Youth 2018-2019


Auburn Takedown Youth Wrestling
Youth (1st through 6th graders)

December 9th, 2018

Pike Road Classic Tournament Results!
What another great weekend!  The team completed another great performance against an increasingly competitive field of young grapplers from around the state.

Here are the final results
1st Place: Karter Yielding, Ezra Brooks
2nd Place: Zachary Parks, Adam Plaisance, John David Pate
3rd Place: Kyle Milby, James Pate, Noah Krauss, John Mackey Adams
4th Place: Devin Ruiz, Justin Watson, La'Pone Jackson

Many strong performances from our young team were observed during Saturday’s tournament. However the highlight of the day came in the 8U 49 lbs finals. After wrestling a back and forth dual for nearly three minutes, Karter Yielding and his opponent battled to a tie with less than 10 seconds in the final period. Starting in the down position, Karter struggled to escape but was countered each time and brought back to the mat. The clock ticked down as the crowd anticipated a draw and consequent continuation into overtime. With time running out, Karter exploded with an extraordinary effort and escaped to gain the one point go-ahead to win the match!
Colton Milby, Will Ward, Wyatt Williams, and Brady Adams provided additional valiant performaces for the Auburn Takedown Team. I couldn’t be happier as to how well our team did this weekend.  Congratulations to all!


Schedule for December 10-15

Mon, Dec 10
- 4:00-5:00 PM, Practice @ Auburn MMA

Tue, Dec 11
- 6:30-7:30 PM, Practice @ Kagefit

Wed, Dec 12
- 4:00-5:00 PM, Practice @ Auburn MMA (weigh-ins)
- 6:00-7:15 PM, Practice @ Kagefit (weigh-ins)

Thu, Dec 13
- 5:00 PM: Youth meet at Smiths Station HS (Please arrive by 4:30 PM)
 *Important: Please indicate on TeamSnap your intentions on attending.

Fri, Dec 14
- 5:30-6:30 PM, Practice @ Kagefit

Sat, Dec 15
Tournament: Alex City Chaos Classic (see details below)
 *Important: Please indicate on TeamSnap your intentions on attending.


Dec 13: Meet @ Smiths Station
Location: Smiths Station High School
              
4228 County Road 430, Smiths Station, AL 36877
Time: Please arrive by 4:30 PM.
          Wrestling scheduled to start at 5:00 PM.
Matches: Wrestlers will have at least one match (as long as there is an opponent in or near his weight class).


Dec 15: Alex City Chaos Tournament
LocationBenjamin Russell High School
                   225 Heard Blvd., Alexander City, AL. 35010
USA Wrestling membership: Required.
     Purchase membership at www.usawmembership.com
First timers: Create a TrackWrestling Account using this link
Deadline: Register online at this 
link by Friday, Dec 14th, 2:00 PM.
Cost: $15 per wrestler.
First year westlers in the 10U and 12U categories (birth years 2009-2010 and 2007-2008) should sign up under the beginner brackets.
Weigh-Ins: We will weigh-in at Wednesday practice at either Auburn MMA or Kagefit. If you register before then, select a weight group that is above your wrestler's present weight.  Example: If a wrestler born in 2009 or 2010 weighs 65 pounds, he/she will be in the 10U, 67 pound category.
Medical: Ensure nails are clipped.  Skin and fingernail checks will be performed at weigh-in.
Schedule   9:00 AM - 6U, 8U, 10U
                     1:00 PM - 12U, 14U
Admission: $5 for spectators, $3 for kids. Age 3 and under free.
. Singlets: If you still need a singlet, please see me at practice.
Questions/Concerns: Please contact me!


Meet / Tournament Schedule (Updated 12/09)
12/13: Meet vs. Smiths Station Youth
           Location: Smiths Station High School
           
4228 County Road 430, Smiths Station, AL 36877
12/15: Alex City Tournament
           Benjamin Russell High School
           
225 Heard Blvd, Alexander City, 35010
12/17: Meet vs. Beauregard Swarm Youth Team
           Location: Beauregard High School
           7343 AL-51, Opelika, AL 36804
12/22: Birmingham YMCA Tournament (BFTB)
           YMCA Youth Center
           
2400 7th Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203
12/28-29: *Dixie Nationals*
         12/28: Dixie Duals (team competition)
         12/29: Dixie Nationals (individual competition)
          Georgia International Convention Center
          
2000 Convention Center Concourse, Atlanta, GA  30337
01/05: Tallassee Tournament
           Tallessee High School
           
502 Barnett. Blvd, Tallassee, AL 36078
01/12: Hoover Tournament (BFTB)
           Hoover High School
           
1030 Buccaneer Drive, Hoover, AL. 35244
01/17: Meet vs. Central Youth Team
           Location: Central High School
           2800 Dobbs Dr, Phenix City, AL 36870
01/19: Swarm Clash Tournament
           Sanford Middle School
           
1500 Lee Rd 11, Opelika AL. 36804
01/26: USAW State Tournament (Final BFTB)
            Spain Park High School
            
4700 Jaguar Drive, Birmingham, AL 35242 

Notes

1) Participation in two tournaments are required to qualify for the State Tournament on 01/26.
2) BFTB (Battle For The Belt) Tournaments. Top finishers in ALL the BFTB tournaments compete for the overall BFTB Title at the State Tournament.
3) A combined AAU/USAW "Super State” tournament to be held after the state tournaments. Participants must place (1st-4th) in one of the previous tournaments to qualify. Additional details and date TBD.


Change to Youth Age Groups and Weight Classes
Group   
Birth Year  Weight Classes
6U         2013-2014  43,45,49,53,56,62,70,85
8U         2011-2012  43,45,49,53,56,62,70,85 (max 100)
10U.      2009-2010  49,53,56,59,63,67,71,77,84,93,105,120+ (max 145)
12U       2007-2008  58,63,67,70,74,78,82,86,92,98,108,117,135,160 (max 175)
14U.      2005-2006  71,77,83,87,90,97,102,106,110,114,119,125,130,136,
                                           149,165,187,250 (max 300)

Match Lengths
6U: 
Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
8U: Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
10U: Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
12U: Three, one and half minute rounds (4:30 minutes)
14U: Three, one and half minute rounds (6:00 minutes)


Call for Volunteers and Coaches!
If you have a desire to get on the mat or assist behind the scenes, we could use your help!  For those with (or even without) wrestling experience, you could be a coach! Training for youth wrestlers is rather rudimentary and can be picked up fairly quickly. For the most part, once you learn the basic rules, positions, and techniques, you can be an incredible asset to the team as well as to your wrestler!

If you prefer to work behind the scenes, volunteers can assist with organizing car pooling to tournaments, helping parents who are new to the sport, promoting events through social media, and fundraising (yes, I know, a four-letter word!). To continue buidling our program, we could also use help in attracting more participation and stronger community support through media promotions.

The bottom line: Volunteering provides an opportunity to be an active part of our young grapplers experience as they progress into junior high and high school. It also increase team cohesiveness and brings us together as a family. Please e-mail me if you would be willing to help. Any support will be appreciated!


TeamSnap
We are excited to be using TeamSnap.com for all schedules and communications this season.  The app can be used on a desktop or smart phone. Previous team parents should have received an invitation to join the group. For new members and those who have NOT received an invite, please e-mail me with your contact information and you will receive one soon. As this is the first time we’re using this program, there may be a bit of a learning curve.


Workout Schedule

Who: 1st through 6th grade students

Schedule
Mon: Auburn MMA, 4-5 PM
Tue: Kagefit, 6:30-7:30 PM
Wed: Auburn MMA, 4-5 PM
        Kagefit, 6:00-7:15 PM
Thu: 5:00-6:10 PM
Fri: Kagefit, 5:30-6:30 PM

Workouts will include technique, (age appropriate) conditioning, speed, and strength training.

