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!


June 13, 2011

Cage Fight 7 Results

On Saturday, March 26th, 2011, Cage Fight 7 became the first ever regional mma event to be televised live in Pennsylvania and Scranton MMA fighters were among the highlights of the night! Scranton MMA continued to exhibit why we are northeast Pennsylvania’s premier mixed martial arts academy by sending into the cage three of its brightest stars, Richie Gates, Gary Peters, and James Cianci.

The night started for the Scranton MMA crew with ”The Ginger Ninja” Richie Gates (3-0) stepping into the cage to face veteran fighter Phil Parrish (10-2). This bout was a war from bell to bell and had the crowd on its feet at several points of the fight. In the course of the contest the heated exchanges of punches and kicks and the fast paced ground scrambles had the crowd ooo-ing and awe-ing! Parrish employed a classic “sprawl and brawl” gameplan to counter the superior wrestling and Gracie Jiu Jitsu skills of Gates that in the end won him a unanimous decision over Gates. While dejected over the loss, Gates had nothing to hang his head over. “The Ginger Ninja” stepped in against a far more experienced opponent than himself and gave the game Parrish everything he could handle.

Gary Peters (3-2) was next into the cage to face Wayne Jurus (3-0) and right from the opening bell the crowd new to be ready for fireworks. After a brief feeling out process, Jurus landed a straight left cross connecting with Peters jaw and sending him reeling to the mat. The crowd roared but Peters rebounded straight back to his feet and returned fire forcing Jurus’ back to the cage. From the clinch against the cage Peters dropped levels to secure a double leg and hoisted Jurus’ into the air and pounded him to the mat with a thunderous double leg! The round ended with Peters working towards an armbar and Jurus defending. The next 2 rounds were much of the same, with Jurus looking to land big shots and Peters continually slamming him to the canvas and working his submissions. At the close of round 3, Peters execution of classic Gracie Jiu Jitsu strategy  paid off as he earned a unanimous decision victory over Jurus.

The final Scranton MMA fighter of the night was James Cianci. Cianci squared off against tough as nails competitor Pat Paulo. As the opening bell sounded, Cianci and Paulo wasted no time with feeling each other out. Both fighters charged to the center of the ring and began a frenetic exchange of punches and kicks. Following the flurry, they clinched and pummeled across the ring to scramble against the cage for position. In the end Cianci executed an uchi mata sending Paulo to the canvas to use his guard. Paulos guard proved to frustrate Cianci through effective use of hooks but Cianci never wavered and rained down punches and elbows in an attempt to finish Paulo. Near the end of round 1 Paulo acheived the sweep he had been working for but it was to late as the bell sounded shortly after. Round 2 started the same as round 1, a fast exchange followed by a Cianci takedown. As the fighters hit the mat they scramble for position and Cianci superior ground game showed as he slipped to Paulo’s back and secured the rear naked choke for the tap out victory!

As the song goes “2 outta 3 aint bad”. Scranton MMA would like to congratulate these fighters and also give a big “thank you” to all of the coaches, academy members, and families that support them!


June 13, 2011

Boxing at Scranton MMA

Scranton MMA now has the premeir boxing program in all Northeast PA . Over 10 hours of striking training per week with muay thai and kick boxing experts Steve Polito, Chris Mills, and Tyler Calvey. We have a full sized competition grade boxing ring for training as well as a heavy bag area, mirrored shadow boxing area, and PLENTY of space matted to spar and drill. You can view our full schedule on this site here: Scranton MMA Training Schedule

Also available at Scranton MMA, we have Keystone CrossFit which is the absolute best place to get in superb physical condition for Boxing, MMA or any Grappling art. You can get more info on Keystone CrossFit here: Keystone CrossFit at Scranton MMA

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