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Nick L

3 July 2019

I can't comment on enough good things about my time training at Posener's Pankration. Simon and the entire training staff hold a wealth of knowledge on all martial arts disciplines that are offered at the gym. I have always felt the training staff have had my best interests in mind, which makes it easy to ask them any questions you may have. They truly want you to succeed and get the most out of your time at the gym. The training environment is terrific, and classes are taught in a way that makes it easy for an absolute beginner to attend, while also incorporating more complex drills for those with more experience. I felt welcomed by all my training partners, and other members of the gym, on the very first day I arrived. I have appreciated the support of the other gym members, and the positivity, encouragement, and accepting gym community, which really helps you learn and develop.The facility is quite large and has something for everyone. The class schedule makes it convenient to train in as many disciplines as you want; whether you want to train for fun, fitness, or to compete. In my opinion, Posener’s has everything needed in a martials arts training facility, and the membership rates are exceptionally competitive compared to other facilities in the area – most of which do not offer the same variety of disciplines and class schedule, in addition to professional experience of the training staff. I would recommend Posener's to anyone looking to experience all of the great things that I have during my time here. More...

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julian paul

3 July 2019

Amazing place to train MMA! Simon, George and Costa are great instructors. And all the staff are very friendly and helpful. I especially love the Zen meditation at the beginning and end of the traditional classes. More...

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Nigel Chan

3 June 2019

Nothing but good things to say about Posener's. Instructors are great! Simon and the team of instructors are very knowledgeable in all the disciplines that encompass mixed martial arts and they are able to teach it and share their knowledge no matter what level you are at.Big spacious clean facilities, plenty of classes on offer. The membership rates are very competitive compared to other places in Vancouver.I always felt Simon and the team have the students best interests at heart, rather than pressuring and sucking them into a membership program for the sake of $$, the same can't be said about other martial art gyms I've had experience with.The gym environment is very positive and it often feels like a closely knit community. I would recommend this gym to anyone who has an interest in Mixed Martial Arts or Muay Thai no matter what level you are at, whether you are a pure beginner or someone that wants to compete. Or if you just want to get fit and learn practical self defense their Cardio Muay Thai classes are highly recommended for that. More...

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Dru Leon

3 June 2019

I've been with Posener's Pankration for a long time and wouldn't go else where. I've always felt welcome and have grown a lot from being in this martial arts school. The instructors are great and always teaching good fundamentals and advance martial arts moves. Since I have been a part of the team/family for this long, I have brought my son to the school as well. He also enjoys it and has grown a lot from being in the school. If there is a school I would suggest checking out, it would be this one. More...

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Neil Dooks

2 July 2018

Since attending the CMT class, I've found my cardio definitely improving as well as my flexibility, focus and ignoring the pain that comes with the exertion of rigorous drills and cardio exercise and feeling a true sense of accomplishment. Being one of the oldest members of the class, I can appreciate the stretching before and after the class. So if you're looking for an excellent workout, comaradery, and technical skills, try the CMT class. In closing, Sensai Simon Posener definitely looks out for your best interest..with a willing ear for any cares, concerns or questions you may have, he wants you to learn, improve, have consistent attendance and just have fun with whatever your Martial Arts goals are. Give Poseners Pankration a try! Neil Dooks More...

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Abramo Terribile

28 May 2018

My name is Abramo Terribile. I am 53 years old and I am currently enrolled in Posener's Pankration Muay Thai Kickboxing/Cardio.It is an awesome program and much more than just a cardio class. It's a fun, high-intensity program that gives you MMA skills with satisfying results. Thanks to this program - and some dietary adjustments - I have lost 25 pounds in the past year, going from 208lbs to 183lbs. This program has given me energy, focus and great inner-strength. The Posener team instructors are highly skilled and push you to your maximum ability. They are committed to you and want to see you progress to your next level. Overall, the staff is very friendly and treat you with respect. I am glad I joined Posener's. Sensei Simon Posener runs a great team and he takes pride in teaching this world class sport. I would like to thank Sensei Simon Posener and his team for doing an amazing job and helping me reach my goals. More...

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Alireza Fadaie

28 May 2018

Simon Posener the head instructor is a true Canadian MMA veteran. When I started training there I was not a rookie but super impressed how much knowledge and experience he had. I also liked the atmosphere no wonder why some of his students have been with him for years. All the best. More...

