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September 13, 2011

G.R.A.C.I.E. NEPA Law Enforcement: Weapons Defense

G.R.A.C.I.E. NEPA Law Enforcement: Weapons Defense Course is a one day course open to all law enforcement officers. The course is designed to prepare the officer for the very real event of an armed, non compliant suspect engaging the officer in hand to hand combat. The course covers defense against knives, gun, clubs, and improvised weaponry. Registration for this event is now open!
September 13, 2011

G.R.A.C.I.E. NEPA Law Enforcement Level II

G.R.A.C.I.E. NEPA Law Enforcement Level II is the follow up course to the immensely popular Level I course! G.R.A.C.I.E. NEPA L.E. Level II is a three day course designed to expand upon the techniques and strategies covered in G.R.A.C.I.E. NEPA L.E. Level I through the addition of more restraint techniques and arrest strategies. G.R.A.C.I.E. NEPA L.E.O. II will answer many of the “what ifs” an officer had during L.E. Level I.  This course is only available to those officers that have completed Level I. Registration is now open.
September 12, 2011

Judo – Scranton Mixed Martial Arts

The Judo team at Scranton Mixed Martial arts has been preparing for the upcoming tournament season. This weekend marks the beginning of a series of tournaments that will end around May of 2012. The first tournament of the fall is the East Coast Championships which is held September 17th and 18th at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ. Adults will be competing on Saturday and Kids will compete on Sunday.

In preparation for this upcoming tournament and all of the tournaments that Scranton Mixed Martial Arts will be attending the Judo classes have been focused on competition success. The Scranton Judo team has focused on drills, tactics, techniques and strategy that will help them in matches during these tough tournaments.

One of the drills we have been doing recently and will continue to do during the competition season at Scranton Mixed Martial Arts is three man uchikomi. In this drill, one person practices getting into position to throw his opponent while a third person anchors that person to the ground. The student gets into position and attempts to throw against a huge amount of resistance since their partner is anchored to the floor by the third person. The student continues to try to throw for about three seconds and then repeats. After about five repetitions when the student is in position to throw the ‘anchor’ is released and the throw is completed. Since the student has just done five reps against huge resistance the throw is very powerful. This drill helps mimic the resistance that will be seen in competition against very skilled opponents. It helps teach the student that once they are in good position they may encounter very strong resistance but they can still finish and throw their opponent.

Another drill we have been doing with the upcoming competition season in mind is something we call turtle randori. The turtle position is very common in Judo. It is a position that can be very difficult to attack and often people do not have the necessary skills, strategy or techniques to effectively attack this position. We want all of our students and competitors to be able to take advantage of this situation each and every time it occurs in competition. When someone turtles it is like a free shot to attack and win that match. However you must practice this situation and drill it extensively to become proficient at securing a victory. In this drill we have one player turtle and one player attack the turtle. If any other position occurs like guard, a pin or a reversal the drill is stopped and the players resume the turtle position. This lets our players get plenty of opportunity at attacking the turtle. It also allows our players plenty of practice having there turtle attacked so they are comfortable if that situation occurs in a tournament.

These are just two of the many drills we have been doing at Scranton Mixed Martial Arts for our Judo competition team. We will continue to document some of the other drills, tactics and strategies we implement in our Judo training to help prepare our students for competition.

Good luck to all the competitors that will be competing in the upcoming Judo tournaments from Scranton Mixed Martial Arts.

September 11, 2011

Untouchables! Level II: Next Level Women’s Self Defense

You learned in Untouchables! level I beginner course that women’s self-defense begins long before a fight gets physical. Now in Untouchables! Level II you will learn how your first and most important line of defense is a heightened sense of awareness and preparedness, let us call it woman’s intuition. Level II Untouchables! is open to all women that completed Untouchables LevelI.

Scranton MMA teaches you the most common strategies used by sexual assailants so you can prevent attacks before they happen. However, no matter how diligently you practice awareness and avoidance techniques, someone might slip through your defenses and attack you. Regardless of your age or physical condition, you can and should defend yourself, and the self defense programs at Scranton MMA will give you the tools and the confidence to make it happen.

