Team Tooke Mixed Martial
Arts Latest News and Events
Team Tooke Coach Andrew Craig wins the IXFA 185 lb title in Houston against the,
always tough, John Kirk. After a dominant first round, Andrew gets a fast takedown
to open round 2 and quickly moves to the mount position. From there he secured a
beautiful triangle choke from the mount position, rolled to his back and got the
Jiu jitsu submission! What an awesome display of Brazilian Jiu jitsu. Now Andrew
is lined up to fight for the Legacy title against current champion, Bubba Bush.
Coach Andrew has been working super hard on his wrestling, striking and Brazilian
Jiu jitsu and will come to this fight fully prepared.
Team Tooke fighters Aaron Croon and Levi West dominated the action at The Rumble
in Humble on March 4th. Aaron Croon won his fight with a beautiful Brazilian Jiu
jitsu rear naked choke and actually put his opponent to sleep! Levi West was equally
impressive as he TKO’d his opponent in the 2nd round of the fight with a beautiful
display of Muay Thai techniques. His dominant striking earned him the “fight of
the night” award. Congratulations to these two outstanding athletes. We can’t wait
to see what the future holds for these great fighters.
Big Congrats to our Team Tooke MMA fighters
know this email is a little bit late but I wanted to send out huge Congratulations
to our team of MMA fighters who competed recently. On Thursday night, December 2nd,
we brought a team of 4 fighters to go to battle at the “Rumble in Humble”
MMA event lead by Eric Garcia and Garcia Promotions.
Justin Castillo, Levi West, Andrew Musquiz and Guilherme
“G” Moreira all put it on the line in this spectacular event. By the
night’s end 3 out of 4 of our fighters emerged victorious and all of them
left everything they had in the cage. I couldn’t be more proud of these guys
because I know, first hand, just how hard they trained and how much they sacrificed
to prepare for this event and I couldn’t be more proud.
Equally impressive was the dominant performance that Team Tooke
Muay Thai Coach Andrew Craig put on just 2 days later. Coach Andrew fought
a very tough opponent and dominated all three rounds of action at the IXFA championship.
This fight showcased some great striking, grappling, submission attempts, takedowns
and lots of will power. Andrew trained super hard for this fight and it really showed
as he went 3-0 in his Professional MMA career.
Congrats again to everyone who fought and thanks to all Team Tooke students and fans
who came out to support these guys. The energy level from the guys cheering us on
was insane and really pumped these guys up to put on a great show. Thanks again
The Grand Opening at Team Tooke Mixed Martial Arts
was a huge success. With well over 200 people in attendance the
energy level was unbelievable. The adult Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
seminar showcased some amazing throws and some very technical transitions on the
ground. In training area 2 we had our Muay Thai kickboxing sparring EVENT which
produced some incredible matches. I couldn’t believe how technical these guys are
getting. Following the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai
adult events we had our kids Jiu Jitsu in house competition. This was probably the
most exciting part of the event as all the kids went out and showed a ton of heart
and skill during their matches. I was so proud to see how many kids we had in attendance
and how much effort was put forth by every child. There were some very big and well
deserved belt promotions that were awarded on Saturday as well. Most notably, Coach
Jeremy Trahan, head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor at Team Tooke in Spring was awarded
his Black Belt. Also, Coach Robby Rabadi, head coach at Rabadi Jiu Jitsu in
Round Rock, TX was also awarded his Black Belt. Congratulations to
these incredible Martial Artists. After the training portion we had some amazing
BBQ (which is still left if anybody wants some) followed by our raffle and prize
drawing. All together the event was an amazing success and everyone had a great
October Competition News
Big Competition News for Team Tooke competition team. We won first place in the kids
division at the Battle of H-Town, and 2nd in the adult division. And at the ATAMA
Open we won the 3rd place team trophy. Congratualations to all of our hard working
Congrats to Levi West for his Big Win
Congratulations Levi for your recent win. He won his match by decision 30-27. Look
for great things from this guy in the future.
HUGE congratulations are in order to our very own Jordan Moutan. Jordan has been
a member of our Diamondback Judo team for years and is one of the hardest working
students we have. For those of you who don’t know Jordan , her story is truly
inspirational, check out this link.
Congrats again Jordan , you really deserve it girl!
Congratulations to Coach Andrew Craig for winning
his Pro MMA debut. Andrew dominated 3 rounds of action against a very worthy opponent
and won a unanimous decision. Though Andrew controlled
the pace of the fight from the beginning, conditioning played a very big factor
in the last round and Andrew showed how much all of the hard work has paid off.
Congrats again to Coach Andrew for his impressive victory.
