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

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

MMA Vancouver

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.



MMA Vancouver

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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MMA Vancouver

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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!

For more information, here is our MMA Vancouver website:

Apex Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver Tournament Results: Posener’s MMA

Apex Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver Tournament Results: Posener’s MMA

Kid's Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Here are the results from the Apex Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver Tournament on Sunday Janurary 22 ’17. Gi in partnership with Roll BJJ.

Antonio Costantino: Gold No Gi, Silver Gi. Rodean Nazari: Gold No Gi, Honourable mention in Gi,  Artin Nazari: Gold in Gi and Silver in No Gi, Ayden Arnold: Gold in No Gi and Gold in Gi ( Budo) , Marques Calapiz: Silver in Gi, arm injury, Micah Calapiz: Gold in Gi and Silver in No Gi.

I am very happy with the good results and good spirit displayed. Congratulations to everyone! I am certainly honored to teach and provide benefits. Also, looking forward to more growth, progress, success in all areas. I would also like to thank the parents for their support and travelling on the journey together.

Kid's Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Kid’s Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver


Here is some information on the history of our facilities:

The History of our Mixed Martial Arts Vancouver Facilities


To help in a description of our facilities beyond the above pictures, I would like to provide a brief history of our facilities and growth as a mixed martial arts school to provide some depth to the description of our style and our evolution.  As of this writing in March ’15, I have been teaching mixed martial arts full time for almost 26 years as a school owner. I did teach periodically before going full time in various capacities because I have a deep passion and interest in mixed martial arts.


The first facility that my school operated out of was at 396 Kamloops St. in East Vancouver, which was situated in a banquet hall above a dance studio. I was 26 years old when I started teaching full time in the fall of 1989.  It was a great place to start teaching full time with ample floor space and good basic equipment. I would like to thank Kelly Giannone for giving me an opportunity and confidence to teach full time. During this period, especially since the school was just starting, a lot of time and energy went into the program’s development. The school grew and had very good success. However, in 1992 the landlord wanted to make some changes that did not include my growing martial arts school so we had to find a new facility.


The next location, which started in 1992, was at 2784 E. Hastings St. in East Vancouver; just a few blocks away from our previous location. We stayed at this location till 1996.  We had a good student base so it was important to keep the school, as it is now, in East Vancouver. The location had more expenses but was on the main street, was larger and provided room in many ways to continue to grow and develop.  By this time we had many skilful students who became black belts and champions in Mixed martial arts,  Shootboxing, Sanshou, Kickboxing, and Sabaki, a combination of bare knuckle Karate and Judo.  We were at the forefront of the mixed martial arts evolution. It was an exciting time.


However, the roof started to leak, which precipitated some changes due the landlords not being overly available. A great opportunity presented itself with the help of a couple of students. Cesare presented an opportunity to build a custom made dojo, or school, only a few blocks away. In 1996 construction began on our current facility, which was made for the purpose of housing our mixed martial arts school. Again, it was only a few blocks away from the previous location in East Vancouver.  This was a great blessing in many ways and I am thankful for the school and the people who have contributed to it. As of this date, we are approaching our 19th year at this location. We have 2 custom built floors with two main training areas; the first floor is designed to be more traditional with white paint and little distractions to enable greater inner focus, awareness and skill development. The second floor has more memorabilia, equipment, weights, strength and conditioning gear, showers, changing rooms, Kickboxing ring, mirrors, posters and more. We also have a roof deck for small personal training and private use. Over the years, I can say with confidence that we have provided many benefits to students in skill development on many levels. Our mission, through the instructor team, is to continue to provide mental, physical and spiritual benefits to students and ourselves in the long term through the mixed martial arts.


In the future we will continue to make upgrades on equipment and mats. Our recent upgrades include: new lighting with thanks to Darren Cheng, a new cage fence with thanks to Jay Morris, new 2nd floor mat system with thanks to Costa Rojas for installation and George Kassimatis for sponsoring the project, a new roof, new ground and pound grappling bags from Costa Rojas, and new paint with thanks to Mark Smith. With effort and attention our facilities will continue to house an excellent program, instructor team and benefit student development on a variety of levels in mixed martial arts, fitness and personal development.

Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver


Van Open Tourney Results: Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver – Posener’s MMA

Van Open Tourney Results: Kids Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver – Posener’s MMA

Here are the tournament results from Posener’s Pankration/MMA  – Kid’s Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver Open.

`Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Antonio Costantino – Gi – Gold. 2 matches 2 submissions, No Gi – Gold: 2 matches 2 submissions, Micah Calapiz – Gi: Gold 3 matches, 3 Submissions No Gi:  Bronze. Marques Calapiz: Gi: Gold. 3 matches, 3 Submissions. No Gi: Silver 2 matches, 1 Submission. Emilio Ditrocchio: Gi. Gold . 4 matches. 3 Submissions.


It was a real pleasure and honor to coach and help. Certainly a good outing for this group and looking forward to more challenge and progress. More pics to come. 🙂


Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver





Here is some information on our Kids MMA/ Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver programs:


Vancouver’s Premier Mixed Martial Arts school for children and youths.

