30th Dojo Anniversary @ Announcment: Posener’s MMA Vancouver

30th Dojo Anniversary @ Announcment: Posener’s MMA Vancouver

     Since commencing my mixed martial arts practice 40 years ago and now having operated a mixed martial arts dojo for over 30 years, it is time for a move and a change.


I have been blessed with great instructors and a passion for mixed martial arts and the life changing and significant benefits the arts can provide. I have taught at 3 locations to date starting full time in 1989. My current location was built to specs and contracted by one of my students about 24 years ago, which was a great opportunity for growth and we have done great here. However, I have had an opportunity to sell the building and that sale comes to completion on September 1 ’20. This move has been in the works for a couple of years. Our 4th location will be Budo Mixed Martial Arts on Kingsway, which is a 6 minute drive according to Google, from our current location.


I have approached a few local BJJ schools regarding a mutually beneficial relationship and Scott Boudreau of Budo Mixed Martial Arts has been very welcoming and we are both excited to move forward in our MMA journey. This is also beneficial for students who want to cross train in the Gi for BJJ and get benefits in their individual mma journey, which is coincidental with the change in our Gi program.


We will be running 4 programs at Budo: 1. Adult MMA 2. Muay Thai 3. Kids/Youth MMA and 4. Muay Thai Skills and Conditioning. All students memberships will transfer to the new location. I will be contacting all students via email, phone and social media in the coming days and weeks. If any student has a problem with the move, we will work something out, guaranteed. This move will facilitate our goals, personality and ability to provide significant benefits to those who want to train with us.


Our current instructor team will be moving with us, George Kassimatis, Costa Rojas, Gio Platon and more. My family and Dojo family have been tremendously supportive and excited for the change and opportunity for growth. I would like to thank everyone for their past and future involvement. This is a great opportunity and the timing is good. Let’s move forward together and I will be active now on numerous platforms to impart news and updates.

Simon Posener

Chief Instructor/Owner and staff

Posener’s MMA Vancouver

 

Schedule for September at Budo Mixed Martial Arts 3121 Kingsway St. 

 

 

***Modified to allow for Covid Cleaning after every class. 

 

 

 

Monday

 

Kids/Youth MMA 5- 6 pm

 

Muay Thai Skills and Conditioning 6:15 – 7:15 pm 

 

Adult MMA/No Gi 7:30 – 8:30 pm 

 

 

 

Tuesday

 

Muay Thai 7:15 – 8:15 pm

 

 

Wednesday

 

Kids/Youth MMA 5- 6 pm

 

Muay Thai Skills and Conditioning 6:15 – 7:15 pm 

 

Adult MMA 7:30 – 8:30  pm 

 

 

 

Thursday

 

Muay Thai 7:15 – 8:15 pm

 

 

Friday

 

 

Saturday

 

 

Kids/Youth MMA 10:30 -11:30 am  

 

Muay Thai Skills and Conditioning 11:45 – 12:45 pm

 

Adult MMA 1- 2 pm

 

Muay Thai 2:15 – 3:15 pm

 

 

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MMA Vancouver

 

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MMA Vancouver

 

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MMA Vancouver

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.

 

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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
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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

Can- Am Results for MMA, BJJ, & Kickboxing: Posener’s MMA Vancouver

Can- Am Results for MMA, BJJ, & Kickboxing: Posener’s MMA Vancouver

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MMA Vancouver

 

Congratulations to the competitors who went for it at the Can- Am International Martial arts Tournament in Richmond B.C. on Sunday April 28 ’19. Rachel Hofer got two belts In the MMA division winning decisively and moving up in weight category to get an extra shot and an extra challenge. She was rewarded for her efforts by being awarded the most outstanding MMA Competitor of the tournament. Awesome Rachel. She also got a bronze medal in the Kickboxing competition and would have also competed in BJJ but was too late registering. We look forward to her progress and next steps in her training.

 

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MMA Vancouver

Adam Posener also won a belt in the MMA division competing against a 16 year old and winning a tough match cleanly with 3 out of 3 takedowns and top position control and active ground and pound striking. He was close to finishing the arm triangle choke from the side mount, which was tight but defended strongly by a very good competitor. Great to see those excellent young men compete and conduct themselves well.

 

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MMA Vancouver

 

Tabitha Tam won a gold medal in the Gi BJJ, a silver medal in the MMA, and a silver medal in the No Gi BJJ. Tabby has certainly been going for it in competitions and apparently enjoying the challenge.

 

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Zola Mitchell won a bronze and a Silver in BJJ and she is also enjoying the competitive experience and making progress each time out. OSU!

 

Gus and Rachel both got Bronze in the Kickboxing. Gus moved up to fight a 211 pounder in the advanced division against an experienced opponent.. great work Gus. You will learn and progress. Win or learn is the common expression but, in my opinion, progress is always the driving force; equanimity of spirit. Honorable mention to Stas and Edison for getting their feet wet in the early stages of their competitive kickboxing experience. Great to see them enjoying the challenge and developing skills.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

I would like to say thank you to our awesome instructor team, George Kassimatis, Costa Rojas, Hayden Francis, Ed Kumar, Lance Kawi, Gus Rodriquez, Julian Paul, and the many other assistant instructors.

 

 

 

 

 

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MMA Vancouver

 

 

Also heart felt appreciation to the parents and students who support the school and contribute to the ‘Way’. OSU!

 

 

 

 

Tiger Balm ’19 and BFL 60 Results for Posener’s MMA Vancouver

Tiger Balm ’19 and BFL 60 Results for Posener’s MMA Vancouver

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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.

 

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MMA Vancouver

 

Adam Posener had 2 fights with 2 guillotine submissions.

 

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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…

 

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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.

Good instructor news for 2019 – Posener’s MMA Vancouver

Good instructor news for 2019 – Posener’s MMA Vancouver

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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:

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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!