June 13, 2011

Mom, Can I Go to Scranton MMA

PC. MAC. Wii. Playstation. Xbox. These are the current trends in the world of electronic gaming. Exciting games like World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and Madden all suck our children into spending more than half of their 24-hour day in front of the computer monitor or television turned mega-arcade! This may be good when mom is rushing about trying to finish those house chores before dad comes home from work or company arrives for dinner; less noise, less goofing around, less clutter in the living room. But wait! Let me ask, is this really beneficial to our kids?

Gaming Addiction

Locked in front of the screen for a longer time than an 9-5 employee? Ignoring hunger and staying off thirst?. Not wanting to take a shower because one was just taken last Tuesday? Refusing to go to the bathroom? All of this simply because the child doesn’t want to interrupt the continuity of the game currently being played! Addiction? Yes. It is one.

Based on an article that was published by MSNBC, up to 90 percent of American youngsters play video games and as many as 15 percent of them – more than 5 million kids may be addicted, according to data cited in the AMA council’s report. The said article has also highlighted some recorded cases of gaming addictions such as the following:

A 13-year-old identified only as Ian told of playing video games for nearly 12 hours straight; said he felt suicidal and wondered if he was addicted.

Joyce Protopapas of Frisco, Texas, said her 17-year-old son, Michael, was a video addict. Over nearly two years, video and Internet games transformed him from an outgoing, academically gifted teen into a reclusive manipulator who flunked two 10th grade classes and spent several hours day and night playing a popular online video game called World of Warcraft.

The above cases are real and are the glaring truth about the psychological effects of gaming addictions. Health wise, it is worse. Why? Aside from developing eye and vision problems from too much television exposure, these games let our kids do nothing but sit in front of the console for long periods of time just as like a couch potato. Obesity! should now be flashing in our minds in bright neon light. Worse yet, we parents seems to be encouraging the encroachment of childhood obesity into our children’s lives!

Have you tried observing your kids while playing Super Mario Brothers Smash in front of your television panel? They are indeed enjoying themselves, no question about it! But have you noted the posture? Hunched back, head buried between the shoulders, arms and fingers in a very unnatural position as they button mash Y! The only brief moment of exercise coming when they leap up and jump to and fro with excitement because they just slew the major boss of level four. Now tell me, are you looking at the next Gollum, or Pillsbury Doughboy?!

Most of us would probably say we can’t you do anything about it. What?! Of course you can. You are the parent and definitely, you have to be in control. You need to take the child out of that health hazard and lead them into healthier lifestyle. A lifestyle of fitness, confidence, and discipline available at Scranton MMA!

(join us for part two for more information on ways for your child to beat the gaming addiction)


June 13, 2011

How to Choose a Team

You can neither train nor progress alone. In order to achieve your goals you need to have motivated training partners and coaches around you at all times, therefore selecting an academy with qualified instructors and a deep pool of training partners is a must. Right from the start you must be honest and ask yourself, “Am I training because I want to be a champion or am I training because I want only to tell people that I train?” The higher you aim your sights the better training and coaching you will require; your academy must have advanced students and experienced instructors alike. Fortunately, Scranton MMA is just such a place!

Let us first consider the faculty at Scranton MMA. The instructors have years of direct experience in competition and coaching. Gracie Jiu Jitsu practitioners mentored by Royce Gracie, national champion Judokas, golden gloves and professional championship boxers, as well as numerous wrestling and mixed martial arts champions, the Scranton MMA faculty has them all! You can remain confident that over time you will develop a solid camaraderie with your coaches and that they will know exactly how to keep you on pace and focused not only in your training but on fight day as well! If your corner man’s only coaching advice is “Kick ass!”, “You’re a savage!”, “You’ve got to escape that!” or some other emotional response based in ignorance you need to find new coaches. A coach must know your style and provide advice based on your preferences and what you do best. For instance, if you find yourself in a position to execute an arm lock, an omoplata, or a triangle your coaches better know which you do best and not instruct you to do what they would do!

