Belt Test Results: Posener’s Pankration/ Kids Martial Arts Vancouver

Belt Test Results: Posener’s Pankration/ Kids Martial Arts Vancouver

Kids Martial Arts Vancouver

Kids Martial Arts Vancouver

Congratulations: Ben Beaulieu: Purple Belt, Chloe Phan: Orange Belt, Kingston Park: Orange Belt, Kameron Lum: Yellow belt, Emini Arnold: Yellow Belt, Tabitha Tan: Yellow Belt, Ronin Sharma: Yellow Belt, Arjun Sharma: Yellow Belt,

Stripe testing: Naomi Wolf: Red belt 1st stripe, Nikolas Kristiansen: Blue belt 1st stripe, Marques Calapiz: Green belt 1st stripe, Micah Calapiz: Green belt 1st stripe, Ernesto Lepore: 4th stripe Purple belt, Aryan Kalia: 4th stripe Purple belt, Rodin Nazari: 4th stripe Purple belt, Artin Nazari: 4th stripe Purple belt,  Hunter Mannes: 1st stripe Purple belt, Tyson Quan: 1st stripe Orange Belt,

Huge Congratulations on those who tested and made progress!!! OSU!

1st stripe: striking, 2nd stripe: wrestling, 3rd stripe: Jiu-Jitsu, 4th stripe Pankration/MMA sparring.

Here is an article on the Purpose of Testing:

The Purpose of Testing for Mixed Martial Arts Vancouver.

The Purpose of Testing for Mixed Martial Arts Vancouver

The Purpose of 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 dream.

Mixed Martial Arts Vancouver

Mixed Martial Arts Vancouver

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NAGA Tournament Results: Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver- Posener’s MMA

NAGA Tournament Results: Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver- Posener’s MMA

Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

NAGA Tournament Results September 10 ’16: Congratulations to everyone who competed. NAGA attracts some of the best competitors and competing is a challenge in itself. So keep on enjoying the challenge and making big picture progress.



Adam Posener: Expert – Belt winner, Ayden Arnold: Expert- Silver, Marques Calapiz- Adavanced: Silver, Micah Calapiz: Adavanced- Silver, Kingston Park: Beginner – Silver and Bronze in his first Gi division ( Roll BJJ Partnership), Linh Thuy Diep: Beginner – Gold.



I will describe in some detail the expert divisions. For Adam this was quite a goal and accomplishment. He competed against two kids who have won multiple tournaments in World Championships. Against Russel the score was 15-0 and against Winter, he locked in, for the first time in competition, an inverted triangle, as a submission flow off the falling/flying armbar series. Ayden, in his no gi expert division, had an incredibly close match against a familiar competitor who he has competed against a couple of times before giving and taking victories. He lost by just one point in a back and forth affair that was highly contested with position changes, submission attempts by Ayden and reversals.  Ayden competed very well. Again, I want to acknowledge all the competitors for stepping up and challenging themselves in this highly competitive arena. I certainly love helping enthusiastic, willing, kids and adults through the martial arts. I feel strongly we have an excellent instructor team and we provide many opportunities for helping people get benefits from mixed martial arts practice on a variety of levels.

Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

Jiu-Jitsu Vancouver

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Here is some information on our Kids/Youth Pankration/MMA program:


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.

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5 Ways to Strengthen Your Integrity: Posener’s Martial Arts Vancouver

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Integrity: Posener’s Martial Arts Vancouver

Martial Arts Vancouver

Martial Arts Vancouver

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Integrity for Posener’s Martial Arts Vancouver

Sharif H. Joynson
September 2, 2016

For some people, disappointing others is a regular occurrence, and apologizing—for running late, for being behind schedule on the project, for forgetting to do the thing they said they would—has become a recurring theme. They have become desensitized to the pain causing someone’s disappointment and are able to rattle off an “I’m sorry” in a way that doesn’t carry any real remorse.

I know because I was this person. And I had all the excuses, too: I was too busy, I was overwhelmed, things came up, I had no time, I needed more sleep. I used these excuses to avoid the real reason. And that reason was ultimately that I lacked integrity. Until a point in my life when I realized how much I was hurting the people closest to me.