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Davey D

28 May 2018

Free week trial. Wanted to train mixed martial arts for a long time and finally started doing classes here. All the instructors are really friendly. They really made it easy for me as a beginner to learn and feel welcome. Wether your just starting or a trained fighter these guys are great. Nice facility, lots of parking. Friendly, professional and technical. Highly recommend. More...

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Kyle Badgley

28 May 2018

One of the finest dojos in Vancouver. Respectful community, good people, and an old-school martial arts vibe that will waken the nostalgia in you. Check it out!

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Guillermo Garcia

28 May 2018

I joined Posener’s Pankration on January 2017, my main reason was to improve my heathy since I was diagnosed with borderline cholesterol levels and had early symptoms of pre-diabetes. Doctors told me to change my diet and start a cardio program.I used to practice martial arts many years back and always wanted to practice them again, that’s when I approached Posener’s pankration, I wasn’t really sure but I gave it a try.Simon nicely greeted me and after hearing my situation suggested to try Cardio Muay Thai Kickboxing, I took his advice and have been practicing for 7 months.After 4 months and some changes to my diet I was able to improve my blood levels which motivated me to continue exercising and choosing healthy foods.I also enjoy attending classes because of the respect I have for Simon, he is a man with a warm soul, he does not make you feel as a source of income but rather as a human being willing to improve as a person, you can feel the passion he pours on his academy, the walls around the building proudly show the long history and respect he has for his trade.I am happy I decided to pay a visit to Simon’s academy and I am looking forward to continue improving my health and sharing valuable time with all the staff members and students. More...

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Grigory snTv

28 May 2018

Well, I have attended many MMA schools on my way, and this school one of my favourite. Nice combo of physical challenge and spiritual calmness. Do recommend everyone.

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Charlie Pratt

3 September 2017

My name is Charlie Pratt. I have been training at Posener's Pankration for 10 months. To date I have lost over 40 pounds, built an incredible amount of strength and have improved my physical  appearance under the guidance of Sensei Simon Posener and The world class team of instructors here at Poseners Pankration. I have gained an incredible amount of knowledge in terms of martial arts skills, fitness and healthy living. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and will go out of their way to help you succeed. They will push you to reach your full potential and achieve your goals. My experience training at Posener's has changed my life. I highly recommend Posener's Pankration to anyone who would like to develop themselves and take their training to the next level in a friendly environment that promotes personal development in mind, body and spirit. Thank you for pushing me to achieve my goals! OSU! More...

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Richard Ronquillo

3 September 2017

I started training at Posener’s Pankration in June 2015. I had no previous experience in martial arts but it was something I’ve been interested in for a long time. I’ve always lived a fairly active lifestyle but I was looking to challenge myself in a new way. I was immediately hooked during my free week trial so I began training regularly. After several months of training, my goal was to compete in a sanshou tournament. My diet wasn’t something I really paid much attention to, but in order to compete I wanted to be in peak condition. So I began eating cleaner and healthier. With mental discipline, consistent training and a healthy diet I had improved my martial arts skills and had reached a level of fitness I had never been at before. I soon reached my goal and competed in 2 sanshou tournaments, obtaining a silver medal at the CanAm’s. Sensei Simon, the other instructors and all the students were extremely supportive and helpful in preparing me. I’m excited to continue improving my skills and look forward to competing more in the future. More...

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c monster

3 September 2017

Sadly only spent ten months there, but I will never forget it.

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joe ceraldi

3 September 2016

Started at the dojo first week of January weight 191. Weighed in today at 180. Very great full today for the trainers and the time they dedicate to the class especially Simon Posener thank you for helping with my goals Osu

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3 September 2016

Roddy MacIssac Testimonial for MMA VancouverHey guys, it’s been a while since I’ve trained w/ you guys. I hope you are all well and are still working hard. I’ve made sure to keep the teachings of Simon Posener with me, and will continue to do so throughout my entire life. Posener’s Pankration taught me so much; not only of competitive combat, but of community, integrity, and dedication. I’m posting this message to thank Sensei Simon Posener, Paul Gibbons, Costa Rojas,George Kassimatis, Emilio Dettrochio, Ed Kumar, Gus Rozalez, Franco & Paul Palines, Minna Kim, the Tiapis twins, Manuel Sarmiento, Kevin Lam, Igor, Jonas & Martin Kwiatkowski, Victor Wang, Julian Paul and every other hard working soul I had the privilege of training with. You’ve given me a strength I will have with me for the rest of my life. Still practicing & staying in shape. Respect you all forever. Thank you all so much. Seeya in the city brothers. OSU! More...

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Dillon Wong

3 September 2016

Friendly environment, great instructors and respectful humble students!

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Powercore Boxing and Fitness

3 September 2015

Great atmosphere. Absolutely love it.

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Grammy Pabustan

3 September 2015

Eleven months of training at the Posener's has been a blast and challenging experience for Kristian. Kris and I have noticed so many changes in our son's lives. Kristian started off as an active and friendly lil man although a lil "fidgity" on a trial basis to see if Pankration is one of the sports he would be interested on. So, then he decided to continue to train, where he is now currently competing in tournaments. Since he embraced himself to the school's philosophy and building his confidence with every class it helped a lot in his school's academic and behaviour as well as how he catches up with his daily extra curriculum activities. All of these changes couldn't have happened without the support, patience and enthusiasm from his amazing instructor Simon Posener and training team. Also to Adam Posener, he has been an excellent leader/teacher from day one to Kristian. He gets motivated every single day through his support and enjoys his training with you. More...

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Pete Kalia

3 September 2015

My son, my life. I am so proud of him. He has been training under Sensei Mr. Simon Posener for just over 8 months and I feel truly blessed to have him as a guide in his martial arts journey. I am very pleased to watch as his confidence and skill continues to grow under Sensei Mr. Simon Posener. Posener's Pankration and Muay Thai has been a wonderful experience for my child. Instructors and students offer a true sense of belonging and treat each other like family. He has learned respect for others and himself. It really is rewarding to watch him deal with new challenges and to eventually succeed in mastering them. Posener's Pankration and Muay Thai has been one of the best character-building activities I have involved my child in. This is the best thing that could have ever happened to my son. More...

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Darin' Joes

3 September 2015

I've been taking Gustavo's strength and conditioning class for the last 8 months and I'm the healthiest I have ever been. His classes are geared towards MMA but even as a non practitioner I've benefited greatly. I'm a beginner when it comes to strength and fitness but I found the classes easy to follow and Gustavo's instructions clear and concise. The class has motivated me to eat healthier and even quit smoking. Thank you Gustavo and Posener's Pankration! More...

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Slav Skender

3 September 2015

My name is Slav Skender and I am 61 years old. I have been attending Kel Lees Academy of Martial Arts operated by Sensei Simon Posener and several skilled instructors for the last 5 months. I am enrolled in the weight loss and strength program run by Gustavo on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. To date I have lost 40 lbs and have gained an impressive amount of core and muscular strength. I seem to be addicted to the weight and core training provided by the program. I wholeheartedly endorse and encourage others of all ages to join. Regards, Slav Skender More...

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Kimberly Hoogendoorn

3 September 2015

I am a student of Mr. Simon Posener who received a gold medal this last weekend in my 1st tournament ever! I give many thanks to Sensei Simon for everything he has taught me so far. I had never trained martial arts until a year and a half ago when I started with him. I have always been a fan of Cung Le and mentioned my interest to Simon... and my road down San Shou (chinese kickboxing) lane began! I only know what Simon has taught me, and If its what gets you gold medals... i will continue to work hard and have fun! I will say this, if you're looking for a workout... you will get it at Posener's and if you are interested in building a specific skill set, it will happen. If you can believe in yourself and always keep a positive attitude, definitely come train at Posener's! More...

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Paul Palines

3 September 2015

When i first started the Strength and Conditioning program back in June 2014, I didn't have much weight lifting experience just want to get in shape and lose belly fat. With the help of Gustavo Rodriguez I learned how to do a proper deadliest and other new things I'm not used to doing. I look at myself everyday in the mirror and I can see lots of changes with all the effort I put into changing my body. I feel really happy and self confidence went up quite a bit. I just want to say thanks again Gustavo for helping me get stronger and helping me gain self confidence. - Paul Palines More...

