19 Students get certified in the Pankration/ MMA Vancouver Program

19 Students get certified in the Pankration/ MMA Vancouver Program

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Congratulations to the students who got certified in our Pankration/MMA Vancouver program. Advancement is based on attendance, skill development, attitude, competitive applications and contributions. This should help acknowledge, encourage and inspire to help the driving force, Progress. Please remember Pankration/MMA is a challenging art that requires skill development and spirit. Keep up the good work everyone and you have inspired others.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Here is the list of students who got certified and progressed: Gio Platon – Green belt, Gus Rodriquez – Green belt, Oguzhan Yalcin – Purple belt, Richard Ronquillo – Purple belt, Rachel Hofer – Orange belt, Ryan Hammel – Orange belt, Nigel Chan – Orange belt, Paul Palines – Yellow belt, Marco Luzzatto – Yellow belt, Aaron Chand – Yellow belt, Dylan Cree – Yellow belt, Leiland Lloyd – Yellow belt, Fung Leung – Yellow belt, Nick Lauder – Yellow belt, Jimmy Maldonado – Yellow belt, Richard Stanley – Yellow belt, Edison Sun – Yellow belt, David Theriault – Yellow belt, and Clement Chui – Yellow belt.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Thank you always to our awesome instructor team: George Kassimatis, Costa Rojas, Hayden Francis, and the assistant instructors and particularly the supporters of our style, methods and philosophy. Heartfelt appreciation to you.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Here is some information on our Submission Wrestling program:

 

Vancouver’s ultimate Submission Wrestling training for: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Self Defense, Fitness, Mental Discipline and Sport.

Our Submission Wrestling classes utilize techniques adapted from free-style wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu – BJJ Vancouver, “Catch-as-catch-can” (Folk American wrestling), Catch Wrestling, Shoot wrestling, Sambo, and Judo. These techniques are modified to be applicable for Pankration, MMA fighting (Mixed Martial Arts) and Submission wrestling as a sport. Our submission wrestling classes are a subsection of our Pankration curriculum.

It is the blending of our striking within the grappling context that makes our style unique and distinctive.
Whether it is the blending of striking and grappling to and from clinching, to take-downs, to ground fighting with submissions, our style is geared towards practicality.

Since our style and curriculum has a broad range of techniques, the individual student has the ability and potential to express their skills to the fullest degree.

Our classes provide an excellent physical workout developing muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardio vascular fitness and flexibility. In the process of training and getting in great shape, the student will be learning techniques that are useful for self-defence and sport.

Our classes are taught by experienced martial artists emphasizing discipline and respect with the aim of helping the student achieve their goals while enjoying the process and developing camaraderie. Many of the students and instructors have been successful using the school’s style in pankration/mixed martial arts and submission wrestling competition.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Here is some information on our Pankration program:

 

Vancouver’s finest Pankration and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA Vancouver) dojo.

Ancient Pankration


The word Pankration is a Greek word which translated means “all powers” or “all powerful”, both are acceptable translations by Greek scholars. Pankration was a sporting event in the ancient Greek Olympic games that was first introduced in the games of 648 BC. The rules of the sport were simple, no biting or eye gouging and victory was secured through knockout , submission or death. The historical records of the early pankration are shrouded and mixed with Greek mythology and it is not known whether these accounts of championship bouts and feats of strength of the champions were myth or actual accounts. What is known is that just like the boxers and wrestlers of the Olympic games the Pankration competitors refined their skills for many generations throught hundreds of years and became extremely proficient at all elements of their sport including ground fighting and submission holds to standing fighting with all types of strikes. Many of the holds, throuws and striking techniques can be seen on ther pottery, statues and drawings of those times. The ancient Oympic games were intertwined with many ceremonies and connections to the worship of gods that were pagan to the rising christian poplulation. Because of this association and the rise of christianity the games eventually came to a halt and along with it Pankration competition desappeared for many centuries.
The Olympic games were eventually adopted and reborn throughout the world alternating the competition in a new country every 4 years, however, Pankration competition was not included. It is only because of the sparse historical records and the special interests of a few individuals that Pankration is having a rebirth in this generation. Pankration MMA Vancouver.

Modern Day Pankration


The current wave of “no hold barred” and pay per view fighting events has brought with it a curiosity and interest to it’s ancient predecessor Pankration. Just as the boxing venue grew and evolved from ancient Greece to Madison Square Garden and the rest of the world, the skill, techniques, training methods, rules, attire and safety measures have also evolved. For the most part this evolution has been beneficial to the sport and it’s participants. Now after centuries ancient Greek Pankration is getting the opportunity to become Modern Pankration the same way as it’s brother boxing did.