Our Gracie Jiu Jitsu self defense based program is unique in that it is effective for all women, and it is the only self-defense program in NEPA that effectively addresses what to do at all four phases of a sexual assault. Speaking and studying with law enforcement officials and through the study of interviews submitted by survivors, we’ve learned that nearly all sexual assault predators follow the same four-stage strategy: 1) select an unsuspecting target, 2) control the target, 3) fatigue the target, and 4) commit the sexual assault. Below is a detailed breakdown of each of the four phases of sexual assault, and the survival strategies that can be employed during each phase.

Phase 1: Select the Target

Sexual assaults rely heavily on the element of surprise. This requires a stealthy approach against their target. Accordingly, predators target potential victims who are distracted, inattentive, physically weak, and/or timid; and they select locations that enable them to strike quickly and out of view of would be rescuers. Phase 1 ends when the sexual predator has selected a target.

Phase 1 Survival Strategies

The most important Phase 1 defensive strategy is heightened awareness. Develop the habit of constantly being aware of your surroundings, making eye contact with the people around you, and maintaining an alert posture. Practices such as these will project confidence and readiness that will deter potential attackers from targeting you.

Phase 2: Control the Target

Once through your primary defenses a sexual predator will seek to subdue you. Phase 2 begins with the initial contact. The severity of the contact can range from abusive language to physical assault. Phase 2 ends once the predator gains full control and forces the target to the ground where they intend to carry out the assault.

Phase 2 Survival Strategies

Phase 2 survival encompasses all actions that prevent the sexual predator from gaining physical control over you. At Scranton MMA we teach you how to escape from the most common attacks – wrist grabs, hair grabs, chokes, bear hugs, etc. – as well as how to use verbal strategies to counter physical contact and avoid phase 3 all together.

Phase 3: Fatigue the Target

Phase 3 begins after the predator has subdued you. The predator will attempt to physically and psychologically control you by pinning you to ground and/or striking you. In Phase 3, the predator expects you to panic and fight wildly to escape. This behavior hastens exhaustion and it feeds the predator’s need to control and dominate you. He knows that a demoralized and exhausted victim will more easily succumb to sexual assault. Phase 3 ends when the predator believes that the target has mentally and physically surrendered.

Phase 3 Survival Strategies

In Phase 3, your primary objective is to escape and flee. This is where most other women’s self-defense programs mistakenly teach their students to flail about and strike at their captor. In Phase 2, we recommend these responses, as they can be highly effective when the predator is trying to subdue you. However, once the predator has pinned you to the ground in Phase 3, this type of behavior is extremely risky as it quickly depletes your energy and saps your will to fight. The keys to survival in this phase are to avoid panic, conserve energy, and escape using a leverage-based technique when the opportunity arises. Although there are dozens of women’s self-defense courses that provide sound strategies for Phase 1 and Phase 2 survival the programs at Scranton MMA stand alone in the ability to empower women for Phases 3 and 4.

Phase 4: Commit the Sexual Assault

Phase 4 begins when the predator attempts to rape the victim and ends with the completion of the sexual assault. During this final phase, the assailant will rely on the target’s exhaustion, demoralization, and fear to maintain control.

Phase 4 Survival Strategies

If unable to escape during Phase 3 you will need to create additional opportunities for escape. At Scranton MMA we teach you to use verbal and physical strategies to convince your attacker that you will cooperate while in reality setting up your escape.

Final Thoughts

Your ability to adjust your survival strategy to match each phase of the assault is vital. It is important to note that the appropriate techniques and your mindset change dramatically in each phase. If you select the wrong strategy, your actions may be ineffective or even counterproductive. Use your woman’s intuition to reduce your chances of being targeted, but perfect technique and mastery of the principles presented in our women’s self defense program will help to ensure that you have a realistic and reliable action plan if assaulted.