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New Fitness Kickboxing Instructors and New Classes


Meet Tai-Kai’s new fitness kickboxing instructors. From Top down: Debbie, Genevieve, and Erika. Their Classes are all innovative, exciting, and amazing. Come on down and try a free class. We have also added 9:30 AM classes Monday and Wednesdays.


Monday: 9:30 AM- Genevieve

Monday: 5:00 PM-Erika

Tuesday: 6:45 PM- Genevieve

Wednesday: 9:30 AM- Genevieve

Wednesday: 5PM- Debbie

Thursday: 6:45 PM- Genevieve

Friday: 6:00 PM- Erika

Saturday: 11:00 AM Erika or Genevieve





Tai-Kai jackson Mitsiell Seminar – A huge Sucesss

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.

Tai-Kai: Buffalo Tapout Cancer Tournament Results

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


Global Grappling : Tai Kai Results








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


Professional Matches

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


Tai-Kai Belt Ceremony April 8th, 2017






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

Ben Tallini

Kevin Hotchkiss

Matt Moore


Black Belts- First Degree

Jason Eggleston

Mike Bidwell

Joe Roach

Anthony Johnston


Brown Belts

Chris Anderson

Ed Abrasley

Kevin MacDougall








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






Tai Kai -NAGA 2017 ALBANY results










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)



Your BJJ Guide to ‘Open Mat’

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.
Must Haves:

Clean Kimono
Flip Flops (to be worn inside only)
Hydration & Snacks
BJJ Notebook
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 :
Side Control
Belt Rank Guide:

0 White Belt
1 Yellow
2 Orange
3 Green
Blue Belt
Purple Belt
Brown Belt
Black Belt
How do I measure progress?
** Consistency & Time on the Mat (grappling) = PROGRESS! **

Lower Belt:
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.

Upper Belt:
Relax, have fun!

PARENT TIPS: “Eating from the Rainbow”



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!

Use crayons!
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!

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

White /Colorless
Potatoes, garlic, onions, mushrooms, cabbage

Figs , Coconut, Dates

GO TO OUR FACEBOOK SITE and Get our “Eating the Rainbow” chart for kids

Tai-Kai New Year’s Tips for SUCCESS!

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!


Avoid Injury
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!

















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!

Register here!