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  • Jon “Thor” Blank Makes His ADCC Debut

    Jon “Thor” Blank Makes His ADCC Debut

    This Saturday, September 28, Jon Blank will be making his ADCC debut in the -88 kg division. ADCC is often referred to as the “Olympics of grappling” because becoming an ADCC world champion is arguably one of the highest no gi grappling titles that can be achieved. There is a lot of money on the line and even getting into the big show is no easy task, as competitors have to either win one of the event trials that are held in different parts of the world or be invited to compete. ADCC is only held once every other year and there are only 5 weight classes for the men (-66 kg, -77 kg, -88 kg, -99 kg, and +99 kg) with 16 competitors at each weight and 2 weight classes for the ....

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  • Mobility Seminar this Sunday with Craig Merrick

    Mobility Seminar this Sunday with Craig Merrick

    This Sunday, July 28, 2019, 10th Planet Bethlehem will be hosting a Mobility Seminar featuring MADE Strength president and founder, Craig Merrick. Craig is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has mentored many athletes in all aspects of strength training. Craig is also a Certified Performances Specialist under EXOS and a Fascia Stretch Therapist. Fascial Stretch Therapy is an assisted stretching technique used by high level athletes to help with flexibility, postural alignment and injury relief. During the seminar he will be answering questions and going over a quick warm up routine that you can use prior to ....

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  • Finishers Enterprises Announces Allentown Location

    Finishers Enterprises Announces Allentown Location

    Zach and JM have been using their expertise for quite some time now to help other established martial arts schools on the east coast become affiliated under the 10th Planet System. Recently it was announced that Finishers would be opening a new location, 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Allentown, which will be owned and led by Zach and JM's first ever black belt and elite competitor, Jon "Thor" Blank. The two schools will be affiliated and you'll see a lot of the same instructors at both locations, including Jon still teaching "Thorsday" classes at 10th Planet Bethlehem. Teasers about the new school have slowly been dropping via the 10th Planet Allentown Instagram page, and today the website for ....

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  • Get to Know Your Teammate: Ross "the Boss" Sharrer

    Get to Know Your Teammate: Ross "the Boss" Sharrer

    Ross Sharrer, often referred to as Ross the Boss, is one of 10thPlanet Bethlehem’s purple belts and started training at Bethlehem Finishers back in 2014, or as they say “since before the wall pads.” He originally got into training jiu jitsu because he would watch old Pride and UFC VHS tapes and the jiujitsu guys always fascinated him. Just judging by the way they carried themselves, Ross could tell that jiu jitsu was more than just fighting and he always kept an eye out for places to train in his area. Finally when Zach and JM opened an academy Ross had a feeling he would fit in and he saw how much Zach and JM sacrificed in order to make their own path and follow ....

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  • 10th Planet Bethlehem Brings Home 3 New Belts from California

    10th Planet Bethlehem Brings Home 3 New Belts from California

    This past weekend in California will probably go down as one of the most memorable in Finishers MMA history for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, congratulations are due to coach and teammate Jon “Thor” Blank for absolutely dominating EBI 17 Combat Jiu Jitsu and taking home $20,000 and a shiny new EBI belt. This event was the very first 16 man EBI tournament under the combat jiu jitsu ruleset and it certainly did not disappoint. Thor took out UFC veteran Tamdan McCrory in the first round with a brutal armbar in just over a minute. He then moved on to finish Gabriel Checco in the quarter finals with his fastest match of the night, ending by heel hook at only 38 ....

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  • Get to Know Your Teammate: Mike Henninger

    Get to Know Your Teammate: Mike Henninger

    Mike Henninger is one of 10 th Planet Bethlehem’s purple belts and started training at Bethlehem over 3 years ago, when they were still at the old location. He originally got into training jiu jitsu because one of his sons had started karate around the age of 14 and he never wanted his son to be able to kick his ass. With that said, he wasn’t particularly interested in karate, so instead him and his son both started grappling with wrestlers in the basement of the building where his son’s karate classes were held in about 2008. Mike continued to work with this same group of wrestlers for numerous years, but they were more focused on MMA generally whereas Mike had ....

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  • First Finishers STA Open and the Finishers Sub Only 6 Coming in August

    First Finishers STA Open and the Finishers Sub Only 6 Coming in August

    The 6th Finishers Sub Only Pro Invitational will be held Sunday, August 12th beginning at 10 a.m. and this time will be at a new location, SubForce BJJ in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. The Finishers 6 will feature a main event matchup between EBI veterans John Battle and Ashley Williams, as well as numerous superfights (full list below) and a 155 pound 16 man tournament. The winner of the lightweight tournament will receive $2,500 cash for their efforts. Co-promoter Show the Art also plans to have a qualifier event for the 155 pound tournament, the date and location to be decided. Entry fee for the qualifier will be $80 and the winner will secure his spot in the 155 pound pro invitational ....

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  • Get to Know Your Teammate: Jaime Schklowsky

    Get to Know Your Teammate: Jaime Schklowsky

    Jaime Schklowsky is a blue belt at 10th Planet Bethlehem and is a Sergeant First Class in the US Army, currently the Station Commander for the Bethlehem Army Career Station. Jaime has served in the Army Reserve for 10 years now, and originally enlisted because he and some of his high school friends had always planned to go into the military together, although originally they imagined they would be Marines. Jaime graduated high school a year late largely because he spent most of his time working to help support his mother and their household. The Army Reserve ended up being the perfect choice for him because he could pick the job he wanted, he didn’t have to leave his mother to ....

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  • JM Discusses Upkicks in Combat Jiu Jitsu on BMac’s Audio Adventure Podcast

    JM Discusses Upkicks in Combat Jiu Jitsu on BMac’s Audio Adventure Podcast

    For those of you who didn’t catch it, JM recently posted on his Instagram a screenshot of a text with Eddie Bravo where Eddie informed him that he finally got upkicks approved by the athletic commission for use in future combat jiu jitsu events. JM also discussed the change and how it came about a bit more in depth recently on Brandon Mccaghren’s Podcast BMac’s Audio Adventure . This is quite a game changer for the combat jiu jitsu ruleset, which consisted of your typical EBI rules – an all submissions legal 10 minute round and up to three overtime rounds starting from either the back or spiderweb position – but also allowed for open hand palm ....

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  • Rise Invitational 4 this Friday Featuring Zach Maslany

    Rise Invitational 4 this Friday Featuring Zach Maslany

    This Friday, May 18, the Rise Submission Invitational heads to the Capitale NY for its 4th event starting at 8 p.m. The event will be streamed live on FloGrappling and Zach Maslany has an undercard match against Mario Hernandez. This isn’t the first time Zach has competed at Rise Invitational, as he also made an appearance at their last event along with Jon Blank and JM Holland. Check out Zach’s match below from the Rise Invitational 3.   Jason Rau, one of Matt Serra’s stand out black belts and member of the infamous Danaher Death Squad, will be defending his welterweight belt in the main event match up against Mike Padilla. Rau won the ....

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