Monthly Archives: March 2014

Why Women Should Train Jiu-jitsu at Scranton MMA

Let’s get this outta the way. Obviously, the most glaring answer to the title of this blog is self-defense. If you have ever googled the terms “Jiu-jitsu” or more specifically “Gracie jiu-jitsu” you know that it is a self defense system that is predicated on helping a smaller, weaker, opponent overcome a much larger, stronger opponent or attacker so essentially jiu-jitsu is tailor made for a woman who finds herself in a situation where she is being attacked by a man and needs to protect herself. Of course this benefit is absolutely paramount when it comes to training for women. However, there are also extra added benefits for a woman to begin her lifelong journey on the mats.

Women who train jiu-jitsu also develop a higher sense of confidence not just in a self defense situations but in everyday situations as well.  Through drilling, and sparring jiu-jitsu teaches that you might get put in difficult or uncomfortable situations but with the proper work you can find a way out. This is very empowering.

Jiu-jitsu can also be a great stress relief, between either working a job, running a home, being a mom, going to school or any combination of the above, women face a tremendous amount of stress on a daily basis and jiu-jitsu can be a fun, different, and challenging activity to help a woman relieve her stress.

However, perhaps one of the biggest overlooked benefits of women training jiu-jitsu is the community. Jiu-jitsu in general is a giant community, however, a smaller tighter community is women of jiu-jitsu. Jiu-jitsu ladies from all over the world support each other through traveling, attending  seminars, supporting each other on social media and really being a sounding board for whatever issues they may be facing.

Ladies, if you’re tired of the same old gym, the same old work out, and are looking for something new, fun and challenging, where you can make a ton of great new friends, why not give jiu-jitsu a try?


Scranton MMA Boxing team has a great showing

The Scranton Mixed Martial Arts Boxing team had a great showing at the st pattys day brawl in Scranton on March 8th.

Stephon Burgette defeated Tommy Ayers by way of a third round Technical Knock out.  Burgette knew he was going to have a difficult fight again a much taller fighter.  Burgette was able to get inside of the much taller ayers reach and deliver some great body shots which set up some great shots to the head. Burgette has been training incredibly hard and this is a very well deserved win for him.  Please when you see him in the gym congratulate him on his TKO!

Daekwon Buckly won a heavyweight fight in his boxing debut. Buckly has also been training very hard for this fight and his hard work paid off big for him as well.  Buckley was also able to use body shots to score a technical knockout. Buckley ended his fight in the second round after delivering some very powerful shots that dropped his opponent and forced the referee to stop the fight.  Again when you see Daekwon make sure you congratulate him on his great victory!

The Scranton MMMA boxing team was supposed to have 2 other fighters on the card but their opponents did not make weight. Although they did not get to fight on this card their hard training will definitely pay off when they get in the ring for their next fight.

We want to thank Chris Mills our head boxing coach for all his great work and the extra hours he has put in with the fighters recently.
Full results can be found here:

If you have ever thought about learning how to box there has never been a better time. Scranton MMA has a great beginners boxing program that anyone can join and learn the wonderful art of boxing. Please contact us today to find out how easy it is to get started.


Great Takedown For BJJ Competition

This weekend Scranton Mixed Martial Arts will be sending a very large competition team to compete in one of the areas largest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments.  March is also FREEstyle Judo month on the Scranton MMA Judo mat.  With those two events happening we decided to show a very effective takedown that can be used in BJJ or in Freestyle Judo.

Please take 2 minutes and watch the video below and then take some time to read a bit more about the move.  If you watch the video a few times and then start practicing this move it will not take too long for you to be able to use this in sparring at the academy or in your next competition.


There are a few points we want to talk about quickly that will add some great value to watching this video.

The first thing to notice is that this takedown is demonstrated against a player who has an opposite stance.  So if your opponent is a righty you need to stand lefty or vice versa.

Second is to focus on maintaining good posture when you execute the takedown.  If you are bent over there is a good chance the move will not work for several reasons.  We can get into all the reasons why posture is important but for now when you practice this technique focus on making sure you can see the ceiling.  DO NOT focus on looking at the ankle or the ground!!!!

Third is to practice taking that back step at the very end.  The leg that is behind your opponents leg needs to step back.  This adds a lot of power by using rotation, It creates a very difficult angle for your opponent to maintain his balance and it allows you to use gravity, momentum, and the power of your whole body to finish the takedown.

Fourth and MOST IMPORTANT…. BE SAFE and HAVE FUN.  If this technique is new to you RELAX!!!  Go SLOW focus on safety.  DO NOT try to slam your partner as hard as you can into the mat.  Feel free to use a crash pad and ask an instructor for help if necessary.


P.S. We are getting ready to help in a fundraising effort for the March Of Dimes NEPA.  A very important Scranton MMA family has benefitted greatly from the March of Dimes and we will be doing everything we can to help them.  Please read more here and let us know if you have any questions


“I’d Love to train but I don’t know where to start”

This is probably one of the most common things we hear when someone walks into the academy for the first time and honestly, even though it may sound  smart or funny, the best answer we can give to this statement  is “start at the beginning”

With the meteoric growth of the UFC and MMA in general and even the  rise in professional jiu-jitsu events like metamoris  and more and more highlights being uploaded to Youtube on a daily basis, its very easy to get caught up in seeing these fighters with amazing striking or crazy fancy submissions and don’t get me wrong, all of that is awesome  but what you have to understand is these fighters have been training practically their entire life to develop those skills but more importantly they all started just like you, A white belt or a “day one-er”

With this in mind, Scranton MMA proudly offers “101” style  classes specifically aimed with you, the beginner, in mind. We named these classes “101” for a very good reason; training in Martial arts is very similar to learning in a school environment. The same way a person wouldn’t jump from kindergarten to college classes, a person wouldn’t jump from beginner to black belt or  from beginner to advanced either.  These classes are safe, fun, energetic, informative, judgment free  and are taught by lifelong martial artists and fighters  who remember exactly what it was like to be in your  shoes

Theres an old saying that “a Journey of a 1,000 miles starts with a single step so if you want my advice on where to start your  journey, take your first step by  putting your information in the box to the right and try out one of our awesome “101” programs Today!