Toronto Seminar May 5th 2012 Apr08

Toronto Seminar May 5th 2012...

Daniel will back in Canada conducting a No-gi Jiu-jitsu seminar on May 5th 2012 in Toronto at Toronto No Gi, 1560 Yonge St. Unit G4, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4T 2S9. The seminar will begin at 1:00PM and is open to the general public. No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Seminar with World Champion Daniel Valverde, Saturday May 5th 2012 at 1:00pm – 4:00pm at Toronto No Gi. The cost is $65 for club members or $100 at the door. This is one seminar that you do not want to miss! Daniel is regarded as one of the best Jiu-Jitsu players and coaches in the world and has worked with elite fighters such as Anderson “The Spider” Silva and Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira. Daniel is both a BJJ and Judo Black Belt, a World No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Champion, ADCC veteran and multiple Grapplers Quest Superfight Champion. Daniel became a popular figure in the MMA world after being selected by “Minotauro” as the grappling coach for Team Noueira on the 8th season of the hit TV show, The Ultimate Fighter. During the filming of the show, Daniel ended up exchanging harsh words with one of the top contestants, Jiu-Jitsu champion Vinny Magalhaes. The rivalry ended up being settled with a Jiu-Jitsu match (Grapplers Quest UFC Fan Expo Super Fight), where Daniel defeated Magalhaes despite giving up close to 30 lbs and having very little time to prepare. Here is some competition footage of Daniel just running through his...

Grappling Open House with Olympian Colin Daynes Mar10

Grappling Open House with Olympian Colin Daynes...

On Saturday March 24th 2012 we will be hosting a Grappling Open House featuring local Sports Hall of Fame inductee, grappling champion, Colin Daynes. Colin is a multiple provincial, national and world champion, a former Canadian Olympic athlete and a Professional MMA Fighter with a perfect record of 4 wins and 0 losses. This event is FREE to the public and to individuals of all ages. Colin is here to promote healthy living and to give back to his home-town community.   Schedule Beginner Grappling Workshop from 9:30 to 10:30am Advanced Grappling Workshop (1 year experience required) from 11:00am to 12:00pm Open Mat from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.   This event is FREE and open to all members of the public of all ages. Workshop participants– dress to sweat and make sure you and your clothes are clean. Please remember to cut your finger and toenails short and do not wear anything with zippers....

Bellator 64 in Windsor on April 6th 2012 Jan27

Bellator 64 in Windsor on April 6th 2012...

Bellator 64 will takes place on April 6 in The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor. Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren (9-0 MMA, 6-0 BFC) faces season-five tournament winner Douglas Lima (21-4 MMA, 3-0 BFC) in the evening’s main event. “The support we have received in Canada has been nothing short of spectacular, so when we had the chance to bring Bellator to Windsor, it was an easy decision, CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. “Ben Askren vs. Douglas Lima will showcase two of the best and brightest stars in the world at 170 pounds. The fans watching inside Caesars and the viewers catching the fights on MTV2 or TheScore are in for a great night.” In addition to the night’s main event, Bellator 64 also hosts the semifinals of the promotion’s season-six featherweight tournament. Also making his Bellator debut will be our own, “Lights Out” Lance Snow. Lance will take on Ontario native, Mike Sledzion at a catch weight of 160lbs. As with all of Bellator’s season-six events, Bellator 64 airs on MTV2 and TheScore television network. The night’s preliminary card will also stream on Spike.com. Tickets for this event will be available for purchase at the gym. Contact us for details. Come out and support Lance in our...

Spencer One Step Closer to Olympic Dream Jan16

Spencer One Step Closer to Olympic Dream...

