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CageworX Fight Team and WA State BJJ Competitions for February-March 2017

Below are the CageworX fight team events and WA state BJJ competitions coming up in February and March.

Proving Grounds X Submission Only Grappling Tournament

Saturday • February 4
This is a fun  tournament for those of you who want to compete in a submission-only format. It’s a good change of pace if you’ve only competed under the standard IBJJF rules. Brackets are available for men, women and youth (ages 5 to 17), both gi and no gi. For complete rules and to register online, visit KYSpromotions.com. Location: Green River Community College, 12401 SE 320th Street Auburn, WA.

The Redemption IX

Saturday • February 4
On the same day and in the same location as the above grappling tournament, The Redemption will feature amateur MMA and kickboxing fights. Cage set up and sanctioning will be provided by CageworX. Click here for more information and tickets.

Battle in the BarnBattle in the Barn VI

Saturday
February 11
Washington state’s premier amateur fight show returns featuring three CageworX fighters on the card: Dexter Thumm, Darrell Hutchins and Josh McCool. The show will offer live music, a beer garden and a fight card you won’t want to miss! As always, the show wil be in Monroe, WA at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. Cage set up and sanctioning will be done by CageworX. Find out more and buy tickets online at TheBattleintheBarn.com.

Sat. February 25 NAGA & Fight Shows

NAGA BJJ/Submission Grappling Tournament
The North American Grappling Association returns to Seattle offering gi and no gi divisions for men, women and youth. CageworX will have several competitors at this tournament! For online registration and rules, click here. Location: Washington State Fair Agriplex, 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA.

Brawl at Harmony Hall 3 Pro Boxing Show
CageworX fighter, Jake Blaski, will make his pro boxing debut at PNW Professional Boxing Promotions’ show at 9101 Steilacoom Rd. SE in Olympia, WA. Click here for more information and tickets.

Cagesport MMA Fight Show
At the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA.
Information & Tickets

Warehouse Warz 3
Kickboxing smoker at AKA MMA Fitness, 5919 195th St NE #2 in Arlington, WA. • More Information

The Revolution BJJ Tournament

Saturday March 4 (adults) | Sunday March 4 (kids)
This is the biggest tournament in the region and several members of our competition team will be there! Information is below or visit leapllc.com for online registration and rules. As usual, the tournament will be held at Pacific Lutheran University, 905 124th St S, Tacoma, WA 98447.

The Revolution Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament March 4-5, 2017

CageworX Muay Thai and BJJ Seminars at Legacy’s Grand Opening

CageworX’s sister gym in the Tri-Cities, Legacy Jiu Jitsu Academy, had their Grand Opening Weekend on January 13 & 14. To show our support, Cody Houston, Jenn Lozada and Josh McCool traveled to Richland, WA. Despite the unusually snowy weather, the weekend CageworX Muay Thai and BJJ Seminars were well attended.

On Friday night, Coach Jenn guest taught their women-only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class, emphasizing concept-based jiu jitsu and guard retention. On Saturday, Coach Cody taught two seminars: a morning Muay Thai session focusing on simple yet very effective basics and an afternoon Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class on bottom modified kesagatame techniques. Black belt Jay Bretz, who had driven from Leavenworth, also helped out during the BJJ session. Special thanks to Megan and Brendin Phillips for hosting us and throwing a great post-seminar party!

It was a pleasure to reconnect with familiar faces and to support Legacy Jiu Jitsu Academy’s future success. They’re a great group of people offering family-friendly martial arts instruction in both kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. We highly recommend you visit them next time you’re in the Tri-Cities area!

 

CageworX 2016 Year in Review

CageworX’s 2016 was a big one. Probably the biggest change…babies. We got ’em! Cody & Jenny’s first child, Waylen, was born in February.

Babies at CageworX

CageworX Coaches & Staff

Coach Cody Houston continued to offer high level Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gi and no gi instruction. Phil Beatty joined CageworX, offering his many years of experience to provide excellent kickboxing and fitness classes. Grant Gilliam’s arrival brought the addition of Monday night combat Sambo/Judo training. Jake Blaski began teaching the Thursday night no gi class and Jenn Lozada started a Women-only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class on Saturdays. Sara continued to provide administrative/front desk support.

CageworX Youth Classes

The youth kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu programs continued to grow. The kids BJJ competition team also saw a great deal of success in regional competitions.

