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

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

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Here are the results from the Kid’s/Youth Pankration/ MMA Vancouver belt test results on December 14 ’19. Congratulations on the progress, and both internal and external victory.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Antonio Costantino-  Black stripe, Ernesto Lepore – Red belt, Tabitha Tam – Blue belt, Ronin Sharma – Green belt, Arjun Sharma – Green belt, Stefano Lepore – Green belt, Elijah De Leon – Green belt, Charlie Young – Purple belt, Kameron Lum – Purple belt, Zola Mitchell – Orange belt, Truly Vincent – Yellow belt, Aimee Chu – Yellow belt.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Great work to all the students for being consistent in time, energy and effort. We have been stressing some key ingredients lately that effort and inner victory is the key for success. Also to  remember the 3 rules of the traditional school, 1. All start at the bottom 2. Everyone Works 3. Nothing is Free and the 3 Martial Virtues: 1. Respect 2. Compassion 3. Gratitude. The philosophy that principles on the mat can be applied off the mat is a central principle of the traditional philosophy that leads to well rounded success.Here is one more application of attributes on the mat and their corresponding principle off the mat:

 

 

Physical Mental

  • Speed                                            *Quick Thinking
  • Power                                           *Knowledge
  • Good technical form              *Good manners/etiquette
  • Stamina                                       *Perseverance
  • Flexibility                                   *Open mind
  • Accuracy                                    *Realistic thinking
  • Coordination                             *Balance of personal and professional life
  • Timing                                           *Being Punctual
MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

I would like to show my gratitude for the awesome instructor team, Costa Rojas, George Kassimatis, Andrew De Leon, Hayden Francis, Emilio Ditrocchio, Ed Kumar, and the assistant instructors. Also heartfelt thanks to the parents and supporters of the school, style and principles. Let’s keep up the good works and provide benefits.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Here is a reprint of some traditional philosophy from many years ago. Good stuff:

 

Philosophy of a Champion for Martial Arts Vancouver

-By Benny “The Jet” Urquidez

  • Never change what works
  • Grasp whatever you can, be open-minded about everything
  • Learn what you want to learn, but never close your mind to something different
  • Knowing yourself helps you to know others
  • Never stop learning, never limit yourself to what you think you may attain
  • To be in 100% physical shape you must first be in 100% mental shape
  • Respect your judgment. Remember, you cannot fool yourself
  • Take defeat as a process of learning
  • Never degrade yourself by thinking negatively
  • If you lose, figure out why you lost and find the defenses which will help you next time
  • In and out of the ring the secret of a Martial Artist is to control his anger
  • There is no time for being old-fashioned. One must progress
  • Learn to train your mind to be ahead of your body
  • Beat the pain mentally and you can go on forever
  • Don’t try to be just as good as somebody else; strive to be better
  • The way you train is the way you react.

**I started studying this philosophy from one of the world’s greatest champions over 25 years ago.  He was ahead of his time and the principles in this philosophy are excellent and applicable in today’s Mixed Martial Arts environment.  For students it is highly recommended that you think about applying these principles, as it will be a benefit to you in your practice.  OSU!

 

 

Every principle has deep meaning. For example, Knowing yourself helps you to know others has roots in Eastern philosophical practices of meditation of various types. These qualities or understandings facilitate compassion because we realize even with our differences there are many similarities; and it is useful in combat because it helps us read our opponent.

 

 

The principle of being in 100 % physical shape and requiring 100% mental shape is illuminating for people because they do not see the inter-relatedness of the mind body and spirit. Also, for example to highlight the concept here, being in 100% physical shape requires a good degree of mental discipline.

 

 

Studying these principles and applying them will help your development and progress on and off the mat and assist in our Martial Arts Vancouver program at Posener’s Pankration/MMA, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Submission Wrestling, No gi Jiu-jitsu, Cardio Kickboxing and Weapons.

 

 

Martial Arts Vancouver

Martial Arts Vancouver

Here is a link to our website: Posener’s Pankration/MMA, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Submission Wrestling/ No gi Jiu-jitsu, Cardio Kickboxing and Weapons

Oguzhan Yalcin wins BFL MMA Title: Posener’s MMA Vancouver

Oguzhan Yalcin wins BFL MMA Title: Posener’s MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

On Saturday night November 16 ’19 Oguzhan Yalcin wins the BFL Featherweight MMA Title by unanimous decision from Posener’s MMA Vancouver.