Congrats to Team Tooke member Guilerme Moreira on his decision victory this past
weekend at the Lonestar Beatdown. “G” showed a ton of heart as he battled through
some very tough situations to come out victorious in the end. All the hard work
really paid off and this fight was well deserved. Congratulations again.
Congratulations to Devon Miller on his recent promotion to Brown Belt in Brazilian
Jiu-jitsu. Devon has been training in Jiu-jitsu for a long, long time and has dedicated
much of his life to both teaching and training. On Saturday, March 27th Devon was
awarded the rank of Brown Belt from Professor Travis Tooke. Congrats again Devon.
Now get to work on the Black Belt!
Andrew Craig gets ranked the #1 Amateur MMA Fighter in Houston. With an undefeated
record and going strong, Andrew Craig has a bright future ahead of him. Go check
out the rankings at www.thecagedoor.net.
And don’t forget to come out and support him as he makes his Muay Thai debut on
April 2nd at the Legacy Muay Thai Championships.
Congratulations to Chris Farias for winning the Houston International Open on March
6th. Chris had 3 fights and won all 3 by submission. All that hard work paid off.
Way to go Chris!
We had an awesome Guard Passing Seminar this weekend and some really big Brazilian
Jiu Jitsu belt promotions. We’re proud to anounce 2 new Team Tooke Black Belts,
Angel Urbaneja at our Champions location and Darrin Lillian from Austin. Angel has
been a long time student of the Machado Brothers and he exemplifies what a true
martial artist is. He always shows respect and honors everyone he trains with and
is one of the most helpful guys on the mat. Darrin has been training for over 12
years with some of the best guys in the country and is an outstanding BJJ practitioner
as well as instructor. Congratulations guys! Those belts were hard earned and well
Andrew Craig had another impressive performance this Sunday in a 5 round title fight
at the House of Blues. Andrew clearly dominated the first 3 rounds before finishing
his opponent in the 4th round with a no-gi Brabo choke (Darce choke). Congratulations
Andrew! Check out the
Congratulations to Andrew Craig on his 3rd MMA win this past weekend. Andrew
finished the fight in the second round with an awesome knockout. You can check
fight video here, and check out the
funny post-fight interview.
Congratulations to Coach Jace Pitre on his impressive victory in Austin this
past weekend at the King of Kombat. This was Jace’s professional MMA debut and he
won his fight in 41 seconds (fastest finish of the night) by guillotine choke against
a very competent opponent, Gilbert Jiminez. Jace put in an insane amount of conditioning
and technical training for this bout and it certainly showed from the moment the
bell rang until the ref stopped the match. Everyone at the event treated the fighters
like professionals and we look forward to the next event. Thanks also to everyone
from Team Tooke who came out to support Jace for his fight. The energy in the room
was just amazing. The next MMA event for us will be with Andrew Craig on September
12th at the Lonestar Beatdown right here in Houston. We hope to see you all there.
Congratulations to Coach Todd Moore on his impressive victory in Louisiana
this past Saturday against top local fighter Derick Krantz. Coach Todd won in the
third round at about 2:30 when the ref stopped the fight. Congratulations
again to Coach Todd Moore on an impressive display of technique, conditioning, focus
Coach Jayhson was awarded his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt by Professor Travis
Tooke on July 8th. This is a much deserved promotion for someone who has been
both an instructor and a student of the art for many years.
Congratulations to Andrew Craig on his definitive win in Louisiana this weekend.
Andrew maid his official MMA record 2-0 on May 16th with a unanimous decision
win in Shreveport, LA. Andrew dominated the action from the very beginning
by catching his opponent’s leg off an early kick attempt and landing a huge right
hand. The rest of the fight showed a great display of control from the stand
up as well as the ground.
Congratulations to Coach Todd Moore on his victory at the King of Kombat show in
Austin, TX. All 3 judges scored the match 30-27 for Todd. Moore controlled
the match from the feet as well as on the ground and this win puts him in line for
the King of Kombat Championship Belt! Congrats again to Coach Todd on his
Team Tooke had a great showing at the TIGF here in Houston on April, 18th. With
over 30 competitors, we took home the team trophy for the teen and kids division
and placed 2nd in the overall standings by a margin of just 4 points. Thanks
to all the affiliates for their support: Precision Martial Arts (Tom Dinkladge),
Kingwood MMA (Tom McKusker), Infinite Jiu-Jitsu (Darrin Lillian), Austin Jiu-Jitsu
(Dave Thomas), Cantu BJJ (Joseph Cantu), Global Martial Arts (Luke Jacob), and Matrix
Jiu-Jitsu (Fred Hamilton). The N.A.G.A. competition is next on May 9th in
Dallas, TX. Hope to see you there!
