Monthly Archives: July 2014

Training Tips Part II

So we got a lot of feedback already from our first article on getting the most out of each and every class. So far everyone likes the idea of a series of articles around this topic so please keep the feedback coming.  The easiest way is to just send us a message on but feel free to get in touch with us anyway that works for you.

Today we are going to talk about how you should pick your training partners during class.  You might not realize it but how you pick your training partners in class can have an impact on your results or progress especially over a long time frame.  Now ideally everyone would like to work with the instructor, or a high ranking student or someone who is really good at the move, technique or position that is being taught in class.  And if you have the chance to pair off with someone like that during a class it is normally the best option.  When you don’t have that option here are some other ‘strategies’ or ideas we would like you to think about when picking someone to work with.

Pick The Newest Student

Might sound strange that right after I said that most likely your best partner is the most experienced person in the room that I suggest picking the newest student.  Well let me give you a few reasons why picking the new student is a great idea. First working with a new student forces you to focus on the most basic and fundamental aspects of the lesson.  This is huge because if you really want to perfect the lesson the key is mastering those basic elements. Second you will most likely have to play the role of a teacher at least a little bit.  Now we dont want you taking over class or having to teach all class and not get your reps in but most likely you will be able to help the new student through the move and give some good pointers.  This is a skill that everyone needs to develop as they progress in their martial arts career. Another great reason to work with the new student is that you will get a new look at the move.  Most advanced people are going to be doing the move the same way or at least in a very similar manner.  When you work with a new student you will most likely see some things that you have not seen in a while.  Some will obviously be mistakes that you dont want to replicate but other movements, ideas or questions should get you thinking.  It is not uncommon for a new student to do something unexpected that will spark some creative thoughts on your part. Who knows the beginner might be able to teach you something or at least give you something else to try.

Pick the BIGGEST person in the room… Pick the SMALLEST person in the room

It is very common for people to just pair off with someone around their size / weight. Especially as beginners we usually pick someone near our size because it does make learning most of the moves a bit easier but as we progress working with people that are  much bigger or much smaller will help us progress at a much faster pace versus always working with someone our size.  We will have to work a bit more on things like angles, timing, momentum, strength and speed.  You might realize that you can not really do a move on a big student like you did a small one or vice versa.  You also might realize that a move you thought would never work on a big guy can be done with just a slight modification and often that same modification will make the move more effective against anyone.

Pick someone who is really tired

Okay I am suggesting this but it is not so you can go out there fresh as a daisy and have some fun running circles around someone who is tired.  Going with someone who is very tired will give you a chance to slow your game down and focus on technique.  This will help you get a better understanding of what is actually going on. It is a good idea to make sure that you get some time practicing, drilling and rolling at a slower pace and training with someone who is real tired is a great way to make that happen.

Pick someone fresh as a daisy when you are real tired

Just to piggyback off of the previous tip working with some who is not tired when you are real tired is a great way to improve your game.  You will be in some situations that normally do not happen when both partners are fresh.  You might need to focus on defense a bit more.  You will need to focus on your technique more and your strength and speed less when training with someone when you are really tired.

Pick someone you have never worked with before

If there is someone in class and you have never worked with before then try to make sure you work with them.  Simple.

I hope this gets you thinking about picking training partners and more importantly I hope it gets you thinking about how you can get the most out of your training.  Again if there are any questions please let us know.


Scranton MMA Training Tips

At Scranton Mixed Martial Arts we are often asked “How can I get better” or “What can I do to improve” or some variation of that training.  So with that in mind we are going to compile a few articles to share some of the most important tips we have shared over the years.  We are going to try to make sure that everyone who wants to improve quickly or as efficiently as possible can do so. If you have any specific questions please just let us know and we will make sure we address it in an upcoming article or video.

One common theme we always talk about to our students is that they need to get as much as they can from each and every training session.  There are only so many chances to train at Scranton MMA per month, week or day and you really need to try to get the most out of every class.  We are going to go into a bunch of different topics that will help you and some of those topics are:

  • Who should you work with or partner with during class?
  • What moves or techniques should you work on during class?
  • What should I eat before class?
  • How hard should I spar?
  • How much strength should I be using?

We will cover these topics and many more.  All with the goal of getting the most out of every class.  Some of the answers may surprise you but we will go into detail for you and we hope that you listen and agree or at least give it a shot and see how it works out.  The first topic we will talk about is hydration.  Now hydration might not jump to the top of your brain as an answer when someone asks how they can improve or get really good really quick but we want to bring that up now and get it out of the way.

Scranton MMA How To Stay Hydrated In NEPA

So it is mid July in North Eastern Pa and Scranton MMA can get a little warm at times 🙂 So we want to make sure that everyone has some basic info on how to stay properly hydrated.  The first thing we want to discuss is the time it takes to hydrate.  A question we often hear is how long does it take to get hydrated?  And although there is some research that states if you are only MILDLY Dehydrated you can rehydrate by drinking 600 ml of water 45 mins prior to a workout. The best response is that you should start to rehydrate immediately after a workout and continue to drink water and hydrate up until the next class or workout.  You do not have to overdo it and you do not need to spend a ton of money on fancy supplements.  Water works.  Has for thousands of years.  You only need to drink clean water and your body will rehydrate.  The more you are dehydrated the longer it will take to recover.

Ideally you want to spend as little time dehydrated as possible.  We suggest you drink plenty of water after a workout it will be easier to recover after a tough workout if you are properly hydrated.  You will feel better and sleep better as well.

Stay Hydrated in NEPA

How To Stay Hydrated in NEPA

Please especially in the summer months pay a little extra attention to your hydration levels and try to come to class properly hydrated and then rehydrate as quickly as possible.  If you do Im sure you will notice that you will get more out of every class.  You will be able to train longer, go more rounds, get more reps in and you will improve more so than if you were dehydrated.

Again this is just a simple concept with a very simple solution but it is also something that is often overlooked.  Some people will spend big bucks on new gis, dvds, supplements but they will forget to drink water on a regular basis!  Please dont make this mistake!

UNIQUE Self Defense Seminar at Scranton MMA

Ok this weekend we are going to be holding a very special self defense seminar at Scranton Mixed Martial Arts.  However we want to be very honest and let you know that this seminar might not be for everyone.  This will not be your run of the mill self defense seminar.  It will not be a seminar where we just go over a few moves and leave feeling like we can take on the world…. no … no… no.. This seminar truly will be different!

The Seminar will be taught by former navy seal Christopher Mark Heben!  Chris has an awesome resume and really it would be easy to write a book about his history, all of his training and missions but instead I will just touch upon a few of the main points.  First I just want to talk about the seminar a bit. Chris wants to share with YOU some real world situations and examples to help prepare you for true combat and self defense.  He wants to touch on all of the mental aspects that will help ensure that you are successful if you ever really need to defend your life or someone you love.  He will talk about all of his training both mentally and physically especially all of the training he went through as a navy seal that helped him save his life numerous times.

He wants to talk about diet, nutrition even supplements.  He wants to talk about how to stay mentally strong when it counts most. He wants to help you understand some of the best targets you should strike or attack when you absolutely must defend yourself.  He will also talk about how to overcome adversity, facing your fears, leadership and even goal setting and how all of these topics relate back to self defense.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to train with someone like Chris and we hope to see you on the mats for this great seminar.  Here are the details and for more info please visit our facebook event page here:

When: July 19th
First seminar is 10am-Noon.
2nd Seminar is 2pm -4pm

Where: Scranton MMA
1000 Dunham Dr
Dunmore Pa 18512

Cost: $60 Per Session

Please Confirm Attendance ASAP By Calling 1-800-748-9910