3 Tips A Navy Seal Gave Us To Keep Us Safe

So today I shot a quick video where I talked about a few tips that a Navy SEAL Shared with us while we had him in for a seminar at Scranton Mixed Martial arts.  Now these are not your average safety / self defense tips.  They were for a very specific audience; well trained martial artists and they came from a very unique individual with a really unique set of experiences. And that is what made it so awesome. So I will share these tips and if you have any questions just let me know.

1. STOP and Pay Attention

We are usually way to distracted.  Our phone being the #1 distraction.  Talk about making yourself look like an easy target.  Put the phone away. Keep your head up and pay attention.  Focus on where you are and where you are going.  If you are aware of your surroundings and being very observant you dramatcially cut down on the chance that you will ever be attacked.  Attackers are looking for an easy target and a distracted person is a much easier target then someone who has their head up and is being very observant.

2. Act First / Strike First

Ok so this is not politically correct and might not even be legal in some situations but again This is what he said and I just wanted to share.  If you feel an attack is imminent then you should act first and or strike first. You do not want to being playing catch up during an attack.  Instead think about taking the initiative and surprising your attacker.  Now we can step back and apply this in some non violent ways like screaming, running, etc but it is also works well for carjacking type situations or abduction type scenarios. Again just something to think about and keep in the back of your mind.

3. Do What You Say / Say What You Do

During the seminar we were told that he felt his team and all Navy SEALs are so effective because of their ability to communicate.  The phrase they reinforce over and over is Do What You Say and Say What You Do!  Now for our everyday life we can apply this in a few ways like always tell people where you are going, When you will be there, etc. Also this can help us make use of the buddy system.  If you are out at a restaurant at night and need to go to the ATM dont go alone. Tell a friend and have the friend go with you.  If you parked away from others, down a side street, in a dark parking lot do the same. Tell a friend and use the buddy system.  It will definitely help keep you a lot safer.

Here is a quick image I threw together summarizing what I talked about and wrote about here:

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Also if you want to see the video it is on the Scranton MMA Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ScrantonMMA/videos/1032892150079581/

and on youtube:

 

If you have any questions please just let us know or if there are any topics you would like us to address just let us know.  You can send us a message on facebook or email us at scrantonmma@gmail.com

 

June 15, 2016

How to replace unhealthy eating habits with good habits

Here are some tips we wanted to share with you.

  1. The best way to remove a bad habit is to replace it with a good habit
  2. Identify when / why you will act on this bad habit
  3. Think of a new action you will take instead of the old bad habit
    1. Example: Instead of eating ice cream make a protein shake
  4. Think about this new action a few times a day
    1. Tonight I am going to watch a movie and drink a protein shake
  5. Take that positive action as soon you start the activity that leads to your bad habit
    1. as soon as the movie starts you start drinking that protein shake.  Have it pre made if necessary.
  6. FORCE yourself to do #4 and #5 consistently for 30 days.  NO days off!!!
  7. TRUST yourself that you can do #6.  You need to believe in yourself.

After 30 days of doing these 7 steps you will have removed 1 bad habit from your life and replaced it with a new healthy habit.  You will gain confidence and you will feel much better about yourself.

Once you do this once it will be very easy to do a 2nd time… a 3rd time and just keep the process going.
BTW this works great for changing up what you eat but it will also work in other areas of your life where you have bad or unhealthy habits.  If you are not working out enough or just want to work out more these same steps will also help.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I would love to help as many people as I can get rid of some bad habits and replace them with good habits.

Thanks!

January 3, 2016

Scranton MMA Jiu JItsu Schedule Change

Due to the success of our Kids Judo program and our adult Gracie 101 program we are going to moving some classes around.

The first schedule change we are going to be making is that the kids Judo class on Tuesday and Thursday will now start at 4:30pm. The kids Gracie Jiu Jitsu class will start right after the Kids Judo class.  Moving the kids Judo class will allow the kids to have even more room to spread out and it will also allow us to have more instructors available to help with the class.  Sensei Dimitrios has done a great job and we are just looking to give him some more help during the class.

We are also going to be moving the Gracie Jiu Jitsu 101 class on Monday and Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm.  One of the reasons for moving this class is that it will allow students to take the intro to striking class Monday and Wednesday at 6pm.

We will have copies of the new schedule available at the academy.  If you have any questions please just let us know.

December 26, 2015

Jiu Jitsu Tips For White Belts

So recently we have been posting videos and having some discussions around some advanced Brazilian Jiu jitsu moves and techniques. Well today we wanted to go over some simple tips that white belts can read, remember and apply to their game right away.

Some of these tips might make perfect sense and some might not regardless please take the time to think about that and give them a shot. Trust us if you start following these tips your jiu jitsu will improve much faster.

The first tip we want to stress is:

Make it to class as much as you can

For some people that means twice a week and for some people it means five to six times per week. Regardless of the the number if you are supposed to be at class you need to get the most out of every class. More on that in a second.

Try not to take any breaks or miss any rounds.

When it is time to drill.. drill when it is time to spar… spar. Now we know you will get tired during class but use this time to continue to work your endurance and it is a great time to focus on your technique. If you take a break every time you are tired your endurance will not improve much. Just be safe and realize that every rep you do while you are tired and every round you do when you are tired is helping you jiu jitsu improve in a major way.

Train outside of class.

This will help you take advantage of class time like we just mentioned. It can be as simple as jogging or as complex as hiring a personal trainer. If you need some advice in this area dont be afraid to ask. But there are things everyone can do off the mat to improve. You can stretch, you can run, you can lift and more much so if you have some time and want to get better there is always something else you can do.

Ask the instructor or advanced students questions.

If you do not understand something or if you are having problems with a move or technique ask for some help. Dont be afraid to speak up ask. It will help in two major ways. The first is that the answer will help and it will speed up your learning curve dramatically. The second way it will help is that it will give your coach or instructor some more info about you and the move. This will help him or her instruct you. It is always helpful for the instructors to know what is giving you trouble or what you are thinking about the move they are teaching that day.

Dont try to be perfect… just try.

You are not going to be perfect so hopefully that takes the pressure off right away. One way to really speed up your progress is to just try things. If you look around you will probably notice most of the advanced students are always trying out new things and if you keep paying attention you will see over time they get better and better at those new things. You rarely try something day one and can apply it to your jiu jitsu game right away. Sometimes yeah sure there are tips or tricks you can add right away but more often than not you have to put your time time. So dont be afraid to mess up. Dont be afraid of trying something and having it fail just realize every time you try something out it is helping you.

Study Jiu Jitsu Off the Mat.

Just make sure it is good info! How do you know if it is good info? Well here are some ideas that will help with that. First ask your instructors. Maybe they can recommend something that they think will help you out specifically. If you are a guard player they might have a book or dvd that want you to study. If they think your guard passing needs work then they will be able to suggest something that can help in that area. You can also ask other students especially the higher ranks.

Try What Was Taught.

Whatever was taught in class that day you should try out.  It doesnt matter if it wasnt your favorite move.. try it.  If it was a move from a strange position find a way to get there and try it out.  Trying a move that day is the best way to start the process of getting good at the move.  Dont want til next class or next week.  Make sure to get some live practice with the move asap.

Hopefully those tips make sense and you are willing to give them a shot. If you have any questions dont be afraid to ask and we will see you on the mats soon.