Old School

Zach Wakeman Fights- RIVT 2000- Old School(Two Fights in one night)

These are some fights from 2000 at NAGA’s Rhode Island Vale Tudo. This was an Amateur event. Tim Sylvia and Jorge Riveria fought in the same events. To the face only open hands and kicks were allowed This was in the early days of MMA. Zach fought twice in one night to win a belt. Zach competed for Tai Kai in MMA and in Grappling matches.

Zack Wakeman vs Ruben Lopez

This was his first match of the night. The match was stopped when Ruben was knocked out and unable to defend himself.

Zack Wakeman vs Luciano De Olivera

This was in the finals about an hour after the first match. Luciano ,from Brazil, Was from Joao Amoraol BJJ school. He quit due to exhuastion

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Old School 2000-Rhode Island Vale Tudo- Dr. Andrew Doe

This an old school Amatuer MMA fight.

Rhode Island Value Tudo 4
- July 7, 2000
- Police Athletic League Community Center, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
- Andy Doe( Tai Kai) vs Brad Nelson

Rhode Island Value Tudo Eventually became Reality Fighting from NAGA. Andy Doe is now a doctor practicing Radiology in New Jersey. He is married with two kids. Andy was one of the original Tai Kai Competitors.

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More Old School Pictures 1997-1999

Here are some more old school Pictures from different competitions, etc. I am going to try and post a few of this every week, so people see the history Tai Kai has. These are from 1997-1999. Most schools in CNY were still not doing Jiu Jitsu or any type of MMA yet.

Training in California in 1997 with Carlson Gracie Black Belt and UFC vet. Allan Goes. We used to go to Costa Mesa, California to train with Allan several times a year.

Attacking the leg against Olympic Trials wrestler Rob Pritchett in 1999 in the very first Grapplers Quest in the Superfight

Winning by Leg Lock in the first Grapplers Quest Superfight in 1999. You can tell it was a while a go by the style of fight shorts I am wearing

Here is a link to that Match

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Old School PICS- Tai Kai -The original BJJ/MMA school in the Syracuse Area

Here are some old school pics. I have more to come even older. These pics were all taken between 8 and 12 years ago. Tai Kai was doing MMA and BJJ while most local schools were still doing traditional martial arts. All local schools have jumped on the Bandwagon. Now everyone does BJJ and MMA. Tai Kai has a strong history and was the original BJJ/MMA school in Central New York.

Tai Kai’a Andy Curringa in his first MMA fight against Joe Lauzon back in 2001. No he did not win by choke but won a decision


1996 Ken Kronenberg training with Oleg Taktarov


2000 Ken Kronenberg beating Brazilian Top Team’s Fabione Capone


2000 Matt Z winning his division


Ken Kronenberg 2003 in Brazil Competing in ADCC pictures with Helio Gracie


1998 at UFC with Carlson Gracie. There to support our teacher Allen Goes


2001 Grapplers Quest. Ken Kronenberg vs Jeremy Horn. No I did not get the choke. Horn won a decision


1998 NAGA SUPERFIFGHT Ken Kronenberg vs. Ricardo Almedia Pictured with Renzo Gracie

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