Category Archives for "Gracie Jiu Jitsu"

What do the belt colors and stripes mean?

So a lot of people who are interested in training at Scranton Mixed Martial Arts or who have just started training with us often ask us what all of the different stripes mean on the belts.  Today we will talk a bit about the different color belts and the stripes that are on the belt.

First lets talk about the adult ranking system in Gracie Jiu Jitsu.  The belt color is just one way to determine how long someone has been training, what level of understanding they have about the techniques, how effective they can teach the techniques and how effective they are at executing the techniques.  So right away the belt color can represent a lot of different factors when it comes to Gracie Jiu Jitsu and it is important to realize it is not just a sign of how long you have been training.

Gracie Jiu Jitsu really only has five belt colors and in order they are white belt, blue belt, purple belt and then the black belt.  Students who start training BJJ will start with a plain white belt, no stripes.  Each belt has room for four stripes on a black section at the bottom of the belt.  The stripes are stepping stones on the way towards the next belt.  Most often a student will receive their four stripes from our head instructor during classes, in house seminars or in house competitions.  Once they receive all four stripes they are getting close to receiving their next colored belt.  At Scranton MMA we are very fortunate to be able to have Royce Gracie come to our facility and due most of the belt promotions himself.  We have also had the honor of having Rodrigo Gracie promote our students as well.

Students will sometimes ask us how long does it take to get a stripe or how long does it take to get the next belt. Well the answer is very simple.  It takes as long as it takes.  Their are no set guidelines or rules.  We can say this though the more often you attend class, the more you pay attention in class and the harder you try during all the drills the quicker you will get promoted.    One little tip.  Do not ask to get promoted.  Just focus on improving, understanding the techniques better and better and becoming more efficient and effective at implementing the techniques.  If that is your main focus then the stripes will come and so will the next belt.


May 24, 2013

Gracie Jiu Jitsu at Scranton Mixed Martial Arts

Today I would like to share an old video that we took during a Gracie Jiu Jitsu class. In a way a lot has changed since we shot this video. We moved into a bigger space and now have over 4000 square feet of spring loaded mats, We have a separate area just for our boxing team, we doubled the amount of classes and programs we have to offer and we are still in the process of expanding.

At the same time the the core belief and system we specialize has not changed. That system is Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Studying Gracie Jiu Jitsu is the absolute fastest way to become proficient defending yourself from the most common attacks you will see in street fights, muggings or random attacks.  Gracie Jiu Jitsu is also EASY to learn.  You do not need to be a star athlete,  you do not have to be super strong and you do not need to be extremely effective for the techniques to work.  You just need good instruction and a safe training environment.  You will find a great staff of  professional instructor all who have studied DIRECTLY under the legendary Royce Gracie.  Our training facility is second to none when it comes to safety.  We have over 4000 square feet of mat space so you always have plenty of room to train and the mats lay on top of a spring loaded foundation much like you would see at an Olympic gymnastic studio.

The video shows a very common sequence of events that we drill at Scranton MMA.

  1. Close the distance.  Avoid getting punched in the face and get into grappling range.
  2. Establish control of our opponent in the clinch. This allows us to get into a great position for a throw or take down.
  3. Trip, Throw or take down our opponent.  This starts to get us into position to execute a submission
  4. Achieve the mount.  One of the safest and most dominant positions.
  5. Execute a submission. In this video we practice both the straight arm bar or rear naked choke

Although this may seem complex the way it is taught makes it very easy to learn.  At first we just drill the individual steps slowly and with out resistance.  We will then start to pick up speed and then allow the partner to resist slightly and then we progress to performing this sequence full speed against a resisting opponent.

So please take 2:25 and watch this video.

It is hard to describe the feeling that learning a sequence like this will do for your confidence.  It is also hard to illustrate in a short video what the health and fitness benefits are to practicing Gracie Jiu Jitsu.  You will get stronger, faster, lose fat and gain muscle.

Hope you enjoyed the video!

Scranton MMA Free Anti Bullying Education

Please help us spread the word about this FREE anti bullying educational event in Scranton.

Scranton Mixed Martial Arts will host the event at their facility in Dunmore Pa.  The location is very easy to get to and is located right off route 81, route 6 and route 380.  There is ample parking for all attendees.

This is a FREE event but we will be graciously accepting donations for the March of Dimes. The event will take place March 30th from noon until 2pm.

At this event we will teach both physical and verbal skills that will allow children to deal with many different forms of bullying.  We obviously feel that the verbal skills are the best way to deal with bullying.  However by teaching children the physical skills necessary to defend themselves from a physical attack by a bully first gives them the confidence to use their verbal skills to diffuse most situations and avoid a physical confrontation.  Without the proper training and education kids who know how to ‘fight’ could resort to just trying to beat up the bully.

With proper training in both the physical and verbal skills children will not be intimidated or fearful of bullies and be able to deal with them in the best manner possible.

At this seminar kids will be introduced to some of the basic verbal skill necessary to deflect, diffuse and avoid a physical confrontation.  They will be shown several ways that they can talk to a bully before anything physical happens to ensure their safety and the safety of the bully.

They will also be shown some very basic but very effective self defense techniques that will do minimal harm to the bully but allow the child to escape physical harm to themselves as well.  Our goal with these techniques is always to do as little harm to the bully as possible and allow our student to remain safe.

After both sets of skills, verbal and physical, are taught we set up different drills that allow the students to practice them in a safe but realistic situation which will give them the confidence they need to properly use these techniques if the situation ever arises.

If you have any questions on this event please give us a call or send us an email

Scranton Mixed Martial Arts Kids Safety Policy

Scranton mixed martial arts is committed to ensuring the safety of all of our students but especially the young students who train with us. In an ongoing and continuous effort to improve the safety of our students Scranton mixed martial arts will be instituting a new Kids Safety Policy. Please read this article and let us know if you have any questions.

The policy will address issues with dropping off students and picking up these young students before and after the classes at Scranton Mixed Martial Arts Academy. We will not go into specifics in this article for both security and privacy concerns of our members and our families. All students and family members will receive information regarding the changes and our staff and instructors will go over any questions you may have.

We are very lucky to have such a wonderful and close knit family at Scranton Mixed Martial Arts. With that in mind we want to do everything we can to help keep everyone in our family safe. We want to establish a formal system on how all of our young kids will enter and leave the building to provide the highest level of safety that we can.

Im sure many of you heard about or read a story recently that made national news where a young student was abducted from a school. The goal of this policy is to do everything we can to prevent anything like that happening to a member of the Scranton MMA family. We feel that we have the staff and training necessary to keep our students as safe as possible and we know with your cooperation we can make it happen.

This week instructors and staff at Scranton Mixed Martial Arts will meet with all the parents, guardians, family members who either pick up or drop off students at the academy. We will also have several talks with the students to make sure they understand the changes as well.

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