Monthly Archives: June 2013

June 28, 2013

Scranton MMA T-Shirt Pre-Order Going On NOW

Pre-orders are now being taken for the new Scranton MMA, “Scranton’s Got Your Back” t-shirt! The pre-ordering will run through Saturday, July 13. The pre-order cost $18! Show your pride and sport the new design!

Gracie Challenge Match

Like I was saying yesterday I never get tired of watching the Gracie challenge matches. Today I wanted to share another one of the matches from 1996.  This match features Rick Migliarese who is now one of the head instructors at Balance Studios in Philadelphia. We are lucky to have students from Scranton MMA be welcomed at Balance and we try to visit them at least once a month if not more. This is the earliest footage I can find of Rick but if you search for him on youtube you will find some great matches as well as some crazy workouts that he does.

This match is very similar to a lot of the challenge matches you will see and again this one looks like a pure grappling match. The opponent has some ground skill but there is no real understanding of positions, transitions and the skill and effectiveness was just not there.

It is also kind of funny to see how the fight ends. I mean its a two minute video and that is how it ends. Hard to believe what some people used to think ‘fighting’ was or what you needed to be a good fighter. Gracie Jiu Jitsu really changed and it did so very quickly. Watch the video and let us know what you think. Also if you want to be a part of our next road trip to Balance let us know.

June 19, 2013

As A Beginner, How often should I attend classes?

As a beginner it is suggested to start with 2 times a week, even if you are a high-end athlete already. BJJ utilizes alot of muscles that you just don’t workout when you go to the gym. How often have you heard, “Bro. I did a sick external intercostal workout today!” Regardless of your level of fitness it takes a long time for your tendons/ligaments/muscles to get used to the movements of jiu-jitsu. So best advice is to pace yourself.


After your “grappling muscles” strengthen, in a few months, you may want to train more than 2 times a week. In this case, try bumping it up to 3 times a week and see how your tendons, ligaments, joints, and muscles feel. If you don’t experience an overly increased amount of soreness, stick with the 3 times per week for a few months and then bump up to 4 times per week. A quick rule of thumb; I would recommend going only twice a week for the first 3 months. Then for the next 3 months try bumping it up to 3 times a week, and see how it goes. If everything aches drop back down to 2 times a week for a while.

When I first started I was in the worst shape of my life. I was 27 years old and nearly 200 pounds. It took 6 months before things started to feel good, and a full year before I didn’t feel as if I were about to die after every workout. Now, 13 years later I am able to train seven days a week with only the usual post workout muscle soreness experienced after any satisfying workout. The best thing I ever did for my health and wellness was get started in bjj!


Bonus Article On Boosting Energy:
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What do the belt colors and stripes mean?

So a lot of people who are interested in training at Scranton Mixed Martial Arts or who have just started training with us often ask us what all of the different stripes mean on the belts.  Today we will talk a bit about the different color belts and the stripes that are on the belt.

First lets talk about the adult ranking system in Gracie Jiu Jitsu.  The belt color is just one way to determine how long someone has been training, what level of understanding they have about the techniques, how effective they can teach the techniques and how effective they are at executing the techniques.  So right away the belt color can represent a lot of different factors when it comes to Gracie Jiu Jitsu and it is important to realize it is not just a sign of how long you have been training.

Gracie Jiu Jitsu really only has five belt colors and in order they are white belt, blue belt, purple belt and then the black belt.  Students who start training BJJ will start with a plain white belt, no stripes.  Each belt has room for four stripes on a black section at the bottom of the belt.  The stripes are stepping stones on the way towards the next belt.  Most often a student will receive their four stripes from our head instructor during classes, in house seminars or in house competitions.  Once they receive all four stripes they are getting close to receiving their next colored belt.  At Scranton MMA we are very fortunate to be able to have Royce Gracie come to our facility and due most of the belt promotions himself.  We have also had the honor of having Rodrigo Gracie promote our students as well.

Students will sometimes ask us how long does it take to get a stripe or how long does it take to get the next belt. Well the answer is very simple.  It takes as long as it takes.  Their are no set guidelines or rules.  We can say this though the more often you attend class, the more you pay attention in class and the harder you try during all the drills the quicker you will get promoted.    One little tip.  Do not ask to get promoted.  Just focus on improving, understanding the techniques better and better and becoming more efficient and effective at implementing the techniques.  If that is your main focus then the stripes will come and so will the next belt.


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