Monthly Archives: May 2014

May 23, 2014

Scranton Mixed Martial Arts Memorial Day Weekend

In an effort to keep everyone up to date on what is going on over this very important weekend we decided to write this quick article to get the information out to everyone.  Please if you know some of your teammates and training partners who do not use facebook or the internet too much then call them, text them and lets try to make sure everyone gets this information.

First and foremost even though this is a big weekend for Scranton MMA with a lot going on PLEASE make sure you take the time to think about those who gave their life for our great country and freedom.   Scranton MMA has a bunch of members, friends and family who are part of our military and they all deserve a great deal of thanks and support!  Remember this holiday is not just about barbecues, parties, sales and shopping.  It is truly a time to remember how many great people made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Next up is that this weekend is PA Cage Fight 18!  I am hoping that a lof of our members make the trip down to Kingston, Pa to support this great event.  It features a bunch of very local and very talented mixed martial arts fighters from all over NEPA like Joe Fye, Rex Harris, Ian Brofsky, Chris Hettes and Stephon Galka.  All of those great fighters have helped Scranton MMA in the past by training with us at our academy or training with our members at their own academy.  This is one of the big reasons I really look forward to going out and supporting this event because it is filled with fighters that we have the pleasure of working with.  I wish all of them the best of luck.

However most importantly for all of us at Scranton MMA is that our very own STEVEN WILSON will be fighting on the card in one of the professional mixed martial arts fights.  Steve has trained a great deal for this fight.  He has travelled all over and has put in a ton of hours to get ready and I really cant wait to go see him in action.

I hope that we can get a lot of our members together and make the tirp down.  Please just message us at or send us an email at

Also one last thing we wanted to bring up in this article is that all regularly scheduled classes will be cancelled on on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.  Again please take time out of your day to think about the sacrifices that have been made by the great men and women who served in our armed forces.

With classes cancelled we will schedule an open mat or two over the weekend.  We will post it on facebook/twitter/ etc and we would appreciate help in getting the word out.



Scranton MMA Tips For Beginners

With so many new members joining our academy recently we wanted to write a quick article for the new members and share some tips that will help you get started and make your first few weeks much easier.

Scranton MMA new student

New To Scranton MMA? Got a? Just ASK!

As always if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to anyone and we will make sure we take the time to help you out.  One easy way to reach us and get a quick answer is to write us on our facebook page at:

The first thing we want to tell everyone who joined recently is that you need to realize that EVERYONE started as a white belt or as a new student at some time. None of the members you are training with or the instructors you are learning from were experts day one.

Everyone starts off in the same spot.  So please do not feel strange or weird for not knowing the moves or the terminology that we are discussing.  Just give it time and it will all fall into place.

The second tip would be to relax and have fun.  Obviously self defense and martial arts are real and serious issues. We do not want to take the topic lightly or brush it off but at the same time the academy should be a fun place and classes should be fun as well.  So enjoy it.  Have fun and relax.  You can do that while learning a great deal and still have a great workout.

Most people who are able to relax and have fun will actually progress at a much faster pace.  Go figure if you enjoy training you will show up more, pay attention more, try harder and become much more effective!

One last tip for today and that is to try to focus on the concepts or basic principles that you are being show.  Try to remember the concept or principle even more so then the specific move or technique you were shown.  As a beginner many of the techniques you will learn have parts or pieces that will repeat over and over again as you progress.

You want to get an understanding of what you are doing and why.  Focus on hip movement, hand placement, foot work, etc… If you are able to grasp that many moves and techniques share the same basic principles and movements you will be able to learn much faster and easier.  This may seem tough at first so even just trying to pay attention to this will help you out a great deal.


Anti Bullying Day At Scranton Wilkes Barre Rail Riders Game

We recently had the great honor of being selected to participate in an anti bullying event for the Scranton Wilkes Barre Rail Riders.  It was great to be selected by this organization to come out and talk to thousands of kids about bullying and what they can do to help prevent it.  On top of just talking about anti bullying we also got to do some lessons and demonstrations with a bunch of the students who were in attendance.

It was a ton of fun.  The weather was great and not only were there thousands of kids in attendance but most of these kids were truly interested in learning what they can do to help prevent bullying in their schools.  That is a great audience to work with.  We got to talk about many different ways that kids can help out in their school in the fight against bullying.  We got to talk about how if a group of friends come together to work against bullying it will be very effective, if a whole class works together it is even more effective and then if a whole school works together to fight against bullying then it will be unstoppable!

The Scranton Wilkes Barre Rail Riders were also kind enough to give us a great amount of space to work with.  This really made it easy to interact with and talk with all of the kids in attendance.  One of the great things about this location was that it gave us plenty of space to do some demonstrations and even teach the kids some martial arts and self defense while they were there.

It is great to talk to kids in the Scranton area about our anti bullying program at Scranton Mixed Martial Arts but it makes it much more effective when we are able to demonstrate some of the martial arts and self defense techniques we teach at our academy.  It really makes it easier for the kids to connect with us and with our strategy when it comes to dealing with bullies.

Again we want to thank the Scranton Wilkes Barre Rail Riders for putting together such a great event.  Honestly from start to finish the entire event was great and it really helped show kids how important the bullying situation is in the scranton area.

If you or anyone you know is interested in learning about our anti bullying program please just let us know.  We are always happy to talk to one kid, one parent or entire groups.

Strength and Conditioning For Self Defense

At Scranton Mixed Martial Arts we love helping people learn about self defense and today I would like to talk about the importance of strength and conditioning for Self Defense. Obviously I have to state that if you are interested in learning how to defend yourself in a self defense situation nothing and I mean nothing will replace good Self Defense Lessons, a solid plan and LOTS of practice. You have to prioritize that above all else. Find a good program with good instructors and practice, practice, practice.

Once you are on the road to learning the write techniques and practicing them in a fun, safe and effective manner you should start to look at other ways besides training that will make you more effective in a self defense situation. One of those ways is to start a great strength and conditioning program. If you had a choice you would always prefer to be stronger than anyone attacking you. If you had a choice you would always prefer that your attacker gets tired or gases out before you do in an altercation.

You do have a choice. Getting strong and getting in great shape so you do not get tired in a self defense situation is something anyone can do. It does not need to take up a lot of time and it does not need to be expensive. It can be free if you are properly motivated. There are a ways or programs that you can look into that have great track records for getting people in really good shape. As always do your own research and check with your doctor before starting any strength and conditioning program.

Here are a few programs we feel are worth looking into if you want to start to improve your strength and conditioning for self defense or mixed martial arts:

  • CrossFit
  • Hiring a Personal Trainer
  • Getting a Gym Membership
  • Getting a book with a workout at home program
  • Getting a dvd with a backyard or workout at home program
  • Jog/Run
  • Get a library card 🙂
  • Tabatas
  • Push ups / Sit ups/ Squats / Pull Ups / etc

These are just some of the options. The truth is that there are hundreds and hundreds of ways that you can improve your strength and conditioning for Self Defense situations or mixed martial arts. We just wanted to let you know that we do feel it is important and give you some ideas and options. As always feel free to talk to one of your instructors at Scranton MMA and we can help you with some ideas or point you in the right direction.