Monthly Archives: May 2013

May 30, 2013

Know Your Roots ~ Video Roundtable and Breakdown Of Royce Gracie vs Art Jimmerson at UFC 1

Royce Gracie gained fame for his domination of The UFC. He became known for beating opponents much larger than he was, and between 1993 and 1994, he was the tournament champion of UFC1, UFC 2, and UFC 4. Gracie also fought to a draw with Ken Shamrock in Superfight at UFC 5. Royce Gracie popularized Brazilian Jiu-JItsu and revolutionized modern era martial arts. He holds the most submission victories in UFC history with 11, which he earned between UFC 1 and UFC 4.

In his debut match, Royce defeated veteran boxer Art Jimmerson. He took him to the ground using a baiana (morote-gari or double-leg takedown) and obtained the dominant mount position. Mounted and with only one free arm and zero idea of what to expect,  Jimmerson conceded defeat and tapped out.


May 30, 2013

Know Your Roots~ UFC 1 November 12, 1993: Royce Gracie defeats Art Jimmerson

UFC 1 on November 12, 1993: Royce Gracie defeats Art Jimmerson

At UFC 1, Art Jimmerson was a boxer who had in his career competed at super middleweight, light heavyweight, cruiserweight, and heavyweight and even was ranked in the top 10 by the IBF. As an amateur, Jimmerson was the 1983 National Golden Gloves Middleweight champion.

On November 12, 1993, Jimmerson competed at the very first UFC competition against Royce Gracie. Jimmerson entered the cage wearing only one boxing glove, earning the nickname Art ‘One Glove’ Jimmerson in the process.  Art planned on punching Royce so many times that he didn’t want to get his jab hand hurt, so Art wore a boxing glove in the match on his left hand in order to protect it against breaking. Nowadays, we laugh when we think of boxer Art Jimmerson entering the UFC Octagon against Royce with a single glove on. Remember however that at that time it was style versus style and none of the fighters new what to expect from their opponents!  The bottom line is that Jimmerson had nothing to judge his attire his against.

The fight was pretty straight forward.  Gracie threw several Pisaos to keep Jimmerson at bay and to get Art thinking about something other than the takedown. Once Royce had Art distracted he shot a quick double leg landing him in top side cross mount.  From there Royce simply took the mount, dropped his hooks, and controlled his opponent. Then, in a nutshell, Jimmerson was so confused, disoriented, and fearful that he tapped. You can’t blame him; few had any idea of what Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was!

For most people this was the first time ever seeing a boxing vs. grappling match up. What’s more, it was a future UFC legend’s first Octagon win. Though the fight may lack the “highlight reel” luster of other fights you better believe that a skinny, 170 pound guy defeating a skilled boxer with a 20 pound weight advantage was influential in changing modern era martial arts!


Scranton Mixed Martial Arts ~ Brazilian Jiu Jitsu For Self Defense

Today we are going to review a short video that goes through a great sequence of techniques that can be used in a self defense situation.  Whats great is that this same set of techniques have been used at the very highest level of competition as well.  The video we will review was shot at Scranton Mixed Martial Arts and features two of our Instructors Jess Papi and Frank Alogna.  Both are excellent instructors and do a great job of breaking down complex moves into the most basic movements so even brand new students can pick them up quickly.  Both Frank and Jess are also very successful competitors and that level of commitment and drive is a great trait for any instructor to have.

First I would like to run through the series of techniques that Jess will demonstrate on Frank:

  1. Frank attacks Jess by grabbing her around the waist from behind.
  2. Jess takes the Kimura grip.  She does this by first grabbing Frank’s wrist with one hand and then her own wrist with her other hand.
  3. Jess then uses that strong grip to remove Frank’s grip from around her waist.
  4. She then circles around maintaining the Kimura grip and executes O Soto Gari.
  5. O Soto Gari is a very powerful throw / take down taught in our Judo program.
  6. In most self defense situations O Soto Gari is powerful enough to end the threat but for the purpose of this video Jess follows Frank to the ground.
  7. As Jess follows Frank to the ground she transitions to side control position.
  8. The whole time she has maintained the Kimura grip.
  9. She steps over Frank’s head with her top leg.
  10. She applies the Kimura by lifting Frank’s elbow off the ground.

Now that is a long list of moves that seem very difficult to accomplish especially in a high stressed self defense situation but take a look at at the video and see how Jess is able to walk you through each phase.  She also does each and every step in a very controlled manner because she has practiced and drilled this situation numerous times.  Also since Jess has taught this move to so many new students she knows exactly what details to focus on and what mistakes to look out for.

So here is the video of Jess performing this set of techniques:

I hope you can see how a very detailed set of techniques can be broken down and taught in a very step by step fashion.  This makes learning the techniques a lot of fun and also very easy for a new student.  The most common fear among people when they are thinking about starting to learn martial arts is that they fear that they will not be able to learn or perform the techniques.  That is one of the reasons why I wanted to share this video today because it takes a very complex series of techniques and breaks them down in a step by step fashion to a basic set of movements that anyone can learn.

May 29, 2013

Know Your Roots ~ New Series From Scranton MMA

Welcome to a brand new series from Scranton MMA ~ Know Your Roots! This is a series that is especially important for every student at the academy as it not only addresses the rich and exciting history of the UFC™ but it also illustrates very clearly why Scranton MMA is a Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Network. In this series will be breaking down and analyzing all of Royce’s classic UFC™ fights, from UFC 1 to UFC 60!

One of the first things you will learn is how different the original inception of UFC is from the current format of today’s UFC fight cards. The very first UFC was held in Denver, Colorado in 1993. Some of you weren’t even born yet! UFC 1 used an eight-man tournament format in which the champion would receive $50,000. The tournament had no weight classes and consisted of single no-time limit round fight to the finish. The fight only ended by submission, knockout, throwing in the towel, or referee stoppage due to a severe cut or injury. Any martial art attire was welcome including gloves and kimonos. Although the first event was billed as “No Rules”, there were limitations on what the fighters should and should not do; including no biting and no eye gouging. Royce Gracie won the tournament by defeating all of his opponents via submission. His first opponent in the tournament was Art “one glove” Jimmerson and that is where we will begin our journey through UFC history! Stay tuned!


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