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December 21, 2011

Scranton MMA Competition Results 2011

As 2011 comes to a close it is time to look back and see just where Scranton MMA has been this year! It was an active year to say the least, this season students from Scranton MMA competed in over 30 different tournaments across the genres of brazilian jiu jitsu, no gi grappling, judo, freestyle, boxing, and mixed martial arts. When it was all said and done Team Scranton MMA brought home over 100 podium place victories in 2011. Great work and congratulations to all the competitors and coaches that make Scranton MMA THEE place to train  in NEPA.

 

Tournament Results 2011

Ultimate Grappling Challenge 2011 GI

NICK WYNDER- GOLD

TYLER MOONEY – SILVER

MIKE PERAGALLO – BRONZE

DAVE MAKOWSKI  – SILVER

JOHN MEYERS – SILVER

ZACH SMITH – GOLD

MATT LESLIE – SILVER

SID AL HASHIMI -BRONZE

ANDREW WYCHECK -SILVER

KIDS TEAM (FIRST PLACE)

ADULT TEAM (FIRST PLACE)

 

Ultimate Grappling Challenge 2011 NO GI

NICK WYNDER -GOLD

TYLER MOONEY -SILVER

JOHN MEYERS -BRONZE

ZACH SMITH -GOLD

MATT LESLIE -GOLD

ANDREW WYCHECK -SILVER

ZACH SMITH (absolute division champion)

 

Cage Fight 7

GARY PETERS – DECISION VICTORY

JAMES CIANCI – SUBMISSION VICTORY

 

East Coast Championships

GAVIN WILLIAMS -BRONZE

BEV KOSS -SILVER

JEFF REESE -BRONZE

MATT LESLIE -GOLD

GAVIN WILLIAMS -GOLD

BRADEN RUETHER -SILVER

 

Judo Nationals

MIKE LATHWOOD -GOLD

MIKE LATHWOOD -BRONZE

 

MASS MMA

JAMES CIANCI -KO VICTORY

 

Garden State Classic

GAVIN WILLIAMS -GOLD

JEN WILLIAMS -GOLD

KEVIN ROGINSKI -BRONZE

BEV KOSS -BRONZE

MATT LESLIE -GOLD

GAVIN WILLIAMS -GOLD

NATHAN RUETHER -BRONZE

BRADEN RUETHER -BRONZE

JAKE LESLIE -SILVER

WILL FERRARIO -GOLD

 

Starrette Cup

TOM MCGUIRE -GOLD

 

Tech Judo Invitational

VITO PICOZZO -GOLD

STEPHEN PERAGALLO -GOLD

MATT LESLIE -SILVER

 

AAU Freestyle Championships GI

NICK SHOEMAKER -GOLD

LEE LOEWINGER -SILVER

FRANK ALOGNA -SILVER

GAVIN WILLIAMS -BRONZE

VITO PICOZZO – GOLD

 

AAU Freestyle Championships NO GI

LEE LOEWINGER -SILVER

 

Cage Fight 8

ADAM BISIGNANI -DECISION VICTORY

GARY PETERS -DECISION VICTORY

STEVE WILSON -SUBMSISSION VICTORY

 

Grappler’s Quest GI

MATT LESLIE -BRONZE

 

Grappler’s Quest NO GI

MATT LESLIE -BRONZE

 

Summer Slam

MIKE LATHWOOD -GOLD

VITO PICOZZO -GOLD

DAVE LESLIE -GOLD

KEVIN ROGINSKI -GOLD

KEVIN ROGINSKI -BRONZE

MATT LESLIE -BRONZE

JAKE LESLIE -BRONZE

GAVIN WILLIAMS -GOLD

NICK SHOEMAKER -SILVER

RICKY KRYESKI -BRONZE

 

NAGA Battle at the Beach

JESS PAPI -BRONZE

 

Pennsylvania Open

BEV KOSS -GOLD

BEV KOSS -GOLD

CHERYL MITCHELL -SILVER

 

UGC Nationals GI

LEE LOEWINGER -BRONZE

ERIC VAZQUEZ -SILVER

FRANK ALOGNA -GOLD

RICK FREY -SILVER

 

UGC Nationals NO GI

RICK FREY -SILVER

 

Camal Open

NICK SHOEMAKER -GOLD

 

West Point Open

BEV KOSS -BRONZE

CHERYL MITCHELL -SILVER

 

Murty’s Judo Invitational

NICK SHOEMAKER (outstanding competitor award)
JEFF REESE  (outstanding competitor award)

NAGA 2011 GI

JAMIE RICKARD -GOLD

JESS PAPI -BRONZE

STEPHEN PERAGALLO -SILVER

 

New England States Open

JEFF REESE -BRONZE

 

Cage Fight 9

GARY PETERS DECISION VICTORY (welterweight champion)

 

Northeast Judo Invitationals

GAVIN WILLIAMS -GOLD

 

Am Can

BEV KOSS -BRONZE

 

Senior Nationals

BEV KOSS -GOLD

BEV KOSS -GOLD

 

Jimmy Pedro Open

MATT LESLIE -GOLD

 

Bragging Rights

MIKE PERAGALLO -GOLD

RICO MANCINO -GOLD

JUAN ALVIERNA -GOLD

FRANK ALOGNA -GOLD

JEN WILLIAMS -GOLD

TYLER MOONEY -GOLD

ERIC VAZQUEZ – GOLD

December 18, 2011

Looking Ahead to 2012 at Scranton MMA

You have asked and we have listened! The suggestion box has been opened and a lot of great ideas have spawned from it.

The most frequent desire is more classes, so you ask so you shall receive! The 2012 schedule is being expanded as we speak! What can you expect? Classes being added to both the morning and evening schedule, including –> more kids classes, more more beginner classes, more advanced classes, more no-gi classes, more muay thai classes! Also look for later class times and new programs such as “Junior Grappling”, “Advanced Grappling”, “Competition Team Practice”, and more! We will not be open 24 hours but you can expect near 60 hours of scheduled classes per week!

Also many student have suggested more special events such as workshops, field trips, seminars, tournaments, and socials! We love the ideas. You can now expect a special event on the last Saturday of every month on 2012. Some of the events? Of course Arte Suave Days but in addition you can expect cookouts, tournaments, and even a “cosmic rolling” day! Also expect in 2012 some of the biggest names in Jiu Jitsu, MMA, and Judo to be gracing the mats at Scranton MMA.

We will also be adding a student resource center to our website that will have lots of great web resources for students and also a forum section on the website for Scranton MMA members to share ideas and stay abreast of all things Scranton MMA. Also in 2012 a monthly newsletter and so much more!

Things you won’t be seeing in 2012? A sushi bar, cigar bar, or in-house housing! Sorry guys, great suggestions but not going to happen….YET!

December 16, 2011

Bragging Rights 3: Tournament Results

On Saturday, December 17th, 2011 Scranton MMA was host to the third installment of Bragging Rights; a no time limit, submission only grappling tournament. This style of tournament is the truest test of grappling skill! By taking away time limits and a points system technique becomes the focus of the competition – lay and pray tactics, points playing, stalling, and the race to one is eliminated thus ensuring whomever has the best technique will outlast, outwit, and defeat each opponent faced. In addition to the no time limit submission victory only format the tournament was a true double elimination event with limited number of weight classes. Competitors from all over NEPA converged to test their grappling mettle and the matches did not disappoint; highlight reel throws, exciting comebacks, upset victories, fast finishes, and wars of attrition all were a parts of the day! There were far too many matches in the day to recount each and every one so we have provided the division results along with a brief synopsis below. All said and done Bragging Rights 3 was a huge success.

Women’s Open Weight Division – In the finals Jamie Rickard met Jen Williams. Jamie had submitted her way into the final round while Jen Williams, forced into the losers bracket in round one by Jamie battled her way back into the finals. Under the rules of true double elimination Jen would need to defeat Jamie in two consecutive matches in order to win the division – and that is exactly what she did by capturing two consecutive submission victories via entangled armlock from kesa gatame. Congratulations Jen!

Teens Open Weight Division – In the finals Tyler Mooney met Frank Flores. Tyler had submitted his way into the finals while Frank had to work his way through the losers bracket in order to reach the final round. As in the women’s open weight the winner of the losers bracket would need two consecutive submission victories in order to win the division. Despite his best efforts however Frank was unable to make this happen as Tyler Mooney secured a vicious knee on sternum hold to force the tap and win his division. Congratulations Tyler!

White Belt Under 200lbs – In the finals Rico Mancino and Vito Picozzo collided. Both competitors had decimated the division to reach the finals without losses. Therefore it was one match between the two undefeated competitors to determine the champion. In an exciting back and forth battle Rico was able to eventually secure solid cross body control and lock up a key lock for the submission victory. Congratulations Rico!

White Belt Over 200lbs. – In the finals Mike Peragallo faced off against Dave Makowski . This match proved to be one of the surprising upsets of the day – not because of a difference in technical skill but because in the previous round Mike Peragallo endured a 90 minute battle with his brother Stephen Peragallo! It was a foregone conclusion to everyone in attendance that Mike was “done” however in true Gracie Jiu Jitsu fashion Mike outlasted his opponents attacks with a tight defense, worked his way to a dominant position, and secured the submission victory via rear naked choke . Awesome job Mike!

