Pat Rivera Blog #16 | Kimura Month

Who’s excited for  kimura  month at Long Island MMA? I know I am! Ever since Long Island Mixed Martial Arts announced kimura traps for the month of April, I’ve been exctited to take the drive down to the farmingdale location and train my kimuras! Depo . For those unfamiliar with kimura, it’s essentially a figure four with your arms trapping your opponents arm in between. The submission focuses on locking up the shoulder and extending the elbow while the wrist are locked up and your arm is rotated behind your back. If that doesn’t make sense, trust me it sucks to be trapped in the kimura. If you genuinely aren’t familiar with the kimura and its various traps or set up make it a priority to attend during the month for both gi and no-gi. Personally, I hardly use it in my game (not sure if I even have a game), not because I am against it but really because I just never really practiced it. However, I did train with a fellow Long Island MMA member who’s favorite move was the kimura, He is a suffolk police officer so it makes sense he would like to move because it is kind of like cuffing a bad guy. We used to drill different traps over and over during the week. Basically what I learned while training with him was that the submission was nearly available from anywhere. He was able to force it at times and in other times bait me into being set up. Depo has been demonstrating so far a few lures to trap your opponent. My favorite so far is the details he has been laying in his foundation to his upcoming kimura month. I believe the small intricacies he’s explained is the difference between finishing the submission and ultimately not. So you don’t have to twist my arm (see what I did there), I’ll be there during kimura month!!
-Pat Rivera

Pat Rivera Blog # 15 | Don’t be nasty

Every gym has there particular etiquettes. Etiquette here meaning different rules or unique practices and or beliefs. Some gyms require you to sit down in silence while the instructor is explaining the technique. Some people have their own beliefs that they ritually practice. It’s entirely the norm in some gyms or perhaps mainly “dojo’s” to bow before you step onto the mats. Even at our own gym where such actions are not mandated, I have witnessed our fellow members do so before stepping on to the mat. It’s totally respectful and tradition from some where that I am not knowledgeable on. In one particular gym I believe they only allow you to train in a white gi as to not blemish the color of the mats with your gi color. Aside from the gym specific practices there are totally hygienic procedures that everyone should take part in whether or not the gym strictly enforces it. We should all be kind to our training partners. Nobody wants to train with the guy who hasn’t washed his gi in a month, believe me! At Long Island MMA they measures to keep the facility germ free. Regardless, of how immaculate the gym is the odds of you contract any ring worm lets say isn’t going to come because of the mats or because you licked the light switches ( don’t lick light switches people). You most likely got what ever from some one. LIMMA takes its precautions regardless. They spray the mats with special disinfectants. We can train all night and day on it. However, it’s up to you to have proper etiquette when walking on and off the mats. We are all quite used to walking around barefoot. Where you walk barefoot others walk with sneakers on. It’s proper practice to wear the appropriate foot wear when walking off the mats to avoid cross contaminating what’s on the heavily circulated floors on to the mats.

-Pat Rivera

New Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu promotions at Long Island MMA

The tide raises the level of all ships!

Yesterday during Long Island MMA’s 11am Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class head coach Gregg DePasquale promoted Hugh Mckenna to the rank of Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Hugh Mckenna is one of the toughest people in the gym and one of the most hard working. Hugh came from a wrestling background but he didn’t let that stop him from developing a dangerous guard for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well as a sophisticated Gi game that even includes many Gi chokes and Gi grips.  Hugh also annouced that he will be making his Bellator MMA debut on June 24th in Madison Square Garden! This had been a good week for Hugh Mckenna!

Also Austin Ennover was promoted to the rank of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt from Gregg DePasquale! Austin has been training with us ever since we had our gym in Lindenhurst. Austin recently moved to queens but that doesn’t stop him from coming down to Long Island MMA to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Austin’s game has always been one of the most active and exciting at Long Island MMA and we are looking forward to seeing him continue to progress at the gym.

Congratulations guys!

[VIDEO] Technique – The Askren | Long Island MMA

[VIDEO] Technique – The Askren | Long Island MMA

Long Island MMA heavyweight Jahsua Marsh is a NAIA national champion wrestler and is undefeated in Jiu-Jitsu competition, Jahsua shows us how to do a technquie from the front headlock that he likes to call “The Askren”

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Pat Rivera Blog #14 | The early worm gets the bird.

According to my sources my articles have been growing in popularity. I’ve been told a lot of people read them. I was even recognized mid class as “that guy who writes the blog”. So as you all should know by now, I am quite the fan of early morning classes. It’s become the coffee to my morning during the week. For me it has to do with my schedule and my hectic schedule once the day starts till it finishes. The morning classes have their main stays. We all know McPartland is one of those staples!! The rotation of training partners have varied with some coming and going periodically. However, last Thursday’s Gi class was the bomb! It’s great having Depo coach you up in the morning. He truly is a wizard. He harped on me for a particular way that I was performing a move and even though I did it wrong like three times, I appreciated how he pays attention to the details and fine tunes our craft. In addition to that the class was packed! I love classes like that. It’s not just about that masses but the amount of different talent levels. I’m not old school or whatever it’s considered where belt colors only train with their particular belt colors. I enjoy the variety of it. I don’t mind training with a white belt because some of them are wild and rush the hell out of everything. However, 9 times out 10 I feel more likely to get hurt by one of them for the aforementioned reasons. Obviously being a blue belt I get a kick out of seeing how the other blues are progressing. Then there is the higher ranks which provide a lesson and give you an idea of how your game needs to advance. The last class was like that minus a brown belt. I missed my chance at getting whooped by Billy but hopefully next class he’s there again. I look forward to more morning classes like that…who’s with me?
-Pat Rivera

NEW CLASS! Leg Locks @ LIMMA 9am on Friday! | Long Island MMA schedule

NEW CLASS! Leg Locks @ LIMMA 9am on Friday! | Long Island MMA schedule!

Long Island MMA continues to add to its already packed schedule with a NEW CLASS every Friday at 9am! This class is going to be our second “Leg Lock” No-gi Jiu-Jitsu class taught by Rob Diggle. Rob is one of the best Leg Lockers on the east coast and has done leg locks in both No-gi grappling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. We look forward to seeing you all come down and train at 9am on Friday

April is Kimura Month at Long Island MMA | Long Island Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Coming up for the month of April is Kimura month at Long Island MMA during all of our grappling classes Both no-gi and Gi. Last year we did Kimura’s for about 3 months in most of our grappling classes and our students really got good at them, many of them were able to execute Kimura’s in BJJ tournaments. We have been getting alot of requests again for Kimura’s at LIMMA so we decided to bring them back for the month of April. Make sure all of you guys are here to learn Long Island MMA’s kimura system!

Check out the video below to see one of the kimura’s Long Island MMA’s head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach Gregg DePasquale showing one Kimura from Long Island MMA’s Kimura system!