Since we are still unable to use Auburn Junior High, we will practice at Kagefit and Auburn MMA during the regular season.

This will mean a few changes from previous years.  First, along with those in the Auburn City Schools systems, we will be combining forces with wrestlers from adjacent school districts which will actually be to our benefit.  Second, monthly fees will now be required (see below for details).

Auburn MMA
Auburn Mixed Martial Arts offers classes for children and adults, individuals and families, in an encouraging fun,safe, and positive environment. Our students build strength and confidence while getting in shape.
Link to website     Address: 
2515 E Glenn Ave, Auburn, AL 36830

Kagefit
We are a privately owned and operated business who truly cares about customer service and making sure we provide the best Adult and Children Mixed Martial Arts Classes possible at an affordable price.
Link to website      Address: 
3613 Pepperell Pkwy, Opelika, AL 36801

Equipment: T-shirt, shorts, wrestling shoes (highly recommended)

Fees
Auburn MMA: Youth members currently enrolled in one of Auburn MMA classes / teams will not be assessed an additional fee to wrestle.  They are also allowed to attend wrestling practices at Kagefit at no extra cost.

Kagefit: Those not currently enrolled in Kagefit’s wrestling program will require a fee of $69/month paid to Kagefit. The normal $69 registration fee is waived. A portion of the monthly fee will be apportioned to Auburn MMA for those who practice at both locations.


Any questions, please ask!

Coach Clem Tanaka
E-mail: 
clemster@aol.com
Cell: (334) 728-1209




December 3rd, 2018 (Updated 12/5)

Spartan Gladiator Tournament Results!
Parents - Thanks for supporting this season’s inaugural tournament!  With over 200+ wrestlers, this was a great first look for our young grapplers who performed exceptionally well with nine of ten garnering a top 4 finish!

Here are the final results
1st Place: Ezra Brooks, Colton Milby, Zachary Parks
2nd Place: Devin Ruiz, Adam Plaisance
3rd Place: Konner Hartzog, Kyle Milby, Noah Krauss
4th Place: Brady Adams
While disappointed for not finishing on the podium, Wyatt Williams fought valiantly in an extremely tough bracket which was filled with a number of heavily experienced grapplers. We’re confident we’ll see Wyatt prove himself as the season rolls along!  Overall I couldn’t be happier as to how well our team did this weekend.  Congratulations to all!

Open Now! - Auburn Youth Takedown Team Store
Order Today.  Online store open through Dec 7th.

The Auburn Youth Takedown Team clothing store is now available!
Click here, or on the images above to link to the online store. Orders will be taken through this Friday, Dec 7th. A full youth set (t-shirt, shorts, hoodie, and sweatpants) is only $58. For the parents, $66. Items can also be ordered separately in any quantity. Orders scheduled to be received by approximately Dec 21st. Payments not due until delivery!


Dec 7th/8th: AHS Varsity Swede Umbach Tournament

We have a great Auburn HS Varsity tournament  this Friday and Saturday which wil feature a number of the area's top teams. Entry fee for the tournament will be $10 for adults, $5 for kids K-6th, and free for kids under Grade K.  Wrestling starts at 5:30 PM on Friday and 9:30 AM on Saturday. Come and cheer on our Auburn HS Varsity team!
What: AHS Varsity Swede Umbach Tournament
Where: AJHS Gym and Fieldhouse
When: Fri at 5:30 PM, Sat at 9:30 AM

Dec 8th: USAW Pike Road Classic Tournament

Location: Pike Road Elementary School
                   
500 Avenue of Learning, Pike Road, AL 36064

USA Wrestling (Full Athlete) membership: Required.
     A membership can be purchased at 
      
www.usawmembership.com
First timers: Create a TrackWrestling Account using this link.
. Registration: 
Register at this link by Friday, Dec 7th, 2:00 PM.
   First-TimersLink to Step-by-Step instructions to register online.
Cost: $15 per wrestler
Weigh-Ins: We will weigh-in at Wednesday practices at either Auburn MMA or Kagefit. If you register before then, select a weight group that is above your wrestler's present weight.  Example: If a wrestler born in 2009 or 2010 weighs 65 pounds, he/she will be in the 10U, 67 pound category.

Medical: Ensure nails are clipped.  Skin and fingernail checks will be performed at weigh-in.
Schedule   9:00 AM - 6U, 8U, 10U
                     1:00 PM - 12U, 14U
Admission: $5 for spectators, $3 for kids. Age 3 and under free.
. Singlets: If you still need a singlet, please see me at practice.
Questions/Concerns: Please contact me!
Link to Pike Road Classic Informational Flyer


Dec 9th: Mike Krause Clinic at Mountain Brook!

Team Alabama is bringing Coach Mike Krause to Alabama this Sunday at Mountain Brook High School. Regarded as one of the best youth coaches in the country, Mike brings his high energy and awesome techniques to the mat. If you have time, DON’T MISS THIS ONE! This will be one session you won’t forget. The cost is a nominal $30 per wrestler or $50 per family. Here’s the kicker, all wrestlers attending the clinic will receive $30 off selected high-end Adidas wrestling shoes!  So if you need a new pair, here’s your chance!

Who: Youth Wrestlers and Families
When
Sunday, December 9th, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: Mountain Brook High School, Spartan Arena
            
3670 Bethune Dr., Birmingham, AL 35223
Cost: $30 per wrestler, $50 per family
For a taste of what you’ll get, watch the YouTube video below.

Link to Coach Krause’s Bio


Meet / Tournament Schedule (Updated 12/03)
12/08: Pike Road Classic
           Location: Pike Road Elementary School
           500 Avenue of Learning, Pike Road, AL 36064

12/13: Meet vs. Smiths Station Youth
           Location: Smiths Station High School
           
4228 County Road 430, Smiths Station, AL 36877
12/15: Alex City
           Benjamin Russell High School
           
225 Heard Blvd, Alexander City, 35010
12/17: Meet vs. Beauregard Swarm Youth Team
           Location: Beauregard High School
           7343 AL-51, Opelika, AL 36804
12/22: Birmingham YMCA (BFTB)
           YMCA Youth Center
           
2400 7th Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203
12/28-29: *Dixie Nationals*
         12/28: Dixie Duals (team competition)
         12/29: Dixie Nationals (individual competition)
          Georgia International Convention Center
          
2000 Convention Center Concourse, Atlanta, GA  30337
01/05: Tallassee
           Tallessee High School
           
502 Barnett. Blvd, Tallassee, AL 36078
01/12: Hoover (BFTB)
           Hoover High School
           
1030 Buccaneer Drive, Hoover, AL. 35244
01/17: Meet vs. Central Youth Team
           Location: Central High School
           2800 Dobbs Dr, Phenix City, AL 36870
01/19: Swarm Clash
           Sanford Middle School
           
1500 Lee Rd 11, Opelika AL. 36804
01/26: USAW State Tournament (Final BFTB)
            Spain Park High School
            
4700 Jaguar Drive, Birmingham, AL 35242 

Notes

1) Participation in two tournaments are required to qualify for the State Tournament on 01/26.
2) BFTB (Battle For The Belt) Tournaments. Top finishers in ALL the BFTB tournaments compete for the overall BFTB Title at the State Tournament.
3) A combined AAU/USAW "Super State” tournament to be held after the state tournaments. Participants must place (1st-4th) in one of the previous tournaments to qualify. Additional details and date TBD.


