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Phil Migliarese seminar and promotion!

Tai-Kai hosted a three-hour seminar with team balance founder and Relson Gracie black belt Phil Migliarese on 8/6/16.  The large mat at Tai-Kai was filled with over 70+ participants who listened intently as Professor Migliarese doled out gem after gem of BJJ knowledge.  Participants from Dojo-1, B.C. Martial Arts, Oneonta Jiu-Jitsu Academy and several other schools all attended this event.  In addition, at the conclusion Professor Migliarese promoted Ken Kronenberg to his 3rd degree black belt!

Everyone at Tai-Kai is proud to have such a great leader in Ken Kronenberg!  Congrats.

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Congrats to 8 new Purple Belts and a Bunch of New Stripes-Tai Kai Belt Test 7/12/16










Tai Kai Belt Test -7/12/16

8 people tested for purple belt. The test consisted of 45 minutes of technique requirements( certain sweeps, submissions, escapes, attacks, takedowns,  guard passes , self defense(stand up), and dealing with a live partner trying to hit you from the guard and mount. After this they did 45 minutes of grappling, getting a new partner ever minute and half with no breaks or rest. Once that was done they had do to 50 jumping jacks, 40 pushups, and a minute of burpees. To get a purple belt at Tai Kai you must have the required techniques(technical knowledge), ability to execute them in sparring, and mental toughness. Everyone passed and did awesome. Thanks to everyone from Tai-Kai and all the schools that came to help and give their support. It think there was almost 100 people there. Listed below are our new purple belts and new stripes



Jim Jordan

Neal LaPage

Chris Ruiz

Thomas Garcia

Rich D’Amico

Nick Newcomb

Pat Harrington

Pat Sullivan













Brown Belt Stripes

Ben Taillini – 4 Stripes

Matt Moore- 4 Stripes

Kevin Hotchkiss- 4 Stripes

Chris Roach-3 Stripes

Brody Neville- 3 Stripes

Tamdan McCory-1 Stripe

Matt Martingdale- 1 Stripe

Mike Mucitelli- 1 Stripe

Darius Collinson- 1 Stripe

Dave Briest- 1 Stripe


Purple Belt Stripes

Ed Abrasley- 4 Stripes

Chris Anderson- 4 Stripes

Kevin McDougall-4 Stripes

Brian Kelly- 3 Stripes

Kevin Seaman- 3 Stripes

Nate Musick- 3 Stripes

Shawn Chapa- 3 Stripes

Pat Miller- 3 Stripes

Rob Solano- 3 Stripes

Pat Dwyer- 3 Stripes

Jeff Callahan- 3 Stripes

Matt Thompson- 2 Stipes

Steve Elsenbeck- 2 Stripes

Trevor Pastor- 2 Stripes

Dan Buckley-1 Stripe


Blue Belt Stripes

Josh Blevins- 4 Stripes

John Astles- 3 Stripes

Tim Overend- 3 Stripes

Justin Fowler- 3 Stripes

John Meckley- 3 Stripes

Onino “NINO” Viengkham- 2 Stripes

Dan McCarthy- 2 Stripes

Sarah Barnhardt- 1 Stripe

William Hoff- 1 Stripe

Josh Eason- 1 Stripe








Congrats to the following students who tested for new levels in Muay Thai under Ajarn Kevin Seaman:  Zach Hafner -3rd Level 1st Level – James Strandell, Greg McGrath, Sam Micale, Nicholas Cullen.


