Monthly Archives: January 2013

January 25, 2013

The New And Improved Program For Kids!

Parents and children you have certainly noticed the recent schedule changes at the academy. We would like to take a moment to go through some of the improvements to existing programs as well as highlight the new schedule additions. Be sure to note the added classes and extended hours are all included in your child’s current membership!

  1. The BullyShield program is now a ONE HOUR long class! This extra half hour of class time will allow for the staff to spend more time practicing the martial techniques with the children AND give us ample to for our “critical conversations” ~ mat time talks with the children about bullying, stranger danger, and the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Also please note the addition of TWO EXTRA BullyShield evenings ~ Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm!
  2. Kids JUDO on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5pm! This is a new addition to the schedule. The one hour program will focus on the competitive nature of the sport of Judo with the curriculum focusing on nurturing a child’s love of games and competition.


January 23, 2013

Using Your BullyShield Journal


Parents and Children, the best part about Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at Scranton MMA is the children are able to learn real world self-defense while “playing” Jiu-Jitsu. These games allow the child master the movements necessary to learn a series of more advanced techniques that they could use to defend themselves against bullies at school. The confidence developed by learning these techniques gives them the ability to prevent fights by standing up to bullies.

The BULLYSHIELD™ program will allow your child to play the same games, learn the same techniques, and develop the same confidence that we as instructors have obtained. In addition, you will have the opportunity to earn official Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu belt promotions!

The Belt System

Until they are 16 years old, a child remains in the kids’ belt system (grey-white belt, grey belt, yellow-white belt, yellow belt, orange-white belt, orange belt, green-white belt, green belt). At that time, regardless of the belt level, they will graduate to the adult belt system (blue belt, purple belt, brown belt, and black belt). In order to ensure that they are ready to test for blue belt as soon as they turn 16, we recommend that they begin working exclusively on the Gracie Essentials® adult techniques as soon as they turn 13 years old. Upon earning their blue belt, they will move on to the Advanced Cycle® program in which they will learn the 600+ techniques required for promotion to purple belt, brown belt, and, eventually, black belt!

Using The Journal

Use your journal to track each class your child attends. Your child will then be eligible to be rewarded with one stripe on their belt every time they complete 20 classes*. Each time they earn a stripe the date is recorded in the designated box. Once the child has earned all four stripes on their current belt they qualify to test for the next rank. *Please note that a minimum time period of three months is required between stripe promotions. Although it is entirely possible for a child to complete 20 lessons in less than three months’ time this minimum time requirement must be observed.

Enjoy The Experience

The journey will be long, and the techniques will be many, but, if they don’t give up, we promise they will make it to the top and we will be with them every technique of the way!

January 16, 2013

Operation CODEWORD – A BullyShield Mission

There are 7 billion people in the world; most good and some bad. Of the bad people, some steal money, some steal cars, and some steal kids. Take a moment to sit down with your child and create a CODEWORD. This is a secret between you and your child and should never be shared with anyone unless you have given that person permission to approach your child and take them home because of an emergency. Take a moment to watch the video below that explains operation CODEWORD in a bit more detail.

**** We took this video down while we are updating our anti bullying content *** Please check our main page and blog for more up to date info

January 16, 2013

Bully Free Scranton Launches

Bully Free Scranton is an anti-bullying community spearheaded by the BullyShield instructors of Scranton MMA. The mission of Bully Free Scranton is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for every child regardless of age, race, religion, socio-economic status, or sexual orientation through a grassroots movement built on the foundations of education and awareness. If you are a student, a teacher or a parent, we have resources and tools to help you put an end to bullying in your school and community. Start now by liking the Bully Free Scranton Facebook page! Together, as a community, we can tap out bullying!