Monthly Archives: May 2015

May 24, 2015

Scranton MMA at Pittston Area High School!

Instructors from Scranton MMA visited Pittston Area High School on Friday to put on a free self defense clinic for the students.

Sarah Velehoski, a senior at Pittston Area, invited the instructors from Scranton MMA to teach her and her classmates some basic self defense techniques. Sarah is in the Pittston Area chapter of the National Honor Society. Being part of the NHS includes completing a senior project. Her senior project included setting up a self defense demonstration at the high school so she and her friends would be more prepared for college.

“With a bunch of us going away to college, I thought it’d be a good idea to have a basic understanding,” Sarah said.


Frank Alogna is one of the Scranton MMA instructors who attended the demonstration. Frank is one of the head instructors at Scranton MMA, and has eight years of experience in jiu jitsu. After training in the art for so long, he knows the ins and outs of jiu jitsu and how effective it can be for self defense. He has practiced self defense jiu jitsu with top black belts such as Royce Gracie and Phil Migliarese. Training with these two has given him a thorough understanding of jiu jitsu and how important it can be, especially for high school seniors.

“They’re about to go into the real world. They might be in areas they’re not familiar with, and with people they don’t know. It’s always good to know self defense to feel confident and be prepared for any situation,” Frank said.


Jess Papi is another instructor who went to the demonstration at Pittston Area. She has been practicing jiu jitsu since she was sixteen years old. Knowing self defense throughout high school and college has kept her more aware of her surroundings. Jiu jitsu gave her confidence, and she is prepared to handle herself in case something were to happen. Knowing firsthand how important it is for a student to know how to defend herself, Jess was excited to teach the Pittston Area students some basic techniques.

“Going to college can be scary. You hear horror stories about students being mugged late at night, and you can’t help but think that a little bit of self defense knowledge could have helped them,” Jess said. “Fortunately, I haven’t had to use my jiu jitsu on an attacker yet but I know that when or if the day comes, I’ll be ready.”


About twenty students attended the self defense clinic in the gymnasium at Pittston Area High School. Frank and Jess taught the young men and women some basic concepts such as how to stand up properly and how to keep a sturdy base. They then showed the proper defensive techniques to the sucker punch, the shoulder grab, and the headlock. The students did an awesome job picking up on the basics, and they asked some great questions about other techniques as well! Scranton MMA would like to extend a huge thank you to Sarah Velehoski for inviting us to her school and having a great group of students there for our instructors to teach!

If you or anyone you know is interested in learning jiu jitsu for self defense, contact Scranton MMA at 1-800-748-9910 or!

May 23, 2015

Student of the Month April 2015!

Scranton MMA will now be awarding the student of the month title to one deserving kid every month! The instructors will keep an eye out for the child who has been standing out in class. They will pay attention to their progress in class, their attitude during training or competition, and how they act off the mats. The child who exhibits the best characteristics on and off the mats will be awarded Student of the Month!

After much deliberation, we have decided that our student, Luke is student of the month for April 2015! During class, Luke always pays attention and listens to the instructors. He puts everything he has into every drill and every sparring session. He’s also a huge help to the instructors by running the warm ups and keeping the younger students in line. In competition, Luke never gives up and always has a good attitude whether he wins the match or not.


Whether Luke is on or off the mats, he always has a huge smile on his face and exhibits a positive attitude. Luke is a huge asset to the Scranton MMA kids program and should be seen as a role model to the other kids! We’re proud to have him as student of the month for April!

Luke is just one of the many talented kids we teach here at Scranton MMA. All of our students have been doing a great job picking up on the techniques we teach them. Being in a fun environment with their friends helps the kids learn while having a good time. If you think your child might be interested in learning self defense in a fun environment, call 1-800-748-9910 or email us at!


Scranton Jiu Jitsu Coach speaks To Youth lacrosse team

Last night May 21st Scranton Mixed Martial Arts Matt Marcinek was asked to speak with a youth lacrosse team.  Matt is one of our coaches at Scranton MMA and helps with the competition team, the kids Judo and Jiu Jitsu program as well as the Adult Judo and Jiu Jitsu program.  Matt has coached white belts at local tournaments as they are just beginning their competition journey and he has also traveled to coach Black belt competitors at the world championships.

Matt is also a great motivational speaker and knows what it takes to win and inspire athletes and that is why the Scranton youth lacrosse association asked Matt to speak to its U-15 team last night.  Matt with with the team and their coach to deliver a great speech and motivate and inspire them.

If you would like to contact Matt or book him for a speaking engagement you can reach him at

To find out more about the Scranton Youth lacrosse association please visit: