Gus’s S@C helps Kirk and Francis win MMA titles: MMA Vancouver

Gus’s S@C helps Kirk and Francis win MMA titles: MMA Vancouver

Our very own Gus Rodriquez and his Strength and Conditioning program have helped both Francis Tiapis, Posener’s Pankration/MMA  and Kirk Tse, Lions MMA,  win their MMA Title matches on March 10 ’17.

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MMA Vancouver

Francis Tiapis won the AMA Fly-weight Title and Kirk Tse won the light-weight title.

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MMA Vancouver

Kirk says: “Gus @ The Art of Strength is my go to strength and conditioning guy for getting strong before my fights. Love his training! Thanks again man. This was a huge help. – Kirk Tse, AMA Lightweight Champion, March 10, 2017”

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver


Francis also makes a strong endorsement: “Huge shout-out to my Strength & Conditioning Coach Gus Rodriguez. As his strength & conditioning program has been an Integral part of my training regiment in the preparation for achieving this 2nd title victory. Thank you for breaking my body down, only to bring it back up stronger then it was before. Osu!”


I am very proud of Gus’s strength and conditioning program and the benefits it provides the competitive athlete and the recreational client get in great shape for a variety of reasons.

We are going to have a special program starting soon.

Here is some information on our Strength and Conditioning program for MMA Vancouver at Posener’s Pankration/MMA.

Our classes are for competitive and recreational Men and Women.
Strength and Conditioning 2We can create a personalized program for you to help you reach your goals. We will help you with your Fitness, Weight Loss, performance improvement, toning and strengthening, metabolic improvement and confidence goals. Nutritional counselling is available. Fitness Vancouver, Personal Training Vancouver, Strength and Conditioning for MMA Vancouver, it’s time to get started.



Welcome to Vancouver’s new Strength & Conditioning classes for MMA and Fitness at Posener’s Pankration/MMA and Muay Thai. First and foremost, strength and conditioning is coming to the forefront of MMA and Kickboxing training. Fighters and trainers alike are realizing that to bring an athlete to their highest level, they need to train (in an educated fashion) with resistance, or, weights. Specifically, by engaging the Central Nervous System (“CNS”) through the big lifts such as the Deadlift and the squat, you can achieve much greater overall muscle recruitment at will.



This ability is favourable in combat situations because greater muscle recruitment translates to greater force and power exerted, over a longer period of time and with less perceived effort. The focus is to train anaerobically and/or metabolically, where anaerobic means “without oxygen,” and metabolic training means “completing structural and compound exercises with little rest in between exercises in an effort to maximize calorie burn and increase metabolic rate during and after the workout.” Choosing these training principles for MMA leads to optimal muscular endurance as well as a stronger central nervous system, so that the greatest force available to the fighter can be utilized, without gassing them before the fight has gone the distance. In later classes, we will be utilizing a specialized computer software to track fighters statistics.



These stats are including but not limited to: VO2 Max, Heart Rate Max, 1 Rep Max (for multiple lifts), Resting and Working Heart Rate, Progressive Overload progress and injuries (if any). We will also monitor basic strengths and weaknesses so we know what to work on and how to improve each fighter and student individually. With this information, there will be more opportunity for advancement, especially if the individual opts for one on one, personal training.



We will be putting tools to use such as: Kettlebells, Barbells, Dumbells, Plyometric boxes, Resistance bands, Heavy bags, Thai pads, and sometimes simply our own bodyweight, to achieve this goal. Our program is for the athlete, competitor and fitness enthusiasts alike. It is for men and women looking for a fast and efficient path to fat loss, better body composition and physique toning/sculpting, improved energy and metabolism and confidence.



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We offer tailor made programs for your individual goals, no matter what it is your trying to accomplish. Using your baseline measurements and your objectives, your personal program will allow that progress. Included is a 30-day progress report that show your progress from your baseline taken, to the time your report is generated. Our Strength and Conditioning Vancouver program can help you reach your goals. Fitness Vancouver, Personal Training Vancouver, Strength and Conditioning for MMA Vancouver, it’s time to get started.



