We recorded our 12 Days of Christmas video a couple of years ago, but it is still good fun to watch! Time has flown by and now many of these guys have been promoted to their next belt. Ben has his black belt now and Jason Witkowski, Chris Zubrycki, Joe Gemma, Tyler Rolland and Luis Ordonez have all been promoted to brown belt. My favorite part is that we are all training together still and improving every day. Thanks for all the support and we hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!!
Newly promoted Brown Belt Luis Ordonez shows us one of his cool tricks to help stop that pesky Wilson Reis pass. Luis is a mainstay at the Lab, and helps with everything from the Elite fight team to teaching classes, and we are very grateful to have him around. Hope you guys enjoy this taste of Lu-Jitsu!
Today, at the MMA LAB, two very deserving young men were promoted to Brown Belt. Tyler Rolland and Luis Ordonez have been long time members at the LAB, and are part of the fabric of our team.
Both guys have been a great help to us through the years, training with our Elite Team, traveling with fighters, and teaching classes. They are always ready to help do whatever needs to be done to help the team, and they are, pure and simple, monsters on the mat.
Thank you to both Tyler and Luis, our family would not be what it is without your love for the sport, and your dedication to the team….Congratulations!
Luis, Benson, and Tyler after the promotion
The team after the promotion on Monday
Jordan Johnson went to Long Beach, CA last weekend to compete in the No-Gi World Championships and came home with the Gold medal! Jordan, an undefeated MMA fighter and Lab Elite member, is an excellent grappler, and was very impressive as he steam rolled through his bracket. Jordan has become part of what makes our team at the Lab tick, and we are so happy that he had such a fantastic performance. Way to go Jordan, excited for the future!
Adel Altamimi, Benson Henderson, Jordan Johnson
UFC fighter Jon Tuck and XFC Champion Scott Holtzman show us an omo plata with a choke at the end. Thank you to both of these great guys for taking the time to show us some stuff.
Tonight, after a fun class at the MMA Lab, six young men were promoted to Blue Belt. We are so proud of these guys, and feel very lucky to have them as part of our team. Congratulations boys, well earned!
Front Row (L to R): Greg Barkley, John Squire, Charles Albaugh
Back Row (L to R): Bryan Barberena, Alex Arredondo, Trevor Smith
We are so pleased to congratulate Joe “Diesel” Riggs on his victory at Bellator 106. Joe was invited to participate in Bellator MMA’s first reality show, FightMaster, and he was amazing. Winning fight after fight, he advanced to the finals against tough opponent, Mike Bronzoulis. Joe was dominant is his victory and took home the inaugural Fight Master title. Joe is an exceptioinal athlete and teammate, and we are so happy to have him as part of our family. Congratulations Joe, we are very proud of you!
Congratulations to Adel Altamimi for earning his Blue Belt! Adel is a member of the Lab Elite, and is an accomplished Kyokushin practitioner. He has been training hard to bring his ground skills up, and has done a great job. Thank you for your effort Adel, and congratulations on your new belt!
Efrain Escudero ran his most recent win streak to three, as he won against a very tough Luis Palomino at the CFA fights in Miami, FL. The fight was a hotly contested one, but Efrain won the unanimous decision and is looking forward to competing again soon.
We are very proud of Effy, and are excited about his next step. Congratulations Efrain, great work!
L to R: John Crouch, Efrain Escudero, Joe Riggs, Yaotzin Meza
This weekend, two of our Lab Elite will go into competition at the most prestigious tournament in the world: The Abud Dhabi World Championships. Benson Henderson and Tanquinho Mendes will travel to Bejing, China to compete with the world’s best grapplers in this ADCC tournament.
We are very proud of both young men, and are excited to for them to get to perform on the world’s biggest grappling stage. Good luck guys, do your thing!