It was time for a change.

My life is currently busier than ever, but by focusing on developing my integrity and addressing my personal areas of weakness, I’ve been able to better serve the people in my life who I once regularly let down.

The following steps are what allowed me to step up, stop repeating the same mistakes and build my integrity.

1. Be hard on yourself.

If you’ve arrived at a place where you know you need to radically improve yourself because you’ve caused others pain—and are in pain yourself as a result—then you have a great opportunity to get leverage on yourself. This means using the mind’s unconscious but powerful system of motivation that causes us to move away from anything that causes us emotional or physical pain.

By not dodging the pain of your failure but instead allowing yourself to feel it fully and associate it with the behaviors you wish to change, you are programming your subconscious to find a better way, to avoid making the same mistakes.

And with enough programming, it will find a way.

Take some time to reflect on where you have let yourself or others down without the excuse-making you used to rely on to avoid this pain, and then resolve to improve.

2. Apologize the right way.

Just as you must stop yourself from using the past pattern of excuse-making when trying to create leverage against yourself, this is even more important if you have someone to apologize to.

An “I’m sorry, but…” is not a true apology. A real apology is simply and honestly, “I’m sorry.”

Another important part of an apology is to avoid promising the other person that you’ll give them the world to make up for the mistake. If you resolve to show them more respect by being true to your word, then avoid using too many words.

Related: How to Make the Most of Your Mistakes

3. Stop over-promising.

If you lack integrity, one of your defining characteristics is overpromising and under-delivering. And you simply have to stop doing it.

Take note of every time you make promises that are hard to keep and analyze why you need to please people all the time. Practice saying no to things you know you will have difficulty completing. This isn’t about setting boundaries with other people so much as setting boundaries with yourself.

4. Strengthen your decision-making power.

Your personal integrity is defined by the power of your decisions. By power, I mean the capacity to keep the decision you’ve made in the forefront of your mind and keep it a priority. Practice making decisions with the end in mind. Start small.

When you remember that recycling needs to be delivered today, resolve to do that as soon as you get through the door. Then stick to it. Check your emails at a predetermined time and then close your laptop. Set reminders for things. The important part of this isn’t setting the reminder but resolving that when that alarm goes off, you will drop whatever you are doing and do it right then.

5. Develop a routine.

If you struggle to be on time and often find yourself scrambling to finish projects by deadline, you’re weakening your integrity. Time mismanagement causes a vicious cycle of letting people down and failing to stay true to your word. Your ability to maintain a routine tells people you can be trusted.

The best place to start is at the beginning of your day. If you can start your day the same way, then you begin to develop positive habits that will spill over into the rest of your life.

Here are some tips for using your morning to strengthen your integrity:

  • Blast yourself with cold water at the end of your shower. It jolts your mind and nerves awake and gets you ready for the day.
  • Consume at least one large glass of water and eat a healthy breakfast. You’ll need fuel to keep up your energy and productivity throughout the day.
  • Practice gratitude. Take just five minutes to meditate on or list things you are grateful for. It’s an incredibly powerful way to align you with what’s important to you. These thoughts are then reflected in your actions.

So if you want to step up and become a person who people can rely on and you want to stop letting others down, then well done. Just that intent alone is admirable.

Now follow these steps and start living in a way that you can be proud of and positively affects the lives of those you love.

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Special Congratulations to the New Dr. Jonas K. – Martial Arts Vancouver

Special Congratulations to the New Dr. Jonas K. – Martial Arts Vancouver

Martial Arts Vancouver

Martial Arts Vancouver

Wow! I want to announce the news that our beloved former B.C. Heavyweight Muay Thai Kickboxing Champion and long time member has become a medical doctor after completing medical school, residency and taken the Declaration of Geneva at graduation. Jonas is likely going to pursue a specialization in Cardiology, oncology, infectious diseases, critical care or …. tbd..