Help Team Tooke Help U.S. Schools by March 23rd
This is a great promotion to help U.S. schools, so do what you can to help spread
the word. Send it to anyone and everyone you can think of, and follow him
on Twitter, before March 23rd. Taking a few minutes of your time to forward
this on isn’t hard to do, but it can make a huge difference. Here’s the info:
“For every new Twitter follower by March 23rd, I will donate $1 to DonorsChoose.org,
and an anonymous supporter will match $2, for a total of $3 to U.S.
public school classrooms per follower. The goal is directly helping
25,000 U.S. public school students in
low-income and high-need areas.” - Tim Ferriss,
author of “ The 4-Hour Workweek”
The Tweet to Beat – Paying $3 per Twitter
Congratulations to Travis Tooke for receiving the 2008 Instructor of the Year
award from NAGA. ”Throughout the year, Mr. Tooke has made a tremendous effort
to train and coach his students to numerous NAGA (Submission Grappling) victories.
This training ranges from very young children to Expert Division Champions.
The NAGA is proud to congratulate Mr. Tooke for his exceptional instructional
skills, level of professionalism, support of his students and his ability of spreading
the great sport of grappling to others.”
The technical and always hard working
Dave Thomas was promoted to Black Belt in BJJ by Travis Tooke this weekend.
Dave has been training in BJJ for well over a decade and has a school in Austin,
TX. Congratulations Dave!
Team Tooke’s Jace Pitre wins in Hammond, LA – 11/21/2008
Congratulations to Jace Pitre on his awesome MMA performance in Hammond,
Louisiana. Jace had a very tough fight against one of Louisiana’s up and coming
amateur fighters. Jace showed a beautiful display of grappling technique,
dominating the ground game and securing the mount and back mount on several occasions.
To finish the fight, Jace secured a tight triangle choke in the second round.
Congrats to Jace on his beautiful win.
Our Diamondback Judo Club Takes 1st Place – 11/01/2008
Team Tooke’s Diamondback Judo Club placed 1st in the Adult division
of the Houston
Open Judo 2008 Tournament. Congratulations to everyone who competed and
to all of our champions at the tournament.
Team Tooke opens new academy in the Spring/Tomball area
Team Tooke is proud to announce the Grand Opening of Team Tooke MMA in Spring,
TX. Headed by 3rd degree brown belt Jayhson Rodgers, this beautiful new academy,
fully equipped with new mats and a 20 ft octagon, will provide the finest training
in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts in the Spring/Tomball/Woodlands area.
If you get the chance to train here, don’t pass it up. For more information on the
new location click here
Jace Pitre’s MMA Debut
Team Tooke’s Jace Pitre took a MMA fight this past weekend on 3 days notice,
and won in spectacular fashion in the first round, at 43 seconds with a rear naked
choke. Congratulations Jace, we look forward to seeing many more great performances
Team Tooke Seminar & Promotions
The Team Tooke Seminar (taught by Travis Tooke & Jayhson Rodgers)
this past weekend was a great success. A big thanks to everyone who attended,
and a special thanks to the great coaches who helped out at the seminar; Tom Dinklage,
Dave Thomas, Darrin Lillian, Alex Gotay and Jeremy Trahan.
There were a number of promotions at the seminar as well. For Yellow
belt; Alex Boyce, Alicia Cazarez, Laith Reece, Matt Bauman, JR Barroso, Juan Garcia,
Mike Roberson, Robert Wimberly, Steve Kim, Thomas Garcia. For Orange belt;
Eric Fuentes. For 1st stripe on Blue belt; Luke Hauter. And for Purple
belt; Todd Moore. Congratulations guys.
Team Tooke Battle of H-Town
Team Tooke’s Angie Gonzalez wins the Open Women’s division at the Battle of H-Town,
and Team Tooke won the Kids & Teens division as well. Congratulations
to all who competed.
Team Tooke Seminar September 28th
Don’t miss out on this Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Seminar with Gracie Barra Black
Belt Travis Tooke, BJJ Brown Belt Jayhson Rodgers and many more, brown and black
belts! This is an awesome opportunity to improve your Jiu-jitsu by leaps and bounds.
We will be covering techniques for both beginner and advanced level students so
everyone, regardless of skill level is encouraged to attend. And, because there
will be so many high level instructors in attendance, no question will go left unanswered.
Where: Cross Winds Martial Arts Academy (6407 FM 2920 Rd., Spring, Texas 77379)
When: Sunday, September 28th from noon to 3:30 pm
Cost: Just $45
Todd Moore fighting for Dream – 09/23/08
Our very own Todd Moore will be fighting Aoki Shinya in Japan at “Dream 6“. We wish
Todd the very best. We’re sure to see a great performance from him.
