What a Summer!

With the launch of the academy in June we had a very busy summer at 10th Planet Springfield MA. After our grand opening we focused on the finishing touches of the build out, introducing all of our students to the curriculum and program, and recruiting to fill our core group of students.

Once we hit our rhythm we hosted two events in the month of August. I was scanning through Facebook one day and saw that Dean Lister was going to be in CT for a seminar the following week. It was really short notice but I knew I would regret not trying to get him into 10th Planet Springfield for a seminar. I attended a seminar with Dean when I was a blue belt at 10th Planet Phoenix and built my leg lock foundation off of his teaching. Many of the leg lock concepts and techniques I still teach come directly from what I learned through Dean at that time.

With the launch of the academy in June we had a very busy summer at 10th Planet Springfield MA. After our grand opening we focused on the finishing touches of the build out, introducing all of our students to the curriculum and program, and recruiting to fill our core group of students.

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Once we hit our rhythm we hosted two events in the month of August. I was scanning through Facebook one day and saw that Dean Lister was going to be in CT for a seminar the following week. It was really short notice but I knew I would regret not trying to get him into 10th Planet Springfield for a seminar. I attended a seminar with Dean when I was a blue belt at 10th Planet Phoenix and built my leg lock foundation off of his teaching. Many of the leg lock concepts and techniques I still teach come directly from what I learned through Dean at that time.

I called in a favor with 10P Phoenix moonhead John Botello, he got me in contact with Dean, and we setup a seminar for 4 days later. I was concerned about the attendance with such short notice but the local jiu jitsu community came through big time and we brought 40 people in for the seminar. Dean of course did not disappoint with his mix of stories and top notch instruction, not to mention the fact that he stayed an hour longer than planned! To say the least, we definitely look forward to hosting Dean again next time he finds his way out to New England. 

Two weeks later we hosted our first women's self defense night in conjunction with our in-house neighbors New England Fit. We had nearly 40 women in attendance of all ages and backgrounds to learn fundamental self defense concepts for both standing and ground-based scenarios. We kept the mood light but focused on serious techniques that all of the attendees were able to execute. To top the night off there was shopping and raffles from local vendors. We received immense positive feedback so be on the lookout for another even coming up this fall or winter. 

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Two days later Luis and I went to compete at the AMMO tournament in S. Windsor. I had not competed since the spring and Luis is always game to compete so the two of us went and put our skills to the test. I ended up taking home bronze and Luis took home gold with two impressive submission wins. Two weeks later he went up to NAGA Albany and took home another gold with three submission wins!

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We made it through the busy summer but there is no sign up slowing down as we move ahead into fall with a packed schedule of tournaments, seminars, and training trips. Check us out and come see for yourself what all of the excitement is about!

Bill Kerstetter