Monthly Archives: January 2012
Monthly Archives: January 2012
Every year Scranton MMA presents the award for Competitor of the Year. 2011 saw a lot of awesome performances from many of its members; Nick Wynder‘s domination at UGC, Gavin Williams‘ many gold medal performances, or Nick Shoemaker’s complete destruction of his opponents time and time again. Each of these competitors all had a banner year but in the end one competitor stood out above the rest…Gary Peters! Gary had a great year not only in the cage but out of the cage as well. Out of the cage Gary spent his time helping to promote the academy, spent a lot of time assisting with the technique of new students, and became a cornerstone of the ever evolving mixed martial arts team . Inside the cage Gary was undefeated as a mixed martial artist this year and ended the year by capturing the 170lb PA Cage Fighting Championship! Congratulations Mr. Freeze on a great 2011!
Monday, January 16th, 2012 is Martin Luther King Jr day and as many parents already know the kiddies are off of school. The question becomes what to do with the children while you are at work? The answer is send them to us! For the first time ever Scranton MMA is offer to all its members a martial arts day camp. The camp will run from 10am to 4pm and will consist of Jiu Jitsu Workshop, Judo Workshop, CrossFit games, movie time, and more! Lunch will be provided from Grande Pizza in Dunmore. The day camp is available is for $40 per child attending from 10 – 4, early drop off or late pick up is available for an additional fee. Sign up at office or with any Scranton MMA instructor!
Your journey through bjj will inevitably lead you to experimenting and utilizing open guard. The open guard can be one of the most difficult skills to master and will provide you with an endless feeling of frustration as you struggle with all of its nuances. Take solace however in knowing that when you do develop your open guard it will increase your mat exffectiveness exponentially! To help you along the way we turn the spotlight on to three concepts that if followed will help your open guard development come to fruition more smoothly.
1. NEVER allow more that 90 degrees between your torso and your thighs.
It can be less (i.e. knees pulled tighter into your chest) but never be
more than 90! Example: if you opponent goes for a bull fighter style pass by
pulling/pushing your legs to one side, you must sit up to maintain your 90
2. Always maintain foot control through active hooks on at least one side of your opponents body (feet on the hips, on his shoulders, spidered around one arm & one hip, legs X’d on either hip, etc.).
3. Knees always flared out. This makes passing around the guard much more
difficult and leaves the best option for the opponent to pass through the center
where your arms and hands can come into play more often and with greater effectiveness.
If you find when someone passes your open guard you have most likely violated one of the above rules; determine which and work to fix it! Don’t give up, you will get that open guard you desire – but it won’t be easy.
Check Out A Few Pictorial Examples of Open Guards:
The closed guard is probably the one position most associated with brazilian jiu jitsu and the one position that arguably requires the most work at to be truly proficient. The closed guard is a great tool with many attacks and advantages that can come from it. Remember to work with it, be active, too many people use the closed guard to just hold their opponent and stall. Below are very important aspects of the closed guard to remember and practice, doing so will pay dividends with regards to your guard game.
Check Out a Few Pictorial Examples of Closed Guards: