Monthly Archives: August 2013

August 27, 2013

Scranton MMA ~ Bragging Rights 5 Results

On Sunday, August 25th, 2013 Scranton MMA hosted its fifth installment of its submission only Brazilian jiu jitsu tournament ~ Bragging Rights! Bragging Rights is Brazilian jiu jitsu stripped down to its roots – submit to win! Minimal rules, minimal weight classes and no points make Bragging Rights a true test of one’s jiu jitsu skills!

Bragging Rights was a wonderful success! We first want to thank all of the area school that joined us; Tri State MMA, James Simrell MMA, Pridelands, Combat Arts Institute, Red Dragon, Renzo Gracie Academy, and of course Scranton MMA members. It is awesome to see so many practitioners enjoy the essence of the submission only format and we promise to host another in the very near future. Congratulations to the winners of each division (a full breakdown in the video) and a special thank you to all of the volunteer referees and coaches that made the event run so very smooth (your time and participation is very much appreciated)!


August 14, 2013

Scranton MMA family suffers a big loss today

Our family suffered a big loss today. Sensei Eddies mom passed away today. She had been battling cancer for a long time. She was given 6 months to live about 18 months ago. She passed while she was surrounded by her four sons today. Viewing will be on Sunday and a Funeral Monday. Please keep her and the whole family in your thoughts and prayers. Details on the funeral/viewing will follow or send us a message at

August 12, 2013

Stretching. It’s not 1970!

Stretching. It’s not 1970!


Let’s once and for all put the stretching debate to bed. Does static stretching before exercise have any benefits?

The answer is a definitive, no! 

It’s not 1970; exercise has come a long way since bell bottoms and leisure suits. In fact, static stretching before exercise can actually decrease your muscles’ strength and result in the loss of explosive, dynamic performance — the kind that’s necessary for quick bursts of force or directional change.

A warm up should improve muscle performance, not worsen it. What is our suggestion? Start off every session with a warm up designed to awake, strengthen, and engage your muscles (all of which leads to fat burning). How do you do this? Use dynamic movements! Try for example; broad jumps, interval sprints ranging from light to medium intensity, punches and kicks, and our favorite “shrimping”. Get the most out of your workout starting with your warm up!

This is a ‘pet peeve’ of many of our instructors.  Students walk onto the mat and just sit down and start stretching.  Please stop.  Do some jumping jacks, jog, shrimp, break falls, ANYTHING to get the blood flowing a bit.  Even though it maybe warm in the gym you need to get your muscles warmed up.

Again when in doubt look to your instructors for some help.  If you are not sure what to do then please ask.  But remember all of our classes start with a good warm up that is designed to get the body ready for a great workout.  So if you are not sure what to do to get warmed up on your own then simply just do one of the warm ups that we did in class that week.
August 3, 2013

Yoga – Cardio Kickboxing – Zumba: Employment Opportunities

Do you have a passion for fitness? Are you highly motivated and committed to delivering exceptional customer service? An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Health and Fitness Team at Scranton MMA. We are currently interviewing instructors in the following fields:


Cardio Striking


Your primary responsibility will be leading and instructing fitness programs that meet the needs of the members. You will be expected to offer expert advice and assistance to members concerning the correct way to exercise to ensure maximum benefit to patrons.

Highly advanced organisational and time management skills are a must as well as the ability to fit your expert knowledge into our vision of the programs we intend to offer. You must also promote and encourage new and existing membership and customer motivation.

You must possess a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience in your area of expertise and demonstrate the highest standards of personal and professional health.

To apply please contact recruitment office at 570 851 2987 or by email at