 

 

 

Oguzhan Yalcin wins MMA Fight at BFL: Posner’s MMA Vancouver

Oguzhan Yalcin wins MMA Fight at BFL: Posner’s MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

 

 

On Saturday July 6 ’19, Oguzhan Yalcin fought in the main event spot at BFL MMA in Richmond B.C. He won by split decsion in a tough fight with an excellent competitor. In only his second fight he got the main event spot, in part due to his wrestling credentials and his opponents strong Jiu-Jitsu and mma experience. Emotions were high, as Oguzhan has only been doing mma for a relatively short time. He has improved in the technical aspects of the sport greatly and we all hope and expect continued improvement in all areas.

 

I would like to thank team Titan for their consistent skill and sportsmanship in taking the fight. Both fighters are young and have great potential for progress.

 

I would also like to thank our awesome instructor team: George Kassimatis, Costa Rojas, Hayden Francis, Gio Platon, Emilio Ditrocchio, Gus Rodriquez, Adam Posener, and the rest of the team. Further thanks to all the supporters of our school, philosophy and goals.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Here is some information on our Submission Wrestling program:

 

Vancouver’s ultimate Submission Wrestling training for: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Self Defense, Fitness, Mental Discipline and Sport.

Our Submission Wrestling classes utilize techniques adapted from free-style wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu – BJJ Vancouver, “Catch-as-catch-can” (Folk American wrestling), Catch Wrestling, Shoot wrestling, Sambo, and Judo. These techniques are modified to be applicable for Pankration, MMA fighting (Mixed Martial Arts) and Submission wrestling as a sport. Our submission wrestling classes are a subsection of our Pankration curriculum.

It is the blending of our striking within the grappling context that makes our style unique and distinctive.
Whether it is the blending of striking and grappling to and from clinching, to take-downs, to ground fighting with submissions, our style is geared towards practicality.

Since our style and curriculum has a broad range of techniques, the individual student has the ability and potential to express their skills to the fullest degree.

Our classes provide an excellent physical workout developing muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardio vascular fitness and flexibility. In the process of training and getting in great shape, the student will be learning techniques that are useful for self-defence and sport.

Our classes are taught by experienced martial artists emphasizing discipline and respect with the aim of helping the student achieve their goals while enjoying the process and developing camaraderie. Many of the students and instructors have been successful using the school’s style in pankration/mixed martial arts and submission wrestling competition.

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Tiger Balm ’19 and BFL 60 Results for Posener’s MMA Vancouver

Tiger Balm ’19 and BFL 60 Results for Posener’s MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

On Saturday March 16 ’19 the Tiger Balm Internationals were held in North Vancouver. There were competitions for us in BJJ, No Gi, BJJ ( Submission Wrestling), and MMA.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Adam Posener had 2 fights with 2 guillotine submissions.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Tabbitha Tam got gold in BJJ with a Gi and got gold in No Gi or Submission Wrestling. However, there was no one close to her age for MMA, which was disappointing. It would have been nice to see more mma competitors, especially considering the growth of the art and the sport.

Zola also got a gold in the No Gi / Submission Wrestling and had some tough matches with The Gi in her BJJ division. I think this is Zola’s first gold medal and that is always sweet…

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Ozguzhan Yalcin fought in his first Cage Fight in MMA Vancouver at the BFL on Saturday night at the Hardrock Casino in Coquitlam, BC. The fight went the distance and could have been called for either fighter. In the first round Ozhan had the back and the mount for a large proportion of the round and was close to securing the Rear Naked Choke. In the second round there was some exchanges of grappling and Damon did secure a double leg from the cage by getting his hands clasped together and put Ozhan on his back. However, Ozhan did get a guillotine choke, with his neck caught, but was unable to finish. In the third round Ozhan executed some impressive wrestling takedowns but did get in a couple of triangle catches, which were defended quite well.. It was a close fight and I sincerely commend Ozhan for taking the challenge of stepping in to the cage with only a few months of MMA training. I am confident he will learn and keep applying his new skills and be very successful in MMA competitions. The future is very bright for this awesome young man.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

On Sunday March 17 ’19 there were the Kickboxing competitions. Gus Rodriquez got another gold after a couple of tough matches, Lance Kawi got a silver medal after 3 tough matches, Edison Sun got a silver medal in his first Kickboxing tournament and Honorable mention goes to Stas Kokshin for fighting well in a close match in his first tournament. The experience helps growth. The concept ‘Pressure Builds Diamonds’, is useful in the pursuit of mixed martial arts excellence. The tournament and competitive experience does give someone something to look forward to and a goal to focus on. That is a positive and we want to stress those.. Right!. 🙂

 

Huge Thank you to our awesome instructor team: George Kassimatis, Costa Rojas, Ed Kumar,Hayden Francis,  Gus Rodriquez, Oguzhan Yalcin, Francis Tiapis, Victor Tiapis, Lance Kawi, Marijana Slavnic, Julian Paul and the other assistants. You are appreciated.

