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3 Biggest reasons why everyone should compete at least once

The one aspect which makes training martial arts truly special is that there are so many reasons as to why people train martial arts and each of them are special to that person. Some people train for the physical level, Martial arts is a great, fun, way to get in awesome shape, some an emotional level, training can be a fantastic stress relief, others a social level, Scranton MMA is a great place to make new friends and I have even heard some people say a spiritual level, they like the feeling they get after a hard work out.. like I said none of them wrong.. each uniquely personal.
Me? I’m a competitor and a coach. I love to compete and I love to coach competitors. Now, I know a lot of people aren’t big on the idea of competing and that’s OK.. like I said your reasons for training are unique to you.. in fact, probably only 10% of our student base does compete so you’re not alone but I’m here to make the case for why every one should compete at least ONCE in their training lifetimecomfort zone

1. Gets you out of your comfort zone– there is probably a thousand different things I could say on this topic and actually a series of different blogs I can write but for now I’ll try to keep it short and sweet, sometimes people get comfortable being “Academy Champion” tapping or beating the same people over and over and competing forces you to deal with people of different sizes body types than your used to and will probably cause you to re-evaluate your “game” more often than not.
2. Develops self confidence again, another area where I could write a series of blogs on just this topic alone but the bottom line is this I’ve been on the mat with some of the toughest dudes in this country and other countries, guys at the top of my weight class.. sometimes I did good, sometimes I didn’t do so good, but I survived and if I can do that in the competition arena…what is sending an email at work going to scare me? Competition helps to develop the tools to handle situations head on.
3. Most realistic test of your self-defense abilities– self-defense is a huge part of what we teach here at Scranton MMA and its awesome. Everyone should know how to defend themselves if a situation were to arise but how do you train for situations like that? Sure you can drill and things of that nature but after a while you and your partners start getting comfortable with each others patterns and it becomes less realistic. You could pick a fight which I DO NOT recommend for a variety of different reasons chief among them A). you look like a jerk and a bully and B) if your self defense skills aren’t up to par it could be a really bad day for you. So compete. Test your skills. After all what is competition? it is defending against an attacker who is trying to get you to do something you do not want to do. Very similar to a street fight except for rules and time limits.

There are a thousand more benefits to competition but these are 3 key ones that can help to enhance your training as well as enrich your life. As I said, if you don’t wish to compete that’s 100% cool but it is definitely an experience I encourage everyone to have at least once and if you’re interested in competition ask one of the instructors and we will get you on your way!

Small, Short term “victories” can lead to large, long term success

I won’t sugarcoat this. Training in the martial arts, just like any other art or sport, can be a very frustrating thing. How do I know? Two reasons : 1). I’ve been a white belt or a beginner before 2).I’ve been training for just about a decade and there is not a week that goes by that I am not frustrated with some aspect of my training
And here’s a secret….

It’s normal.

Everyone who has ever picked up a football wants to score a touchdown on their first play, everyone who has ever sat down at a piano wants to play like Beethoven on their first keystroke and everyone who has ever wanted to start a business wants to make a million dollars right out of the gate and when those things don’t happen, it’s easy to get frustrated but there is a way to fix it..i-dont-usually-take-baby-steps-but-when-i-do-theyre-giant-thumb

Appreciate the little “victories” or improvements you make in training. Now, this isn’t always the easiest of practices but it is great motivation to keep going. For example, If you’re rolling /sparring with someone a higher rank than you for four days straight and they catch you with the same armlock but then on the 5th day they don’t , that is a victory. If you normally could only do 3 minutes of drills or sparring in boxing muay thai, or MMA class and all of a sudden you do 4 or 5 minutes, that is a victory it’s something to hang your hat on and that’s why you keep coming back because pretty soon, these little improvements start to chain together and become huge gains
I know what you’re thinking “What if I honestly don’t see any improvements in my training?” that’s easy. Ask somebody else. You may not see improvements in your practice because you don’t know what you’re looking for but your instructors do and we are always here to help you along in your process and to see you succeed

In closing, sometimes the big picture is just that.. too big. Try not to look at every position, every technique, every round, focus on one aspect that you’re doing well and build from there. Training and learning Martial arts is a giant puzzle that we all are putting together one piece at a time.

New Schedule At Scranton MMA Starts Today!


Today marks the day that we are starting our new afternoon / evening schedule at Scranton MMA.  This schedule will allow you to take more classes in any style that you wish as well as making it much easier to cross train in other styles.

We have added a new beginner level boxing program, a new mixed martial arts program, an open mat on Saturday at noon, more kids classes, more times when you can train while your kid trains and much much more.

If you have any questions about the new schedule please just send us an email and we will be happy to answer any questions you have about the new schedule.

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New Scranton MMA Schedule

Our New afternoon schedule at Scranton MMA