With special attention given to motor skill development, mental focusing attributes, and children’s inherent capabilities. Youth kickboxing Vancouver Children’s and Teen classes are designed to emphasize:


The development of these qualities and principals are given extra attention because they build a strong foundation in the three battles: the Mind, the Body, and the Spirit.If developed properly, then success is assured.

We engage in a brief zazen meditation at the beginning of each class to become present, focused and prepared for what is to come in the class, and, at the end of class, we meditate briefly to lock in the experiences, center our energy, and commit to continuing making progress. As a regular practice to enhance learning, we also repeat strongly the Tenets of the School, Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, and Indomitable Spirit, at the end of each class to solidify the development of these qualities for Kids Mixed Martial Arts Vancouver.


Our Qualification Code, which is a form to be filled out by the parent and student for advancement in rank, for Kids MMA Vancouver at Posener’s Pankration/MMA and Muay Thai, highlights that respect and school achievement, in addition to the development of combative skills in mixed martial arts, are highly valued, esteemed and developed.


The development of equanimity of spirit is also given special attention in order to deal with challenges well; especially in regards to winning and losing. The attributes of effort, determination, skill development and spirit are given special attention, as these qualities will lead to enduring success. The goal of truly doing one’s best, regardless of outcome, especially in regards to some combative sport applications, is given priority to help develop progress, growth and character. The consistent and continuous goal of making progress in all areas, both on the mat and off, will help develop a student’s full long term potential for Kids/Youth MMA Vancouver at Posener’s Pankration/MMA and Muay Thai.


5 Ways Martial Arts Spices Up Your Life: MMA Vancouver

5 Ways Martial Arts Spices Up Your Life: MMA Vancouver

Have you been feeling jaded? Perhaps your job, school or maybe a mundane routine has caused you to feel that way. Or maybe you’re just in need of an adventure. Well, whatever it is, we believe that it’s time to spice up your life – especially if you’ve been feeling bored and/or restless. After all, life is too short to not be enjoying and living in every moment.

Are you ready to inject some excitement into your life? Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Ways Martial Arts Spices Up Your Life:

1) It gets your heart racing

Muay Thai is also known as the "Art of Eight Limbs".

Muay Thai is also known as the “Art of Eight Limbs”. MMA Vancouver

There’s no doubt that martial arts would make your heart beat faster. After all, it is intense – and the best part is that there’s never a dull moment in training because there’s so much to learn. Psst! That’s why some people find themselves falling in love with their martial art of choice and training for life.

If you’ve never set foot in a martial arts gym before, it might seem intimidating – but trust us, it’s totally worth going for that first class and experiencing it for yourself before deciding what to do next. If you never try, you’ll never know what you’re missing out on! And if you think about it, you’ve got nothing to lose by trying.


2) It boosts your mood

Brazil Nationals Champion Gamal Hassan teaches BJJ at Evolve MMA.

Brazil Nationals Champion Gamal Hassan teaches BJJ at Evolve MMA. MMA Vancouver

Have you been feeling down lately? Well, if that’s happening, then you should definitely start training martial arts because it will boost your endorphin production and leave you feeling happy after every session. What’s more, it’s a great way to vent your frustration and forget about your worries (even if it’s just for an hour!) Not convinced? Then check out our article on how martial arts can scientifically keep you happy and stress-free!


3) It sculpts your body

Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao and ONE Superstar Amir Khan train hard at the Evolve Fighters Program.

Multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao and ONE Superstar Amir Khan train hard at the Evolve Fighters Program. MMA Vancouver

It’s no secret that martial arts will give you a lean, toned body. After all, you can burn up to 1,000 calories in just an hour of training! Besides that, you would learn to defend yourself in the face of danger – which is an extremely important life skill that could come in handy someday.

What’s more, martial arts is extremely effective when it comes to melting away fat, so why not punch your way to a great body? Nothing is more fulfilling than working towards (and crushing) your goals, be it fitness, body or martial arts goals.


4) It builds your confidence

Side planks can strengthen your balance and improve your posture.

Side planks can strengthen your balance and improve your posture. MMA Vancouver

Life is definitely much better when you trust yourself with making important decisions and more importantly, believe in yourself. So your lack of self-confidence could possibly be making you miserable and causing you to feel like your life is a drag. After all, when you constantly question and doubt yourself, how are you going to have fun?

Fortunately, training martial arts would boost your self-confidence, especially when you make progress in class and get closer to your dream body. When this happens, you’ll notice that you appreciate your body for all that it can do for you, as well as the simple things in life (like having that cheat meal!)


5) It encourages you to step out of your comfort zone

BJJ enables a small person to overcome bigger, stronger opponents.

BJJ enables a small person to overcome bigger, stronger opponents. MMA Vancouver

What’s more exciting than exploring and getting lost in new worlds? If you think about it, there’s so much to experience and immerse in out there – just that we sometimes decide to stick to what’s comfortable and familiar, so we end up missing out.

Well, you don’t have to worry about missing out on new experiences when you start training martial arts. Apart from being a whole new thing you’re trying out, martial arts would also teach you to embrace the unknown and make you a bolder individual. That means you would happily step out of your comfort zone, broaden your horizons, and grow significantly in the process.


So tell us, are you ready to spice up your life? Why not sign up for a class and see how it goes!

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver






Here is some information on our Submission Wrestling/ Jiu-Jitsu programs:

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.