Monthly Archives: February 2013

February 24, 2013

On Tap This Week in Jiu-Jitsu! 2/25 ~ 3/2

Beginners Six Month and Under

~Monday through Thursday at 6pm, Monday and Friday at 10am

In the Foundations class this week we will be further working from our guard. While trapped in your guard opponents often that if they drive their weight forward, they can submit you with their body weight. This is not true. Because they are inside your legs, their weight is distributed in so many different places, that it is very easy to survive the pressure. Any time a larger opponent is driving all their weight forward from within your guard, there is a good chance that you can sweep them. This week’s lesson you will learn two variations of the Elevator Sweep.

Intermediate Six Months to One Year

~ Monday Through Thursday 6pm

If there is one technique that defined my blue belt years it was the far side armbar. Once establishing the underhook from the side mount you can use the far side armbar  in combination with the Americana armlock to submit opponents of all sizes and skill levels. The secret to the success of this technique is in the surprise element and landing position of your hips.

Advanced One Year Plus

~ Monday and Wednesday at 7pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 10am

In side mount, your number one objective is to control the opponent. Once you establish that control, you can advance position or achieve the submission. If you seek to finish from the side mount you need to learn my all-time favorite side mount submission sequence – “Time Out!” I will start by showing you how to establish and keep the “time out! control”. Then I will teach the three most effective outside attack options from there. If you master this lesson I guarantee your side mount submission game will never be the same! This is my favorite side mount submission series because once TimeOut! is established it’s nearly a guaranteed victory; if not by submission then by total exhaustion and complete demoralization.

See you on the mats!

~ Jeff

February 13, 2013

Scranton MMA Sweatsuits!



Pre-orders are now being taken for the Scranton MMA hooded sweatshirt and sweat pants combo! The pre-ordering will run through Friday, February 22. The cost of the combo is only $50!

Scranton Mixed Martial Arts Kids Safety Policy

Scranton mixed martial arts is committed to ensuring the safety of all of our students but especially the young students who train with us. In an ongoing and continuous effort to improve the safety of our students Scranton mixed martial arts will be instituting a new Kids Safety Policy. Please read this article and let us know if you have any questions.

The policy will address issues with dropping off students and picking up these young students before and after the classes at Scranton Mixed Martial Arts Academy. We will not go into specifics in this article for both security and privacy concerns of our members and our families. All students and family members will receive information regarding the changes and our staff and instructors will go over any questions you may have.

We are very lucky to have such a wonderful and close knit family at Scranton Mixed Martial Arts. With that in mind we want to do everything we can to help keep everyone in our family safe. We want to establish a formal system on how all of our young kids will enter and leave the building to provide the highest level of safety that we can.

Im sure many of you heard about or read a story recently that made national news where a young student was abducted from a school. The goal of this policy is to do everything we can to prevent anything like that happening to a member of the Scranton MMA family. We feel that we have the staff and training necessary to keep our students as safe as possible and we know with your cooperation we can make it happen.

This week instructors and staff at Scranton Mixed Martial Arts will meet with all the parents, guardians, family members who either pick up or drop off students at the academy. We will also have several talks with the students to make sure they understand the changes as well.

February 3, 2013

Sparring Is No Place For Ego

Although sparring is one of the most important training exercises you can engage in on your path to black belt, you must know when and how to spar in order to reap the full benefits of your training in Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

Let’s recap:

• Sparring too early is the leading cause of injury and frustration.
• Sparring is, however, a critical training element on the path to black belt.
• Each student must be equally concerned with the progress of his/her training partners as with their own.

It’s important to note that sparring between jiu-jitsu practitioners is sportive by nature and doesnot necessarily make you “street fight ready”.