Change to Youth Age Groups and Weight Classes
Group   
Birth Year  Weight Classes
6U         2013-2014  43,45,49,53,56,62,70,85
8U         2011-2012  43,45,49,53,56,62,70,85 (max 100)
10U.      2009-2010  49,53,56,59,63,67,71,77,84,93,105,120+ (max 145)
12U       2007-2008  58,63,67,70,74,78,82,86,92,98,108,117,135,160 (max 175)
14U.      2005-2006  71,77,83,87,90,97,102,106,110,114,119,125,130,136,
                                           149,165,187,250 (max 300)

Match Lengths
6U: 
Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
8U: Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
10U: Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
12U: Three, one and half minute rounds (4:30 minutes)
14U: Three, one and half minute rounds (6:00 minutes)


Call for Volunteers and Coaches!
If you have a desire to get on the mat or assist behind the scenes, we could use your help!  For those with (or even without) wrestling experience, you could be a coach! Training for youth wrestlers is rather rudimentary and can be picked up fairly quickly. For the most part, once you learn the basic rules, positions, and techniques, you can be an incredible asset to the team as well as to your wrestler!

If you prefer to work behind the scenes, volunteers can assist with organizing car pooling to tournaments, helping parents who are new to the sport, promoting events through social media, and fundraising (yes, I know, a four-letter word!). To continue buidling our program, we could also use help in attracting more participation and stronger community support through media promotions.

The bottom line: Volunteering provides an opportunity to be an active part of our young grapplers experience as they progress into junior high and high school. It also increase team cohesiveness and brings us together as a family. Please e-mail me if you would be willing to help. Any support will be appreciated!


TeamSnap
We are excited to be using TeamSnap.com for all schedules and communications this season.  The app can be used on a desktop or smart phone. Previous team parents should have received an invitation to join the group. For new members and those who have NOT received an invite, please e-mail me with your contact information and you will receive one soon. As this is the first time we’re using this program, there may be a bit of a learning curve.


Workout Schedule

Who: 1st through 6th grade students

Schedule
Mon: Auburn MMA, 4-5 PM
Tue: Kagefit, 6:30-7:30 PM
Wed: Auburn MMA, 4-5 PM
        Kagefit, 6:00-7:15 PM
Thu: 5:00-6:10 PM
Fri: Kagefit, 5:30-6:30 PM

Workouts will include technique, (age appropriate) conditioning, speed, and strength training.

Since we are still unable to use Auburn Junior High, we will practice at Kagefit and Auburn MMA during the regular season.

This will mean a few changes from previous years.  First, along with those in the Auburn City Schools systems, we will be combining forces with wrestlers from adjacent school districts which will actually be to our benefit.  Second, monthly fees will now be required (see below for details).

Auburn MMA
Auburn Mixed Martial Arts offers classes for children and adults, individuals and families, in an encouraging fun,safe, and positive environment. Our students build strength and confidence while getting in shape.
Link to website     Address: 
2515 E Glenn Ave, Auburn, AL 36830

Kagefit
We are a privately owned and operated business who truly cares about customer service and making sure we provide the best Adult and Children Mixed Martial Arts Classes possible at an affordable price.
Link to website      Address: 
3613 Pepperell Pkwy, Opelika, AL 36801

Equipment: T-shirt, shorts, wrestling shoes (highly recommended)

Fees
Auburn MMA: Youth members currently enrolled in one of Auburn MMA classes / teams will not be assessed an additional fee to wrestle.  They are also allowed to attend wrestling practices at Kagefit at no extra cost.

Kagefit: Those not currently enrolled in Kagefit’s wrestling program will require a fee of $69/month paid to Kagefit. The normal $69 registration fee is waived. A portion of the monthly fee will be apportioned to Auburn MMA for those who practice at both locations.


Any questions, please ask!

Coach Clem Tanaka
E-mail: 
clemster@aol.com
Cell: (334) 728-1209




November 26, 2018 (Updated 11/29)

Our first tournament will be this Saturday, December 1st at Mountain Brook High School!  Please follow the instructions below.

Tournament: USAW Gladiator Challenge
Saturday, December 01, 2018
LocationMountain Brook High School, Spartan Arena
                   
3670 Bethune Dr., Birmingham, AL 35223
USA Wrestling (Full Athlete) membership: Required.
     A membership can be purchased at 
www.usawmembership.com
First timers: Create a TrackWrestling Account using this link
Registration: Register online at this link by Thursday, Nov 29th, 10PM.
      First-TimersLink to Step-by-Step instructions to register online.
Cost: $20 per wrestler and must be paid when registering online.
First year wrestlers in the 10U, 12U or 14U classes sign up under the beginner brackets.
Weigh-Ins: We will weigh-in at Tuesday and Wednesday practices at either Auburn MMA or Kagefit. If you register before then, select a weight group that is above your wrestler's present weight.  Example: If a wrestler born in 2009 or 2010 weighs 65 pounds, he/she will be in the 10U, 67 pound category.
Schedule
    6U / 8U / 10U - Arrive at 8:00 AM. Wrestling starts at 9:00 AM
    12U / 14U
 - Arrive at noon. Wrestling starts at 1:00 PM
Admission: $5 for spectators, Age 3 and under free.
Medical: Ensure nails are clipped.
Singlets: Will be handed out during the week. 
Former youth wrestlers should check to see if their singlets from last year still fit.
Questions/Concerns: Please contact me!

Youth Age Groups and Weight Classes
Group   Birth Year  Weight Classes
6U         2013-2014  43,45,49,53,56,62,70,85
8U         2011-2012  43,45,49,53,56,62,70,85 (max 100)
10U.      2009-2010  49,53,56,59,63,67,71,77,84,93,105,120+ (max 145)
12U       2007-2008  58,63,67,70,74,78,82,86,92,98,108,117,135,160 (max 175)
14U.      2005-2006  71,77,83,87,90,97,102,106,110,114,119,125,130,136,
                                           149,165,187,250 (max 300)

Match Lengths
6U: 
Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
8U: Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
10U: Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
12U: Three, one and half minute rounds (4:30 minutes)
14U: Three, one and half minute rounds (6:00 minutes)


USA Wrestling Membership

A USA Wrestling membership IS required for all practices and clinics. For those NOT planning to participate in any tournament, wrestlers are required (at a minimum) to have a Limited Folkstyle Athlete Membership ($15) USAW Membership. Those who DO plan to wrestle in the upcoming tournaments (including those out-of-state) will require a “Full Athlete” membership ($41).  Either membership can be purchased through the following website: www.usawmembership.com.  If you are unsure, simply purchase a “Limited” membership now and upgrade to the full membership later. You’ll be able to print a paper membership card immediately and can purchase a “hard card” for $10 extra which you will receive in the mail.


