Jay and I are not winter people. We hate the cold, we hate the snow, we especially hate it when it goes from cold to downright ridiculous. So we thought of a way to bring something positive to these cold temps. Presenting the February Special:
For the entire month of February you can get a month of training for whatever the temperature is on the day you come in. So for instance, if we were at the gym right now and you came in, according to my phone, you'd get a month of unlimited classes for $22!
This special is open to new Academy students only please
The temperature at the time of sign up will be determined by the iphone at the desk so please don't bring in your portable weather station that's been stuck at zero degrees for a year :)
Last but not least....No we will not pay you if it is below zero, but you will get a month of free training!
There's no more perfect dish than roasted veggies for yet another snow day. The only adjustment I make to what she says below is that I use melted duck fat instead of olive oil and I'll also throw in some other types of veggies. We'll most likely be closing the gym tonight unless this storm lets up pretty quickly (check the fb page for updates) so while you're stuck at home make up a pan of these babies.
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.