Monthly Archives: October 2013

October 31, 2013

Royce Gracie Returns To Scranton MMA

In the immortal words of The UFC’s Mike Goldberg….”The Legend Has RETURNED”…. Thursday November 21st 2013 “The Godfather of MMA” Royce Gracie makes his way back to where it all started in Northeast PA, his first and ONLY affiliate in the electric city, Scranton MMA! Come take part in this amazing opportunity to learn authentic Gracie Jiu-jitsu directly from the source and share the mats with one of the true pioneers of MMA!

The one and only Royce Gracie will be making a trip up to Scranton Pennsylvania to conduct a Gracie Jiu Jitsu seminar on November 21st at 6pm. He will be conducting a two hour seminar and the cost will only be $60.

For those of you who might be unfamiliar with Royce Gracie well he is the one who started it all! He was the first champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His family started the UFC 20 years ago and they picked Royce to represent the family. Royce went on to with the UFC that night and change Martial arts history and training forever.

Considered by many to the most influential martial artist in history! Royce changed everything. Before Royce Gracie and the Ultimate fighting championship everyone thought that Karate and style like Tae Kwon Do were the ultimate solution to a self defense situation. Before that night very few people utilized grappling or ground fighting for self defense or fighting. The Gracie family took a unique approach to self defense and fighting and instead of focusing on striking they started to rely on grappling and submissions.

For anyone who has not been to a Royce Gracie seminar you are missing out on a great experience. If you train or study any type of grappling art you should attend. If you are a fan of MMA you should attend. If you are interested in learning self defense you should DEFINITELY attend. It really doesnt matter if you have been training for years or if you have never taken a class. Going to a Royce Gracie Seminar is a life changing event and it is something you will never forget.

If you are interested in attending the event or if you have any questions please call 570-851-2987 or Email us at ScrantonMMA@Gmail.Com

All of the staff and instructors are extremely excited about having Royce return to Scranton MMA and we hope you can join us Thursday November 21st in this great event. We look forward to seeing you there!


Gracie Jiu Jitsu Seminar Recap

This weekend we had the great privilege of having Phil Migliarese teach a Gracie Jiu Jitsu seminar at Scranton MMA.  Phil Migliarese is the head instructor of Balance Studios in Philadelphia.  Phil is a fifth degree Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under the legendary Relson Gracie.  He has over twenty years of experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts.  Phil was able to spend a great deal of time in the 1990’s learning directly from Grand Master Helio Gracie and Relson Gracie.  They taught Phil exactly how to teach the art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu and anyone who was able to attend the event at Scranton Mixed Martial Arts can see how efficient and effective Phil is at teaching all the aspects of Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

Phil started the seminar by teaching some self defense techniques.  Phil was able to break the entire series down into very easy and simple movements and then linked those movements together in a step by step fashion.  He was always willing to take questions of see the problems people were having and help them overcome those problems or difficulties with ease.  He showed some self defense techniques that some of the attendees have never seen.  Including people with over 15 years of Gracie Jiu Jitsu experience.  He was able to show the importance of these movements and techniques to all in attendance from the MMA fighters, to the Jiu Jitsu competitors, and the casual or recreational Gracie Jiu Jitsu student.

Phil then moved into showing some sport or competition based Jiu Jitsu techniques.  Again he was able to clearly explain every detail of the move and break it down step by step into movements that were easy to do.  Phil was able to clearly explain all the small details and why they were so important.  His level of detailed explanation was truly remarkable and when someone is able to break a move down like that it allows you to transfer that movements, that philosophy, that strategy into other moves in Gracie Jiu Jitsu.  Phil stressed that over and over again. How one part of this move will relate to another position or another submission in a different situation.  So even though you might be learning or practicing one move it was really help several other moves.

Phil then closed out the seminar by taking anyones question on anything they might have.  I dont want to give away any of Phil’s secrets but even the way he approached the question and answer session was very unique.  It allowed all of us to benefit greatly from the questions that were asked. I am very thankful that the questions that were asked ended up being so beneficial.  The moves, positions, submissions and even defenses that were discussed and taught during the question and answer session ended up adding a ton of value to the seminar and really will help improve everyones Gracie Jiu Jitsu game.

I just want to say thanks to everyone who made it out to the seminar.  I hope you had as much fun as I did and I hope you feel like you learned as much as I did during the seminar.  Of course I have to thank Phil from Balance Studios for putting on such a great seminar as well.  He took time away from his family, friends and students to drive up to Scranton Pa to help all of us get better at Gracie Jiu Jitsu and I for one think he did an excellent Job!


October 13, 2013


This letter is to inform you that Mr. Jeffery Reese is no longer associated with Scranton MMA. Mr. Jeffery Reese officially left Scranton MMA on 10/3/2013. Scranton MMA wishes Mr. Reese all the best in his future endeavors.

Scranton MMA will remain the ONLY Royce Gracie affiliated school in North Eastern PA. Scranton MMA will continue to provide the absolute highest level of Gracie Jiu Jitsu instruction. We feel that being a member of the Royce Gracie Network provides our students and instructors access to some of the very best instructors in Gracie Jiu Jitsu. We look forward to continuing our work with Royce Gracie as well as other instructors who have worked with the Gracie family over the years.