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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!









Congrats Tai-Kai- Rochester Art of Combat



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.

Rochester Rumble Results for Tai Kai – October 15, 2016











Congrats to everyone that competed. Here are the results. Big congrats to Tom Barnes he put two people to sleep with chokes: one in the GI and one in NO GI

Alec Callahan 2nd in GI and 1st in NO GI

Anthony Carella 1st in GI and 1st in NO GI

Mahfouz Abu-Manneh 1st in GI

Brad Shepard 2nd in NO GI

Tom Barnes 1st in GI and 1st in NO GI

Updated Tai Kai- Blue Belt Requirements








Blue Belt Requirements



Ukemi-Rolls & Falls


Rolls (Front/Back)                                          Falls (Back, Side, Front, Rolling)


Basic Movements/Positions

Base, Shrimp, Bridge, Bridge to Knees, Guard Replacement Roll (Granby Roll)

Transitions: take the mount from side(basic and sit out), Knee on the Belly from side

Mount control (swim, “spiderhands”, Modified mount, take the back, remount)

Guard control (Guard swim, Under/Over hooks, armdrag, take back, punch block series)

Side control (Standard, Kesa,100 Kilos,Reverse Kesa, Basic Knee on Belly, North South)

Clinch Control (Pummel) Gripfighting (Hand/wrist control, armdrag, 2 on 1)

Back Control (Take the back from turtle, Hooks, Seatbelt, Side/side, Flattening out, Remount)


Self Defense

Standing up Properly with and without kick

Front Bear Hug (Arms Over)  into hip throw
Front Bear Hug (Arms Under) framing against face to push off

Double Leg Defense (Knee & Guillotine)

Standing Headlock (Bent Forward )-falling backward into L takedown

Standing Headlock (Bent Forward)-sitting down falling foward

Standing Headlock  with punches defense

Standing Guillotine- Classical reach over and buckle the knee takedown

Standing Guillotine- Bent over(sitting down and throwing over body)

Standing Rear Choke (Posture Broke Back)-taking backwards into trip

Standing Rear Choke(into shoulder throw)

Defense Against Right Hook(step in block,clinch, hip throw)

Defense Against Right Hook step in block into BODYFOLD takedown)

Defense Against Right Hook-ducking under to their back and do L sit takedown

Wrist Grab (Palm Up & Palm Down)
2 Handed Front Choke  (basic-dodging under arms and stepping back)

2 Handed Front Choke ( too strong for first one step in into hip Throw)

2 Handed Wrist Grab -base and pull out arm with other hand

Single Lapel Grab (To Back)finishing with shoulder lock from behind

Rear Bear Hug (Arms In)       -step behind to throw back

Rear Bear Hug (Arms Out)-drop to floor and pull leg up

1 Hand Throat Grab or chest push ( to standing Armlock in  base)

Guard Pull after a a clinch

Punch Block Series (defending punches from guard)

UPA with punches

Taking the Back from Guard- person has forearm against your throat



Mount Escapes

Upa                                                                 Upa (Hand on throat)

Upa (Arm Under Head or In Collar)              Shrimp/Elbow Escape

Foot Over/Foot Under Shrimp Escape           Knees In/Butterfly


Side Escapes

Shrimp                                                             Go to Knees (takedown-or take back)

Bridge Over OPP side

Headlock Escapes(Ground)

Frame Escape (Leg Over)-Leg Choke                                    Hooks Escape

Frame Escape (Leg Over-guy to strong go to knees)     Bridge and Roll

Knee on the Belly

Basic Escape


Back Escape

The Basic                                                        Pass the Arm Over

Wrong-Side Bridge and Elbow Push             Opponents Feet Crossed


Submission (Escapes)

Guard Arm Bar (Stack)                                  Top Arm Bar (Hitchhiker escape)

Guard Guillotine                                             Triangle

 Guard Passes


Closed Guard

Double Underhook

Single Under

Knee Slide Pass

How to open Guard in sitting posture

How to open Guard by standing


Half Guard

Tripod (Mount and Side)                                            Reverse sit out Pass


Butterfly Guard

One Butterfly Pass




Scissor Sweep                                                 Scissor W/Knee Push

Hip Heist                                                         Flower/Pendulum

Butterfly/Hook (Elevator)


Guard-Opponent Stands


Double Ankle                                                  Hook/Tripod Sweep

Sickle Sweep


Half Guard

Guard Replacement

Take The back from half Guard

Put in one hook butterfly sweep



Basic Butterfly Sweep(under armpit one side and over armpit on sweeping side)



Rear Takedown(Sit and Roll)

Osoto Gari

Body Fold

Single Leg (Run the Pipe)

Double Leg (Leg Trip/Cut the Corner)

Inside Leg Trip

Hip Toss
Arm Throw/ Seoi nage

Guard Pull/Sweep

Leg Hook Takedown





Collar Choke Palm Up/ Palm Up                    Collar Choke Palm Up/ Palm Down

Guillotine                                                        Triangle

Arm Triangle                                                   Armbar

Kimura                                                            Telephone

Omoplata                                                        Transition from Armbar/Triangle/Omoplata




Standard Armbar                                            Collar Choke Palm Up/Palm Down

Americana                                                       S-Mount to Armbar

Collar Choke Palm Up/ Palm Up                    Arm Triangle


Side Control


Kimura                                                            Armbar

Americana                                                       Arm Triangle




Rear Naked Choke

Sliding Collar Choke

Single Wing Choke


Knee on the Belly


Basic around the world armbar