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Francis Wins MMA title: Gio wins MMA debut:Posener’s MMA Vancouver

Francis Wins AMA MMA title and Gio wins MMA debut: Posener’s MMA Vancouver

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Huge Congratulations! What a great night! Francis Tiapis wins the AMA MMA title by fourth round arm bar submission. Gio Platon wins his MMA debut by 2nd round stoppage due to strikes. Details to follow. A sincere thank you to the supporters and awesome instructor team including: Costa Rojas, George Kassimatis, Andrew De Leon, Gus Rodriquez, Chris Toews, Filip Matos, Emilio Ditrocchio and more. It is a team effort and the contributions are a great benefit. With expert instruction in MMA, Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and Strength and Conditioning, we are getting some good results.


Also, a thank you to the team of students, friends and parents who support the MMA Vancouver training at Posener’s Pankration/MMA. What an honor and privilege. We had a good positive team spirit and that helps greatly and makes the process enjoyable and fulfilling. Let’s keep that up.


Here are the details, in brief:

Francis fights a well prepared, game opponent with well rounded skills. We did see him fight at the World Championships and he did quite well winning some fights, particularly by submission. He was an effective striker with strong ground skills and certainly gave Francis all he could handle. In the first round, he used his long legs and secured a tight triangle, which he almost finished and then later in the round used that triangle to sweep Francis get on the mount and land some ground and pound. Francis, with great guts, perseverance and will, dealt with the problem and did get out at the end of the round but he did sustain some damage. Also, Sambath was able to back Francis up against the ropes and shoot in successfully because he minimized Francis’s excellent sprawling skills by pressuring the position and confining the space. A little more ring awareness and urgency would have helped. Some of the situations became stale mated against the ropes and highly contested and Francis did well in defending. Striking wise, Francis landed some good shots with hard punches and some solid low kicks. Francis had his opponent on the verge of trouble a few times but Sam should resilience, toughness and desire of his own to be the champion.


By the fourth round of a tough, good fight, Francis was able to secure an armbar catch from the bottom, which was defended and then Francis used his swim move to turn his opponent over and then use ‘ his’ move and foot pressure to break the lion kill defense to win the fight and capture his second MMA Title. Fantastic work. Very impressive Mr. Francis Tiapis. Enjoy the victory!

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MMA Vancouver

GIo Platon wins his MMA debut by impressive 2nd round stoppage due to strikes. 


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MMA Vancouver


Gio Platon comes to fight and in his MMA debut takes the victory by using his MMA and wrestling skills and ground skills.  GIo comes in to the fight confident, in great shape, and excited to get in there and make his best fight. After tasting a few of Gio’s strikes and his Muay Thai skills his opponent successfully puts Gio to the ground and achieves the mount. This could have spelled the end for lesser determined fighters as the mount was strong, well balanced and Gio needed some time to reverse the position. Fortunately the mount was strong and stablized but  little damage was done and Gio showed good patience in waiting for the right time to reverse the position.  The time came and Gio bridged well to reverse.  Gio was landing very strong strikes and it became clear that the opponent wanted to do all he could to put the fight on the ground but Gio defended well the clinch and shot attempts. The opponent also executed some partially successful sweeps but Gio was able to counter with his strong attributes.  By the second round, Gio was getting his groove on and was able to execute his game plan and impose his will by landing clean, crisp strikes that ended the fight in the second.  It was great to see Gio defend the early mount and take a clear and decisive victory in his MMA debut. I am confident that with mat time and training time Gio will continue to excel and strive to his potential. Great victory for Gio and the team! OSU! Enjoy!


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NAGA Tournament Results: Kid’s Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver – Posener’s MMA

NAGA Tournament Results: Kid’s Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver – Posener’s MMA

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Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Excellent tournament at NAGA on Saturday February 25 ’17 in Seattle. Here are the results for the Kid’s Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver from Posener’s Pankration/MMA.

