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

 

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

MMA Vancouver

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.

 

MMA Vancouver

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
MMA Vancouver

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

Gio Defends Title & Oguzhan has 3rd Fight : Posener’s MMA Vancouver

Gio Defends Title & Oguzhan has 3rd Fight : Posener’s MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

On September 21 ’19 at BFL 63 Gio Platon will be defending his Amateur MMA Title, as is required of the organization before turning Professional on his next MMA Fight. Oguzhan Yalcin will be doing his 3rd MMA Fight and then will be moving up in class to allow more techniques.

Both of these excellent athletes, martial artists and fighters are excited to pursue their mma dreams. Tickets will be available at Posener’s MMA Vancouver fairly soon. Please stay tuned for updates.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

The team is working to help these dreams become reality.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Here is some information on our Pankration/MMA program with a description of the historical origins of Pankration and mixed martial arts from the origination:

 

Ancient Pankration


The word Pankration is a Greek word which translated means “all powers” or “all powerful”, both are acceptable translations by Greek scholars. Pankration was a sporting event in the ancient Greek Olympic games that was first introduced in the games of 648 BC. The rules of the sport were simple, no biting or eye gouging and victory was secured through knockout , submission or death. The historical records of the early pankration are shrouded and mixed with Greek mythology and it is not known whether these accounts of championship bouts and feats of strength of the champions were myth or actual accounts. What is known is that just like the boxers and wrestlers of the Olympic games the Pankration competitors refined their skills for many generations throught hundreds of years and became extremely proficient at all elements of their sport including ground fighting and submission holds to standing fighting with all types of strikes. Many of the holds, throuws and striking techniques can be seen on ther pottery, statues and drawings of those times. The ancient Oympic games were intertwined with many ceremonies and connections to the worship of gods that were pagan to the rising christian poplulation. Because of this association and the rise of christianity the games eventually came to a halt and along with it Pankration competition desappeared for many centuries.
The Olympic games were eventually adopted and reborn throughout the world alternating the competition in a new country every 4 years, however, Pankration competition was not included. It is only because of the sparse historical records and the special interests of a few individuals that Pankration is having a rebirth in this generation. Pankration MMA Vancouver.

Modern Day Pankration


The current wave of “no hold barred” and pay per view fighting events has brought with it a curiosity and interest to it’s ancient predecessor Pankration. Just as the boxing venue grew and evolved from ancient Greece to Madison Square Garden and the rest of the world, the skill, techniques, training methods, rules, attire and safety measures have also evolved. For the most part this evolution has been beneficial to the sport and it’s participants. Now after centuries ancient Greek Pankration is getting the opportunity to become Modern Pankration the same way as it’s brother boxing did.

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Muay Thai Kickboxing Vancouver Test Results: Posener’s MMA 08/19

Muay Thai Kickboxing Vancouver Test Results: Posener’s MMA 08/19

Muay Thai Kickboxing Vancouver

Muay Thai Kickboxing Vancouver

 

Here are the most recent Muay Thai Kickboxing Vancouver Test results that were presented on Monday August 19 ’19. Pictured above are some of the students with their certificates of advancement. Great work with this group. They have been working diligently and consistently and making progress in skill, attitude and spirit.

 

Gio Platon – Brown belt, Lance Kawi – Purple belt, Richard Ronquillo – Blue Belt, Adam Posener – Green belt, Rachel Hofer – Orange belt, Stanislav Kokshin – Orange belt, Oguzhan Yalcin – Orange belt, Marco Luzzatto – Yellow belt, and Sina Nikzad – Yellow belt.

 

Muay Thai Kickboxing Vancouver

Muay Thai Kickboxing Vancouver

 

The fuel of the program is progress and a student testing gives inner and outer growth on the ultimate achievement of the realization of their potential.

 

Here is a description of 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

Here is a link to our website: Posener’s Pankration/MMA, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Submission Wrestling/Jiu-jitsu, Cardio Kickboxing and Weapons

19 Students get certified in the Pankration/ MMA Vancouver Program

19 Students get certified in the Pankration/ MMA Vancouver Program

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Congratulations to the students who got certified in our Pankration/MMA Vancouver program. Advancement is based on attendance, skill development, attitude, competitive applications and contributions. This should help acknowledge, encourage and inspire to help the driving force, Progress. Please remember Pankration/MMA is a challenging art that requires skill development and spirit. Keep up the good work everyone and you have inspired others.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Here is the list of students who got certified and progressed: Gio Platon – Green belt, Gus Rodriquez – Green belt, Oguzhan Yalcin – Purple belt, Richard Ronquillo – Purple belt, Rachel Hofer – Orange belt, Ryan Hammel – Orange belt, Nigel Chan – Orange belt, Paul Palines – Yellow belt, Marco Luzzatto – Yellow belt, Aaron Chand – Yellow belt, Dylan Cree – Yellow belt, Leiland Lloyd – Yellow belt, Fung Leung – Yellow belt, Nick Lauder – Yellow belt, Jimmy Maldonado – Yellow belt, Richard Stanley – Yellow belt, Edison Sun – Yellow belt, David Theriault – Yellow belt, and Clement Chui – Yellow belt.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Thank you always to our awesome instructor team: George Kassimatis, Costa Rojas, Hayden Francis, and the assistant instructors and particularly the supporters of our style, methods and philosophy. Heartfelt appreciation to you.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

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.

 

MMA Vancouver

MMA Vancouver

 

Here is some information on our Pankration program:

 

Vancouver’s finest Pankration and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA Vancouver) dojo.

Ancient Pankration


The word Pankration is a Greek word which translated means “all powers” or “all powerful”, both are acceptable translations by Greek scholars. Pankration was a sporting event in the ancient Greek Olympic games that was first introduced in the games of 648 BC. The rules of the sport were simple, no biting or eye gouging and victory was secured through knockout , submission or death. The historical records of the early pankration are shrouded and mixed with Greek mythology and it is not known whether these accounts of championship bouts and feats of strength of the champions were myth or actual accounts. What is known is that just like the boxers and wrestlers of the Olympic games the Pankration competitors refined their skills for many generations throught hundreds of years and became extremely proficient at all elements of their sport including ground fighting and submission holds to standing fighting with all types of strikes. Many of the holds, throuws and striking techniques can be seen on ther pottery, statues and drawings of those times. The ancient Oympic games were intertwined with many ceremonies and connections to the worship of gods that were pagan to the rising christian poplulation. Because of this association and the rise of christianity the games eventually came to a halt and along with it Pankration competition desappeared for many centuries.
The Olympic games were eventually adopted and reborn throughout the world alternating the competition in a new country every 4 years, however, Pankration competition was not included. It is only because of the sparse historical records and the special interests of a few individuals that Pankration is having a rebirth in this generation. Pankration MMA Vancouver.

Modern Day Pankration


The current wave of “no hold barred” and pay per view fighting events has brought with it a curiosity and interest to it’s ancient predecessor Pankration. Just as the boxing venue grew and evolved from ancient Greece to Madison Square Garden and the rest of the world, the skill, techniques, training methods, rules, attire and safety measures have also evolved. For the most part this evolution has been beneficial to the sport and it’s participants. Now after centuries ancient Greek Pankration is getting the opportunity to become Modern Pankration the same way as it’s brother boxing did.