CageworX Fight Team

Billy Cortani and Dexter Thumm, Jr. had very successful amateur kickboxing debuts. Darrell Hutchins joined the fight team and had his debut as a CageworX fighter. Josh McCool did well in his kickboxing and Muay Thai matches. Fighters Jake Blaski and Jacob Goudie finished their amateur careers with a flourish and began to fight professionally. Coach Cody Houston returned to the cage for the first time in over 13 years to win his amateur fight just after turning 40! CageworX also continued to do cage set ups and sanctioning for a number of fights in Washington.

Building Purchase & Poser Yoga+CageworX

Another huge change was the purchase of the entire building by Cody & Jenny Houston. Jenny’s yoga studio, Poser Yoga, was moved from their downtown location to right next door to CageworX. It was no small feat. Cody, Jenny, their family and friends (including members of the yoga studio and CageworX) made it happen!

Giving to the Community

During the holiday season, CageworX and Poser Yoga teamed up to give back to the community. We had a very successful peanut butter drive and, like last year, we adopted a local family for whom we collected needed gifts to help them start the new year right.

The CageworX/PoserYoga Peanut Butter drive allowed us to give much needed protein to the Port Angeles Food Bank

2016…and Beyond!

2016 was incredibly busy and productive. 2017 looks to be another year of tremendous change and growth as PoserYoga joins CageworX. (Literally cutting a doorway to join the two businesses.) Many thanks to everyone who’s part of the CageworX family!!!

Upcoming CageworX Fight Events and Seminars

There are a lot going through the end of the year and well into the next! Check out the schedule below for CageworX Fight  Events, opportunities to get your Washington State MMA Official certification and information on the next Revolution submission grappling tournament.

More details will be provided on each event as the dates get closer. Check back again soon!

CageworX Fight Team Rocked the Warehouse Wars

The CageworX fight team recently made a great showing at Warehouse Wars in Arlington last Saturday! Josh ‘El Matador’ McCool and Darrell L. Hutchins took to the ring for some exciting kickboxing bouts.

Darrell hasn’t been in a ring or cage for over four years and had a hard three-round match up. Although this kickboxing smoker didn’t decide winners or losers, Darrell was the obvious winner against a tough opponent.

El Matador felt out his opponent for a brief period and then put an end to it with a body kick that took his guy down at 1:01 of the first round.

Thanks to Landon Showalter for the opportunity, and for putting on a good old fashioned smoker event where guys and girls can get a more realistic fight show

experience.

CageworX Fight Team News

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Coach Cody Houston and Fighter Jacob Goudie posing with their title belts after winning their MMA fights at The Point Casino on June 25, 2016.

There’s a lot of news from the CageworX Fight Team, but here are the highlights! We’re proud of all our fighters, coaches and everyone who’s helping their teammates prepare for fights. It takes a team to make it happen. Thank you to everyone who’s come out to show your support!

Coach Cody Houston

Fighting for the first time in 16 years at age 40, Cody won the 170-lb title belt on June 25th at The Point Casino in Kingston, WA. Click here to watch video of the fight.

Coach Phil Beatty

Both Cody and Coach Phil have been helping the guys get ready for fights. Coach Phil also offers Personal Training and Fitness Adventures on the Olympic Peninsula.

Coach Grant Gilliam

Grant has been teaching terrific Combat Sambo classes Mondays at 6:30pm. Fun and effective takedowns, plus killer submissions including leg locks…don’t miss out!

Pro Fighter Jake Blaski

BJJ Purple belt Jake Blaski had his pro fighter debut at Reign FC on June 18th. Check out his Thursday no gi classes at 5pm and visit his Facebook page for his upcoming pro fight schedule!

Fighter Jacob Goudie

Jacob won two title belts at 145 lbs two weekends in a row at
COGA Breaking Point at the Point Casino on June 25 and at Reign FC on June 18. The local paper recently published a great article about Jacob: “From Brawler to Belt-holder.”

For news and videos of his fights, visit Jacob’s Facebook page.

Fighters Josh McCool & Darrell Hutchins

Warehouse-Wars We’re extremely proud of Josh who participated in the Paddle to Nisqually 2016 Canoe Journey. Click here to check out the complete story map with tons of photos.

