Good instructor news for 2019 – Posener’s MMA Vancouver

Good instructor news for 2019 – Posener’s MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

 

 

 

 

 

First off, on this Sunny New Year’s Eve Day, Happy New Year. As the e blast will reiterate, which I hope you get, Myself and all the staff wish you great health, success and the enjoyment of the spirit of challenge for 2019. Here is some news:

 

 

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Kassimatis will be teaching the Begginner’s No Gi Jiu-Jitsu class on Monday’s from 6:45 pm to 8 pm. Again, we want to immensely thank Mr. Jonathan Chan for his instruction in this time slot for the last year but his work has made that day and time untenable. George, with his boundless enthusiasm and love for MMA Vancouver, has made that time available, as he coordinates his work, parenting, teaching and his practice. I am confident the students will get great benefit from participating in this class, as we move forward in skills and spirits for 2019.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

We want to congratulate Hayden Francis on getting his BJJ Black Belt. He has helped the students fine tune their technique. We certainly look forward to growing this class and the students can get benefit by adding this class into their schedule. Hayden teaches the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class with the Gi on Wednesday’s from 7 – 8 pm. If you want to try, let me know, as it will benefit your MMA Vancouver skills.

 

 

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

 

 

 

We would like to warmly welcome Oguzhan Yalcin, pronounced Ozhan, to our instructor team. Ozhan has been practicing wrestling for a number of years. He was a Turkish national wrestling champion as a junior. He will be helping and teaching the Kids MMA Vancouver classes on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 4:30 – 6 pm. He conveys good wrestling skills and has experience in teaching kids, as his demeanor and instruction demonstrate understanding for that group’s learning potential.  He is also highly motivated to compete in MMA and we are excited to help him in his MMA journey.

 

We have a full schedule of classes for 2019 to help students grow in skill, fitness, self defense and sport. Please take a look at the schedule of classes we offer, and if you have any questions of how to take your development to the next level, we are happy to help. Just send me a message or ask me when you see me. OSU! 2019!

 

 

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.

 

AVA Results: Posener’s BJJ, Kickboxing and MMA Vancouver

AVA Results: Posener’s BJJ, Kickboxing and MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

Here are the results from the AVA ( All versus All) Tournament held in Burnaby on October 14 ’18:

 

Tabitha Tam:  double Gold in Gi and No Gi, with quick submission wins in her no gi, James Wolf: Gold in Kickboxing, nice work in his first tournament, Rachel Hofer: Silver in MMA and No Gi, with tough matches against larger and more experienced competitors, and Zola Mitchell: Silver in No Gi and Bronze in Gi, in her first tournament while she displayed excitement and enthusiasm. Adam Posener and Tabby Tam did not have any competitors in the MMA division. Next time… Looking forward to some positive activity and application of the instruction.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Some more pictures will be posted on the Facebook group page.

 

Special Thanks to all the parents who support their child and the school. Also thank you to our awesome instructor team, Hayden Francis, George Kassimatis, Costa Rojas, Andrew De Leon, Emilio Ditrocchio, Jonathan Chan, Gus Rodriquez, Chris Toews, and the assistant instructor team.

 

Here is some information on our No Gi and Submission Wrestling program for Posener’s MMA Vancouver:

 

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

Tabitha Tam Testimonial for Posener’s Kid’s MMA Vancouver

Tabitha Tam Testimonial for Posener’s Kid’s MMA Vancouver

Posener's Kid's MMA Vancouver

Posener’s Kid’s MMA Vancouver

 

The art of Zezen, literally means “seated meditation”. The mind, body and spirit is all one. With clear thought comes peace and calmness.

 

My child has attended Poseners for aboout 3 years’, initially she was a bundle of chaos mentally, and a raging ball energy physically. It would been easier to catch a charging bull barehanded than to have her sit down, stay quiet and listen to instructions.

 

At the beginning and end of each class, be it youth or adult, there is a moment of zezen, this is bring inner peace and calmness. The individual sits on their feet, hands on their thighs, closes thier eyes and breathes deep.

 

At the last tournament of August 2018, she was called to the mat and asked to wait for her opponent. To our surprise, she sat in Zezen and waited for about 3 minutes till her opponent showed. After winning her tournament, we asked what she was doing before the match. Her reply; I was relaxing and visualizing my match.

 

Thanks to Sensei Simons’ (and staff) patience and time invested, our child is now more patient than ever, listens to her parents instructions, agrees without much whining (can’t get away with all whining) and overall a more mature child.

 

Thank you to Poseners and their instructors.

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Can-Am Int’l Results: Posener’s Martial Arts Vancouver

Can-Am Int’l Results: Posener’s Martial Arts Vancouver

Martial Arts Vancouver

Martial Arts Vancouver

 

Here are the results from the Can-Am International Martial Arts Championship on Saturday and Sunday May 26 and 27  ’18 from Posener’s Martial Arts Vancouver. I use the general term because this tournament has many different martial arts events. We had students compete in Sanshou on Saturday, which is basically a combination of Kickboxing and Wrestling, Submission Wrestling, which is synonymous with no gi brazilian jiu-jitsu, Kickboxing and MMA, which is also referred to as mixed martial arts, pankration and other terms.

 

Martial Arts Vancouver

Martial Arts Vancouver

 

In the Sanshou Saturday events, Olando Milford took the gold. Olando has been training for the last year at our branch location at Canada Scaffolding taught by Coach Chris Toews, who also teaches the Fight Fit Bootcamp class on Sundays and trains regularly at the main dojo. Nigel Chan re-injured his shoulder getting thrown off the mat, as I was told, and could not continue. I do remember the initial injury Nigel sustained getting thrown previously, which did require a fairly lengthy recovery time. We all wish Nigel well and a full and speedy recovery.

 

On Sunday we started out with the MMA competition. Tabby had a couple of fights and performed a couple of submissions with an armbar and entangled arm bar or choke. Adam also had a couple of fights and submitted his opponent with 2 kimuras from the north/south position. I put the touch gloves pic because the tournament was run well by Ryan C and he had consideration for safety, fairness and good spirit. Well done for him running the division for his first time, which can be challenging. I hope to see more people come out.

 

Martial Arts Vancouver

Martial Arts Vancouver

 

Linhh Thuy Diep competed in her first Kickboxing fight and did very well. She lost in the final match to a more polished fighter but gave it her all. Great work for going for it and challenging her self, her skill set and having a good experience. This well help in gaining confidence for next time.

 

Overall it was a well run event. In fact it was the 39th annual version of this event and I do remember the first couple of years of this occasion. Ken Low has always made strong efforts to put on solid events. Thank you to the awesome, committed, loyal instructor team who work with their skills and heart to deliver benefits to the students with the hope that the benefits will spread to others, George Kassimatis, Costa Rojas, Emilio Ditrocchio, Chris Toews, Hayden Francis,  Andrew De Leon, Adam Posener, Gus Rodgriquez, Julian Paul,  Ed Kumar, Marijana Slavnic, Paul Gibbons and the other assistant instructors. Thank you also the friends and family for their support. Looking forward to continuing passing on benefits of Posener’s Martial Arts Vancouver.

 

I posted some  more pics on our instragram page. 🙂