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Lions Den Spring /Summer Newsletter - Field Trips,Camps,Seminars,Tournaments,Promotions




Welcome to our Spring/Summer newsletter!!! We will give you a quick recap of what went on here at the Den over the last 3 months since our last newsletter and also what we have coming up over the next 3 months. We have been busy and we don't plan on letting our foot off the gas anytime soon. Pictured right are our adults who were recently promoted in our BJJ Program last month! We also had about 25 kids ( pic below) who were promoted and this was a big one. This promotion took place at our affiliate school in Glens Falls ( Matt Secor BJJ ) for adults and here at the Den for the kids . What a fun time




Jumping around a bit but in January we competed in BJJ at the Naga tournament held at the Albany Armory. We had a bunch of adults competing as well as a ton of kids and teens. We came home again with the 1'st place team trophy for the kids and teens Division and finished 3rd for Adults. Fun Fact , Professor Svingala's kids/teens team has come in 1'st place in the Albany NAGA in every tournament they have entered going back over 10 years now!!!! Below is a photo and a blast from the Past where we took home another 1'st place trophy brining only 11 kids to this event. They kicked some major butt. Anyone recognize any of these kids?



In February we had 3 MMA fighters all compete and win at Cage Wars which was held at the Rivers Casino in Schenectady. This was an awesome time and we had over 150 Members and friends at this event. Everyone had a blast and the fighters did a great job in not only winning but representing our Academy in a Professional manner. Thanks Guys!


Last Month we also had one of our first students/ MMA Fighters back in action in the UFC. Mike Davis came away with another win making this 3 in a row. He won by submission!! Mike now resides in Florida but comes back to us once a year and teaches here at the Den. We are planning on having Mike back here in October for 2 days.



Pictured below are Professors Secor and Trent Svingala at the EFC Law Enforcement Instructors training program held last month at the NYS police Academy. Professor Secor instructs these programs all over the country for Law enforcement and Professor Svingala graduated this session making him an EFC ceritfied Instructor along with being a NYS Trooper. This is a great addition to what we offer here at the Den as we now offer seminars for Law Enforcement in what is recognized as one of the top training systems for law enforcement. Also good luck to Professor Caleb Svingala whom is currently in the NYS Police training academy.


2 Weeks ago we had an awesome Seminar here at the Den with Fabio Coelho!!! Fabio is one of the top instructors down at the Main Renzo Gracie Academy in NYC. We have their Instructors in a couple of times a year and also travel to their location for field trips once a year. Fabio showed some great techniques that we are already seeing our students implement on the mat. THANKS FAB !! Pics from each seminar below




OK, so that's what's been going on here the last few months along with our awesome classes everyday. We already talked about having UFC Star Mike Davis back here in October but here are a few other other things we have coming up in the next few months.


Next Month we have Bridget Grace back in from the Main Renzo Gracie Academy in NYC. This seminar is almost already sold out for adults (3 spots left) so get signed up if you want to attend. The kids portion is about half full (12 spots left). Details below



On June 1'st we will competing at NAGA at the Albany Armory.


June 8'th and 9'th we have our annual field trip to NYC!!


On June 8'th we will at the World Famous Gleason's Boxing gym and training

with WBC Champion and Bellator Fighter Heather " The Heat" Hardy.


On June 9'th we will have a private training session with our friends at the Renzo Gracie main academy in NYC.


June 8'th is open to all of our Muay Thai students but limited to the first 14 whom sign up. June 9'th is open to 20 of our BJJ students . ( Youth must be yellow belt ranks or above and must have a partner attending)


On July 16-18 we will have our Summer Camp for kids. This is limited for 20 Campers and here are all the details.


Daily Itinerary - Transportation provided to and from camp for $20 per camper if needed. $5 extra for additional children from same household .


8am - Yoga class - parents can attend with their child for free

9am - 90 minute BJJ class

10:30am- Nerf Wars - We transform the Den into a war zone with every Nerf gun imaginable. We have obstacles and things to hide behind in battle and bullets for days. kids are required to wear gym provided goggles.

11:30 - Lunch - Kids can bring or buy with options from local restaurants

12:30 - Daily activity. On the 3 days we travel to Bowling 1 day, Funplex another for unlimited use of their facility and then a day at regal cinemas for a movie.

3pm - pick up at each days activity location.


Cost : $325 cash or $400 credit card for camp which includes ( Rides to and from camp are extra , lunches are $7 or $12 per day depending on options chosen)


$75 Deposit required to hold spot by May 15'th, Balance due on July 12'th


On July 19'th we will have our MMA fighters competing at the next Cage Wars at the rivers casino.



On August 3-5 we will be down in Wildwood NJ for the Worlds largest NAGA BJJ tournament held annually. This event is held on the boardwalk located right on the Beach in Wildwood and it's a great time. We usually spend a day at the Beach on Friday together and then we have adults and teens competing on Saturday and kids on Sunday.


August 24'th will be our next BJJ Belt promotion here at the Den. It's a pot luck event so each family brings a dish to share. We also have a professional photographer at this event and students can get a professional photo done for $20 if interested.


That is all for now, thanks for reading and catching up with us.


SEE YOU ON THE MATS!!



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