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Joel Alexander

3 September 2015

I remember in basic training, an instructor asking me how I was handling the training so well. And I remember telling him it was because of martial arts. The mental discipline and fortitude ingrained in training; to not show pain, and to push yourself harder with every class, made whatever the Army threw at us feel like a birthday party. While others were crying, throwing up, or wanting to give up, it was 'just another day at the dojo' in my eyes. That was what I developed from my Kyokushin days. And what impressed me most and made me choose Poseners Pankration/Kel Lees AMA, was your training philosophy and ethics. And not only that, but your instructors carry over that same training mindset. When we quit or slack off in training, we are robbing ourselves of what we can be and hindering our potential for growth. So I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for instilling this mindset in all the students that walk through the dojo door. It is a mindset that will see your students overcome much of lifes adversities. I know it has helped me overcome many of mine. Oso ! More...

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Jamal Nazari

3 September 2015

Our 7 year old and 5 year old sons have been training under Sensei Simon Posener for about a year and half now. Simon has created a great positive atmosphere that was instrumental to all children mental and physical developments. For their first tournament experience, both of our sons participated in BC CBJJF championship and received gold medals. More important than the medals, was their learning to develop mentally and physically with the help of their great coach. Simon keeps emphasizing on the following traits in his training: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable-spirit. Over the past couple of years, not only they have had great physical and technical improvements, they have also tried to translate these philosophies into action and their day-to-day life. Thanks to Sensei Simon. More...

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Miguel Beleno

3 September 2014

Hi my name is Miguel Beleno and I've been training at Posener's Pankration for 7 years. Here is a snip of my essay that I wrote about my wonderful experience @ Posener's Pankration. Confidence is a very essential trait in life and I strongly believe that it can be practiced and gained. Through my years of martial arts I have built a strong foundation of confidence that is incredibly useful in many fields such as self-confidence with regards to my physical body, (Considering that Pankration is a very rigorous sport that involves immense exercise and training.) confidence in my social skills, (for example not being shy when talking to others) and most importantly confidence in my potential. The result of this confidence, now places a permanent mindset of mine; the right amount of confidence = increase in potential, which leads to a greater outcome/benefit.Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you here at the dojo! More...

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Christian Monobe

3 September 2014

I have been training at Posener's Pankration for about four months, and totally recommend it! The school has everything that a martial artist need: - Classes: several different martial arts, ranging from Muay Thai, Cardio Muay Thai, Submission Wrestling and MMA. So far, I go to Cardio Muay Thai (which for me is great, as it teaches some of the basics of the art of the 8 limbs, plus activities that will burn fat and calories) and Submission Wrestling. Can't complain.- Equipment: two floors equipped with mats, a boxing/kickboxing ring, dumbbells, punching bags and pads. - Teachers: the most important. Not only they are very knowledgeable (some of them have been professional athletes) but also really nice and very approachable. To sum up, the decision to join the school was one of the best I have done since moving to Vancouver. More...

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Emilio D

29 May 2014

I've been with Posener's for more than 14 years and have competed in numerous tournaments and ring/cage fights. The school provides the perfect setting for developing skills for any age group and skill level, both mental and physical. The atmosphere holds a friendly vibe and all the instructors are knowledgeable and will go out of their way to help you succeed. They are able to give you the push you need to reach whatever your goals are, whether you're competing, learning self defense or just getting physically fit. The building itself is two floors and has all the necessary equipment including free weights, punching bags, a ring and partial cage. As someone who has been training for most of my life, I can say that this is one of the best schools out there today. More...

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andrew devlin

29 May 2014

I have been training here for the past 4 years and have no complaints. The instructors are great and are extremely helpful. Everyone that trains here is friendly and helpful as well and the more experienced guys have no problem helping out newer people either. There is a good mix between new and experienced people as well as people who are there to compete versus the people who just want to get into shape. I would recommend this gym to anyone no matter what their goals are. More...

