Monthly Archives: October 2014
Monthly Archives: October 2014
With so many people now a part of our academy I wanted to talk a bit about Scranton Jiu Jitsu History. This history of Jiu Jitsu in Scranton can be traced back to around 1998. That is when Dr. Brunetti first start to take lessons in Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Steve and Mark had to travel to Philadelphia to take BJJ lessons because there was no one else practicing the art in the Scranton area. After training for some time in Philadelphia Steve opened up a school with his brother in Jessup, Pa.
That is the beginning of the story. Two brothers Steve and Mark having such a great interest in Gracie Jiu Jitsu that they traveled over 2hrs each way just to learn the art. Once they opened their own school they ended up meeting and teaching Dominic Passaniti, Steve Polito and Matt Marcinek.
Dom is now a black belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Once Dom Started training he never looked back and has been a great student of the art and an awesome teacher as well.
Matt, who was recently awarded his purple belt, Studied Jiu Jitsu for some time and then focused on Judo for many years and is now a brown belt and great judo coach. He ended up joining back up with Dom, Doc, and Mark in 2008 training both Judo and Jiu Jitsu.
Steve Polito has been training and studying Gracie Jiu Jitsu since the beginning of this story and has also continued to study Muay Thai as well and is a very valuable asset to Scranton MMA for his ability to teach and coach everyone from the most basic student to the advanced competitor and our Pro Fighters.
Tom McGuire Started training BJJ in 1998 and quickly fell in love with the art. Tom was able to learn the techniques from BJJ and apply them to Judo which he was a very active competitor. He trained in both BJJ and Judo for some time and then decided to focus all of his time and energy towards Judo. In 2008 he decided to start cross training in BJJ to compliment his Judo and to help introduce Judo to BJJ students.
This started to form a big part of the team that would end up partnering up to become Scranton MMA. We have also been extremely fortunate to have Frank Alogna join us and pick up the art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu at an extremely fast pace. Frank is an extremely dedicated student of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, an extremely active and successful competitor and a fantastic coach for our kids, beginner students and advanced students.
Steve Peragallo and Jess Papi also joined us very early on and like frank they are all extremely dedicated, very successful competitors and great coaches!
We really are very lucky to have formed such a great team over the years and have such a great place to train jiu jitsu in Scranton pa!
Just wanted to write a bit about a common BJJ strategy that we were discussing yesterday and teaching to our younger students. The concept or strategy is that when you are on the bottom in a self defense situation or in a competition sometimes your best option is to get back to your feet. A lot of BJJ students forget this concept and just think that if they are on the bottom they have to stay on the bottom. Is is very important to practice getting back to your feet when you are in the guard.
It might be a self defense situation where you do not want to stay on your back for many – many reasons, it might be a competition where you are not able to sweep or submit your opponent, it might be an mixed martial arts fight where you are taking punches or it can be any time when you are on your back have the other person in your guard and need to or want to stand back up.
The technique is actually very simple but like anything else it just needs to be drilled and practiced in the correct manner. Just having this technique in your arsenal will greatly increase your odds of ‘winning’ when you are in the guard. You can get really good at this technique and strategy and learn to make effective use of it whenever you are on the ground or you can use this to create openings for sweeps and submissions while on the ground. It will also change the way someone tries to pass your guard or strike within your guard as well. So practicing this technique will pay off for you in a number of ways and unless you plan to never be on your back you will have plenty of times to practice and use this technique while training.
Here is a short video of some of our young bjj students practicing this technique.
For many of them it was the first time they got to practice this move but many of them picked it up pretty quickly. If you havent worked on this technique recently I strongly urge you to make sure you try it while rolling. It will definitely change things ups a bit and create some situations for you to explore while training. As always if you have any questions please just let us know!
This weekend a large group of Scranton MMA coaches went down to Balance Studios headquarters for a belt promotion ceremony. We were very honored to be invited by Phil and Ricky Migliarese. The mats were filled with talent! There were more gracie jiu jitsu black belts on the mat then I have ever seen before. Balance has a very rich history since they have been training directly with the Gracie family before the first UFC!
The highlight of the day for the Scranton MMA crew was watching Sensei Dom get his black belt from Phil and Ricky! Dom has over 15 years of Gracie Jiu Jitsu experience and his black belt promotion was a great moment for him. Dom really appreciated that so many of the Scranton MMA coaches went down to support him and witness this once in a life time achievement. So please when you see Dom congratulate him for all of his hard work and for everything he dos for Scranton MMA. Some of our newer members might not know but trust me when I say it Scranton MMA would not be the same without Dom and we would have never gotten to this point without his great knowledge of jiu jitsu, his patience 🙂 and his ability to coach and instruct! He really is one of the absolute best things about Scranton MMA!
Dom was not the only instructor to get promoted from Scranton MMA. Frank Alogna was promoted to Brown Belt! Frank is one of the most dedicated Jiu Jitsu practitioners you will ever meet. He has worked tremendously hard over the last few years as a purple belt to improve not only as a competitor but also as a coach and instructor. Please when you see Frank at the academy congratulate him on his recent promotion.
We also had three of our coaches get promoted to purple belt. Matt Marcinek, Jess Papi and Steve Peragallo were all promoted from Blue belt to Purple belt! Again all three of them are very dedicated and hard working. They all compete and coach and have helped Scranton MMA Grow into the academy it is today. Please when you see them on the mat congratulate them on their promotions!
Here is a group shot of everyone who got promoted and then a picture that shows about 1/3 of the people on the mat and most of the coaches from Scranton MMA.