By Randy Starkman Olympic Sports Reporter, Toronto Star.   It was the biggest win of boxer Mary Spencer’s life, a huge step in her quest for Olympic gold, but her celebration in the ring was muted. Spencer had just rallied to pound out an 18-12 decision over good friend turned fierce foe Ariane Fortin to win the women’s 75-kg title at the national boxing championships in Cape Breton, N.S. A three-time world champion and reigning titlist in the 75-kg division, Spencer now needs a top-eight finish at the world championships in China in May to book her ticket to the 2012 London Olympics. As world champions and roommates on team road trips, Spencer and Fortin held a fervent dream of representing Canada together when women’s boxing debuts in London. But when the number of weight divisions was pared from five to three, it put the tight tandem on a collision course. On Friday night before a raucous crowd at Ring 73 in Glace Bay, the Olympic dream died for Fortin and Spencer felt her pain. “I went up to her and I wanted her to know that this is a bittersweet victory for me, that I’m not jumping up and down and trying to rub it in and going crazy because it’s the biggest victory of my career,” said Spencer in a telephone interview. “I didn’t want to do that because I know that as big of a day as it is for me, it’s a bad day for her. “I wanted her know it wasn’t my intention, I never wanted to beat Ariane Fortin, I just wanted to win an Olympic gold medal. We were close friends and I want that friendship to resume.” As Spencer acknowledged last week, they’d become “dead enemies” since learning...

Boxing 101: Dynamic Slip Bag Training Dec15

Boxing 101: Dynamic Slip Bag Training...

Dynamic Slip Bag training with Coach Cedric Benn featuring Jeremy Garrod. This drill is designed to build reaction time, speed, precise punching and automatic head movement. Not only are these skills important in boxing, but as Coach Cedric points out this is especially valuable in MMA when using smaller...

MORE NAGA GOLD

Congratulations to Goran Arnaut for his Gold Medal performance in the Cruiser-weight division at the 2011 North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Championships in Toronto over the weekend– this was Goran’s first tournament competition. Also congratulations to Chris Heedo for a solid 2-1 tournament performance. When Chris first walked into the gym a couple of years ago he was hairy, uncoordinated and fat– about 70 lbs heavier than he is now. Well, he’s still hairy but now he’s in fantastic shape and has a the skill-set to match. Chris is a great example of how hard-work and determination pays off. Well done, Chris! Watch Goran quickly secure a “Verdecana” from side-control in his Gold Medal match: Watch Chris Heedo secure a solid guillotine finish to win his first...

Ninja Sword Battle Royal! Nov11

Ninja Sword Battle Royal!...

We have padded sticks at the gym– they’re a great kickboxing tool to help train your blocking, parrying, head movement and checking leg kicks. We don’t use them often because people can’t resist the urge to ninja sword fight with them. And even though they’re padded they still hurt and leave some big bruises. Anyways, checkout this ninja battle royal that erupted after kickboxing class!...

NAGA Toronto 2011 Nov02

NAGA Toronto 2011

2011 NAGA TORONTO GRAPPLING CHAMPIONSHIP The North American Grappling Association (NAGA) is the world’s largest mixed grappling tournament circuit with over 45 annual tournaments and 145,000 competitors worldwide. On Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4, 2011, NAGA makes its debut in Canada for its 1st ever NAGA Toronto Grappling Championship. This tournament is part of the MMA Expo and takes place at the International Centre (Hall 5) in Mississauga, ON, just outside Toronto. This is a two day event; all No-Gi divisions are on Saturday, all Gi divisions are on Sunday. The tournament is open to all styles. You do not need to be part of any organization or team to participate. This event is nationally RANKED! 100 CHAMPIONSHIP BELTS AWARDED NAGA is the only grappling tournament in the world to award 100 CHAMPIONSHIP BELTS to all its Children, Teen, Adult, Masters, Directors and Executive Expert Division Winners. 2 DAY TOURNAMENT; NO-GI ON SATURDAY, GI ON SUNDAY On Saturday, December 3, all No-Gi divisions will take place. This includes all kids (13 years & under), teens (14 to 17 years), and adults (18 years and over). On Sunday, December 4, all Gi divisions will take place. Once again, this includes all kids, teens and adults. This is a departure from NAGA’s normal 2 day schedule, please plan accordingly. 6 SPECTACULAR TEAM CUPS AWARDED All 6 of our top teams (Adult Gi, No-Gi & Youths 17 yrs. & under) will receive a massive, custom engraved CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUP. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase the talent that your academy possesses. NAGA IS PART OF THE MMA EXPO Mixed Martial Arts Expo is the original MMA Fan Expo since 2005. This event will give fans the opportunity to meet MMA stars and the MMA Female...

