Archive for the ‘MMA & BJJ’ category

Congratulations to Jordan Rivas on winning his MMA Debut!

August 2, 2010

Big-time congrats to our own Jordan Rivas on winning his professional MMA debut at Legacy Fighting Championships this past July 31st. This win by Jordan follows a stellar 3-0 amateur career and title at 170 pounds so expect big things from Jordan in the world of mixed martial arts.

Also check out the following slideshows to wrap up what was an awesome month of July 2010 for the DNC Family!

  • DNC Networking Mixer and Benefit for BONA Foundation (here)
  • Surfside Beach Trip (here)
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Press Release – Houston MMA Community Giving Back

May 18, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Houston MMA Community Giving Back

Houston, TX – May 18, 2010 –TheCageDoor.net, in conjunction with DNC Worldwide Network, will be teaming up with Houston area Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters for a local community outreach project here in Houston on May 29, 2010. 

Eight fighters (pro and amateur) have volunteered their time to team up and work together for the purpose of providing meals to the underprivileged in several areas of Houston. Many of these fighters have either already fought each other, or will be fighting each other in upcoming events.

“Often times in MMA, especially in the local scene, competitive fighters and fans can get caught up in gym rivalries and cage battles. The fighters who are helping us out with this initiative are showing the rest of the city that it’s ok to battle in the cage then work together outside of it,” said Richard Burmaster, co-owner of TheCageDoor.net.

The fighters will be meeting at the Mezzanine Lounge at 10:30am to begin making lunches. Once the meals are made and packed, they will then split up into teams and canvass Houston to distribute the food to the homeless population.

Barry Laminack, Co-Owner of TheCageDoor.net said, “When Rich (Burmaster) and I started the site, we said that we wanted to be a positive force in the Houston MMA scene. We feel now is the time to follow through with that, so we’ve partnered up with Mike Calimbas of DNC Worldwide and put this effort together. Oftentimes, the negative perception of Mixed Martial Arts and the fighters involved are that of thuggish and violent individuals, when in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Many of the fighters that have volunteered for this effort are some of the nicest and kindest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.”

This pilot program will lay the ground work in the near future for a much broader and farther-reaching community involvement effort from the Houston MMA scene. TheCageDoor.net is already in the planning stages to combine efforts and work with the community (both local and MMA) in coordinating and promoting volunteer efforts for the real non-profit charities that do this type of good day-in and day-out. Fighters, fans, gym owners and everyone interested in giving back will have a chance to work with designated local charities.

“It is our hope that this combined effort between fighters who compete against one another, and train at different gyms, will set an example. What we want this to be is a catalyst for the entirety of the MMA community to get involved in their local communities. Fighters, fans, and everyone involved can make a difference. It’s about increasing awareness. Good people can really do great things if they put their minds to it.” said Mike Calimbas of DNC Worldwide.

The media is welcome and encouraged to come out and cover what is sure to be the first of many positive efforts from TheCageDoor.net and the MMA community as a whole. Please join us on May 29, 2010 from 10:30am until 2:30pm at the Mezzanine Lounge (www.mezzaninelounge.com), located at 2200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 150. The fighters as well as the event coordinators will be available for photos and to answer questions before, during and after the event.

About TheCageDoor.net

TheCageDoor.net is a Houston based website dedicated to covering the Houston MMA scene. The site was started in October of 2009 by Richard Burmaster and Barry Laminack and has experienced tremendous growth since its inception. The site, located on the web at http://www.thecagedoor.net, provides a mix of Houston MMA news, local fighter interviews, pre and post event coverage, live event updates, fighter blogs, a Houston focused MMA forum and a comprehensive Houston area gym and fighter database.

About DNC Worldwide

DNC Worldwide is a networking group for individuals dedicated to building a brighter future. We are made up of motivated, energetic professionals who aspire to be future leaders within our respective professions AND communities. We accomplish this by encouraging members to get involved and make a difference by becoming active participants in the professional, civic, and social aspects of their networks. Please visit www.dncworlwide.com for more information.

Contact: Barry Laminack
e-mail: barry@thecagedoor.net
phone: 832.545.4419
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The World’s Youngest Grappling Prodigy

May 2, 2010

When it comes to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and combat sports in general, aspiring superstars are beginning to hone their skills by training at a younger age. Provided it does not interfere with their physical development, training early can be a benefit to physical fitness, as well as a means to build confidence and a greater sense of self.