Both Josh McCool and Darrell Hutchins will be fighting at the upcoming Warehouse Wars on August 27th. Be sure to come out to Arlington and support the CageworX Fight Team!

Late Summer/Fall 2016 BJJ Tournament, Seminar and Fight Event Schedule

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competitions

NAGA – SeattleNAGA Fighter Seattle BJJ tournament

Saturday • September 10
The North American Grappling Association offers adult, youth, gi and no gi divisions. Check the rules and register online at Nagafighter.com.  The event will again be hosted by Everett Community College Student Fitness Center 2206 Tower St. Everett, WA. Be sure to let Professor Houston know in advance if you are competing. We will be doing special BJJ tournament preparations to help get you ready!

The RevolutionRevolution Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament

Saturday Nov. 12 (Adults) & Sunday Nov. 13 (Youth)
This is the largest BJJ tournament in the Pacific NW! Adults and youth can compete in both gi and no gi divisions. Unlike many tournaments, you are guaranteed a minimum of two matches. Register online, get directions and find out the rules (they’re different for every tournament!) at LeapLLC.com.

Upcoming CageworX Fight Events & Seminars

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Kickboxing at CageworX: Welcoming Coach Phil Beatty, 3rd Degree Black Belt

We’re very excited to welcome Coach Phil Beatty who is now teaching kickboxing at CageworX! Coach Beatty’s entire adult life has been devoted to the instruction of martial arts and fitness. He believes in putting all his focus on his client’s safety, results and a positive experience. Mr. Beatty is a 3rd degree Black Belt in American Freestyle Karate and KickboxinPhil Beatty Martial Arts Instructor in Port Angelesg with over 30 years martial arts experience, a certified Level III F.A.S.T. Defense™ instructor, and certified F.A.S.T. Defense For Children™ instructor. He is also a veteran fitness trainer specializing in Fitness Kickboxing, Adventure Fitness and athletic strength and conditioning. From 2003 to 2015 he and his life partner, Donna Everhart, owned and operated the popular St. Petersburg Florida based Elite Training Center, an 8,000 square foot Kickboxing, MMA and Cross-Training fitness center. During that time Phil not only trained the general public but also coached professional fighters for strength, speed and endurance conditioning. During his time at Elite Training Center he helped design and instructed the fitness and motivation curriculum for the All Children’s Hospital Fit-For-All-Kids™ weight management program.

Phil is also an avid obstacle course mud racer. He started and led his training center’s obstacle course mud racing team “Elite Training Warriors” through three of the notorious 12 mile “Tough Mudders,” four of the 8 mile “Savage Races” and numerous other obstacle course races since 2010.

Phil is the author and former certification director for the “National Association of Professional Martial Artists” Fitness Kickboxing™ program. From 2001 to 2004 he traveled and certified over 2000 professional instructors in Fitness Kickboxing™. During that time he also served as an international fitness and martial arts continuing education presenter teaching fitness product training seminars to fitness professionals for “Spri Products” fitness gear. He was also a video instructor featured on training videos for “Power Systems” fitness equipment company, teaching use and training drills for their boxing and kickboxing products.

Phil also proudly served his country with six years of honorable U.S. military service.

Kickboxing at CageworX: Coach Beatty’s Martial Arts, Self-Defense & Combat Training History

Phil Beatty started his formal martial arts training at USA Karate in St. Petersburg Florida on January 6, 1985, under John Graden and achieved his Black Belt on March 23, 1989. USA Karate was also the training facility of the Legendary Joe Lewis, the man Black Belt Magazine named as “The Greatest Fighter of All Time.” The Joe Lewis Fighting System taught to Beatty is a combination of the most effective strategic full-contact kickboxing and hand-to-hand combat available. Phil is certified Joe Lewis Kickboxing Instructor and has his 2nd Degree Black Belt under Joe Lewis as well as John Graden. The focus of Mr. Beatty’s training and specialized studies is in reality self-defense and empty-hand combat. Mr. Beatty is certified by internationally known combat and self-defense expert Bill Kipp, the chief instructor and creator of F.A.S.T. Defense™ (Fear Adrenal Stress Training). Mr. Beatty is a certified instructor in F.A.S.T. Defense™ for Level I (Stand-Up Aggression), Level II (Ground Aggression), Level III (Weapons Disarming), and F.A.S.T Defense For Children™ (stranger abduction and bullying prevention and self-defense). After opening Elite Training Center in 2003 Phil trained many of his students to Black Belt and trained many successful martial arts competitors. From 2009 to 2014 Mr. Beatty was a Florida State Athletic Commission Licensed Fight Trainer and coached many amateur and professional fighters. Phil has trained everyone from the most vulnerable in the general public to military personnel. He is pleased to offer his experience and training, teaching self defense, fitness and kickboxing at CageworX for recreational and fight training purposes.

