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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!

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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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.

 

Scranton MMA Kids Training BJJ and Judo

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!

 

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