Gio Defends- 1st rnd KO, Oguzhan wins UD- Posener’s MMA Vancouver

Gio Defends- 1st rnd KO, Oguzhan wins UD- Posener’s MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

At the BFL 63 MMA event on Saturday September 21  ’19, Gio Platon wins by KO in the first round at the 23 second mark for his required amateur mma title defense prior to turning pro officially against an experienced highly touted champion from California. Also, Oguzhan Yalcin wins his 3rd mma cage fight by unanimous decision prior to his moving up in mma class for Posener’s MMA Vancouver.

 

Firstly, I would like to describe Gio’s fight. Gio landed a straight right early in the round after his opponent landed a shot, leg kick, as is my recollection. Then Gio turned the spirit on to maintain the edge and landed his right hand clean, which dropped his opponent and he followed up with a flurry of hammerfists, which caused the referee to intervene and stop the fight. Gio retains his MMA title.

 

 

Thanks are in order for many people. Some are pictured in our group shot above. From left to right, our beloved George Kassimatis, who has been at our school for over 20 years, having had a successful championship professional mma career himself. George teaches at an elite level all aspects of mixed martial artst to regular students, fighters and fitness enthusiasts.  Dan Golkar of Scorpion MMA has been welcoming, open minded and promoting a group win/win concept to help fighters be their best and compete successfully at the highest level professionally. Dan has worked with countless top professionals in MMA with a positive spirit. Next is myself with a smiley face. Besides me is Richard Fast the Cage side manager who checks the fighters before they get in the cage and he is always, in my experience, attentive to their mental, physical and emotional state and is an encouraging force helping them do their best as they enter the cage, which is no small feat. Besides Gio is Tristan Connely the owner of Checkmat MMA Gym. Tristan recently took a fight at UFC Vancouver on 5 days notice in a higher weight division against a more experienced opponent and shocked the world earning a $100K bonus and getting major recognition. The Checkmat group and affiliates have many top professionals working together to be their best and reach their potential. Also thanks to the other instructors and supporters, Costa Rojas, Hayden Francis, Emilio Ditrocchio and many others.

 

 

 

Gio has grown tremendously as a fighter and a person over the last 7 or 8 years at our academy. He has an explosive style that is certainly going to be appealing as he now gets ready to turn professional. Gio has dynamic striking, explosive takedowns, good top control, excellent strength and conditioning, coordination and athletics,  and he is improving in all areas. He is motivated to do his best and challenge his potential.

 

 

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Oguzhan Yalcin wins by unanimous decision, 30 – 27, 30 -27 and 29 -28 against a more experienced in mma opponent. Of course, we know Oguzhan can wrestle and in the 9 months or so of MMA Vancouver. Coming from Turkey, Oguzhan is looking forward to pursuing his mma dreams. Oguzhan is making good improvements in Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu. The 3 round fight had all elements and many similarities. On the feet Oguzhan did well striking landing shots and taking some shots. Oguzhan blended his striking with both offensive and defensive takedowns. On the ground Oguzhan was able to land some ground and pound, pass guard for some moments and posture effectively in the guard against, I believe an opponent with some experience in Jiu-Jitsu. He was able to fight his fight and get a clean win. Great work Oguzhan in the cage and balancing training and work responsibilities. Brandon is an excellent competitor with great coaching and we appreciate his positive competitive spirit.

 

 

 

Thank you to all members and supporters for their encouragement. We look forward to future challenges and victories. OSU! Challenge and Victory can take many forms and it is not always in the cage as martial arts is both on and off the mat.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

Gio Defends Title & Oguzhan has 3rd Fight : Posener’s MMA Vancouver

Gio Defends Title & Oguzhan has 3rd Fight : Posener’s MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

On September 21 ’19 at BFL 63 Gio Platon will be defending his Amateur MMA Title, as is required of the organization before turning Professional on his next MMA Fight. Oguzhan Yalcin will be doing his 3rd MMA Fight and then will be moving up in class to allow more techniques.

Both of these excellent athletes, martial artists and fighters are excited to pursue their mma dreams. Tickets will be available at Posener’s MMA Vancouver fairly soon. Please stay tuned for updates.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

The team is working to help these dreams become reality.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Here is some information on our Pankration/MMA program with a description of the historical origins of Pankration and mixed martial arts from the origination:

 

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.

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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.