Hayden Francis: GI BJJ Vancouver Program at Posener’s MMA

Hayden Francis GI BJJ Vancouver Program at Posener’s MMA 

BJJ Vancouver

BJJ Vancouver


We are making a small change to the timing of our GI BJJ Vancouver program. We are going to be running the class on Wednesday’s from 7-8 pm. This will enable the juniors who want to do the MMA class from 5-7 pm to transition into the GI BJJ class and the adults can also attend and transition to the Muay Thai from 8- 9:30 pm.


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Here is a brief description of Hayden Francis and his philosophy:


Hayden started BJJ by taking grappling classes in high school, from then on he was hooked. His official training began in December of 2009 at Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu School and Hayden quickly adopted Jiu Jitsu as the foundation of his daily activity; helping his focus and supporting all other aspects of his life. Hayden’s teaching goals focus on conceptual learning that matches the goals and learning styles of students. Hayden believes learning concepts rather than a step-by-step process helps to make lessons more solid for students and let them follow their own path in Jiu Jitsu.

Hayden is currently a brown belt and has a wealth of experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu  ( BJJ Vancouver ) and competition.



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We are looking forward to this new time slot for the GI BJJ Vancouver class, as it should help both the students and instructor attend regularly and make progress. The Saturday time slot often conflicted with tournaments and events.



You will need a Gi for the program. Below are a couple of examples of basic Gis. We do order all our Gis from www.Bushido.ca . You are welcome to click on the link to see all the color and style options to suit your taste and needs. You can order the items at the dojo. Please ask Simon Posener for details.



BJJ Vancouver

BJJ Vancouver Kid’s Gi from $85.90 – $95.90


BJJ Vancouver

BJJ Vancouver  Basic Adult Gi $119.90 – color options available


Thank you and we will look forward to having you join this program! OSU!


Our Website: http://www.PosenersPankrationmma.com



Posener’s Pankration/MMA Vancouver: Kaizen Philosophy

Posener’s Pankration/MMA Vancouver: Kaizen Philosophy

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver


Today we are going to explain part of the philosophical foundations of our art. For many years we have been describing our style as, ‘ A mixed martial arts style emphasizing traditional philosophy’. Sometimes these days the traditional backbone of the art gets neglected and the principle of Kaizen is an important part of the philosophy to be aware of. Other traditional philosophies will also be explained and with regular attendance and reading more will be enlightened.

This principle, which has its origin in the Japanese tradition, is central to benefiting the martial arts practitioner. It has also been applied in various business organizations to great benefit.

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver



When we come to the dojo we should practice patience, awareness, positive attitude and work on making small improvements regularly; even if they appear slight because over time they will add up and be substantial.


Here is a further description for Posener’s Pankration/ MMA Vancouver.



Kaizen is the principle of constant and never ending improvement in our lives. It is a principle that the Samurai applied every morning they woke up by beginning the day with a specific goal of improvement in mind. At the core of Kaizen is patience which is required for improvement since you very rarely see the effects of your struggles rapidly.


As a beginner it looks almost impossible to master the tasks that are required to earn your black belt and yet it is achieved one step at a time. There are no shortcuts, no simple ways to get there. As you strive to improve one thing at a time you slowly become the person with the skills to earn your black belt, under the careful and watchful eye of your Sensei. The modern warrior is always mindful of where he is at and where he is going at all times. Since our world is always changing around us our goals and targets are in constant motion and ever changing. A wise objective today may be a foolish goal tomorrow so it is always important that one re-evaluates their goals and and focus on a daily basis. Martial artists are capable of extreme concentration and focus on particular goals and targets. It is our goal/target selection that is always changing and we must be mindful of this in order to achieve success. When in your training and you reach the point that you have done your 100 front punches, you should always do one more in order to improve. Only doing the required amount will take you on a path of long training. That one extra punch, kick, kata is what makes the difference in your training and daily lives. This establishes the spirit required to achieve in today’s world as well as the world of the future. You must always do one more than needed to be a step above the other people as life is a competition. It is a competition that only you can fail.


In your training your Sensei will give you the tools to achieve your black belt, but earning it is up to you. We can not push you to train outside of the dojo. We are not there watching the type of person you are becoming each step of the day. We only know what we see inside of our training halls…so it is up to you to attain greatness…to attain honor…to attain your black belt. Kaizen is the path and it is a path forged out of necessity and in time where anything less meant death.



In further installments we will be explaining and expanding on the 7-5-3 Code so stay tuned, keep training, and ask questions. 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

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Copa BJJ Tourney Results: Posener’s MMA/ Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Copa BJJ Tourney Results: Posener’s MMA/  Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver


Here are are results from the Copa Katana BJJ tournament held in Richmond, B.C. on Saturday April 15 ’17. Rodean Nazari –  His 1st double gold. Gold in Gi and Gold in No Gi, Ayden Arnold – Gold in No Gi and bronze in Gi (Budo ) ,  Artin Nazari – Gold in No Gi and Silver in Gi, Honorable mention to Ernesto Lepore moving up to the Advanced Expert Division and challenging himself. This can be a stimulation for him to keep progressing to the next level and learning that patience, persistence and consistency help the program. This was certainly a challenging event and a good experience to learn from and continue to make progress.

Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver


I would like to thank the parents for their support and involvement, the awesome instructor team, Andrew De Leon, Filip Matos, Emilio Ditrocchio, George Kassimatis, and more.


Here is some information on our Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver / MMA/ Submission Grappling 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.



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. 


MMA Vancouver

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: www.PosenersPankrationmma.com