4th Stripe
Tamdan McCrory -2nd stripe
Matt Martindale-2nd stripe
Mike Mucitelli-2nd stripe
Darius Collinson-2nd Stripe
Dave Briest-2nd Stripe
Blue Belt Stripes
Tim Overend-4th Stripe
Scott Fowler-4th stripe
Jusin Fowler-4th stripe
John Astles-4th stripe
John Meckley-4th stripe
Onino “NINO” Viengkham-3rd stripe
Dan McCarthy- 3rd stripe
Tom Barnes-3rd stripe
Sam Micale-3rd Stripe
Kyle Parella-3rd Stripe
Tom Cooney-3rd Stripe
Frank Parella-2nd Stripe
Mike Edwards-2nd Stripe
Kevin Solano-2nd Stripe
Sarah Barnhardt- 2nd stripe
William Hoff- 2nd stripe
Josh Eason- 2nd stripe
Alec Callahan-2nd stripe
Kaitlin Gregory- 2nd stripe
Dan Dantuono-2nd stripe
Jeff Exner – 1st stripe
Chris Richmond -1st stripe
Bailey Sherbourne -1st stripe
Tiffany Hoff -1st stripe
Jim Kearns -1st stripe
This past Saturday, March 4th 2017 was NAGA in Albany. Tai Kai brought a small team to the competition. Congrats everyone that competed, coached, and went up for support. Here are the results and then enjoy the pics after.
Stephanie Coulson- 1st GI and NO GI
Gerardo Vasquez- 2nd GI
Josh Smith-1st no GI and 2nd GI
Mary Pary- 1st GI and 1st NO GI
Micah Perry -1st GI(KIDS)
Luke Perry- 2nd GI (KIDS)
Ed Abrasley- 1st GI and 1st NO GI
William Burnell- 1st NO GI and 2nd GI(KIDS)
Sam Micale- 1st NO GI
Allison Laraby- 1st NO GI and 2nd GI
Dan Laraby-1st GI
Chloe Raith-2nd NO GI and 2nd GI(Kids)
Guide to Open Mat
Welcome to the second half of your BJJ class, Open Mat! Open Mat (usually) begins after the instructor has taught a one-hour class. All belt levels are welcome to grapple without instruction, and with submissions. A pre-determined round time (ex. 5 minutes) will be set on the clock, along with a rest time (ex. 45 seconds) in between rounds. Grappling partners are chosen by you, please enjoy your experience!
Common names for practicing BJJ with a partner outside of class:
open mat, randori, live sparing, rolling & grappling
Plan Ahead for optimal success:
How many days this week will I go to open mat?
How many rounds will I roll?
How long is each round?
How long is each break?
What is the total amount of time training?
Ex. This week I will go to _______open mats, I will roll _____Rounds for _____Minutes each.
The longer you train in BJJ the higher the numbers start to climb.
*Class is instruction time. Grappling during open mat is practice of the instruction.
Light Stretch, Warm Up Round
Cool Down Round, Hydrate, Deep Stretch, Foam Roll
*Record training in your BJJ Notebook.
Flip Flops (to be worn inside only)
Hydration & Snacks
Aid – Athletic tape, etc.
Hygiene Products – deodorant, etc.
Extra – hair rubber bands, etc.
Slap, Bump & Roll!
JIU JITSU is easy as 123 ?
Off balance opponent, Break posture
Get to dominant position, Secure position
Submission by joint lock or choke
Once your opponent applies a joint lock/choke you ‘tap’ to let your partner know to immediately stop applying pressure. A physical tap of the hand to your opponent’s body signifies a stop.
4 Main Positions :
Belt Rank Guide:
0 White Belt
How do I measure progress?
** Consistency & Time on the Mat (grappling) = PROGRESS! **
Ability to avoid submissions from opponent. Ability to achieve dominant position on opponent. Ability to submit opponent.
Same Belt Rank:
These are your peers. Enjoy healthy competition. AVOID comparison.
Relax, have fun!
Eat the Rainbow!
BJJ can be tough and tiring. Finding the right foods to fuel us will keep exercise fun and enjoyable. Cooking with your friends and family is the easiest way to immediately incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet. Don’t forget, everyone will benefit from your whole health. Here are some tips to help you along the way. Go to: www.facebook.com/BJJforKids for a printable copy of “The Rainbow Chart” for kids. Tag us in your pictures #BJJForKids.
The Nutrition Rainbow Connection
Fruits & Veggies get color from naturally occurring micronutrients like vitamins & phytonutrients = good health. One key function of these nutrients is antioxidants, which include beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and vitamins A, C and E. (Not all antioxidants have color, but eating a colorful range of foods helps you get them all.)
More = Better
The more natural colors you have on your plate the happier you will feel
Choose as many colors of food as you can!
Make it a game, whoever has the most colorful plate – wins!
