Team Strike Zone would like to welcome Kirkor Papasian to our coaching staff.  ​​​​​Kirkor holds the rank of black belt in the art of Tewhontatienas (Catch Wrestling), the rank of brown belt in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) and the rank of brown belt in SAW (Submission Arts Wrestling) under Mike Martelle. 

Kirkor has an eclectic approach to grappling and utilizes techniques from Jiu-Jitsu, Catch Wrestling, Sambo, and Judo. Some of his favorite techniques are leg locks and flying armbars, of which he has many wins with. Kirkor is a regional and national grappling champion with many expert titles from NAGA. His proudest victory was during the 2015 New Haven NAGA Championships, where he defeated a 4th degree BJJ black belt by a knee bar. Kirkor has trained many competitors to the expert level as well as championship belts and as a coach Kirkor has won three NAGA team cup awards. With Kirkor as our BJJ/Grappling coach at Strike Zone, we are destined to win more Titles and Team cup awards. Welcome to the family Kirkor Papasian!

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Strike Zone MMA is the top mixed martial arts training facility in Connecticut. Under the expert instruction of Darryl MarcAurele and our coaches, Team Strike Zone offers Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Boxing, Wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Grappling (no-gi), Judo, and Youth Boxing and Wrestling.

Whether you're looking to get in shape or want to compete, Team Strike Zone will give you the mental and physical tools to get you there. We train to compete in BJJ, Submission Grappling, Wrestling, Boxing, and Amateur and Professional MMA.

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Awesome day for Strike Zone at NAGA. Brian Swope won Gi and No-Gi in Expert Division to take home two belts. Kurtis Froling and Alex Leandri both won Gold in Gi and No-Gi in their divisions. Will Kenowski won Gold in Gi and Silver in No-Gi. Holland Ahern won Gold and Eli Legossie won Bronze in No-Gi in their divisions. Alex W. had some great matches but missed the medal round. Thanks Coach Kirkor Papasian for getting them ready and thanks to Julian Papasian for coaching. Strike Zone is proud of all of you!

Also, congratulations to Alex Leandri on her blue belt. She was never submitted during her white belt competitions. Let's see how long she can keep the streak going!

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October 14, 2017

NAGA New England Grappling Championship

Providence, RI