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Tips To Keep You Safe During Self Defense

So today I did a quick talk where I shared some tips that will help keep you safe if you are ever attacked and find your self having to defend yourself.  These tips do not involve techniques they are all mental but they will help keep you safe regardless of how much training you have done.  Obviously the more training the better. So let me just share these tips quickly and if you have any questions please let me know.

Self Defense Tips

 

Be Confident

First things first you have to know you are ready and that you will be okay.  Do not let fear getting into your mind at all.  Now training is something that will definitely help you here.  The better your training the easier it is to be confident.  At first when I was training in a karate like style I was not truly confident.  It helped and I thought I would be okay when I needed to defend myself but it wasn’t until I got pretty good in Judo / BJJ that I was truly confident in defending myself.  And its a great feeling to have.

Know Your Strengths / Weaknesses

This will help a ton.  Simply put you want to know where you are strong and try to make the ‘fight’ happen there.  Avoid your weak areas at all costs and make sure that is not what determines the outcome of the fight.  I know I am strong in terms of throwing or in the clinch and on the ground if I end up there.  So I want to make all self defense situations about throwing if I can.  I dont want it to look like a boxing match at all!!

Remember The Goal

To be honest a lot of people really mess this up!  The goal of a self defense situation is to get home safe.  That is it.  You dont need to look cool, you dont need to hurt the other person and you dont need to try a cool move you learned on youtube.  You just need to get home safe.  Make sure your ego does not get the better of you.

HUSTLE

No matter how good you are.. or how strong the other guy is.  You should 100% out work your attacker. Your life is in the line.  Make sure you do everything you can to accomplish your goal.  Whatever it takes you need to get home to your family.  Dont forget that.

 

If you want to watch the video where I talk about this in a bit more detail please visit www.facebook.com/scrantonmma

As always if you have any questions please just let us know and we will do our very best to help you out!

Tips to Defeat A Larger Attacker

Ok So today I shot a video where I share a few tips that will help you defeat a larger attacker.  No obviously this is something that training will help. However just training might not be enough or if this is something you do not address in your training you might be in for a bit of a surprise.  I think it is very beneficial to train with some if these tips in mind and Some of the best grapplers out there always keep these in mind while training.

If you want to watch the short video.. its only about 90 seconds.. then just click here: https://youtu.be/3NUgJajrr9w

So with all that said lets get into the tips.

1. You Choose Where The Fight Happen.

I think the number one thing you can do to give yourself an edge against a larger attacker is to chose where the fight will happen.  The most obvious way to use this tip is that if the attacker wants to make the attack look like a boxing match it is to your advantage to make it a grappling match.  Most people would agree that it is much easier to fight a stronger person on the ground especially if that person does not know how to fight on the ground. Being proficient in ground fighting actually lets you use the attackers strength to attack them.

2. Change What Determines The Outcome

Again this goes to taking control of the situation as best you can.  Why would you want the fight to be all about strength. Instead turn things around so that the winner will be determined by things like technique, timing and speed.  Again one of the easiest ways to make this happen is to not get into a strength contest.  Make it a grappling contest.. take the fight to the ground.  This allows the person who is more proficient at ground fighting to win the fight.
3.Use Lots of Your Muscles To Attack Small Parts of Their Body

The easiest way to end a fight against a large attacker is to use a submision.  Submissions allow you to use a lot of your body parts / muscles to attack small(er) parts of your attacker.  For instance when you armbar someone you get to use your arms, legs and back muscles to attack a persons arm.  You have a very good chance of winning that battle.

tips to defeat a larger attacker

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.

Scranton MMA Quick Tip Judo Vol I

Today I wanted to share a video with you that we recently shot at Scranton MMA.  We had the opportunity to film some really well produced videos so I hope you enjoy them. This first video shows a great takedown that you can use in Judo, BJJ and even MMA.

So first  things first watch the video and then read a bit more about what is going on below:

So I want to talk a bit more about the throw starting with the set up. It is very important to make sure you are in an opposite stance when you execute this throw.  Now I demonstrate this start to finish from an opposite stance but I did want to mention that I train with a great Judo / BJJ player who was able to throw me and many other people with this throw starting with a same sided stance and then switching to an opposite stance as he trapped the arm. Might be a bit more risky but again he did throw a lot of good players with that version.

I like the opposite stance from start to finish because many good players will grab your lapel when you are in that situation so you do not need to bait them into grabbing the lapel. Now if you do need to bait them a bit here are some tips.

First control the distance and what your partner can grab.  You want to make it difficult for them to grab your sleeve so you might need to break that grip or slap it away.  At the same time you dont want them to be able to grab your neck or back so you need to defend that and again control the space between you and your partner.

Next is the ‘grip’ make sure you get lots of practice with the motion and securing that arm. I love doing this almost as a fake grip break or even better after a failed grip break. It starts elbow down then elbow straight up and then elbow to elbow. Keep that arm and wrist trapped and secured.

To me once you got a good grip on that arm you are in a great position to get the takedown.  Again make sure you rep it out in practice and try it during randori or sparring a lot. You want to figure out what is working and what needs improvement.

The last detail to remember is the finishing position.  I love using throws and takdeowns as a means of passing the guard.  With this throw if you remember to bring your opposite hand behind their lead leg and use it to control their hips you will end up in a great position. You will be past their guard and you will make it very difficult for them to try to recover guard.

Here are a few more tips about adding this throw to your game. Again remember this throw is best used as soon as your opponent grips your gi. Maybe its the first thing you do in the match or maybe you do it later in the match but try to do it right as they grip before they get settled in. Work on really securing and trapping that arm.  Don’t shortcut the movement. Start elbow down and go elbow up and then end elbow to elbow. Try to keep your grip on the wrist or by the gi the entire time.  Try to keep your posture as best as you can the entire time. Focus on looking up and keeping your back straight. This will let you move quickly and have a lot of power in your movement. Last but not least focus on controlling the final position and the transition.  You want to end in a dominant position you do not want to go through all of this hard work just to end up in their guard!

I hope you enjoy the video. Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

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