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.
Long Island MMA always tries to host some type of training on holidays. On Easter Sunday 4/16/17 at 9am Long Island MMA will host a No-gi grappling class for all those interested!
We hope you guys can come down and train with us and continue the tradition of training on a holiday.
Congratulations to Long Island MMA fighters Sarah Thomas and Christian Dottin. Both fighters competed and won on Sunday 4/9/17 at a local K1 rules match in Wantagh NY! Congratulations to both Long Island MMA fighters we know both of them will be back in the gym and training right away!
Tomorrow our 6am No-Gi class gets its first taste of Kimura month. We are starting off by attacking with an inverted Kimura (a Long Island MMA favorite) We will be going over some basic and not-so basic side mount escapes.
We can’t wait to see you all down here bright and early.
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.
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”
As always let us know if you have any requests for techniques!
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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?
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
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!
Every now and then we go through our training process whether it be BJJ, MMA or boxing, what ever your art of choice is and we ask our self how we have progressed. It’s reassuring to know that you’re heading in the right direction. You put hours into the gym, sweating and drilling moves over and over and you’re rewarded with your retention and dedication and more importantly your increase knowledge and combat skill. In jiu-jitsu our ranks are belt color based, varying from white to black. Along the way of your progression through the ranks you get a number of stripes on your set belt before ultimately being promoted to another higher rank. It’s a pretty cool rush when coach calls you all up against the wall and he starts ripping up a piece of tape to let you know you’re progressing. He usually says a few nice choice words and gives you that next step towards a new belt. Most recently, I got watch a young dude who most definitely earned his stripe that he was awarded last week. I had the honor of training with him almost every morning class I attended during the month of January, even though compared to him that wasn’t many classes attended at all. Mike McPartland was the attendance winner for the month of January. He crushed the everyone who participated. From the beginning of the month to present day you can tell he retained plenty of information and sharpened his skill set. Props to him! It was cool watching him reap the benefits of his hard work. Stripes and belts aren’t just handed out. They’re all earned. It’s why we respect Depo and his journey because we all know the hard work he had to go through to earn that prestige. In this sport you get out what you put in.