Last Reminder for Saturday’s Party

This Saturday from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM we will be throwing a party at Long Island MMA and Fitness Center.  We will have food, drinks, music and karaoke!  Feel free to bring your friends and family.

There will be a $1,000 Raffle Drawing at 7:30 PM.  Don’t miss out! Refer a friend to get entered into the raffle, the more people you refer the more times you will be entered into the raffle!

The gym is located at 1 Gear Avenue in Lindenhurst.  If you have any questions please call 631-592-8339 or email us

Why We Love MMA: Jim Miller vs. Ben Henderson

Jim Miller’s was quoted as to saying that the WEC lightweights are not as good as the UFC light weights and now he gets to back up his comments as he faces Ben Henderson, the former WEC Lightweight Title Holder.

After putting a beating on Kamal Shalorus at UFC 128 many were calling for Miller to get a crack at the lightweight championship. Miller had run off seven consecutive UFC wins and only Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar hold wins over him.

The bout is scheduled for “UFC on Versus 5” on August 14th, at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

Henderson is coming off an impressively dominant victory over Mark Bocek at UFC 129 and the winner of this fight should be put right in line with the winner of Anthony Pettis vs Clay Guida for a title shot.

If you have an interest in learning Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Wrestling, and Boxing and live in the Long Island, New York area check out our MMA gym Long Island MMA.  We are located in Lindenhurst, New York.

Too Dominant?

For all you MMA fans who may not be fans of boxing, I am guessing you missed Manny Pacquiao‘s latest performance on Saturday night, in my opinion, you didn’t miss much.

The boxing superstar defended his WBO welterweight title by unanimous decision against Shane Mosley. The bout was filled with lack luster action. The only notable moments were knockdowns scored by Pacquiao in the 3rd frame which seemed to force Mosley to stop engaging altogether, obviously making the fight even more boring.

I’ve noticed here at Long island MMA and Fitness center that GSP is getting a lot of hate from some of the members for his performance vs Jake Shields.  But my question is why? A lot of people here at our gym are giving a lot of love to Manny Pacquiao for making the sport of boxing exciting, I feel as although GSP and Pacquiao are on a level playing field in terms of being exciting in their respective sports.

I was having a conversation at the end of one of Long Island BJJ’s classes and a few of my fellow students came to the conclusion that both fighters are so good that they seem untouchable, and being untouchable is almost boring. However in the boxing realm, Pacquiao seems more exciting because of his willingness to jump up and down in weight classes and fight bigger opponents.

My training partners and I came to the consensus that they have both wiped out challenger after challenger and reduced many opponents to fighting to survive instead of fighting to win. But this kind of dominance can only hold fan interest for so long, and for both men, we’re seeing those cracks. The GSP backlash has been heating up over the past year of title fight decisions, but it came to a boil after the Shields fight. Most fans decided not to put the blame on the shoulders of the overwhelmed challenger, instead holding up the champion for derision. We are seeing something similar in the wake of Pacquiao vs Mosley, as fans are frustrated over the one-sided nature of that fight. For now, that frustration is more directed towards Mosley, but how long will it be before Pacquiao becomes the target?

Results: Jay Hieron Vs. Rick Hawn

Long Island MMA would like to congratulate New York native and, Long Islands own Jay Hieron on his victory vs. Rick Hawn on MTV2. Jay was in full support of New York MMA, wearing New York Knicks blue and orange on his fight shorts.

Olympic Judo Player Hawn fired up his new and improved striking arsenal and assumed the role of the aggressor right off the bat. Hawn was leading the exchanges and stalking Hieron for all three rounds. The first frame unfolded with Hieron looking comfortable in a sharp counter-punching rhythm, snapping off leg kicks and finding his mark with stiff flurries while circling out and controlling distance. Hawn was assertive and landed his fair share of punches, but seemed to have a little trouble finding his range while Hieron cut unpredictable patterns and mixed in a high kick, flying knee, and a spinning back kick for memorable first round moments.

Rick Hawn got a bead on Hieron in the second and found success by leading with a short right hook, then pieced his jab and left hook together to shift the momentum more in his direction. Jay Hieron continued to cut angles and counter; Hawn methodically pursued while steadily improving the accuracy and volume of his kickboxing repertoire. The Judoka slipped a stiff uppercut through and followed with a quick combination toward the end of the round.  The round came to a close with Hieron catching Hawn off-balance with a take-down that was immediately reversed and negated.