Antonio Costantino: Gold – sword in No Gi and bronze in Gi,

Ayden Arnold Gold in Gi – belt, Silver in No Gi,

Artin Nazari – Gold in No Gi – sword and Gold in Gi – sword,

Rodean Nazari – Gold in No Gi – sword and Silver in Gi,

Kingston Park – Silver in No Gi and Silver in Gi.

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Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

It has been an honor and a privilege to teach and coach mixed martial arts and this tournament reinforced that feeling. I really appreciate the team spirit and particularly the support of the parents, as we navigate this journey together.

Thank you Filip Matos for the excellent Gi instruction.

I feel strongly that this group has shown improvement on each individual’s own terms and I am proud of that, as the parents and students are. The dedication, loyalty and effort help build the progress in mixed martial arts skills.

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Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver


Coincidentally the students seem to be in good physical shape also. So I am going to share our excerpt on diet from our personal training site that encapsulates some good basic principles.

Diet – Ultimate Fitness Vancouver

Utilizing a clean diet, (implying foods with less processing and chemical additives), which is well planned, prepared, regular with snacks to keep blood sugarstabilized, well hydrated and portion controlled, we will help you, by choice, enjoy your food and fuel your body for peak performance, health and energy.

Diet is a huge factor in health and there are a variety of challenges that people encounter in achieving their goals. Our experience, sensitivity and awareness can help you eat for health, success and improved energy and performance. You will see and feel the benefits of success.

We will help you recognize your cues and eat less emotionally and eat more conscientiously. We will help you in developing awareness of your habits, develop replacement positive habits, via our consultations and training, and give you the skills to apply your knowledge for your evolving success.

Kid’s/ Youth Belt Test Results: Posener’s Pankration/ MMA Vancouver

Kid’s/ Youth Belt Test Results: Posener’s Pankration/ MMA Vancouver

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MMA Vancouver

Here are the latest results for our Kid’s/ Youth Pankration/MMA testing:

Black Stripe – one level away from Jr. black Belt: Adam Posener, Ayden Arnold, James Wolf, Naomi Wolf. 

Red belt:  Nikolas Kristiansen.

Blue belt:  Antonio Costantino.

Green belt:  Aryan Kalia, Benjamin Beaulieu, Artin Nazari, Rodean Nazari, Hunter Manness, Ernesto Lepore. 

Purple belt:  Kyrah Tongol – Airth, Kingston Park. 

Orange belt:  Tabitha Tam. 

Yellow belt:  Stefano Lepore, Harper Park, Maxwell Sauve, Elijah De Leon. 



What an honor and privilege to teach these kids and youth mixed martial arts. It is awe inspiring to see their growth in skill and maturity in many areas. The more experienced students at the black stripe level have been training at the school from 5-8 years approximately. I am certainly looking forward to continue teaching and guiding these students. The practice is meaningful, beneficial and develops character on and off the mat. This test is the culmination of time and effort. It was a great experience that will positively foreshadow the future successes.



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MMA Vancouver

Here is our article on the Purpose of Testing: please read.

The Purpose of Belt Testing for MMA Vancouver

The Purpose of Belt Testing


  • Progress Check:To pinpoint areas of strengths and weaknesses. To learn to turn the weakness into strengths and to make the strong points stronger.
  • Provide Reinforcement:–  (internally and externally) Internally, personal satisfaction upon achievement and externally, the receipt and status of belt and certificate.
  • Teaches Goal Setting and Achievement:Discipline and Application of martial concepts are needed. “To plan your work and work your plan.”
  • Rules:
  • 1. All start at the bottom
  • 2. Everyone works
  • 3. Nothing is Free.
  • Counterpoint: “Training is its own reward.”

