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!


Pat Rivera Blog #13 | Zebra

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.
-Pat Rivera

[Video] What to do from a failed knee block | Long Island Wrestling

[Video] What to do from a failed knee block | Long Island Wrestling.

Long Island MMA’s wrestling coach Kyle Cerminara is joined by Long Island MMA‘s owner and UFC top welterweight Ryan LaFlare for today’s technique! In today’s technique Kyle goes over what to do when his knee block take-down fails. Kyle also goes over how to do the knee block in the same video.

Let us know if you have any questions or ideas for other techniques.