Meet / Tournament Schedule (Updated 11/22)
12/01: Gladiator Challenge (BFTB)
           Mountain Brook High School, Spartan Arena
           3670 Bethune Dr., Birmingham, AL 35223

12/08: Pike Road Classic
           Location: TBD
           Pike Road, AL 36064

12/13: Meet @ Smiths Station
           Location: Smiths Station High School
           
4228 County Road 430, Smiths Station, AL 36877

12/15: Alex City
           Benjamin Russell High School
           225 Heard Blvd, Alexander City, 35010
12/17: Meet @ Beauregard Swarm Youth Team
           Location: Beauregard High School
           
7343 AL-51, Opelika, AL 36804
12/22: Birmingham YMCA (BFTB)
           YMCA Youth Center
           
2400 7th Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203
12/28-29: *Dixie Nationals*
         12/28: Dixie Duals (team competition)
         12/29: Dixie Nationals (individual competition)
          Georgia International Convention Center
          
2000 Convention Center Concourse, Atlanta, GA  30337
01/05: Tallassee
           Tallessee High School
           
502 Barnett. Blvd, Tallassee, AL 36078
01/12: Hoover (BFTB)
           Hoover High School
           
1030 Buccaneer Drive, Hoover, AL. 35244
01/17: Meet @ Central High School
           Location: Central High School
           
2800 Dobbs Dr, Phenix City, AL 36870
01/19: Swarm Clash
           Sanford Middle School
           
1500 Lee Rd 11, Opelika AL. 36804
01/26: USAW State Tournament (Final BFTB)
            Spain Park High School
            
4700 Jaguar Drive, Birmingham, AL 35242

Notes
1) Participation in two tournaments are required to qualify for the State Tournament on 01/26.
2) BFTB (Battle For The Belt) Tournaments. Top finishers in ALL the BFTB tournaments compete for the overall BFTB Title at the State Tournament.
3) A combined AAU/USAW "Super State” tournament to be held after the state tournaments. Participants must place (1st-4th) in one of the previous tournaments to qualify. Additional details and date TBD.


Change to Youth Age Groups and Weight Classes
These changes were announced on November 8th
Group   
Birth Year  Weight Classes
6U         2013-2014  43,45,49,53,56,62,70,85
8U         2011-2012  43,45,49,53,56,62,70,85 (max 100)
10U.      2009-2010  49,53,56,59,63,67,71,77,84,93,105,120+ (max 145)
12U       2007-2008  58,63,67,70,74,78,82,86,92,98,108,117,135,160 (max 175)
14U.      2005-2006  71,77,83,87,90,97,102,106,110,114,119,125,130,136,
                                           149,165,187,250 (max 300)

Match Lengths
6U: 
Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
8U: Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
10U: Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
12U: Three, one and half minute rounds (4:30 minutes)
14U: Three, one and half minute rounds (6:00 minutes)


Call for Volunteers and Coaches!
If you have a desire to get on the mat or assist behind the scenes, we could use your help!  For those with (or even without) wrestling experience, you could be a coach! Training for youth wrestlers is rather rudimentary and can be picked up fairly quickly. For the most part, once you learn the basic rules, positions, and techniques, you can be an incredible asset to the team as well as to your wrestler!

If you prefer to work behind the scenes, volunteers can assist with organizing car pooling to tournaments, helping parents who are new to the sport, promoting events through social media, and fundraising (yes, I know, a four-letter word!). To continue buidling our program, we could also use help in attracting more participation and stronger community support through media promotions.

The bottom line: Volunteering provides an opportunity to be an active part of our young grapplers experience as they progress into junior high and high school. It also increase team cohesiveness and brings us together as a family. Please e-mail me if you would be willing to help. Any support will be appreciated!


TeamSnap
We are excited to be using TeamSnap.com for all schedules and communications this season.  The app can be used on a desktop or smart phone. Previous team parents should have received an invitation to join the group. For new members and those who have NOT received an invite, please e-mail me with your contact information and you will receive one soon. As this is the first time we’re using this program, there may be a bit of a learning curve.


Workout Schedule

Who: 1st through 6th grade students

Schedule
Mon: Auburn MMA, 4-5 PM
Tue: Kagefit, 6:30-7:30 PM
Wed: Auburn MMA, 4-5 PM
        Kagefit, 6:00-7:15 PM
Thu: No practice.
Fri: Kagefit, 5:30-6:30 PM

Workouts will include technique, (age appropriate) conditioning, speed, and strength training.

Since we are still unable to use Auburn Junior High, we will practice at Kagefit and Auburn MMA during the regular season.

This will mean a few changes from previous years.  First, along with those in the Auburn City Schools systems, we will be combining forces with wrestlers from adjacent school districts which will actually be to our benefit.  Second, monthly fees will now be required (see below for details).

Auburn MMA
Auburn Mixed Martial Arts offers classes for children and adults, individuals and families, in an encouraging fun,safe, and positive environment. Our students build strength and confidence while getting in shape.
Link to website     Address: 
2515 E Glenn Ave, Auburn, AL 36830

Kagefit
We are a privately owned and operated business who truly cares about customer service and making sure we provide the best Adult and Children Mixed Martial Arts Classes possible at an affordable price.
Link to website      Address: 
3613 Pepperell Pkwy, Opelika, AL 36801

Equipment: T-shirt, shorts, wrestling shoes (highly recommended)

Fees
Auburn MMA: Youth members currently enrolled in one of Auburn MMA classes / teams will not be assessed an additional fee to wrestle.  They are also allowed to attend wrestling practices at Kagefit at no extra cost.

Kagefit: Those not currently enrolled in Kagefit’s wrestling program will require a fee of $69/month paid to Kagefit. The normal $69 registration fee is waived. A portion of the monthly fee will be apportioned to Auburn MMA for those who practice at both locations.


Any questions, please ask!

Coach Clem Tanaka
E-mail: 
clemster@aol.com
Cell: (334) 728-1209




November 22, 2018

USA Wrestling Membership

A USA Wrestling membership IS required for all practices and clinics. For those NOT planning to participate in any tournament, wrestlers are required (at a minimum) to have a Limited Folkstyle Athlete Membership ($15) USAW Membership. Those who DO plan to wrestle in the upcoming tournaments (including those out-of-state) will require a “Full Athlete” membership ($41).  Either membership can be purchased through the following website: www.usawmembership.com.  If you are unsure, simply purchase a “Limited” membership now and upgrade to the full membership later. You’ll be able to print a paper membership card immediately and can purchase a “hard card” for $10 extra which you will receive in the mail.


Meet / Tournament Schedule (Updated 11/22)
12/01: Gladiator Challenge (BFTB)
           Mountain Brook High School, Spartan Arena
           3670 Bethune Dr., Birmingham, AL 35223

12/08: Pike Road Classic
           Location: TBD
           Pike Road, AL 36064

12/15: Alex City
           Benjamin Russell High School
           225 Heard Blvd, Alexander City, 35010
12/17: Meet vs. Beauregard Swarm Youth Team
           Location: Beauregard High School
           
7343 AL-51, Opelika, AL 36804
12/22: Birmingham YMCA (BFTB)
           YMCA Youth Center
           
2400 7th Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203
12/28-29: *Dixie Nationals*
         12/28: Dixie Duals (team competition)
         12/29: Dixie Nationals (individual competition)
          Georgia International Convention Center
          
2000 Convention Center Concourse, Atlanta, GA  30337
01/05: Tallassee
           Tallessee High School
           
502 Barnett. Blvd, Tallassee, AL 36078
01/12: Hoover (BFTB)
           Hoover High School
           
1030 Buccaneer Drive, Hoover, AL. 35244
01/17: Meet vs. Central Youth Team
           Location: Central High School
           
2800 Dobbs Dr, Phenix City, AL 36870
01/19: Swarm Clash
           Sanford Middle School
           
1500 Lee Rd 11, Opelika AL. 36804
01/26: USAW State Tournament (Final BFTB)
            Spain Park High School
            
4700 Jaguar Drive, Birmingham, AL 35242

Notes
1) Participation in two tournaments are required to qualify for the State Tournament on 01/26.
2) BFTB (Battle For The Belt) Tournaments. Top finishers in ALL the BFTB tournaments compete for the overall BFTB Title at the State Tournament.
3) A combined AAU/USAW "Super State” tournament to be held after the state tournaments. Participants must place (1st-4th) in one of the previous tournaments to qualify. Additional details and date TBD.