Measuring distance well with a pawing left hand, Hawn appeared to mark up Hieron’s face with an accumulation of long jabs and right crosses throughout the third, all the while walking him down and clearly commanding the aggression aspect of the contest. The same elusive strategy was upheld by Hieron, who pivoted back while trying to sight-in his boxing game, but Hawn continued to dab him up with jabs and hooks, even casting a body kick and spinning back-fist to his retreating opponent. Hieron’s eye was a little roughed up, but he hung tough and kept stringing his punches together until the bell sounded.

The bout was close, competitive, and exciting throughout, with a second round that could have gone either way. The result was a split-decision for Hieron, who earned a 29-28 vote from two judges, while the third had the same score in Hawn’s favor. The Xtreme Couture fighter advances to 22-4 and a shot at champion Ben Askren’s title, pocketing a cool $100,000 in the process. My question to all you Suffolk County Long Island Natives is do you guys think Hieron can make it past Askren?

Overview of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the martial arts that is taught at our gym Long Island MMA and
Fitness Center located in Lindenhurst New York. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or BJJ is a self defense
system that focuses on grappling and is a major component of Mixed Martial Arts. BJJ is a
derived from the Japanese martial art of judo in the early 20th century.

The principle of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is based upon the ability of a weaker person to successfully defend
against a bigger, stronger person by using leverage, position and proper technique. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
training can be used for grappling competitions, mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self defense.
Live training or randori is a major component in BJJ, and a premium is placed on performance, especially
in competition, in relation to progress through the belt ranks (white, blue, purple, brown and black). One
of the major reasons for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s effectiveness is its emphasis on live training, allowing the
participants the opportunity to utilize their techniques against an unwilling opponent much like Boxing
or Wrestling. Sport Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s focus on submissions without the use of strikes while

training allows practitioners to practice at full speed and with full power, resembling the effort
used in a real competition. Training methods include technique drills in which techniques are
practiced against a non-resisting partner, positional drilling where only a certain technique or sets
of techniques are used, and full sparring in which each opponent tries to submit their opponent
using any legal technique. Physical conditioning is also an important part of training at many

The origin of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu began with Mitsuyo Maeda who was one of Judo’s top
groundwork experts that Judo’s founder Kano Jigoro sent overseas to demonstrate and spread
his art to the world. Maeda left Japan in 1904 and visited a number of countries giving
demonstrations and accepting challenges from wrestlers, boxers, and various other martial artists
before eventually arriving in Brazil on November 1914.

Maeda was given the opportunity to travel to Brazil as part of a large Japanese immigration
colony. In Brazil he befriended Gastão Gracie, an influential businessman, who helped Maeda
get established. To show his gratitude, Maeda offered to teach Judo to Gastão’s oldest son,
Carlos Gracie. Carlos learned for a few years and eventually passed his knowledge to his

When the Gracie’s went to the United States to spread their art, they used the terms “Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu” and “Gracie Jiu-Jitsu” to differentiate from the already present styles using similar-
sounding names.

Jiu Jitsu came to international prominence in the martial arts community in the early 1990s,
when Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Royce Gracie won the first, second and fourth Ultimate Fighting
Championships (UFC), which at the time were single elimination martial arts tournaments. Royce
fought against often much-larger opponents who were practicing other styles, including boxing,
shoot-fighting, karate, judo and tae kwon do. It has since become a staple art for many MMA
fighters and is largely credited for bringing widespread attention to the importance of ground
fighting. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments continue to grow in popularity worldwide and have
given rise to no-gi submission grappling tournaments, such as the ADCC Submission Wrestling
World Championship.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Positions

Side control

The practitioner pins their opponent to the ground from the side of their body. The dominant
grappler is across the opponent with weight applied to the opponent’s chest. The opponent may
be further controlled by pressure on either side of their shoulders and hips from the practitioner’s
elbows, shoulders, and knees. A wide variety of submissions are initiated from Side control.

Full mount

The practitioner sits astride the opponent’s chest, controlling the opponent with their bodyweight
and hips. In the strongest form of this position the practitioner works their knees up under into
the arm pits to reduce arm movements, limiting their ability to move or counter the submission
attempts. Full Mount is mostly used to attack the arms or apply choke holds.

