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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:

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

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:


Also if you want to see the video it is on the Scranton MMA Facebook Page:

and on youtube:


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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.


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.