Tai Kai Jiu Jitsu News
Tai Kai had it’s most recent belt test/ceremony for it’s youth students. We had over 70 kids and their families show up. The place was packed. Thank you to all the families and all the students who came to help(including coaches, helpers, food, camera and video) You guys are great. There was so much positive and exciting energy in the school. After bowing in, warming up, and stretching; each of the students got to demonstrate some techniques with their age group and belt level according to their skill. The advanced kids got to demonstrate some high level techniques, including a lot of awesome standup self defense. Then each student go to grapple with their parent or another adult. Each student was awarded their belt individually and then we took a group picture. The ceremony lasted for about an hour and half. All I got to say is you Tai Kai Kids are awesome. Take a look at the pic and the video below.
Congratulations to all the kids that were promoted yesterday! Great school, great bunch of kids and great parents!
Posted by Jim Kearns on Sunday, March 4, 2018
Congrats to everyone that competed. Here are the full results
Jason Ryerson Gi Master Male White Belt 210 – 230: 2nd Place
No Gi Beginner Male Adult 210 – 230: 2nd Place
Adam Groesbeck Gi Adult Male White Belt 185: 4th place
No Gi Adult Male White Belt 185 : 4th place
Dan Laraby Gi Adult Male Blue under 135- 3rd place
Allison Laraby Gi Adult Female Blue under 120- 3rd place
Ed Abrasley No GI adult absolute 1st place
Jason Iorio Gi Master Male Blue 155 – 1st place
No GI intermediate master male male 155-1st place
Tyler Lalonde kids’ gi 8-9 yr white belt 55-65lbs, 3rd place
No gi 8-9 yr 55-65lbs beginner, 3rd place
Noah Lalonde kids’ gi 6-7 yr white belt under 45lbs, 2nd place
No gi 6-7 yr under 45lbs beginner, 2nd place
Ryan Fish 1st mens Gi white belt 230+,
2nd men’s intermediate no gi 230+
Stevie Angelinio Gi adult female white belt under 150 – 1st Place
Anthony Carella 3rd place adult blue belt GI
Congrats to 20 new Tai-Kai Blue Belts. On Saturday January 13, 2017 , we has 20 new students promoted to blue belt. We had young kids in their 20’s up to Women in their 50’s testing. We had 100 pound woman all the way up to over 200 lb men. We even had two husband and wives test together for their rank. Six new Women joined the rank of Blue Belt.It was a great test and really brought everyone together. This would not be possible without all the students, families, and ALL the instructors that teach and helped with the test. THANK YOU to everyone.
The actual test was 2 hours long. The first one and half hours was demonstration of basic technique including: submissions, escapes, takedowns, positions, sweeps , and of course SELF DEFENSE. Then they grappled for 30 minutes with no break getting a new partner every minute. At the end when they thought they were done , they had to go through some basic movements such as, shrimping, back breakfalls, rolls, sprawls, and butt scoots. Everyone looked great and I was really impressed with this group of new Blue Belts.
NEW BLUE BELTS
Enjoy the Pictures
Tai Kai will pay you to bring your friends in to train. If your friend signs up for a yearly membership you get cash. If they do a 12 month regular program you will get $100. If they do a 6 month Kickboxing only program you will get $50.
1) You will be able to do something fun with your friends
2) Bring More training partners in to Tai-Kai
3) EARN CASH doing it.
You can bring in as many people as you want and earn as much CASH as you are able to
Sorry Hurry up and get your friends in there
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
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)