Back Mount

The practitioner attaches to the back of the opponent by wrapping their legs around and hooking
the opponent’s thighs with their heels. Simultaneously, the upper body is controlled by wrapping
the arms around the chest or neck of the opponent. This position is commonly used to apply
chokeholds, and counters much of the benefit an opponent may have from greater size or


In the Guard, the practitioner is on their back controlling an opponent with their legs. The
practitioner pushes and pulls with the legs or feet to upset the balance and limit the movements
of their opponent. This position comes into play often when an opponent manages to place the
practitioner upon his or her back and the practitioner seeks the best position possible to launch
counter-attacks. This is a very versatile position from which the BJJ practitioner can attempt to
sweep (reverse) the opponent, get back to the feet, or apply a variety of joint-locks as well as
various chokes.

The three main types of guard are Open, Closed, and Half. In closed guard, the bottom grappler
has their legs around the opponent’s trunk and has their ankles closed together to provide control
and a barrier to escaping the position. In the open guard, the legs are not hooked together and
the bottom grappler uses their legs or feet to push or pull in a more dynamic fashion. In the half
guard, one of the top grappler’s legs is being controlled by the bottom grappler’s legs.


The majority of submission holds can be grouped into two broad categories: joint locks and
chokes. Joint locks typically involve isolating an opponent’s limb and creating a lever with the
body position which will force the joint to move past its normal range of motion. Pressure is
increased in a controlled manner and released if the opponent cannot escape the hold and signals
defeat by submitting. Opponents can indicate submission verbally or they can tap out (tap the
opponent or the mat several times). Choke holds limit the blood to the brain and will ultimately
cause the recipient to pass out.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu kimono AKA Gi

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner’s uniform is similar to a judo kimono or gi, but often with
tighter cuffs on the pants and jacket. To be promoted in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the wearing of the Gi
while training is a requirement. Until recently there have been promotions in a “No-Gi” style of
Jiu Jitsu.

Belt Grading or Ranking

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ranking system awards a practitioner different colored belts to signify
increasing levels of technical knowledge and practical skill. For children under the age of 16
the belt ranking system is white, yellow, orange and green. For adults over the age of 16 the
belt ranking system is white, blue, purple brown and black belt. The amount of time it takes
to achieve the rank of black belt varies between the individual but the average time frame is
between 8 and 10 years with a consistent training schedule of 3 to 4 times per week.

If you are interested in learning the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu please stop down or contact Long
Island MMA and Fitness Center, we are conveniently located in Suffolk County, New York.

UFC 129 aftermath: Who Should GSP fight next?

It’s inevitable that when talking about the UFC’s most dominant fighter and Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre, phrases like “Cleaned out the division” and “Super Fight” will come up

Georges St. Pierre has 22 wins and only two losses (both losses were ultimately avenged in impressive fashion). GSP has successfully defended the welterweight title a remarkable and record setting sixth consecutive times by defeating Jake Shields by unanimous decision at UFC 129. Though many people viewed this performance as “unimpressive” one cannot doubt his dominance, he is far and away the best welterweight in the UFC and in MMA all together.

GSP improved his record to 9 wins and 2 losses in UFC title fights and a staggering 17-2 overall in the UFC.

At the UFC 129 post fight press conference, Nick Diaz (Strikeforce Welterweight Champion) was brought up as a possibly fight for St. Pierre, to which  UFC President Dana White replied that it would be “interesting”. While White would later go on and admit that he hasn’t sat down with either St. Pierre or  the current UFC Middle Weight Champion Anderson Silva about a possible super fight, this got me thinking would a fight with Nick Diaz be more appropriate then the Anderson Silva “Superfight”?

So with nothing in the works for a super fight currently and Anderson Silva schedule to fight Yushin Okami (which is, despite what people think a very tough fight for Silva) at UFC 134 in August, St. Pierre needs an opponent in the mean time. My question to you guys is who should GSP fight while he’s waiting for the result of Silva -vs- Okami 2? Maybe Jon Fitch again? Perhaps the Carlos Condit Dong Hyung Kim Winner? Or is Nick Diaz the best option? Let me know what you guys think!