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jimmyray2008

3 September 2013

My name is Jay Morris and I started training at Posener's Pankration in 2002. I quickly began to love coming in to train and learn new techniques and be motivated to try my best which gave me renewed self esteem, confidence and motivation for everything that I did in life. After about a year of training I unfortunately got really busy with work and stopped going for about 3 years until returning again when my workload and job description changed. During my 3 years that i was not training I injured my lower back from working long hours without stretching and probably because i wasn't in as great of shape anymore. Back problems can really put a damper on your life and i gave up snowboarding and downhill mountain biking because of my back problems. When I returned 3 years later it was like i never even left ... my card was still in the slot, everyone remembered me and i was welcomed with smiles and i felt really bad for not coming back sooner! Sensei Simon Posener is a great man with a big heart, a family man but most of all he is a fearless champion who motivates you to try your best to improve and succeed at everything you do in life. I have been training steady now since 2006 and i do it mostly for fitness as i have my family to support and i'm in my early 40's. I can honestly say that i am in the best shape of my life and i will continue to train here as long as i can and i will find some way of balancing work and family to do so!Whether you want to try Muay Thai , Cardio Muay Thai, Submission Wrestling, Pankration or sign your kids up for a great junior martial arts program, this is the place to be! The programs at the school are second to none and the instructors are knowledgeable and fun but also they motivate you to try your best to succeed! Sometimes i find myself arriving early and watching a class before my warm up and i am always amazed at the stuff that i see! I can honestly say that i like learning new things and when i come to class and learn another really cool technique it makes me proud to be a part of this fine group of people!Make the call that will change your life! More...

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Francis Tiapis

3 September 2013

I have been training out of Posener's for three and a half years now. It was my very first experience in martial arts and I can say that it has changed every aspect of my life as well the way I think and behave in and out of the dojo. As the school focuses on to develop oneself to reach his/her full potential in mind, body and spirit. The coaches strive to help all students reach their goals wether they be self - defence, fitness, sport or what ever other goals they would like to achieve. The school allows all students to train six days a week multiple times a day in muay thai, submission wrestling or pankration. All classes varies in students from beginners, intermediate and champions. All students are welcome to learn at their own pace in what ever area they choose to practice in. I highly recommend Posener's Pankration to any one who like to develop themselves and their skill to another level with the help of world class Instructors in a friend/ family learning environment. One of the very best schools in Vancouver! you will not regret! More...

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marijana slavnic

3 September 2013

Every year, at the renewal time, I put down pros and cons regarding my training at Poseners.And pros are piling up, each time.One of the most important would be that things learned at Posener's just keep applying themselves into my everyday life,improving it.Among other benefits I would include great cardio that keeps me going.Knowing self defense is a good asset.Constant support (and consistent training) did wonders for my self confidence.Breathing exercises prove so helpful when stuck in traffic.And being told that I look taller-just because of improved posture- is one of my favorite.Instructors' attention to details is extraordinary,and their patience is endless (lot to learn there!). All around aspect of training provided here,along with great atmosphere,great people is what keeps all of us coming back,again,and again. More...

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Ashley Leong

3 September 2012

I highly recommend Kel Lee`s for martial arts training and fitness, it`s a friendly environment for the whole family to train at. The training is excellent, the facility is great and the team is exceptional.I started training at Kel Lee`s 20 years ago and have never looked back since. More...

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Angela V

3 September 2012

My husband and I joined Posener's a few years ago and from the first class we loved the friendly attitude of the instructors and fellow students. You always feel welcome and we love the positive environment.If you are hoping to achieve your fitness/martial arts goals then you will find this is a great place to train at. I participate in their Cardio Muay Thai class but they also have other classes they offer for more specific training. I am a mom and after having my son I found that taking the Cardio classes helped me lose the extra baby weight and now I am very close to my pre-baby weight! The classes are definitively challenging and fun, if you are looking for a good high intensity work-out then this is the place to go. More...

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Elaine Fung

3 September 2011

Great muay thai training! When I first joined Posener's several years ago, what struck me most about this dojo was its welcoming atmosphere. For someone new to martial arts, it was an intimidating and daunting world to enter. Any fears were quickly dissipated by the expert and friendly instruction. The same friendly attitude is apparent in my fellow students and there is a true feeling of camaraderie. Since joining Posener's, I have taken both the traditional Muay Thai and Cardio Muay Thai classes offered. I usually take the Cardio Muay Thai class though. But don't think it's just a glorified aerobics class because much of the time is spent learning technique, hitting the pads and training and conditioning like fighters - just minus the full contact. And there's extra motivation to train with level testing so that you know you're improving. Whatever your goals are, this is the place for results! More...