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Martial arts has helped me in so many ways I could never type them all out. It helped me get through being bullied, Anxiety, depression, High school, College, Starting Jobs, Losing Jobs, being a husband, Being a dad, etc etc etc
Since it has helped me so much I wanted to help be a part of a school that I knew could help people in so many ways.
Prior to Joining the Scranton MMA Team I was either running or teaching at 4 different schools in this area. They were all small schools that were not helping a lot of people. They also did not have all the programs I felt should be offered. They either catered to advanced competitors or they were very basic but none of them offered multiple programs.
I wanted to be part of a team that could offer the very best in not only Judo but also BJJ, Muay Thai Kick Boxing and MMA. Even though I LOVE Judo I knew that BJJ, Muay Thai and MMA could help people the same way it helped me. I knew that being able to offer more programs would allow us to help more people. And I knew that offering more programs would get people to stick with training for a much longer time and allow them to get even more benefits out of training.
I also truly believe that training in any of these arts are going to help get you in shape, teach you an awesome system of self defense, make you more confident and will improve your life in many different ways.
Thanks for reading…this wasn’t easy for me to write/post
With the new school year rolling in, there is a lot on parents’ minds.
One thing that parents might forget to think about is bullying. Whether your child gets bullied, witnesses bullying, or is the bully, this is something that needs to be addressed as early as possible. It is important for parents to teach their kids how to communicate with bullies and how not to accidentally become one. Luckily, there is a simple three-step system for communicating with bullies, which will help your child understand the importance of the subject.
The Three T’s: Talk, Tell, Tackle.
The first T in this anti-bullying process is “talk.” The first time a child gets bullied, he or she should simply talk to the bully and let them know that their words or actions hurt them. Children can be brutally honest, and sometimes children simply do not know that what they’re saying is hurtful. The first T, talk, teaches kids how to have a conversation with someone about their differences. The problem can easily be nipped in the bud at this stage.
The second T is “tell.” Let’s say a bully walked up to your son and started making fun of his glasses. Your son did the right thing and spoke to the bully about how his words are hurtful, but the bully continually makes of your son’s glasses day after day. At this point, the right thing to do would be telling a trusted adult. This could be you (the parents), his teacher, the principal, or a school counselor. That adult can then mediate the issue and hopefully stop the hurtful words.
The third T is “tackle.” This may sound violent, but the real objective here is for your child to show the bully that he or she is in control of the situation. If the bully from the previous example continues making fun of your son’s glasses and begins physically pushing him or hitting him, we believe it is then okay to tackle. Tackling means taking the bully to the ground, sitting on top of him, and asking him to stop. Once your child establishes that he is not scared of the bully, the problem will most likely end.
The most important thing to take away from this is teaching your child not to retaliate with violence on the first offence. It’s important to teach them how to communicate with their words and have a conversation about differing opinions. The only time that it’s okay to skip “Talk” and “Tell” is if your child is being physically attacked. Then it is okay for he or she to go straight to “Tackle.”
And, there you have it. Although these three steps sound easy, it is something that children need to learn and practice. The best way to do that is going over it with them often and making sure they understand why they’re doing each step. If you would like more information about this, please contact our self defense instructors at Scranton MMA through our website, at ScrantonMMA@gmail.com, or at 570-851-2987.
Today we had a really great kids class and I was able to take a quick video at the end of the class and I wanted to share it on our website. It is really amazing what a short video can show you about our kids, what they are learning and how the program is run.
First you will see these kids are learning and trying some great Judo and Gracie Jiu Jitsu techniques. You can see them sparring both on their feet and on the ground. While on their feet you will see them going for the throws they learn as part of their Judo training. You will see the kids throw and get thrown safely. They all know how to fall properly and it shows.
When they are grappling on the ground their gracie jiu jitsu training shines through. Part of the video will show some of the kids getting mount properly and even taking the back and getting their hooks in. You will see some great defense, sweeps and escapes as well. It is really great to watch these kids train.
You can also see the high level of instruction the kids get as well as how much supervision they receive. This is a short video and I didnt get all the instructors in the shot but I believe we had about seven instructors helping with this class. Most importantly that helps keep all the kids safe. It also allows the kids to get more work in. We can run more drills, have the kids spar more and really keep things moving with so many experienced instructors on the mat.
Im actually sorry that I didnt plan this video out better or organize it a bit. I just realized that our little kids are kind of left out because they were playing a fun game during this two minute part of class and I wanted to get some footage of our kids sparring. Next time Ill show more of what our 4-6 year old kids can do and Im sure you will be amazed. Again its great to see what kids can do with the right coaching and when they are in the right program.
Ok here is the video. I hop you enjoy it!
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 ScrantonMMA@gmail.com!