Change to Youth Age Groups and Weight Classes
These changes were announced on November 8th
Group   
Birth Year  Weight Classes
6U         2013-2014  43,45,49,53,56,62,70,85
8U         2011-2012  43,45,49,53,56,62,70,85 (max 100)
10U.      2009-2010  49,53,56,59,63,67,71,77,84,93,105,120+ (max 145)
12U       2007-2008  58,63,67,70,74,78,82,86,92,98,108,117,135,160 (max 175)
14U.      2005-2006  71,77,83,87,90,97,102,106,110,114,119,125,130,136,
                                           149,165,187,250 (max 300)

Match Lengths
N/A: Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
8U: 
Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
10U: Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
12U: Three, one and half minute rounds (4:30 minutes)
14U: Three, one and half minute rounds (4:30 minutes)


Call for Volunteers and Coaches!
If you have a desire to get on the mat or assist behind the scenes, we could use your help!  For those with (or even without) wrestling experience, you could be a coach! Training for youth wrestlers is rather rudimentary and can be picked up fairly quickly. For the most part, once you learn the basic rules, positions, and techniques, you can be an incredible asset to the team as well as to your wrestler!

If you prefer to work behind the scenes, volunteers can assist with organizing car pooling to tournaments, helping parents who are new to the sport, promoting events through social media, and fundraising (yes, I know, a four-letter word!). To continue buidling our program, we could also use help in attracting more participation and stronger community support through media promotions.

The bottom line: Volunteering provides an opportunity to be an active part of our young grapplers experience as they progress into junior high and high school. It also increase team cohesiveness and brings us together as a family. Please e-mail me if you would be willing to help. Any support will be appreciated!


TeamSnap
We are excited to be using TeamSnap.com for all schedules and communications this season.  The app can be used on a desktop or smart phone. Previous team parents should have received an invitation to join the group. For new members and those who have NOT received an invite, please e-mail me with your contact information and you will receive one soon. As this is the first time we’re using this program, there may be a bit of a learning curve.


Workout Schedule

Who: 1st through 6th grade students

Schedule
Mon: Auburn MMA, 4-5 PM
Tue: Kagefit, 6:30-7:30 PM
Wed: Auburn MMA, 4-5 PM
        Kagefit, 6:00-7:15 PM
Thu: No practice.
Fri: Kagefit, 5:30-6:30 PM

Workouts will include technique, (age appropriate) conditioning, speed, and strength training.

Since we are still unable to use Auburn Junior High, we will practice at Kagefit and Auburn MMA during the regular season.

This will mean a few changes from previous years.  First, along with those in the Auburn City Schools systems, we will be combining forces with wrestlers from adjacent school districts which will actually be to our benefit.  Second, monthly fees will now be required (see below for details).

Auburn MMA
Auburn Mixed Martial Arts offers classes for children and adults, individuals and families, in an encouraging fun,safe, and positive environment. Our students build strength and confidence while getting in shape.
Link to website     Address: 
2515 E Glenn Ave, Auburn, AL 36830

Kagefit
We are a privately owned and operated business who truly cares about customer service and making sure we provide the best Adult and Children Mixed Martial Arts Classes possible at an affordable price.
Link to website      Address: 
3613 Pepperell Pkwy, Opelika, AL 36801

Equipment: T-shirt, shorts, wrestling shoes (highly recommended)

Fees
Auburn MMA: Youth members currently enrolled in one of Auburn MMA classes / teams will not be assessed an additional fee to wrestle.  They are also allowed to attend wrestling practices at Kagefit at no extra cost.

Kagefit: Those not currently enrolled in Kagefit’s wrestling program will require a fee of $69/month paid to Kagefit. The normal $69 registration fee is waived. A portion of the monthly fee will be apportioned to Auburn MMA for those who practice at both locations.


Any questions, please ask!

Coach Clem Tanaka
E-mail: 
clemster@aol.com
Cell: (334) 728-1209




November 12, 2018

USA Wrestling Membership

A USA Wrestling membership IS required for all practices and clinics. For those NOT planning to participate in any tournament, wrestlers are required (at a minimum) to have a Limited Folkstyle Athlete Membership ($15) USAW Membership. Those who DO plan to wrestle in the upcoming tournaments (including those out-of-state) will require a “Full Athlete” membership ($41).  Either membership can be purchased through the following website: www.usawmembership.com.  If you are unsure, simply purchase a “Limited” membership now and upgrade to the full membership later. You’ll be able to print a paper membership card immediately and can purchase a “hard card” for $10 extra which you will receive in the mail.


USAW Tournament Schedule (Updated 11/19)
This is the 2018-2019 tournament schedule.
12/01: Gladiator Challenge (BFTB)
           Mountain Brook High School, Spartan Arena
           3670 Bethune Dr., Birmingham, AL 35223

12/08: Pike Road Classic
           Location: TBD
           Pike Road, AL 36064

12/15: Alex City
           Benjamin Russell High School
           225 Heard Blvd, Alexander City, 35010
12/22: Birmingham YMCA (BFTB)
           YMCA Youth Center
           2400 7th Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203

12/28-29: *Dixie Nationals*
         12/28: Dixie Duals (team competition)
         12/29: Dixie Nationals (individual competition)
          Georgia International Convention Center
          2000 Convention Center Concourse, Atlanta, GA  30337

01/05: Tallassee
           Tallessee High School
           502 Barnett. Blvd, Tallassee, AL 36078
01/12: Hoover (BFTB)
           Hoover High School
           1030 Buccaneer Drive, Hoover, AL. 35244
01/19: Swarm Clash
           Sanford Middle School
           1500 Lee Rd 11, Opelika AL. 36804
01/26: USAW State Tournament (Final BFTB)
            Spain Park High School
            4700 Jaguar Drive, Birmingham, AL 35242

Notes
1) Participation in two tournaments are required to qualify for the State Tournament on 01/26.
2) BFTB (Battle For The Belt) Tournaments. Top finishers in ALL the BFTB tournaments compete for the overall BFTB Title at the State Tournament.
3) A combined AAU/USAW "Super State” tournament to be held after the state tournaments. Participants must place (1st-4th) in one of the previous tournaments to qualify. Additional details and date TBD.


Change to Youth Age Groups and Weight Classes
These changes were announced on November 8th
Group   
Birth Year  Weight Classes
6U         2013-2014  43,45,49,53,56,62,70,85
8U         2011-2012  43,45,49,53,56,62,70,85 (max 100)
10U.      2009-2010  49,53,56,59,63,67,71,77,84,93,105,120+ (max 145)
12U       2007-2008  58,63,67,70,74,78,82,86,92,98,108,117,135,160 (max 175)
14U.      2005-2006  71,77,83,87,90,97,102,106,110,114,119,125,130,136,
                                           149,165,187,250 (max 300)

Match Lengths
N/A: Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
8U: 
Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
10U: Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
12U: Three, one and half minute rounds (4:30 minutes)
14U: Three, one and half minute rounds (4:30 minutes)


Call for Volunteers and Coaches!
If you have a desire to get on the mat or assist behind the scenes, we could use your help!  For those with (or even without) wrestling experience, you could be a coach! Training for youth wrestlers is rather rudimentary and can be picked up fairly quickly. For the most part, once you learn the basic rules, positions, and techniques, you can be an incredible asset to the team as well as to your wrestler!

If you prefer to work behind the scenes, volunteers can assist with organizing car pooling to tournaments, helping parents who are new to the sport, promoting events through social media, and fundraising (yes, I know, a four-letter word!). To continue buidling our program, we could also use help in attracting more participation and stronger community support through media promotions.

The bottom line: Volunteering provides an opportunity to be an active part of our young grapplers experience as they progress into junior high and high school. It also increase team cohesiveness and brings us together as a family. Please e-mail me if you would be willing to help. Any support will be appreciated!