What about your training partners? Your coaches will always be there to provide guidance and point out technical mistakes but often times that requires they are removed from the training session. This is why your training partners now become a vital part of the team. At Scranton MMA the training pool is deeper than the Mariana Trench! Scranton MMA is home to over 150 students; each with there own styles, body types, specialized moves, and fight experience. The training partners will always be there to provide you with different “feels” or “looks” thus constantly forcing you to develop certain parts of your game that may be lacking. For instance, if you will be fighting a very good wrestler you will have access to a wide variety of training partners that are great at guard passing and staying on top thereby forcing you to develop your guard and bottom game escapes. Maybe your opponent is a devastating kick boxer, you will have access to training partners that are experts at keeping a fight standing thus forcing you to perfect you slip, blocks, and takedowns. Your training partners become your siblings!

In the end, when all things are considered Scranton MMA is the choice for you! Full time staff, full time schedule, full time training all means one thing…you will be ready come fight day! See you on the mats!


June 13, 2011

Earning a Brown Belt at Scranton MMA

The brown belt is arguably the stage at which you will have the most fun! The Gracie brown belt has all of the knowledge and most of the technical execution of a Gracie black belt without the weight of responsibility that a Gracie black belt carries! The brown belt is able to walk about Scranton MMA with a sense of pride knowing he is within range of the ultimate goal but always has a parachute when he performs because after all he is not a black belt! It is this cushion of non-perfection that allows the brown belt to mature into a black belt.


What then is a brown belt? The brown belt at Scranton MMA has a deeper understanding of techniques within a strategy and is quicker to recognize and transition between techniques and strategies. On the mat the brown belt is a mentor to purple belt student and an ambassador of the academy in all endeavors both private and personal. In victory or defeat the brown belt is holding his own against all other fighters.

So how does one reach the ultimate goal of black belt at Scranton MMA? To reach the highest level, the brown belt needs to refine his technical skills, sharpen his timing, and improve his ability to select the correct move from his vast library of technique. Time on the mat and asking intelligent and critical questions of his instructors are the keys to the brown belt attaining his black belt dream.


June 13, 2011

Developing Grip Strength

Anybody who knows anything about judo or brazilian jiu jitsu knows how important having a strong grip is. In any contest whether standing or on the ground the person with a stronger grip and deeper knowledge of grips and grip fighting has an advantage. So, it would be a good idea for anyone to be sure they have a strong grip!

How would you do this? Squeeze stress ball, tennis balls or those captain crunch things? Others might but certainly that is not the way it’s done at Scranton MMA! Squeezing an object countless times might give you more endurance in the wrist and forearm but the resistance is just too little to build any real grip strength. Should you then incorporate a load of grip strengthening exercises into your training regime? Only if you have time to add them into your already limited schedule available for conditioning and chances are you don’t! So what to do?

Adapt your training! First, rule out doing countless sets of wrist curls, reverse bicep curls, etc in favor of adapting what it is you do during your with regular exercise regimen. In regards to strength training, use free weights, kettle bells,  perform Olypmic lifts and grip the bar tightly. Pullups are also great for grip strength, they work better than reverse curls giving you more bang for the buck and a simpler workout!  Wrap a gi around the barbell when doing dead weight lifting to make it twice as thick and grip that. When doing pushups or squatthrusts or burpees, try to push the ends of your fingers into the floor, as if trying to get a grip on a basketball. Try rope or rock climbing — one of the best (and most functional) exercises for improving grip strength. Everytime you finish a session and take off your gi, wring it out a few times as if you’re trying to get the sweat out. Take a bath towel, fold it over, grip it as tight as you can and try to pull it apart. If you succeed it doesn’t cost much to buy another one! As a final suggestion, when you randori, make a conscious effort to do a degree of grip fighting but not so much that you won’t be getting any throws in.

Make these changes and before you know it you will have the gripping power of an anaconda and your sparring partners and opponents alike will quake in fear! See you on the mats!