NAGA Syracuse Results









Mens NO-GI Expert Light Weight     2nd Place Tomas Garcia

Mens NO-GI Intermediate Middle Weight 1st Place Brad Shepard

Mens NO-GI Expert Super Heavy Weight 1st Place Ed Abrasley
Masters NO-GI Beginner Feather Weight 2nd Place John VecchiarelliMasters NO-GI Beginner Light Weight 2nd Place Kyle WarfordMasters NO-GI Novice Light Heavy Weight 2nd Place Lawrence ‘Andy’ FranckMasters NO-GI Expert Super Heavy Weight 1st Place Ed AbrasleyWomens NO-GI Novice Bantam Weight 2nd Place Mary ParryWomens NO-GI Intermediate Bantam Weight  2nd Place  Kaitlin Gregory

Womens NO-GI Expert Light Weight 1st Place  Bailey Sherbourne

Mens GI White Belt Feather Weight 2nd Place  John Vecchiarelli

Mens GI White Belt Welter Weight 1st Place John Kasarda

Mens GI White Belt Cruiser Weight  2nd Place Joshua Smith

Mens GI Blue Belt Light Weight 2nd Place Tomas Garcia

Mens GI Blue Belt Middle Weight 2nd Place Brad Shepard

Mens GI Brown Belt Super Heavy Weight 1st Place Ed Abrasley

Mens Masters White Belt Light Weight 1st Place Kyle Warford

Mens Masters White Belt LightHeavy Weight 2nd Lawrence ‘Andy’ Franck

Mens Masters White Belt Cruiser Weight 1st Place Joshua Smith

Mens Directors White Belt Heavy Weight 1st Place Mario Citra

Mens Directors Purple Belt Middle Weight 2nd Place Steve Ward

Womens White Belt Bantam Weight 1st Place Mary Parry

Womens Blue Belt Bantam Weight 2nd Place Kaitlin Gregory

Womens Blue Belt Light Weight 1st Place Bailey Sherbourne

Kids NO-GI Beginner 39.9 lbs Under 5 & 6 year olds 2nd Place Mason Mageean

Kids NO-GI Intermediate 40 to 49.9 lbs 6 & 7 yrs old 2nd Place Carter Rowley

Kids NO-GI Expert 40 to 49.9 lbs 6 & 7 year olds 2nd Place Saxon Mageean

Kids NO-GI Advanced 50 to 59.9 lbs 6 to 8 yrs old 3rd Place Saxon Mageean

Kids NO-GI Advanced 80 to 88.9 lbs. 10 yrs old 1st Place Cody Curkendall

Kids NO-GI Intermediate 90 to 99.9 lbs. 10 yr olds 1st Place William Burnell

Kids NO-GI Advanced 90 to 99.9 lbs. 10 -13 yr olds 2nd Place Cody Curkendall

Kids NO-GI Beginner 100 to 114.9 lbs. 9 & 10 yrs old 1st Place Jack DeVinney

Kids NO-GI Expert 100 to 114.9 lbs. 9 to 11 yrs old 2nd Place John Sherbourne

Kids GI Beginner 40 to 49.9 lbs 5 & 6 years old 2nd Place Charlie Carno

Kids GI Beginner 40 to 49.9 lbs 5 & 6 years old 2nd Place Mason Mageean

Kids GI Intermediate 40 to 49.9 lbs 8 & 9 yrs old 3rd Place Saxon Mageean

Kids GI Beginner 50 to 59.9 lbs 7 & 8 year olds 2nd Place Samson Carno

Kids GI Intermediate 50 to 59.9 lbs 6 & 7 Year Old 2nd Place Carter Rowley

Kids GI Beginner 70 to 79.9 lbs  8 & 9 yrs old  2nd Place Owen Roche

Kids GI Intermediate 80 to 88.9 lbs. 10 & 11 yrs old 2nd Place Cody Curkendall

Kids GI Beginner 90 to 99.9 lbs. 10 to 12 yr olds 1st Place Max Morgan

Kids GI Intermediate 90 to 99.9 lbs. 10 yr old 1st Place William Burnell

Kids GI Beginner 100 to 114.9 lbs. 9 & 10 yrs old 1st  Place Jack DeVinney

Kids GI Expert 100 to 114.9 lbs. 9 to 11 yrs old 2nd Place Jack Sherbourne

Girls NO-GI Beginner 67 to 72 lbs  6 year olds 1st Place Gabriella Racciatti

Girls NO-GI Intermediate 44 to 54 lbs 7 -8 year olds 2nd Place Abigail Mossotti

Girls NO-GI Intermediate 44 to 54 lbs 7 -8 year olds 3rd Place Chloe Raith

Girls NO-GI Intermediate 76 to 87 lbs 8 -9 year olds 2nd Place Ariyah Racciatti

Girls GI Beginner 67 to 72 lbs  6 year olds 2nd Place Gabriella Racciatti

Girls GI Beginner 99 to 111 lbs 10 year olds 1st Place Ella Roche