At not even five months of age, my son Nicky Calimbas has begun on the path to becoming the best grappler he can be. Today, he decided to work with his grappling dummy,Snuffaluffagus. (That’s “Gus” for short – named after his Uncle Gustavo Rocha, who gave him his very first gym-related gear!)

Here are several pictures of Nicholas working on the finer points of today’s lesson on the triangle choke and more.

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Video – Nicky Calimbas demonstrating  the “baby triangle Choke” on an unsuspecting Gus-Gus.

To learn more on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts, check out MoptheMats.com.

Chatting with Ricardo Talavera on the Eve of his Fight at Legacy Fighting Championships

November 6, 2009

Ricardo from Lonestar Beatdown 2DNC Members, Houstonians, and MMA Fans everywhere,

We’re sitting here with our very dear friend and fellow ninja, Ricardo Talavera, who is finishing up final preparations for his Mixed Martial Arts fight at the Legacy Fighting Championships, this Saturday at the Arena Theater in Houston.

Ricardo, how are you feeling heading up to this fight?

Oh man, I feel very, very good. Very well prepared, physically and mentally.

You’re set to take on Danny Taylor of Bushi Ban. How much do you know about this guy? Do you feel that there is anything specific you need to prepare for?

I dont know much about Danny Taylor. He fights out of Bushi Ban, a very good and well-known gym. Bushi Ban is a very good gym, their fighters are pretty aggressive, they like to bang, love to strike and come ready to fight. So, to prepare for this fight i have been including a lot of Muay Thai training, Boxing and of course always to my basics, BJJ. I have been preparing to take care of Danny anywhere. If he wants to bang, then we bang, if he wants to clinch then we clinch, ground, he’ll be crazy. Whereever he wants to go, i am going to make sure he pays for it.

Who’s helped you prepare for this fight overall? What team are you training with and how have those guys prepared you for Danny?

I fight out of ELITE MMA. I train under Eric Williams and Hai Nguyen mainly, however, for this fight we have also included the instruction of Romelle Agra to take care of my Muay Thai training and also Pat Swan for my Boxing. To add to this, Coach David Campbell has been the one taking care of our conditioning out of hell training. plus of course all my teammates at Elite MMA that some how have given me and helped me through out my training.

Any predictions on how the fight will end?

Lights out. whether I choke him out, or KO him.

Are you looking forward to any other fights on the card?

Definitely, I want to see my teammate Sting Ray Blodgett kick some ass. I also want to see Robo’s fight to see what the whole fuzz is all about.

Anything else you’d like to say to your fans and loved ones before you step into the cage?

To my beautiful wife and momma to be. I am sorry for all the long and lonely nights i have put you through, Thank you for your love, patience and support. I love you.

And to my fans, thank you for the support and push through out the years…let’s get this win over with and go eat and party!!!

Ricardo Talavera is an Undefeated Professional MMA Fighter with a 1-0 record.  He is also a Petroleum Engineering graduate of West Virginia University and a die-hard Mountaineers fan. When he’s not fighting, Ricardo works as a software consultant for the oil & gas industry. You can hear more about the life and fights of Ricardo Talavera by following him on Twitter.

Women’s Self Defense and Assault Prevention Classes in Houston

August 28, 2009

Attention Greater Houston Area Residents:

womensselfdefenseIt is imperative in today’s society to learn the tools necessary to keep out of harms way, protecting yourselves and your loved ones.

Specifically in the city of Houston, violent crimes such as aggravated assault and murder are over 1.5 times the national average. Burglary is also at 150% the national average. (source: cityrating.com)

 Empower Yourself – Learn the Tools Needed to Protect Those You Love

DNC Worldwide’s own Chad Kight is currently offering classes for Women’s Self Defense and Assault Prevention classes and seminars in the Greater Houston Area, including Houston, The Woodlands, and Sugar Land, TX.

About Your Instructor

mma-elite-8Chad Kight has been practicing Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Jeet Kune Do Concepts for over 11 years.

He has a keen understanding of what it takes to stay out of harmful situations and how one should react to protect themselves when confronted with violent and potentially deadly situations such as assault, rape, and abuse. Learn more about Chad here.