TeamSnap
We are excited to be using TeamSnap.com for all schedules and communications this season.  The app can be used on a desktop or smart phone. Previous team parents should have received an invitation to join the group. For new members and those who have NOT received an invite, please e-mail me with your contact information and you will receive one soon. As this is the first time we’re using this program, there may be a bit of a learning curve.


Workout Schedule

Who: 1st through 6th grade students

Schedule
Mon: Auburn MMA, 4-5 PM
Tue: Kagefit, 6:30-7:30 PM
Wed: Auburn MMA, 4-5 PM
        Kagefit, 6:00-7:15 PM
Thu: No practice.
Fri: Kagefit, 5:30-6:30 PM

Workouts will include technique, (age appropriate) conditioning, speed, and strength training.

Since we are still unable to use Auburn Junior High, we will practice at Kagefit and Auburn MMA during the regular season.

This will mean a few changes from previous years.  First, along with those in the Auburn City Schools systems, we will be combining forces with wrestlers from adjacent school districts which will actually be to our benefit.  Second, monthly fees will now be required (see below for details).

Auburn MMA
Auburn Mixed Martial Arts offers classes for children and adults, individuals and families, in an encouraging fun,safe, and positive environment. Our students build strength and confidence while getting in shape.
Link to website     Address: 
2515 E Glenn Ave, Auburn, AL 36830

Kagefit
We are a privately owned and operated business who truly cares about customer service and making sure we provide the best Adult and Children Mixed Martial Arts Classes possible at an affordable price.
Link to website      Address: 
3613 Pepperell Pkwy, Opelika, AL 36801

Equipment: T-shirt, shorts, wrestling shoes (highly recommended)

Fees
Auburn MMA: Youth members currently enrolled in one of Auburn MMA classes / teams will not be assessed an additional fee to wrestle.  They are also allowed to attend wrestling practices at Kagefit at no extra cost.

Kagefit: Those not currently enrolled in Kagefit’s wrestling program will require a fee of $69/month paid to Kagefit. The normal $69 registration fee is waived. A portion of the monthly fee will be apportioned to Auburn MMA for those who practice at both locations.


Any questions, please ask!

Coach Clem Tanaka
E-mail: 
clemster@aol.com
Cell: (334) 728-1209




October 30, 2018

USA Wrestling Update: Important
The following information was promulgated during Team Alabama's (USA Wrestling) coaches meeting on Sunday, Sep 19th.

USAW Membership
Contrary to previous postings, a USA Wrestling membership 
IS required for all practices and clinics. For those NOT planning to participate in any tournament, wrestlers are required (at a minimum) to have a Limited Folkstyle Athlete Membership ($15) USAW Membership. Those who DO plan to wrestle in the upcoming tournaments (including those out-of-state) will require a “Full Athlete” membership ($41).  Either membership can be purchased through the following website: www.usawmembership.com.  If you are unsure, simply purchase a “Limited” membership now and upgrade to the full membership later. You’ll be able to print a paper membership card immediately and can purchase a “hard card” for $10 extra which you will receive in the mail.


USAW 2018-2019 Tournament Schedule (Updated 10/30)
12/01: Gladiator Challenge, Mountain Brook (BFTB)

12/08: Pike Road Classic, Pike Road
12/15: Alex City, Benjamin Russell High School
12/22: Birmingham YMCA, Birmingham YMCA Youth Center (BFTB)
12/28-29: *Dixie Nationals*
         12/28: Dixie Duals (team competition)
         12/29: Dixie Nationals (individual competition)

01/05: Tallassee, Tallessee High School
01/12: Hoover, Hoover High School (BFTB)
01/19: Swarm Clash, Sanford Middle School, Opelika (BFTB)
01/26: USAW State Tournament @ Spain Park HS

Notes
1) Participation in two tournaments are required to qualify for the State Tournament on 01/26.
2) BFTB (Battle For The Belt) Tournaments. Top finishers in ALL the BFTB tournaments compete for the overall BFTB Title at the State Tournament.
3) A combined AAU/USAW "Super State” tournament to be held after the state tournaments. Participants must place (1st-4th) in one of the previous tournaments to qualify. Additional details and date TBD.


Youth Age Groups and Weight Classes
Age Group   Birth Year  Weight Classes
PeeWee        2013-2014  43,45,49,53,56,62,70,85
Bantam          2011-2012  43,45,49,53,56,62,70,85 (max 100)
Intermediate  2009-2010  49,53,56,59,63,67,71,77,84,93,105,120+ (max 145)
Novice           2007-2008  58,63,67,70,74,78,82,86,92,98,108,117,135,160 (max 175)
Schoolboys.  2005-2006  71,77,83,87,90,97,102,106,110,114,119,125,130,136,
                                           149,165,187,250 (max 300)

Match Lengths
PeeWee: Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
Bantam: 
Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
Intermediate: Three, one-minute rounds (3:00 minutes)
Novice: Three, one and half minute rounds (4:30 minutes)
Schoolboys: Three, one and half minute rounds (4:30 minutes)


Call for Volunteers and Coaches!
If you have a desire to get on the mat or assist behind the scenes, we could use your help!  For those with (or even without) wrestling experience, you could be a coach! Training for youth wrestlers is rather rudimentary and can be picked up fairly quickly. For the most part, once you learn the basic rules, positions, and techniques, you can be an incredible asset to the team as well as to your wrestler!

If you prefer to work behind the scenes, volunteers can assist with organizing car pooling to tournaments, helping parents who are new to the sport, promoting events through social media, and fundraising (yes, I know, a four-letter word!). To continue buidling our program, we could also use help in attracting more participation and stronger community support through media promotions.

The bottom line: Volunteering provides an opportunity to be an active part of our young grapplers experience as they progress into junior high and high school. It also increase team cohesiveness and brings us together as a family. Please e-mail me if you would be willing to help. Any support will be appreciated!


TeamSnap
We are excited to be using TeamSnap.com for all schedules and communications this season.  The app can be used on a desktop or smart phone. Previous team parents should have received an invitation to join the group. For new members and those who have NOT received an invite, please e-mail me with your contact information and you will receive one soon. As this is the first time we’re using this program, there may be a bit of a learning curve.


Workout Schedule

Who: 1st through 6th grade students

Schedule
Mon: Auburn MMA, 4-5 PM
Tue: Kagefit, 6:30-7:30 PM
Wed: Auburn MMA, 4-5 PM
        Kagefit, 6:00-7:15 PM
Thu: No practice.
Fri: Kagefit, 5:30-6:30 PM

Workouts will include technique, (age appropriate) conditioning, speed, and strength training.

Since we are still unable to use Auburn Junior High, we will practice at Kagefit and Auburn MMA during the regular season.

This will mean a few changes from previous years.  First, along with those in the Auburn City Schools systems, we will be combining forces with wrestlers from adjacent school districts which will actually be to our benefit.  Second, monthly fees will now be required (see below for details).

Auburn MMA
Auburn Mixed Martial Arts offers classes for children and adults, individuals and families, in an encouraging fun,safe, and positive environment. Our students build strength and confidence while getting in shape.
Link to website     Address: 
2515 E Glenn Ave, Auburn, AL 36830

Kagefit
We are a privately owned and operated business who truly cares about customer service and making sure we provide the best Adult and Children Mixed Martial Arts Classes possible at an affordable price.
Link to website      Address: 
3613 Pepperell Pkwy, Opelika, AL 36801

Equipment: T-shirt, shorts, wrestling shoes (highly recommended)

Fees
Auburn MMA: Youth members currently enrolled in one of Auburn MMA classes / teams will not be assessed an additional fee to wrestle.  They are also allowed to attend wrestling practices at Kagefit at no extra cost.

