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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


Two Tournaments in Two Weeks: Congrats Tai Kai Compeitiors










Congrats Tai Kai Competitors and Coaches. Two Tournaments in Two weeks. First up was NAGA Albany and then a week later was Gladius Global Grappling League. I want to first give a BIG thanks to Ben Tallini and Ed Abrasley. They both trained and did class Saturday and then jumped on the road to Coach everyone at the Gladius Tournament. If anyone wants to get them anything I would recommend Taco Bell for Ben and Sushi for Ed(lol)


NAGA Albany 9/17/2016

Ed Abrasley 1st place GI

Ed Abrasley 1st place NO GI

Tim Woods- 2nd Place NO GI

Kelly Woods- 1st place GI

Josh Smith-1st Place GI

Will Burnell Jr.-1st Place kids NO GI


Gladius Global Grappling League 9/24/2016

Ed Abrasley-1st Place GI

Alec Callahan-1st Place GI and 2nd Place NO GI (Advanced)

Brad Shepard-3rd in GI and 2nd place in NO GI

Tom Barnes- 2nd place GI and 1st place NO GI

Ryan Fish- 2nd place GI and 2nd place NO GI

Kyle Warford-2nd place GI

Anthony Carella-3rd in GI and 3rd in NO GI

Mike Bowes- 2nd in GI and 1st in NO GI

Jeff Standish-1st in GI and 1st in NO GI

Dijah Pickle- 3rd Place MENS GI( what heart for Dijah to jump into the men’s division because they were no Women for here to compete against)

Her Weber- He won a match and lost a match. Didn’t place but went out there to compete. CONGRATS

Josh Smith- He went 1-2. He went up a weight class and also this is 2nd week in a row of competing.  Congrats to Josh he is a warrior.



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