 

Also thank you to all the family and friends and students who support the school, its mission and our events. OSU!

 

Other pics will be on our Facebook Group page.

Good instructor news for 2019 – Posener’s MMA Vancouver

Good instructor news for 2019 – Posener’s MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

 

 

 

 

 

First off, on this Sunny New Year’s Eve Day, Happy New Year. As the e blast will reiterate, which I hope you get, Myself and all the staff wish you great health, success and the enjoyment of the spirit of challenge for 2019. Here is some news:

 

 

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Kassimatis will be teaching the Begginner’s No Gi Jiu-Jitsu class on Monday’s from 6:45 pm to 8 pm. Again, we want to immensely thank Mr. Jonathan Chan for his instruction in this time slot for the last year but his work has made that day and time untenable. George, with his boundless enthusiasm and love for MMA Vancouver, has made that time available, as he coordinates his work, parenting, teaching and his practice. I am confident the students will get great benefit from participating in this class, as we move forward in skills and spirits for 2019.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

We want to congratulate Hayden Francis on getting his BJJ Black Belt. He has helped the students fine tune their technique. We certainly look forward to growing this class and the students can get benefit by adding this class into their schedule. Hayden teaches the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class with the Gi on Wednesday’s from 7 – 8 pm. If you want to try, let me know, as it will benefit your MMA Vancouver skills.

 

 

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

 

 

 

We would like to warmly welcome Oguzhan Yalcin, pronounced Ozhan, to our instructor team. Ozhan has been practicing wrestling for a number of years. He was a Turkish national wrestling champion as a junior. He will be helping and teaching the Kids MMA Vancouver classes on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 4:30 – 6 pm. He conveys good wrestling skills and has experience in teaching kids, as his demeanor and instruction demonstrate understanding for that group’s learning potential.  He is also highly motivated to compete in MMA and we are excited to help him in his MMA journey.

 

We have a full schedule of classes for 2019 to help students grow in skill, fitness, self defense and sport. Please take a look at the schedule of classes we offer, and if you have any questions of how to take your development to the next level, we are happy to help. Just send me a message or ask me when you see me. OSU! 2019!

 

 

BFL 58 Results: Gio Platon wins Title – Posener’s MMA Vancouver

BFL 58 Results: Gio Platon wins Title – Posener’s MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Gio Platon wins the BFL Title on Saturday November 17 ’18 at the Hardrock Casino. What a fight?. Both fighters came in ripped, ready and well prepared. It was clear both fighters wanted the belt. Gio wanted to come out and be prepared to go to the championship rounds and he did. He secured the wins for Posener’s MMA Vancouver in the fourth round via ground and pound stoppage.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

After round 3, due the scoring disclosure, which was new with BFL, Gio was up 30 – 27. The fight was largely a good stand up exchange with wrestling and position work on the ground. Both fighters were dangerous in striking and going for it. Gio was able to use his Muay Thai skills against Mitch, who in the stand up realm was working to impose his boxing game. I feel Gio was able to vary his attacks and establish the stand up battle. Mitch did initiate some takedowns and cage work but Gio was able to reverse the cage work and get a reversal himself and get top position. However, after Gio gets a takedown, not to be outdone, Mitch goes for a takedown but Gio was able to catch a guillotine choke, which the referee acknowledged as dangerous. Gio was also able to land a couple of solid takedowns and worked hard in the transitions to escape or get top position.

 

In round 4. Gio goes for a takedown a little bit earlier in the round. and was able to finish the fight was some strong, clean, efficient ground and pound. It was a good fight for both fighters and both fighters conducted themselves well. Well done. Gio is the new BFL MMA champion.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Francis Tiapis was also prepared to get the BFL Title in a higher weight class. The result was not the desired outcome. I would say, conservatively, on fight day that Indrop was 15 pounds heavier than Francis who walks around at 118- 120 pounds. Francis never gives up and came to fight. However, after the 5 rounds, Francis loses a unanimous decision. His opponent came out confident in striking and imposed pressure on Francis pinning him against the cage for long periods and securing some takedowns and positions. Francis was able to battle many of the positions on the cage and on the ground but his opponent had the edge on that night. Francis battled the whole time and was able to get the guard back and tried to attack from the bottom.  The fight did go the  distance. Francis is looking forward to improvement and moving forward in his art.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

I would like to thank our awesome instructor team for this fight, George Kassimatis, Costa Rojas, Hayden Francis, Gus Rodgriguez, Lance Kawi, Jonathan Chan and everyone who supported the team.

 

In both victory and defeat, the goal is to keep improving to our fullest potential; equanimity of spirit. With that focus progress happens. In victory, avoid complacency and overconfidence; and in defeat avoid negativity. I am confident we can focus on the positives. Gio and Francis are on an awesome journey of championship fighting and personal development to pursue their full potential. Great work. Take a little time to enjoy the table of success and then move forward. OSU!