Kagefit: Those not currently enrolled in Kagefit’s wrestling program will require a fee of $69/month paid to Kagefit. The normal $69 registration fee is waived. A portion of the monthly fee will be apportioned to Auburn MMA for those who practice at both locations.

Any questions, please ask!

Coach Clem Tanaka
E-mail: 
clemster@aol.com
Cell: (334) 728-1209




October 08, 2018

USA Wrestling Update: Important
The following information was promulgated during Team Alabama's (USA Wrestling) coaches meeting on Sunday, Sep 19th.

USAW Membership
Contrary to previous postings, a USA Wrestling membership 
IS required for all practices and clinics. For those NOT planning to participate in any tournament, wrestlers are required (at a minimum) to have a Limited Folkstyle Athlete Membership ($15) USAW Membership. Those who DO plan to wrestle in the upcoming tournaments (including those out-of-state) will require a “Full Athlete” membership ($41).  Either membership can be purchased through the following website: www.usawmembership.com.  If you are unsure, simply purchase a “Limited” membership now and upgrade to the full membership later. You’ll be able to print a paper membership card immediately and can purchase a “hard card” for $10 extra which you will receive in the mail.


USAW Tournament Schedule
This is a *DRAFT* 2018-2019 tournament schedule.
12/01: Mountain Brook (BFTB)

12/08: Pike Road
12/15: Alex City
12/22: Birmingham YMCA (BFTB)
12/28-29: *Dixie Nationals*
         12/28: Dixie Duals (team competition)
         12/29: Dixie Nationals (individual competition)

01/05: Tallassee
01/12: Hoover (BFTB)
01/19: TBD (BFTB)
01/26: USAW State Tournament @ Spain Park HS

Notes
1) Participation in two tournaments are required to qualify for the State Tournament on 01/26.
2) BFTB (Battle For The Belt) Tournaments. Top finishers in ALL the BFTB tournaments compete for the overall BFTB Title at the State Tournament.
3) A combined AAU/USAW "Super State” tournament to be held after the state tournaments. Participants must place (1st-4th) in one of the previous tournaments to qualify. Additional details and date TBD.


Call for Volunteers and Coaches!
If you have a desire to get on the mat or assist behind the scenes, we could use your help!  For those with (or even without) wrestling experience, you could be a coach! Training for youth wrestlers is rather rudimentary and can be picked up fairly quickly. For the most part, once you learn the basic rules, positions, and techniques, you can be an incredible asset to the team as well as to your wrestler!

If you prefer to work behind the scenes, volunteers can assist with organizing car pooling to tournaments, helping parents who are new to the sport, promoting events through social media, and fundraising (yes, I know, a four-letter word!). To continue buidling our program, we could also use help in attracting more participation and stronger community support through media promotions.

The bottom line: Volunteering provides an opportunity to be an active part of our young grapplers experience as they progress into junior high and high school. It also increase team cohesiveness and brings us together as a family. Please e-mail me if you would be willing to help. Any support will be appreciated!


TeamSnap
We are excited to be using TeamSnap.com for all schedules and communications this season.  The app can be used on a desktop or smart phone. Previous team parents should have received an invitation to join the group. For new members and those who have NOT received an invite, please e-mail me with your contact information and you will receive one soon. As this is the first time we’re using this program, there may be a bit of a learning curve.


Pre-Season Workout Schedule

Who: 1st through 6th grade students

Schedule
Mon: Auburn MMA, 4-5 PM
Tue: Kagefit, 6:30-7:30 PM
Wed: Auburn MMA, 4-5 PM
        Kagefit, 6:00-7:15 PM
Thu: No practice. (Thursday practices will be added when the season starts).
Fri: Kagefit, 5:30-6:30 PM

Workouts will include technique, (age appropriate) conditioning, speed, and strength training.

Since we are still unable to use Auburn Junior High, we will practice at Kagefit and Auburn MMA during the regular season.

This will mean a few changes from previous years.  First, along with those in the Auburn City Schools systems, we will be combining forces with wrestlers from adjacent school districts which will actually be to our benefit.  Second, monthly fees will now be required (see below for details).

Auburn MMA
Auburn Mixed Martial Arts offers classes for children and adults, individuals and families, in an encouraging fun,safe, and positive environment. Our students build strength and confidence while getting in shape.
Link to website     Address: 
2515 E Glenn Ave, Auburn, AL 36830

Kagefit
We are a privately owned and operated business who truly cares about customer service and making sure we provide the best Adult and Children Mixed Martial Arts Classes possible at an affordable price.
Link to website      Address: 
3613 Pepperell Pkwy, Opelika, AL 36801

Equipment: T-shirt, shorts, wrestling shoes (highly recommended)

Fees
Auburn MMA: Youth members currently enrolled in one of Auburn MMA classes / teams will not be assessed an additional fee to wrestle.  They are also allowed to attend wrestling practices at Kagefit at no extra cost.

Kagefit: Those not currently enrolled in Kagefit’s wrestling program will require a fee of $69/month paid to Kagefit. The normal $69 registration fee is waived. A portion of the monthly fee will be apportioned to Auburn MMA for those who practice at both locations.


Any questions, please ask!

Coach Clem Tanaka
E-mail: 
clemster@aol.com
Cell: (334) 728-1209




September 18, 2018

Sep 24: K-8 Prep Camp
Warrior Wrestling and IRONCLAD are hosting a youth prep camp for K-8th graders at WWC’s facility on Saturday, September 29th. This will be a great prep for the upcoming season! There will be three sessions from 9-11 AM, 1-3 PM, and 5-7 PM. All for a single fee of $50! Bring a sack lunch and water bottle. A concession stand with drinks and snacks will also be available. Don’t miss this golden opportunity! Sign up at Warrior Wrestling Facility in Calera the morning of the camp.
Who: K-8th Graders
What: Youth Prep Camp
When: Sep 29th
Where: Warrior Wrestling Facility - 2469 Highway 31, Calera, AL 35040
Fee: $50 for all 3 sessions! (9-11AM, 1-3PM, 5-7PM)
Link to Flyer


USA Wrestling Update: Important
The following information was promulgated during Team Alabama's (USA Wrestling) coaches meeting on Sunday, Sep 19th.

USAW Membership
Contrary to previous postings, a USA Wrestling membership 
IS required for all practices and clinics. For those NOT planning to participate in any tournament, wrestlers are required (at a minimum) to have a Limited Folkstyle Athlete Membership ($15) USAW Membership. Those who DO plan to wrestle in the upcoming tournaments (including those out-of-state) will require a “Full Athlete” membership ($41).  Either membership can be purchased through the following website: www.usawmembership.com.  If you are unsure, simply purchase a “Limited” membership now and upgrade to the full membership later. You’ll be able to print a paper membership card immediately and can purchase a “hard card” for $10 extra which you will receive in the mail.


USAW Tournament Schedule
This is a *DRAFT* 2018-2019 tournament schedule.
12/01: Mountain Brook (BFTB)

12/08: Pike Road
12/15: Alex City
12/22: Birmingham YMCA (BFTB)
12/28-29: *Dixie Nationals*
         12/28: Dixie Duals (team competition)
         12/29: Dixie Nationals (individual competition)

01/05: Tallassee
01/12: Hoover (BFTB)
01/19: TBD (BFTB)
01/26: USAW State Tournament @ Spain Park HS

Notes
1) Participation in two tournaments are required to qualify for the State Tournament on 01/26.
2) BFTB (Battle For The Belt) Tournaments. Top finishers in ALL the BFTB tournaments compete for the overall BFTB Title at the State Tournament.
3) A combined AAU/USAW "Super State” tournament to be held after the state tournaments. Participants must place (1st-4th) in one of the previous tournaments to qualify. Additional details and date TBD.