theScore Fighting Series Dec 3rd Nov02

theScore Fighting Series Dec 3rd...

Score Media Inc. announces that The Score Fighting Series (SFS) will be partnering with Avant-Guard Promotions for the first professional MMA event in the history of Sarnia, Ontario. The card will take place Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 at the RBC Centre and is scheduled for ten fights. Two marquee match-ups have officially been confirmed with MMA veterans John Alessio and Ryan Healy slated to lock horns and Sarnia’s John Fraser set to take on submission master Travis Reddinger. The entire card will be streamed live on theScore.com with commentary by The Score Fighting Series’ broadcast team of Mauro Ranallo and Robin Black. The fights will also be replayed on theScore Television Network. “The city of Sarnia has been waiting a long time to host an MMA card and it just wouldn’t be possible to put on such an amazing event without the help of The Score Fighting Series,” says Woodrow James, CEO, Avant-Guard Promotions. “I am thrilled that fans from across the country and around the world will be able to see our homegrown athletes in action. December 3rd is a date you want to mark on your calendar.” “We couldn’t be happier to be a part of this event. It offers a solid mix of veterans and rising stars in evenly matched fights,” says Brendan Fyfe, Director, The Score Fighting Series. “A number of guys on the card have fought in the Series before but they were always in someone else’s backyard. Fighters like John Fraser always come to entertain and it will be amazing to see him compete in front of a hometown crowd.” MMA fans will be able to see two of the best fighters in the world not currently signed to a major U.S. promotion in the Healy-Alessio match-up. Always...

Mary Spencer Wins Gold at Pan Am Games! Oct28

Mary Spencer Wins Gold at Pan Am Games!...

The Canadian Press | CBC GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Canadian boxer Mary Spencer had to wait until the championship bout before she was really tested at the Pan American Games. When faced with an opponent who was truly in her class, she came through with flying colours. Spencer became the first Canadian to win a Pan Am gold medal in women’s boxing Friday night when she defeated Yenebier Guillen of the Dominican Republic 15-11 at the Expo Guadalajara Arena. “It’s just a reminder that I know how to win,” Spencer said. “A lot of people know how to box and they know how to throw punches well and move well and do all that stuff right. “But what I know how to do and what I’ve become almost an expert at over the last 10 years is winning. It’s pulling off a win.” Women’s boxing is making its debut at the Pan Am Games and will be held at the Olympics for the first time next year in London. Spencer, from Windsor, Ont., breezed through her first two fights and started off strong against Guillen, opening with a flurry of punishing body shots that left her opponent stunned. The five-foot-11 Canadian used her height and reach advantage to connect with jabs and gain the early upper hand, taking the opening round 5-3. She continued with her aggressive style for a 4-2 edge in the second round. ‘Skills to Win’ Guillen came out gunning in the third round and stunned Spencer with a sweeping right hand that brought the indifferent crowd to life in the 1,576-seat venue. The Dominican took the third round 2-1 before Spencer fought back to take the final round 5-4. “I knew that I had the skills to win,” Spencer said. “I...

Congratulations to our New Blue Belts Sep25

Congratulations to our New Blue Belts...

Congratulations to our new Blue Belts! Senei Daniel and Coach Z where made proud and impressed by the overall skill, knowledge and determination presented by the group. Well done guys! They are: – Justin Arnold – Manny Aujla – Tyler Briffa – Dan Fraser – Chris Heedo – Frank Iakovidis – Ted Iakovidis – Tyler Jones – Mahyar Makki – Keith Peddle – Neel Singh – Peter Stewart – Angelo...