Purpose of Test

By James Keating



We have testing because we wish to go beyond the normal levels of skill. To undergo such rigors is symbolic of fighting for one’s very life. An ancient ritual of survival where one earns the right to exist and enter into a lifelong struggle for self-perfection and enlightenment. When each test is successfully completed we do not see an end, but rather a beginning. A new starting point for our inner-selves. Every test is separate and unique. To compare tests is to miss the basic premise of the martial arts. The “individual spirit” must always be placed before the physical and mental limitations. We are taught to have personal and social balance; to stand with confidence and poise. This individuality is what eventually leads to mastery, a process of self-realization. One should always train hard with control and respect. We are being tested on many levels besides just the conquering of foes.

Testing is not always a physical matter, sometimes it is a “right of passage” via daily life. Look deeply into your concepts of rank, testing and related endeavors. Win, lose, pass or fail you must conduct yourself in a manner befitting a warrior at all times. Whether testing or being tested, you need only to practice with all your being and nothing shall come between you and your dreams. 


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5 Reasons to start training in MMA: Posener’s MMA Vancouver

5 Reasons to start training in MMA:  Posener’s MMA Vancouver

There’s a good reason why MMA, or mixed martial arts, is the fastest growing sport in the world. Thanks to organizations such as ONE Championship and the UFC, mixed martial artists have become household names, right up there with boxing legends. If you didn’t already know, mixed martial arts is a sport that applies aspects of both standing (striking) and ground (grappling) martial arts.

Because of its utilization of different martial arts, many consider mixed martial arts to be one of the most challenging sports out there. It is also the most realistic system for real-life self-defense situations. If you’re looking for the best way to challenge yourself mentally and physically, perhaps an MMA class is right up your alley. Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Reasons Why You Should Start MMA Now In 2017:

1) MMA will make you the fittest you’ve ever been

The Lee siblings have been training martial arts ever since they were toddlers. MMA Vancouver

If you’re looking for a way to get into great shape, you should consider MMA. MMA fighters are all about conditioning – after all, it takes a lot of strength and endurance to last 15 minutes in the cage. Because MMA fighters need to excel in every aspect of fighting, be it on the ground, striking on their feet or pummeling in the clinch, they are constantly battling it out with their opponents to finish the fight. If that doesn’t make you fit, we don’t know what else will!


2) MMA is the perfect system for self-defense

Should you ever find yourself in a precarious situation, knowing MMA would certainly come in handy. Developed with the intention of making it as realistic as possible, MMA is undoubtedly the most perfect system for self-defense. Whether you find yourself taken down to the ground or working to deflect strikes on your feet, training MMA will prepare you for both scenarios.


3) MMA will teach you discipline  

BJJ World Champion and ONE Superstar Alex Silva trains hard at the Evolve MMA Fighters Program.

Training MMA requires commitment. You need to clock in extensive training hours to become successful in the cage – you’ll need to attend grappling, and striking classes apart from your regular training. If you’re planning on competing, you will need to maintain a healthy diet for a successful weight cut. There’s a lot of hard work involved in becoming a great mixed martial artist – and if you’re disciplined enough, you’ll certainly achieve your goal someday.


4) MMA will take your martial arts journey to the next level

If you’ve been practicing martial arts for awhile, you’d know that applying your martial arts knowledge to MMA is a different ball game altogether. Unlike before, you aren’t just focusing on a single martial art – you’re learning other arts and discovering how they work together in an MMA setting. Whether you’ve been training striking or grappling, learning both will certainly prove to be an interesting challenge.


5) MMA will help unleash the competitor in you

ONE Superstar Mark Striegl started training MMA when he was in high school. MMA Vancouver

Competing and practicing martial arts are two completely different things. When you compete, you’ll be challenged both mentally and physically as you put all that you’ve learned to the test. MMA will help you unleash that competitive spirit. Because the sport of MMA was built on competition, you’ll learn how to harness that inner warrior spirit and take your martial arts journey to a whole other level. This would undoubtedly help you in and out of the gym, encouraging you to be resilient as you push through the challenges you face.


Are you now convinced that you need to start training MMA? So go on, challenge yourself. Sign up for that first class and see how you fare. We guarantee you’ll have the best workout you’ve ever had!

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