Girls GI Intermediate 44 to 54 lbs 7 -8 year olds 2nd Place Chloe Raith

Girls GI Intermediate 44 to 54 lbs 7 -8 year olds 3rd Place Abigail Mossotti

Girls GI Intermediate 76 to 87 lbs 8 & 9 year olds 2nd Place Ariyah Racciatti

Teen GI Advanced Fly Weight 13 & 14 yrs old 2nd Place Aaron Brennan

Teen Girls NO-GI Exp Light Weight 13-14 yrs old 2nd Place Damiana Racciatti

Teen Girls NO-GI Beg Welter Wt 11 -14 yrs old  1st Place Rosemary Carmona

Teen Girls GI Expert Light Weight 13 & 14 yrs old 2nd Place Damiana Racciatti

Teen Girls NO-GI Beginner Welter  12 -14 yrs old 2nd Place Rosemary Carmona




Purple Belt Test 7/12/2016- List of Candidates and Requirements










Tai Kai Purple Belt Test: Tuesday July 12th, 6:45 PM. 

We will be having a purple belt test 07/12 at 6:45 PM. We need as many people there as possible to help out with some of the demonstrations and to roll with them. We will also be doing some stripes for other belts the same night. Below is the list of candidates and the Purple Belt requirements.

 Jim Jordan

Neal LaPage

Pat Harrington

Pat Sullivan

Tomas Garcia

Rich Damico

Chris Ruiz

Nicholas Newcomb


Purple Belt Test
Self Defense
Demonstrate 10-15 Gracie Self Defense Moves
Demonstrate Guard work against punches
Demonstrate 10 Takedowns (Should include shots and throws)
Demonstrate Proper Guard Pulling to sweeps
Demonstrate 5 Mount Escapes
Demonstrate 4 Side Escapes Plus at least 1 way to escape  Modified Scarfhold(under armpit) and Reverse Scarfhold
Demonstrate 3 Downed Headlock Escapes
Demonstrate 2 Back Escapes
Demonstrate Submission Escapes from: RNC, Kimura, Armbar, Triangle Choke, Guillotine, Footlock, and Heelhook
Guard Passes
Demonstrate 5 Closed Guard Passes
Demonstrate 3 Half Guard Passes
Demonstrate 3 Butterfly Passes
Demonstrate 8-10 Closed Guard Sweeps (This should include multiple sweeps for when the opponent stands)
Demonstrate 3-5 Half Guard Sweeps
Demonstrate 3-5 Butterfly Sweeps
Be prepared to Demonstrate Knowledge of one or more of the many specialty guards of your choice (Spider, Rubber, X, Single X, De La Riva, Reverse De La Riva, Berimbolo, Deep Half, Octopus, Etc.)
Guard:  Triangle, Armbar, Omoplata, Telephone, Kimura, Palm Up/Palm Up Choke, Palm Up/Palm Down Choke, Guillotine, and demonstrate how to chain these together and/or set them up
Mount:  Americana, Armbar, Triangle, Head and Arm (triangle), Palm Up/Palm Up choke, Palm Up/Palm Down Choke, Telephone and demonstrate how to chain these together
Side:  Americana, Kimura, Armbar, Howdy Choke, Baseball Choke (Demonstrate these from Knee on Belly too)
Back:  RNC, Armbar, Lapel Chokes, Bow and Arrow
Leg Locks:  Straight (Achilles) Lock, Heel Hook, Knee Bar
The final phase of the test will be grappling for 45 minutes with all of your peers



Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood’s Nic Gregoriades at Tai-Kai

Tai-Kai Martial Arts hosted a seminar with Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood co-founder and Roger Gracie Black Belt Nic Gregoriades.  The seminar held on 4/17 was a great success.  Nic started the seminar with several flexibility / movements drills that set the tone for a very organized and well run seminar.  All of the movement drills tied directly into the techniques and concepts he presented.  Everyone commented on how much they learned and how well they enjoyed the seminar!