Seminar with World Champion Daniel Valverde Aug27

Seminar with World Champion Daniel Valverde...

Clear your schedules– Daniel will back at Central conducting a no-gi jiu-jitsu seminar on September 24th 2011. The seminar will begin at 12:00PM and will be followed by a belt testing for approved Blue Belt and Purple Belt candidates. The cost of the seminar is $50 and is open to the general public. No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Seminar with World Champion Daniel Valverde, Saturday September 24th 2011 at 12:00pm. The cost is $50. This is one seminar that you do not want to miss! Daniel is regarded as one of the best Jiu-Jitsu players and coaches in the world and has worked with elite fighters such as Anderson “The Spider” Silva and Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira. Daniel is both a BJJ and Judo Black Belt, a World No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Champion, ADCC veteran and multiple Grapplers Quest Superfight Champion. Daniel became a popular figure in the MMA world after being selected by “Minotauro” as the grappling coach for Team Noueira on the 8th season of the hit TV show, The Ultimate Fighter. During the filming of the show, Daniel ended up exchanging harsh words with one of the top contestants, Jiu-Jitsu champion Vinny Magalhaes. The rivalry ended up being settled with a Jiu-Jitsu match (Grapplers Quest UFC Fan Expo Super Fight), where Daniel defeated Magalhaes despite giving up close to 30 lbs and having very little time to prepare. Here is some competition footage of Daniel just running through his...

Women’s Only Boxing Aug19

Women’s Only Boxing...

NEW PROGRAM FOR SEPTEMBER 2011 Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00pm to 7:00pm Ladies, are you fighting to step away from the at-home fitness DVDs? Or are you looking to add that much-needed variety to your workout to keep you inspired? Are you ready to fight your way into fitness? No matter what your fitness level and goals, this program will bring you to new fitness heights and motivate you like never before. Experience a challenging and addictive boxing fitness regime. Fitness boxing isn’t about sparring; it’s about getting a fabulous workout that will build your confidence, coordination and agility, while burning major calories. As an added bonus, you’ll reduce stress levels, too! Boxing is known for its ability to sculpt your muscles from head to toe: from toning your shoulders and arms to tightening up your core, keeping your body strong. Your instructor will take you through basic boxing techniques such as jabs, hooks, uppercuts, and more — working towards building fun and challenging sequences of moves. Cardio drills up the intensity to get you sweating and get your energy up. Feel completely at ease in a women’s only class setting with one of the nations top boxing instructors to guide you no matter what your level of fitness or experience with boxing. Here is best part– the cost is only $55 per month! Contact us today to get...

Boxing 101: Slipping to the Outside Jul07

Boxing 101: Slipping to the Outside...

In this boxing training clip, Jeremy (black shirt) and Tarek (red shirt) spar with 20 oz gloves, drill head movement and blocking while moving forward and Coach Cedric Benn talks about slipping to the outside of the...

Daniel vs Sammy Jun26

Daniel vs Sammy

Here’s a short clip of Sammy (big strong wrestler with red shirt) rolling with Daniel (black shirt). Daniel is an elite level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt (World No-Gi Champion) with the best top-pressure and guard passing ability I have ever had the misfortune of feeling first hand. If he wasn’t such a great guy and my good friend, I would never let him near me, let alone roll with him. Daniel is the kind of guy that can choke you unconscious with his aura! Anyway, some things to call to your attention: – This clip gives you an indication of Daniel’s Judo background, which is no doubt one of the reasons for his game being so special – The Master Oswaldo Alves style wrist-lock, which Daniel catches using his cheek! In fact, he wrist-locked me in the round before (not shown) using his armpit! Ha! Daniel will be back at the gym for the second last week of September for a seminar and testing so keep your schedules...

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