2015 Fall Tournaments & CageworX Fight Team Schedule

The tournament and CageworX fight team event schedule below includes websites for online registration/ticket sales as well as exact addresses to help you find your way!

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competitions

Oregon Open Jiu-Jitsu Tournament

Saturday • September 12
This is the biggest Jiu-Jitsu tournament in Oregon and uses the IBJJF rules. Adult, youth, gi and no gi divisions. It will be held at the Liberty High School Gym, 21945 NW Wagon Way, Hillsboro, OR. For more information and to register online: SubLeague.com/events/oregon-open/

NAGANAGA Seattle

Saturday • October 3
The North American Grappling Association returns to Washington state, offering adult, youth, gi and no gi divisions. Pre-registration closes at midnight, September 25, 2015. For rules and online registration, visit Nagafighter.com.  The event will be held at Everett Community College Student Fitness Center 2206 Tower St. Everett, WA. Members of the CageworX Competition Team will be going to this one! Contact Professor Houston if you are interested in competing.

G Sub X

Saturday • October 3
This submission only tournament has adult divisions for both gi and no gi. No youth divisions at this time. The event will be at Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry St., Seattle, WA. For rules and online registration, visit GSUBX.com.

Proving Grounds VII

Saturday • October 17
This submission only grappling tournament offers both adult and youth divisions, gi and no gi. • Interlake High School, 16245 NE 24th St. Bellevue, WA. For rules and online registration, please go to KYPromotions.com.

IBJJF Seattle International Open

Saturday • October 24
This is the big one! IBJJF has only recently started having tournaments in the Seattle area. Youth, adults, gi and no gi divisions for those who want to participate in this tourney with international ranking. (Unfortunately, this is also the same day as the biggest amateur event of the year, Battle in the Barn. Most of the CageworX competition team and coaching staff will be unable to participate.) • The event will be held at Everett Community College Student Fitness Center 2206 Tower St. Everett, WA. For rules and online registration, please go to IBJJF.org.

The Revolution

Saturday • November 14
The largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament in the Pacific Northwest, The Revolution will again be offering adults and youth a chance to compete in both gi and no gi divisions. Register online, get directions and rules information at LeapLLC.comPlease note: Due to a previously scheduled seminar, the CageworX coaching staff will not be available for this tournament. However, we highly recommend competing in this event which gives you a minimum of two matches.

Upcoming CageworX Fight Events

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New Classes and CageworX Schedule Changes

Read on to learn about the new schedule for the Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes and the Sunday Yoga class for CageworX Gym Members. And please give us your feedback on scheduling a weekday Women-Only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class!

New Schedule for CageworX Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes

CageworX Youth Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition Team at Chess on the Mat
There will now be two sets of classes for the Youth/Teens Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes: 3:15 to 4pm (age 5-8) and 4-5pm (age 9-14) on M/W/F.

We are excited to see how much our Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes has grown since the move to 8th Street. The mats have been full of kids enjoying the classes and it is now time for us to ensure all of them get the best and safest possible training. With that goal in mind, as of Monday August 31st, we will be separating the youth BJJ classes into two groups:

1) 3:15 pm to 4 pm for children ages 5-8
2) 4pm to 5 pm for children ages 9-14

This change only affects the Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes. The Youth Muay Thai classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays will remain the same, with one class at 4pm.

Sunday Yoga at CageworX for Gym Membersyoga-dude

Yoga is returning to the gym’s class schedule! Sara Shearer will be teaching a power yoga class every Sunday, 4 to 5 pm, for CageworX gym members. This class is included with your gym membership fee, so there’s no excuse not to try it out! It’s time to work on developing your flexibility and strengthening some neglected but important muscle groups that are critical for good balance and  Continue reading New Classes and CageworX Schedule Changes