Blue Belt Under 200lbs. – In the finals Juan Alvirena squared off against Paul Kunkel. Juan had submitted his way straight through to the final round while Paul had been forced into the losers bracket and forced to battle back to the finals. in a pitched battle Juan little by little gained steamed and began to impose his skill on Paul eventually setting up a knee bar victory from halfguard. Juan looked great both standing and on the ground and will no doubt be joining the ranks of purple belt very soon. Congratulations Juan!

Blue Belt Over 200lbs. – In the finals Eric Vazquez met John Meyers. Eric scored a quick takedown to guard pass securing cross side position from where he worked a keylock. Once locked on John had no choice but to submit. Congratulations Eric!

Purple Belt Open Weight – The finals of this division came down to Gary Peters and Frank Alogna. This was a fast paced match that saw a ton of transitions both standing and ground with both competitors gaining and losing momentum during the match. During one scramble Frank came up with a tight triangle from guard. Peters did his best to defend but in the end was forced to tap. Excellent work by both men. Congratulations Frank!

Exhibition Matches

Once the champions in each division were determined a few exhibition matches were held to entertain the crowd.

Jen Williams (woman’s champion) v. Tyler Mooney (teens champion) This was a fun exhibition with a lot of exciting action from start to finish. After six minutes of action Mooney secured an armlock for the submission victory.

Mike Peragallo (white belt 200 plus champion) v Rico Mancino (white belt under 200 champion) The second exhibition match of the day was another great one. Mike and Rico went to the mat for near 8 minutes before Rico finally secured a tight keylock from cross side to obtain the victory.

Eric Vazquez (blue belt 200 plus champion) v Juan Alverina (blue belt under 200 champion) This third exhibition match was a technical marathon as Juan used a superior technical skill set against a much larger Vazquez. To Eric’s credit he used a sound strategy of slow the game down and progress through the positional hierarchy – with this strategy Vazquez after 15 minutes secured an armlock victory.

Frank Alogna (purple belt open champion) v Jeff Reese (lead Gracie Jiu Jitsu instructor at Scranton MMA) The final exhibition match of the day came as a surprise to everyone as it was called, both competitors took to the mat with smiles. A quick hand shake and things were under way. As Alogna went for an armdrag, Jeff hand slipped into a cross collar grip. Sensing danger Alogna tried pulling guard. Jeff quickly cut pass to a modified cross side position as he sunk in a tight cross collar choke. Seconds later Frank was forced to tap.

It was a great third installment of Bragging Rights! We will keep you posted on the next installment slated for Spring 2012!

 

December 7, 2011

Private Lessons are a Great Holiday Gift

The group classes at Scranton MMA are a great learning experience with many wondeful benefits, including competition, comraderie, fitness, and of course the opportunity to become a highly skilled practitioner of the martial arets. Private lessons on the other hand allow for a clear advantage that group lessons can not; the undivided personal attention from your instructor. During the course of a private lesson you and the instructor can work towards correcting your mistakes, solving difficulties that you have with certain positions or techniques, and develop strategies to compliment your body type and style.

Another great aspect of the private lesson is that you get to practice technique and spar with a high level person, namely your instructor. The amount of knowledge you gain from having the instructor execute technique with you and on you is invaluable, incredible as it may sound you will almost learn through osmosis! You can absorb the way the instructor moves, his weight distribution, the way he applies pressure with his position, and how he finishes or defends techniques. Additionally the reverse is true. Over the course of a private the instructor feels what you are doing wrong; he will diagnose where the gaps are in your positional heirarchy, identify the off-balances in your transitions, and pinpoint weakness in your offense and defense.

Another added benefit of the private lesson to be considered is the decreased risk of injury. Group classes allow for a greater intesity of training that can at times, when practioners are not careful, result in an injury. In a private with your instructor you are in a much more controlled training session since your instructor has nothing to prove by roughing you up. Consider a private lesson if you are surgeon who can not risk having his fingers or hands damaged or perhaps a lawyer or high powered executive that can not risk a black eye before a big meeting. Regard a private lesson if you are the MMA fighter that is a week out from a fight or the practitioner that is within a few days of a big tournament or promotional seminar; neither person certainly wants to risk injury.

All totaled the best mix for maximizing your technical growth is the combination of group and private lessons! Spend time in group classes in order to compile a list of problems and frustrations then schedule a private to fix them. See you on the mats and remember to add private lessons to your holiday wish list!