Eat a Rainbow Chart
Find the print out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/taikaimartialarts or
www.facebook.com/BJJforkids Fill In what food you ate to create your rainbow of color!
Color a picture of where in the world your food came from. Example: Banana Tree from Costa Rica
Play with your food!
Discover delicious recipes by learning how to cook your own food. Peel, use a plastic salad knife to chop, wash, sort, rinse, there are so many ways you can be involved in the making of your meal.
Nature is Sweet!
Replace artificial fillers with the real deal. Fruit for dessert is delicious!
* WARNING *
Eating Fruits and Veggies will cause these side effects:
More Strength! Super Hero Power!
Extra Extra Extra Energy! Move Waaaaay Faster!
You can keep going longer, without having to stop!
Makes everything easier! It’s way more fun!
Don’t just stop at the rainbow, eat all the colors of Earth!
Red, Orange (yellow)
Raspberries, cherries, strawberries, cranberries, red peppers, tomatoes, red apples, watermelon, grapefruit, pomegranate, beet, papaya, mango, Carrots, pumpkins, yams, Cantaloupe
Lemons, bananas, yellow peppers, pineapple, pear, corn
Kiwi, avocados, Honeydew Melon, asparagus, Celery, kale, Swiss chard, squash, broccoli, cucumbers
Blue / Indigo / Violet
Blueberries, Grapes, plums, Eggplant, Red Cabbage, red onion
Potatoes, garlic, onions, mushrooms, cabbage
Figs , Coconut, Dates
GO TO OUR FACEBOOK SITE and Get our “Eating the Rainbow” chart for kids
Pencil Yourself In for class – schedule your week of training ahead of time. Create a date with yourself, have some me time.
Make it a habit – the more you train the better you feel and the better you get. Classes 7 days a Week!
Get enough rest. Be sure you are getting extra rest on the day’s you train. Martial Arts training demands a lot from out bodies so it is imperative to get enough sleep every night.
Diet / Nutrition
Hydration – get plenty of fluid on the days you’re training!
Eat to Fuel your Workout
Add Fiber to your diet
Eat Unprocessed food
Add more veggies
Lifestyle Support System – Tai-Kai is like one big family. Reach out to a teammate and schedule a
time to attend class together.
Schedule a meet up to drill / grapple or flow! Facebook a teammate for an open mat meet up.
Always stay after Classes try to stay for open mat. This is a time to train / make friends and build a social network of training partners!
Mix It Up
Plateau no more!
Tai-Kai is like a big buffet! So sample the buffet and try something new. We offer: yoga, muay thai, BJJ, MMA, JKD, boxing, open mat and private lessons!
Morning Stretches – Start your day with a morning stretch.
Nightly stretches – End your day with an evening stretch. Your body will reward you when you stretch!
Probiotics and Supplements
Ice / Recovery / Epsom Salt Bath
Warm Up and Cool Down Stretches
Dress For It
Favorite Gloves or Gi
Get your laundry for the week clean so you DON’T miss class!
Keep your clothes by your bed, keep your bag in the car!
Make your time count!
Invest in a notebook and take notes after every class.
Set 3 specific goals that you can easily reach. Instead of adding more time to your workout add intensity to your training. Sneak in 10 push ups before and after your exercise! That little extra bit of training goes a long way towards reaching your goals>
Do some form of training everyday for 30 minutes!
If you can’t make it to class, or it’s not a training day aim for mental reps. Set the timer for a half hour at home workout. Here’s the deal, if you’re going to get something, you’ll need to give first. Consistency will add up…
Happy New Year from everyone at Tai-Kai Martial Arts! Don’t forget that we will be closed Saturday and Sunday for the new years holiday. There will be an open mat Saturday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. (closed Sunday – check Facebook for Sunday open mat)
Don’t forget about the upcoming Erik Paulson seminar in February. Erik Paulson is a submission grappling / BJJ / MMA legend. This seminar will be closer to a camp than a seminar. Two days of in depth training (8 hours of instruction) from one of the top trainers in the world. The seminar will be February 4th & 5th, 2017 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM each day!
On 11/5/2016 Tai Kai went to Rochester for the Art of Combat Tournament. It was a No-Point tournament/Submission only with EBI rules for overtime. First up was Sam Micale, he won his match by Triangle Choke early onto the match. Alec Callahan was up next. He competed against a 10th Planet student from Michigan. It was a good match back and forth. Alec eventually lost via foot lock but showed a lot of technique and heart in the match. It was now Ed Abrasley’s turn. He took his opponent down, passed guard, mounted and eventually finished with a head and arm choke.
Alec then went in the the Open Division. His fist match was against someone that outranked him and outweighed him. Alec dominated this match eventually finishing with a rear naked choke and getting the win. He lost to the eventual winner in the next round. Congrats to all the coaches, students, families of Tai Kai. Also Congrats to all the Tai Kai/Balance affiliates that competed: Dojo 1 and Oneonta BJJ. Everyone did great win or lose.