There are a couple things coming up that you guys should mark down on your calendars. This weekend we'll be having a test at the gym starting at noon. We have a lot of people that have been putting in time preparing so this should be a good one. Even if you are not testing yourself come by and watch and support those that are. As usual we'll be training afterwards.
On February 7th Emmett will be making his amateur mma debut on the New England Fights show. You can see the full fight card here. The Jay Jack Uncensored Podcast will be recording live from weigh ins the day before and we'll get you guys details on when/where that will be in case you want to stop by and put in your two cents. Emmett has been working hard so let's show him a lot of support when he makes that first walk out to the cage.
This weekend were fortunate enough to be part of another great ICON event. We love the submission only format more and more each time we're exposed to it. There is nothing better than seeing people get so many matches that they are almost to tired to continue. With the exception of two people the entire group of people that made this tournament happen were Academy members. All these guys showed up first thing in the morning and were there for the entire day doing everything from reffing to score keeping to timing. It may not seem like hard work but it is truly exhausting to work a tournament all day. We cannot express enough gratitude to all these guys for showing up and volunteering their time and energy. This was the volunteer crew:
There were way to many great performances to detail all of them. Here are just a few of all the great moments from the day:
Gabe "Reno" Beury-Moore earned his blue belt by winning his division. He was eligible for his promotion and Jay told him if he won the blue belt division he could keep the belt and he went out and did just that facing some legit competition. Congrats Gabe.....well deserved!
Shaun Durfee won the expert no gi division and then in what was probably the highlight of the tournament had an absolute battle with black belt Jarrod Lawton that went into multiple sudden death rotations. It was truly a great battle to watch.
The Academy had two women, Kelly and Alice, competing in their first tournament. Both of these ladies are pretty new to training and they both performed extremely well, especially considering their experience level. We will see great things from both of these women in the future.
William Thompson-Greaves brought home his first gold medals, winning both of his divisions:
Our kids did an amazing job as usual and as happy as we with their skills we are so proud of how they conduct themselves and the sportsmanship that they show.
And last but far from least, one great part of the day happened at the very end. White belt John Haskell was competing in the last match of the day. The division was taking so long to finish that almost everyone had already left the building. When you looked around the mat John still had at least 15 Academy teammates there cheering him on to his submission win. That's such a great feeling as a coach to see this kind of support.
So that is a small recap of what was a truly great day. You can see the entire photo album from the day and some videos on the gyms facebook page so head over there and take a look.
Check out the ICON website for all the details. Whether you're competing, volunteering or there to cheer on your teammates we hope to see ALL of you there tomorrow :) Please let us know if you're able to volunteer, we need help with refs but also just need timers and score keepers. If you can help contact us at email@example.com or on the Academy facebook page. See you guys there!