The fight went the distance and Oguzhan largely exerted his game plan in the fight. He fought a very tough and good opponent from Tristar Gym, who was well schooled in all aspects of MMA. Oguzhan having a wrestling advantage was able to dictate where the fight went and was successful in takedowns, controlling position, landing ground and pound and achieving the mount on a number of occasions.

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Having trained at Posener’s MMA Vancouver for almost a year and having 4 fights in that time period amassing a record of 3-1, Oguzhan has achieved his first goal of his many objectives, with more to come, as he has high aspirations in the sport. Certainly the potential is strong and we are keen to help him with his adjustments to a new culture as he is coming from Turkey and there are some differences.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

During his post fight interview, Oguzhan asked for a rematch for his title defense against Damon, who Oguzhan fought in his first match where he lost by a close decision in a very competitive fight. The fight was certainly close and a title defense in this situation could be good and a reasonable suggestion.

 

In the future, we are looking forward to having more time for skill development in the integration of striking, wrestling and Jiu-jitsu skills and strength and conditioning to help Oguzhan achieve his potential. It will be an exciting challenge and good to move forward in the journey.

 

We would also like to thank, as always, our awesome instructor team, Costa Rojas, George Kassimatis, Lance Kawi, Gus Rodriquez, Hayden Francis, Gio Platon, and the other assistant instructors, sparring partners and supporters of the school and philosophies. Stay tuned for updates.

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.

Jr. Black Belt and Color Belt Test for Posener’s Kid’s MMA Vancouver

Jr. Black Belt and Color Belt Test for Posener’s Kid’s MMA Vancouver

Kid's MMA Vancouver

Kid’s MMA Vancouver

 

On Saturday December 1 ’18 we had a Junior Black Belt and Color Belt Testing for our Pankration/ Kid’s MMA Vancouver program. James Wolf tested for his Junior Black belt at the age of 15, having trained at our school for 8 years. This test represented the culmination of a goal that was many years in the making and we are proud of his accomplishment, skills and his positive character. James has been training with the adults for quite some time now, which is awesome. Many of the students have been training consistently with focus for quite some time and it is great to see their progress.

 

Kid's MMA Vancouver

Kid’s MMA Vancouver

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the results of the testing: James Wolf – Junior Black Belt, Tabitha Tam – Green belt, Luca Siracusa – Purple Belt, Arjun Sharma – Purple belt, Ronin Sharma – Purple belt, Elijah De Leon – Purple belt, Luka Perez – Orange belt, Stella Kassimatis – Yellow belt, Thanassi Ross – Yellow belt, Zola Mitchell – Yellow belt. Antonio Costantino – 2nd and 3rd stipe on his red belt for Takedowns and Submissions, Aryan Kalia – 2nd and 3rd stripe on his blue belt for Takedowns and  Submissions, and Kosta Perez – 2nd and 3rd stripe on his white belt for Takedowns and Submissions.

 

Kid's MMA Vancouver

Kid’s MMA Vancouver

 

Here is some information on what the Junior Black Belt does and does not represent.

 

 

I often joke a bit and describe the Junior black belt as not indicating acceptance into a ninja clan, admittance or passing the navy seal indoctrination, becoming a professional ufc or mma fighter or being a hired killer. It does signify some basic understanding of striking, wrestling and Jiu- jitsu and does indicate some level of proficiency for a junior. It does also indicate some basic understanding of the philosophy of the school, which is exemplified in the black belt oath, school philosophy and student qualification code. So it promotes some higher virtues, responsibility and an improved level of maturity. It does not equate with an adult black belt. The adult black belt incorporates a more advanced  curriculum and higher level, as would be expected. However, the Junior black belt does represent a major long term objective being completed and the beginning of a new level of skill and progress. OSU!

 

Kid's MMA Vancouver

Kid’s MMA Vancouver

 

 

Furthermore, The Junior black belt is an acknowledgement of where they have come from, the achievements and advancements they have made and promotes a new level of progress and growth, which is expected in the future. The goal is for them to have a greater understanding, confidence and positive expectations for their future development on and off the mat. As the certificates state: It is expected in the future that this student will continue to develop their skills and character to their fullest potential.

 

We are proud and honored to help students learn the art. Thank you to our awesome instructor team and the people who support the students and the school.

 

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!