Monthly Archives: March 2015
Monthly Archives: March 2015
This weekend Scranton MMA took a group of Judo students to compete in the 2015 New Jersey State championships. It was a great event. It was very well run and organized and all of the staff did a great job keeping the tournament running smoothly.
First things first… yes it was the New Jersey state championships and yes we are a club that is located in Pennsylvania. Luckily we were invited to compete at this tournament because many of our Judo instructors have trained and competed with the best clubs in New Jersey for years and years and they decided to invite us out because they new it would be good for the kids in New Jersey and good for the students at Scranton Mixed Martial Arts.
We cant thank the organizers of the tournament enough. Sensei Ramon Hernandez who runs North Jersey Judo and hosts the Garden State Classic was the tournament director and he did a great job of putting everything together from start to finish. Ramon did have a lot of help and overall it was a great tournament.
Now for the results. We had four kids compete and we walked away with four medals. One of our students took a gold medal in her first division and then moved up to the next age category and a higher weight class in that category and she took a medal in that division as well. That is a very tough thing to do at such a young age and at such a tough tournament! We had another female medal in her very first tournament which again is very rare especially at a big tournament like this one.
We also had one of our male competitors take a bronze medal in a very tough division. As a coach it is always tough to see your kids lose a match because you know how hard it can be on them but also you have to realize that losing is the best opportunity for learning and growth. This young competitor did great. He won and had some great throws and when he lost he took them in stride and just realized that he has some room to improve.
Overall it was a great tournament. It gave the Judo coaches at Scranton MMA a lot of information about the students and will help us plan out their training for the new few weeks and months. We got to see what techniques they are good at and what areas need improvement.
Here are a few pics!
Tonight we had a great night of training at Scranton MMA. We had a lot of classes going on at the same time and lucky for us we have plenty of space. We had our adult beginners self defense class, we had an advanced gracie jiu jitsu class, we had Muay thai kick boxing class and we had a Judo class. But tonight the kids definitely stole the show!
At Scranton MMA we have a kids program that allows our kids to train both Judo and Gracie Jiu Jitsu. We are very fortunate to have a great group of dedicated coaches, instructors and senseis that all help out with our kids program but what makes our program so great…. is the kids in the program! We have a great group of kids training with us and they love it. They have a ton of fun while practicing some great martial arts and to see them improve day after day, week after week is really a great thing to see as a coach!
We make sure that our kids learn good technique in both Judo and gracie Jiu Jitsu but we also make sure that they have fun! If you are at all worried about your kid getting bored or losing interest just take a look at a few of the pics we have posted here. HUGE SMILES!!!
To be honest another great thing about our program is the student to teacher ratio. I know that phrase is usually reserved for colleges or universities but at Scranton Mixed Martial Arts we really are proud of the fact that we have so many well trained, dedicated and passionate instructors who can help out with our kids classes.