Call for Volunteers and Coaches!
If you have a desire to get on the mat or assist behind the scenes, we could use your help!  For those with (or even without) wrestling experience, you could be a coach! Training for youth wrestlers is rather rudimentary and can be picked up fairly quickly. For the most part, once you learn the basic rules, positions, and techniques, you can be an incredible asset to the team as well as to your wrestler!

If you prefer to work behind the scenes, volunteers can assist with organizing car pooling to tournaments, helping parents who are new to the sport, promoting events through social media, and fundraising (yes, I know, a four-letter word!). To continue buidling our program, we could also use help in attracting more participation and stronger community support through media promotions.

The bottom line: Volunteering provides an opportunity to be an active part of our young grapplers experience as they progress into junior high and high school. It also increase team cohesiveness and brings us together as a family. Please e-mail me if you would be willing to help. Any support will be appreciated!


TeamSnap
We are excited to be using TeamSnap.com for all schedules and communications this season.  The app can be used on a desktop or smart phone. Previous team parents should have received an invitation to join the group. For new members and those who have NOT received an invite, please e-mail me with your contact information and you will receive one soon. As this is the first time we’re using this program, there may be a bit of a learning curve.


Pre-Season Workout Schedule

Who: 1st through 6th grade students

Schedule
Mon: Auburn MMA, 4-5 PM
Tue: Kagefit, 6:30-7:30 PM
Wed: Auburn MMA, 4-5 PM
        Kagefit, 6:00-7:15 PM
Thu: No practice. (Thursday practices will be added when the season starts).
Fri: Kagefit, 5:30-6:30 PM

Workouts will include technique, (age appropriate) conditioning, speed, and strength training.

Since we are still unable to use Auburn Junior High, we will practice at Kagefit and Auburn MMA during the regular season.

This will mean a few changes from previous years.  First, along with those in the Auburn City Schools systems, we will be combining forces with wrestlers from adjacent school districts which will actually be to our benefit.  Second, monthly fees will now be required (see below for details).

Auburn MMA
Auburn Mixed Martial Arts offers classes for children and adults, individuals and families, in an encouraging fun,safe, and positive environment. Our students build strength and confidence while getting in shape.
Link to website     Address: 
2515 E Glenn Ave, Auburn, AL 36830

Kagefit
We are a privately owned and operated business who truly cares about customer service and making sure we provide the best Adult and Children Mixed Martial Arts Classes possible at an affordable price.
Link to website      Address: 
3613 Pepperell Pkwy, Opelika, AL 36801

Equipment: T-shirt, shorts, wrestling shoes (highly recommended)

Fees
Auburn MMA: Youth members currently enrolled in one of Auburn MMA classes / teams will not be assessed an additional fee to wrestle.  They are also allowed to attend wrestling practices at Kagefit at no extra cost.

Kagefit: Those not currently enrolled in Kagefit’s wrestling program will require a fee of $69/month paid to Kagefit. The normal $69 registration fee is waived. A portion of the monthly fee will be apportioned to Auburn MMA for those who practice at both locations.


Any questions, please ask!

Coach Clem Tanaka
E-mail: 
clemster@aol.com
Cell: (334) 728-1209




August 30, 2018

Youth Wrestling Announcement!
Wrestling season will be upon us soon and, following an agreement with Kagefit and Auburn MMA, pre-season youth practices will begin on Tuesday, September 4th on the following dates, times, and locations.

Pre-Season Workout Information

Schedule
Mon: Auburn MMA, 4-5 PM
Tue: Kagefit, 6:30-7:30 PM
Wed: Auburn MMA, 4-5 PM
        Kagefit, 6:00-7:15 PM
Thu: No practice. (Thursday practices will be added when the season starts).
Fri: Kagefit, 5:30-6:30 PM

Equipment: T-shirt, shorts, wrestling shoes (highly recommended)

Workouts will include technique, (age appropriate) conditioning, speed, and strength training.

Since we are still unable to use Auburn Junior High, we will practice at Kagefit and Auburn MMA during the regular season.

This will mean a few changes from previous years. First, we will be combining our Auburn City School elementary wrestlers with those from adjacent school districts which will enable us to be not only larger, but also allow for more effective practices.  Second, monthly fees will now be required (see below for details) since we will be practicing at commercial facilities.

Fees
Auburn MMA: Youth members currently enrolled in one of Auburn MMA's classes / teams will not be assessed an additional fee to wrestle. They are also allowed to attend wrestling practices at Kagefit at no extra cost.

Kagefit: Those not currently enrolled in Kagefit’s wrestling program will require a fee of $69/month paid to Kagefit. The normal $69 registration fee is waived. A portion of the monthly fee will be apportioned to Auburn MMA for those who wish to practice at both locations.

Auburn MMA
Auburn Mixed Martial Arts offers classes for children and adults, individuals and families, in an encouraging fun,safe, and positive environment. Our students build strength and confidence while getting in shape.
Link to website.     Address: 
2515 E Glenn Ave, Auburn, AL 36830

Kagefit
We are a privately owned and operated business who truly cares about customer service and making sure we provide the best Adult and Children Mixed Martial Arts Classes possible at an affordable price.
Link to website      Address: 
3613 Pepperell Pkwy, Opelika, AL 36801

USA Wrestling
Membership is currently NOT required for pre-season or in-season practices.  However, wrestlers planning to compete during the regular season will be required to have a USAW Membership ($15 for a Limited Folkstyle Athlete Membership) through the following website: www.usawmembership.com.  You’ll be able to print a paper membership card immediately. If you desire, you can also purchase a “hard card” for $10 extra which you will receive in the mail.

Any questions, please ask!

Coach Clem Tanaka
E-mail: 
clemster@aol.com
Cell: (334) 728-1209




June 22nd, 2018

Summer Workouts!!
Kagefit has graciously allowed us to schedule weekly (Mon through Friday) youth practices starting July 9th through August 3rd (minus July 13th).  Practices will run once in the morning from 9:00 - 10:30 AM, and once in the afternoon from 2:00-3:30 PM.  Wrestlers can attend either one or both as desired. Note that this is NOT a camp, but should be considered summer workouts which will emphasize technique but also include strength and conditioning sessions.

   What: Youth Summer Workouts!
   Where: Kagefit - 3613 Pepperell Pkwy, Opelika, AL
   When: Starting Monday, July 9th through August 3rd (minus July 13th)
   Times: 
9:00-10:30 AM, 2:00-3:30 PM

   Fee: $20 for entire period
   Membership: Requires either an AAU or USA Wrestling card
   Gear to bring: T-shirt, shorts, wrestling shoes, headgear (optional)

   Participants MUST have either an AAU wrestling or USA Wrestling membership for liability purposes. The fee will be $20 for the entire period.

   USA Wrestling: www.usawmembership.com (get the limited $15 membership)

   AAU Wrestling: https://play.aausports.org/joinaau/multimembershipapplication 
                            (get the Regular card)

   If you are interested, please fill out and bring the attached enrollment form and payment to your wrestler’s first practice.  Registration Form

Post-Season Practices at Kagefit
Evening practices will still be available at Kagefit for $69/month.
Tue: 6:30-7:30 PM
Wed: 6:00-7:00 PM
Fri: 5:30-6:30 PM

Any questions, please ask!

Coach Clem Tanaka
E-mail: 
clemster@aol.com
Cell: (334) 728-1209