May 24, 2017

    Okay well, I finally got a chance to sit down and breath after what turned out to be a very busy April and most of May.

    I thought now might be a good time to write this blog post and talk about news, events, fights and tournaments related to Ivey League MMA.

    Keeping students informed and up to date continues to be a priority we are working on here at Ivey League, so thanks for reading this email to be “in the know”.

    First up – big congrats are in order for Coaches Thor Davis and Joe Huggins, who both won their MMA Fights in dynamic fashion.

    Thor scored a 2nd round TKO from strikes on the feet and Joe “Huggy Bear” came through in the clutch with a TKO victory in the 3rd via punches from the mount.

    On April 22nd we also sent a team down to the smoker fights in Virginia Beach at sister school OutFox MMA. The following students fought with heart and skill from start to finish:

    Mark David (Won by KO in the 2nd Round)
    Carson Chambers
    Jarrod “Cyclops” Dixon
    Matt Hawkins

    Matt Hawkins, our favorite meathead, ended up winning fight of the night honors in what Miss Teresa appropriately called “Bro Down 2017”.

    Another note of congratulations… Long time students and great people Nicole Mayes and Alex Peralta got engaged! Bout time says this guy….congrats you crazy kids.

    Now on to Upcoming Events:

    For competitors and fans, we have the following quickly approaching to mark on your calendars.

    Next up for the fight team will be the smokers at Crazy 88 MMA in Elkridge. So far the following students are slated to either make their ring debut or return to the spotlight:

    Matt Creel
    Joe Coggiano
    Hannah Goldman
    Lydia Bruno
    Mark David
    Jarrod Dixon
    Greece Tziamourani
    Magnus Benz
    Michael Garlington

    If you’re interested in fighting, now or in the future, please make an appointment to come see me (Coach Danny) soon. Students must meet certain criteria to participate in events like these.

    We are interested in your best development, so we have to ensure you are ready and are fully aware of how to compete.

    Those who are not competing are of course encouraged to join us to cheer them on. The event will be on June 10, time to be determined soon.

    Check out our Facebook or Instagram pages to get the latest info on that and everything else we are up to.

    IBJJF Washington DC is really, finally happening in September so be sure to talk with Coach Chris Kim about potentially signing up to compete in what will be the first time ever IBJJF has come to this part of the United States.

    Registration has opened, discounts for early enrollment are active, and it is likely to sell out so get moving!

    Additionally, we will travel with the kids competition team to Atlanta for the first East Coast IBJJF ever. That is a combo tournament for kids and adults just after the DC one.

    Thus kid and adult competitors who are interested in Atlanta should also speak to Coach Chris Kim about general questions, and see Coach Chrissy Smith or Teresa for details on travel and registration arrangements. Remember that kids must be on the Kids Competition Team to get approval to compete.

    We’re not done!!! Here are some more cool events and news…

    We have some Holidays to consider for your planning.

    Monday May 29th is Memorial Day. We will be closed for all programs except OPEN GYM for members to train on their own from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

    Tuesday July 4th is Independence Day. We will be completely closed for all programs including Summer Camp.

    Next up, Kids stripe belt testing takes place on the following days and times:

    Stripe tests = During class on either Wed 5/24 or Thur 5/25.

    Belt Tests = Sat June 3rd at 1:30pm (ALL WEIGHTS & AGES COMBINED)

    Additional stripe and belt tests will continue through the summer and year, check out the bulletin board upstairs for all the details.

    Summer Camp starts in a few weeks. If you haven’t confirmed a spot for your child(ren) please do so ASAP as space will be extremely limited this year! AACPS gets out June 8th.

    We’ll continue all classes during the summer, but our legendary camp will begin officially on June 12.

    Coach Dave Miller will be home to see everyone in July. Dave’s been on deployment since January and everyone misses the world’s most sadistic strength and conditioning coach so be sure to say hi.

    Be sure to check out the official IL FaceBook and Instagram Page and stay up to date with the latest news and developments. Remember, each day you check in and come to show us in office Room L3, we will give you a free water or gatorade to say thank you.

    Have a super fantastic day!

    –Coach Danny

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