Congratulations to Mike Mcpartland for wining Long Island MMA’s first ever attendance contest. This was a fun contest we did for the month of January, the person who came to the most classes won a prize. Mike came to more classes then anyone else in the month of January, winning the contest. Actually Mike came to more classes then there were days in the month, often times Mike doubled up on classes on the same day, some days even tripled. Long Island MMA saw a huge increase in Mike’s ability and skill during that time too! Mike won the prize of a custom Long Island MMA gi, along with 2 privates lessons! Congratulations Mike!
Recently, my cousin signed up his little son to BJJ in south Florida. After watching the little homie have a blast my cousin decided he would embark on his own journey of martial arts. He signed up as well and has been nothing short of obsessed with his new found love. My cousin lives in Florida and like seemingly the rest of the world we speak here and there and mainly communicate subsequently through various social media platforms like facebook and instagram. Since he has joined he calls some nights to discuss training. I get the low down on who’s punking who down in his gym. He asks me advice or tells me what moves they’re practicing.Naturally, I boast about Long Island MMA every chance I get and I tell him what is going on in our gym. I’ll brag about how La Flare just won his UFC bout in Brooklyn or explain to him the fine details of Depo’s effective butterfly guard sweeps. He’s been in it for about a two months or so and even though he’s not bringing his enthusiasm to LIMMA, I am still very happy for him and passion. Just like the ever so popular ( perhaps fad? ) crossfit, BJJ brings together many people. We’re clicky whether we like to admit it or not. We have our own jargon and like to wear stretchy spandexie tight clothes or maybe that’s just me!!! Who cares though, its our thing. Most importantly it brings us all together. It gives us a common ground. I look forward to the phone calls from cousin to speak BJJ. I don’t get to hang out much after classes but some of the best bro time is on the side of the mats watching some of the people put in extra work. We get all philosophical, share insight and even give our own play by play of the live rolls. Along the way we meet new training partners, develop friendships and formulate a certain brotherhood. My cousin albeit a cousin through marriage is family, he is also now part of my extended BJJ family, just like everyone at LIMMA whom I consider family. -Pat Rivera
Right after Sarah and Justin got promoted at 6pm BJJ fundamentals Chris Messina was also awarded his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue-belt from head BJJ coach Gregg DePasquale! Chris has been working hard and constantly improving in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Chris has a very busy schedule and fits Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in as much as possible even taking the 6am classes and coming in during the PM and rolling on his own when he can’t find a class to come to! We are very proud of Chris and look forward to watching him continuing to improve!
Congratulations to Long Island MMA’s newest Blue-belt’s! Today at Long Island MMA’s 11am Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Class Sarah Thomas and Justin Raft were both awarded their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue-belt from Long Island MMA’s head BJJ Coach Gregg DePasquale. Congratulations to both Sarah and Justin, they both have improved so much over the past few months!
Long Island MMA’s John Gotti wins the welterweight title at Triton fights this past Friday! John fought a tough Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt this past weekend, John fought a smart fight and showed a lot of growth as a fighter! Congratulations John!!
Coach Kyle Cerminara teaches us how to do a 50/50 foot sweep from the over under position. Coach Kyle teaches us how to do a knee block take down first which is kind of the prerequisite to doing the foot sweep. Learn both of these techniques and more-at Kyle’s 11am Wrestling class on Wednesday at Long Island MMA!
It’s been about a week or so since I last trained. I took a little time to rest up some nagging injuries. My elbow was entirely weak and my neck was stiff from all the brabo chokes we have been drilling. After a week of resting my body, I feel exactly the same, so I’m going back to training. I really exhausted zero physical effort during my little R&R from Long Island MMA. I perhaps exerted some energy during our little winter storm shoveling …but not much. Albeit my physical well being wasn’t affected there was however one thing I noticed changed in my over all health during that week off from training and that was my mental status (with out sounding like I am totally off my rocker). With out making this an entirely psychological digest, I am a happy person. That being said, I felt a certain unhappiness about not training. I realized about mid-week that I was totally jonesing for some grappling. My endorphin, dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin levels needed their stimulation!! Our very own Mike “ The Caveman”, did his piece on Facebook, covering the addictive qualities of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/ Grappling etc and I can attest to all his points made in his presentation. Not only does going to LIMMA satiate my pleasure for a contact sport but also as pointed out by my significant other the gym provides me with a great escape valve. I work a rather hectic workweek with deadlines and I am always in crunch mode as an architect. I’m a huge advocate of not taking work with me, in terms of complaining and taking out my stress on my lady or the kiddies. To me work is work and it should remain there. However, as I was saying sometimes I need somewhere to blow some steam and there’s no freaking better way of legally getting away assault than going to the gym. Just kidding that sounds horrible but you get my point. For me that hour on the mats is my moment of clarity. With that said I can’t wait to beat up on my body some more the rest of the week and hopefully get a chance to make it out to the new West Islip location that recently opened in Gold’s Gym. -Pat Rivera
Long Island MMA’s Hugh McKenna is making his Professional MMA debut on Friday. Make sure you wish him well when you see him around the gym. Until then make sure you check out this video Hugh made of a Fireman’s Carry off of a failed slide by. This is a follow up to Hugh’s other video the slide by that can also be found on our channel.
For all those that know Long Island MMA’s Sergio Da Silva they know he is one of the most liked and respected guys in the sport Sergio is one of those guys that never gets spoke about negatively by anyone even former opponents. We were surprised to hear that Sergio and his opponent were “feuding” over the internet. Sergio explains the digital confrontation in our interview with him below. Sergio Da Silva vs Eddie Alvarez Sergio is set for this coming Saturday at CFFC 63 in Atlantic City, this fight will be streamed live on www.CFFC.tv/live if you use code DASILVA63 upon check out you will receive a discounted rate! UFC president Dana White will also be in attendance filming for his YouTube show “Dana White: looking for a fight”.
Long Island MMA is always to seeking to improve and enhance our schedule. Starting next Wednesday 2/22/17 we are moving Ryan LaFlare’s 11am Hkickboxing class at 11am an hour earlier to 10am so we can make room for Kyle Cerminara’s wrestling class at 11am right after. We are excited to see you all here on Wednesday morning!