Regardless of Jonas’ specialization this graduation sets a good example of the pen and sword in accord philosophy where a larger perspective is obtained. I also do appreciate the good example Jonas sets for others to follow to achieve success in their respective callings. So, Huge Congratulations Jonas!! It has been an honor to instruct you with our awesome instructor team in Martial Arts Vancouver skills and philosophies.

Martial Arts Vancouver

Martial Arts Vancouver


Here is some information on our Muay Thai Kickboxing program as part of our Martial Arts Vancouver school.

Muay Thai Kickboxing Vancouver

Thai or Thai Boxing, is the Martial Art of Thailand and the inspiration for Western Kickboxing. It can be traced back to battles fought between the Burmese and Muay  the Thais of the Ayutha period. Burmese accounts describe the ferocity and physical prowess of the Thai warriors, in particular the exploits of a Thai prisoner of war, Nai Khanom Tom. At the celebration held by the Burmese King, Hai Khanom Tom defeated nine Burmese warriors, this winning his freedom, a place in history – and two wives, whom he took home to Thailand, courtesy of the Burmese King.When first practiced as a sport, Muay Thai was the stuff of Hollywood movies. Fighters wore sea-shells as groin protectors, and wore no gloves, instead wrapping their hands in cotton fiber and coating them with hot tar and sand or broken glass. Not suprisingly, injuries and fatalities were fairly common. Thai boxing was incarnated in its present form around the turn of the century, with fighters wearing gloves, groin protectors, and shorts – but no shoes. Fights run for five rounds of three minutes each, with the winner decided by a decision based on points or knock-out, as in Western-style boxing. No one could ever confuse Thai Boxing and Western Boxing.


However, in addition to punches, the Thai Boxer arsenal includes kicks, knees, and elbows, all of which can be used on any part of the opponents body. In combination, such an attack is beautiful, fluid, and awesome in its destructive power.Muay Thai is distinctive in its style and ritual. This is apparent from the moment the fighter enters the ring, wearing a mongkon on his head. A protective charm designed to fend off the ill-effects of the magic arts, the mongkon is made of rolled fabric and thread, wrapped in a second strip and blessed by the master. The Thai boxer may also wear a praciat, an armband of rolled cloth containing symbols infused with magic by a master. Dating back to ancient battlefields, it is believed that the praciat wards off danger.Before the match, the Thai boxer performs a Ram Muay, or fighters dance. The Ram Muay is a series of movements designed to pay respect to the fighter’s teacher. The dance involves acting out aspects of combat using bow, spear, or sword, and well as movements to symbolize prayer, respect, and the drawing of power from the primal well of Muay Thai knowledge. The Ram Muay completed, the fighter returns to his corner, where the trainer prays over him and removes his mongkon. It is time for the fight to begin.

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Sanshou Tournament Results for Martial Arts Vancouver: Posener’s MMA

Sanshou Tournament Results for Martial Arts Vancouver: Posener’s MMA 

Sanshou is basically a mix of Wrestling and Kickboxing: Martial Arts Vancouver at Posener’s MMA.

Martial Arts Vancouver

Martial Arts Vancouver

Chris Toews: Gold – Advanced, Gio Platon: Gold – Advanced, Honourable Mention: Richard Ronquillo.


Chris Toews: Wins first round quickly by clean push outs. Second Round also wins cleanly with take downs and strong punching and kicking. and.. spinning backfist. Chris has shown good improvement since his last tournament. His strength was a benefit as well as improved technique.

Gio Platon: 3 awesome matches. Got better as the tournament progressed. Gio is continually improving in performance and attitude. Many clean sweeps, excellent lateral drops, strong advancing straight right and solid low kicks. Final match had difficulty with push outs against a good knowledgeable opponent who held on to avoid being scored upon but Gio  compensated with clean lateral drops as well as speed and power in solid basic Kickboxing. Excellent work.

Richard Ronquillo: Richard lost a close match in a large division. He did well  in his first competition. Again, it was a close match and experience was gained. Good work and improvement. The act of preparing and looking forward to the event certainly helped Richard progress a level.

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.

Here is our website, Martial Arts Vancouver: Posener’s Pankration/MMA, Muay Thai, Sanshou and Strength and Conditiioning