Fox News Feature on Jordan – 06/03/08
Diamondback Judo’s Jordan Mouton was featured on Fox Sports this Tuesday.
In case you don’t know, she’s going to the 2008 Paralympics as the only female
representing the USA in Judo.
“Stranger Danger” Kids Seminar – 05/24/08
Team Tooke will be hosting a Free “Stranger Danger” Seminar for children
ages 3 and up on Saturday, May 24th from 4pm – 5pm. This Seminar is open to
the public, so feel free to bring you children in to learn ways to keep themselves
Conditioning for Grapplers Seminar – 05/24/08
Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to take your conditioning
to the next level. This information packed seminar will teach you how to build Strength,
Power, Agility, Stamina and Flexibility. With never before seen workouts and the
latest developments in “core training” exercises, this seminar will give you the
tools you will need to become a faster, stronger and more agile grappler than you
ever thought possible. The seminar will be taught by Gracie Barra Black Belt Travis
Tooke and Sports Performance expert Dr. Minh Luu. Dr. Luu has worked with and designed
fitness programs for some of the top names in the world of sport including the Houston
Texans, the Olympic Tae Kwon do team, NBA stars and some of the top MMA fighters
and grapplers in the world. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Get an edge
over the competition on May 24th with
Conditioning for Grapplers.
Team Tooke Featured on
Chron.com – 05/11/08
Diamondback Judo at the 2008 Paralympics – 04/26/08
Diamondback Judo’s Jordan Mouton won the
U.S. Paralympic Trials for Judo this Saturday in Northglenn, CO. She moved
up 2 weight classes when her 57kg weight class was cancelled. Jordan challenged
Lisamaria Martinez for the only US female spot going to the 2008 Paralympics beating
her twice; once with a pin, and another time with an O Soto Gari for Ippon. Congratulations
out the Judo video on NBCOlympics.com.
Team Tooke Seminar and Belt Promotion – 04/27/08
Team Tooke will be having a Belt Promotion and In-House Seminar on Sunday,
April 27th. Team Tooke students are welcome to bring friends and family to
participate or jus to watch. We look forward to seeing you there.
New Striking/Grappling Kids Program – 04/15/08
Team Tooke is proud to announce the start of a brand new kids program!
This new and exciting program will include curriculum from Karate, Tae Kwon
Do, Jud, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Our goals is to provide an avenue for kids
to participate in both striking and grappling arts. Classes will be held every
Tuesday and Thursday. The first class will begin Tuesday, April 15th and we
will be offering classes for 2 different age groups. The first class of the
day will begin at 4:30pm and end at 5:00pm. The age group will be 4-6 year
olds. The next class will begin at 5:00pm and last until 5:45pm. This
class will be for kids ages 7-12 years. The current kids program will remain
the same; we are just adding another great program on different days. Thanks
to everyone for all of your support.
Will and Brandon Win NAGA Worlds – 04/05/08
Will and Brandon Lorenz both recently won the NAGA Worlds grappling
tournament held in New Jersey. This is arguably the biggest grappling tournament
in the United States and these guys really showed ‘em how we roll down here in Texas.
Travis Wins Big in Florida NAGA – 03/15/08
We would like to congratulate our very own Travis Tooke for his recent
victories in Florida at the NAGA grappling tournament. Travis won 1st place
in No-Gi Advanced division and the Black Belt Gi Division this weekend, submitting
all of his opponents.
Team Tooke Rocks Vegas!!! – 02/16/08
Team Tooke had a big showing in Las Vegas this past weekend. We
Brought 3 competitors and came home with five 1st place awards. Miguel Castro
(white belt) had a tough fight in the no-gi division losing a close match on points
to a blue belt. But like a true competitor he was able to come back in the
gi division to take home the gold with a beautiful arm bar from the mount in the
final. Chris Bailey (new blue belt) ran through his divisions (both gi and
no-gi) submitting nearly every opponent he faced with a barrage of transitions and
attacks. Keep a look out for this guy, he has a bright future ahead of him.
To top the day off, Team Tooke head instructor Travis Tooke won both his weight
divisions as well as the absolute division (all weights), submitting all but one
opponent. In the Final of the Absolute, Travis fought a heavier Brazilian
Black Belt and was able to out score the tough opponent to take home the N.A.G.A.
absolute championship belt! Congratulations to all these guys and we look
forward to seeing you compete again real soon.
Team Tooke Mixed Martial Arts
18730 Hwy 249
Houston, Texas 77070
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