  • Certified RAT program Instructor (Rapid Assault Tactics)
  • Women’s Self Defense Instructor
  • Professional trainer and conditioning coach
  • 2009 Naga Expert Bronze Medalist                                                                          
  • 2008 Naga Expert Silver Medalist
  • Division winner Battle of H-town 2 consecutive years, 06,-07.
  • Brenham Vale Tudo division Champion
  • Dungal Fighting division Champion
  • Party Slam division Champion
  • Competed in Gracie BJJ World Championship
  • Competed in Relson Gracie Challenge
  • Placed in many city and state tournaments 

Reserve a Spot in the Next Class

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Call today to book a spot in the next Women’s Self Defense Seminar/Class or set up your own private group classes. Spots fill quickly!

For more information: Contact the instructor, Chad Kight, by calling (979) 578-1894. You may also email Chad and visit his website chadkight.com.

BJJ and Collegiate Wrestling – The Training Mindset

June 18, 2009

This article is made for you grappling enthusiasts out there, specifically the wrestlers and BJJ players that are just starting out or need to revisit their passion for their sport. – Taylor Winzeler

You’re stepping on the mat. The home and sanctuary of all of your blood, sweat, and tears. Where you have spent a countless number of hours practicing, drilling and training. Now it’s time to put it together. A familiar feeling sends a wave of adrenaline down your spine as you step on to your playing field.

Are you a wrestler strapping on an ankle band? Or are you the BJJ player unweaving the tattered belt? Whichever you are,you share an unknown bond. The mat.

wrestling-takedown-2Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Collegiate Wrestling are not the same, nor do they have the same origins or scoring systems. But with all their differences, it is intriguing to look past and focus on what lies underneath the root of competition.

Think of back to the first day of your sport.

Do you remember thinking about where and when you should position your body to gain an advantage? Remember trying to resist a maneuver with pure strength and then getting crushed by somebody who has correct technique and the speed and power to back it up? This is the starting point for both sports. The struggle. This is how both clean white belts and fresh wrestling shoes begin their journey.

What’s amazing is when look back to the first technique that actually worked for you. Whether it be the arm-bar or half-nelson, the realization is both sports contain almost the same system of learning. Only by  repetition and drilling does technique become a part of muscle memory.

So how do we keep progressing?

helio_gracie-742955First, find a technique that really catches your eye and study it. Then break it down, understand it, and eventually perfect it. Once the you begin to pull it off, it’ll become a new drug and you’ll want to do it over and over until it is second nature. Every grappler or wrestler knows exactly what I’m talking about. Once you have it down, move on to the next one. And repeat that over and over with different techniques for the rest of your life.

Remember, with grappling and all things in life, it takes drive, passion, and discipline to continuously get better. Achieve that sense of accomplishment never comes easy but the juice is worth the squeeze. After all, succeeding at something that at first seemed like a foreign language will always be satisfying no matter what you do in life.

MMA Pictures from Lonestar Beatdown 10 in Houston

June 6, 2009

Several of our DNC guys had a chance to participate in the USACA MMA event production of Lonestar Beatdown last evening at the Arena Theatre here in Houston. It was a terrific night of fights and results can be found on mopthemats.com. Highlights of the night included a near-brawl in the stands, a riveting 3-second knockout in the last fight of the evening, and a win by a ninja protege, Julian Vega. Julian trains under ninja Jordan Rivas out of Elite MMA Baytown aka “The Dirty Dirty Elite.” Good job to Julian, the two new champions Gilbert Jimenez & Jeremy Hontz, and the rest of the combatants who fought their tails off last night!

Pictures from Lonestar Beatdown 10

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During the near fight in the stands

During the near fight in the stands

Hooters Ring Card Girls with the Lonestar Title

Hooters Ring Card Girls with the Lonestar Title

A 3-second KO

A 3-second KO

 

Artineas Young's Victory
Artineas Young’s Victory
Mick Maynard presenting LSBD title to Gilbert "Pitbull" Jimenez

Mick Maynard presenting LSBD title to Gilbert "Pitbull" Jimenez

Exciting fights!

Exciting fights!

Elite MMA's Julian Vega & Robert Yamashita plotting the afterparty

Elite MMA's Julian Vega & Robert Yamashita plotting the afterparty

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And the decision goes to...

LSBD 10 is in the books!

LSBD 10 is in the books!