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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: 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.

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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:

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Also if you want to see the video it is on the Scranton MMA Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ScrantonMMA/videos/1032892150079581/

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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.

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.