Tai-Kai NY OPEN Results



Congrats to everyone from Tai-Kai that went to compete in the NY Open IBJJF Tournament. Day One was GI( Blue, Purple and Above) Day  Two was GI(white) and NO GI for all ranks. Everyone did awesome.  Those that didn’t place wound up losing to the eventual winner but  had to face them  first round. Thanks to everyone that competed, went for support, and Coached( Ben ).


Ed Abrasley- 2nd Super Heavy Purple Belt: Ed also did the Purple Belt open. Won his first match then was winning his next match and got DQ for a toe hold


Jeff Standish-1st Heavyweight White Belt

Kyle Warford- 2nd Lightweight white belt

Dan Dantuono- 1st heavyweight Blue  Belt Masters

Dan Dantuono- 1st Open Class  Blue  Belt Masters

Logan Walker- 3rd Place Blue Belt Lightweight

and Big congrats to everyone that went there to compete and gave their all


Kadijah Peek (PICKLE)

Alec Callahan

AJ Masello

Congrats 10 New Tai-Kai Blue Belts: 03/10/16







Congrats to the 10 newest Blue Belts from Tai-Kai. Part 1 of the test was a few weeks ago. It involved the demonstration and mastery of required Takedowns and ground techniques which included sweeps,escapes, positional control and dominance, submissions, and reversals. Part 2 was last night. The candidates had to demonstrate their required self defense skills and then roll for 30 minutes straight in one an half minute rounds.  Everyone passed and did awesome. Congrats again


New Blue Belts

Jeff Exner

Chris Richmond

Alec Callahan

Brad Shepard

Bailey Sherbourne

Vincent Kovach

Tiffany Hoff

Kaitlin Gregory

Jim Kearns

Dan Dantuono



Tai-Kai Albany -NAGA Results









On March 5th, 2016 Tai-Kai brought a small team to the NAGA tournament in Albany. First I would like to thank Mike Spuches, Ed Abrasley, the Barn Cat, and Jason Eggleston for doing a great job coaching.  Everyone that competed did great. Here are the Results with some pictures at the end


1st Place Super Heavyweight Expert- Ed Abrasley

3rd Place- Middleweight Expert-  Dickie White

1st Place-  Intermediate Kids NO GI- Micah Perry

2nd Place- Intermediate Kids GI- Micah Perry

2nd Place- Masters Beg/Intermediate Cruiser weight- Fred Perry-No GI

1st Place- Masters White Belt Cruiser weight- Fred Perry- GI

1st Place- Women’s No GI Beginner- Stephanie Coulson

2nd Place- Masters Beginner/Intermediate heavyweight-NO GI Michael Benjamin

1st place- Masters- White Belt Heavyweight Michael Benjamin

3rd Place- Expert NO GI- Michael Spuches

2nd Place- Intermediate Kids GI- William Burnell

2nd Place- Intermediate Kids- N0 Gi William Burnell

2nd place- Kids GI- Chloe Raith

2nd Place-Kids No GI- Chloe Raith

2nd place-Kids GI- Ty Demoya-Fritzen

2nd place-Kids NO GI- Ty Demoya-Fritzen

1st Place-Kids GI-Jack Devinney

1st Place-Kids GI- Saxon Mageean

1st Place-Kids NO GI- Saxon Mageean

2nd Place-Kids NO GI- Mason Mageean

2nd Place-Kids GI- Mason Mageean