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Why I Joined Scranton MMA

Tom takes a pic of the judo class at Scranton MMA

Tom takes a pic of the judo class at Scranton MMA

 

 

Martial arts has helped me in so many ways I could never type them all out. It helped me get through being bullied, Anxiety, depression, High school, College, Starting Jobs, Losing Jobs, being a husband, Being a dad, etc etc etc

Since it has helped me so much I wanted to help be a part of a school that I knew could help people in so many ways.

Prior to Joining the Scranton MMA Team I was either running or teaching at 4 different schools in this area. They were all small schools that were not helping a lot of people. They also did not have all the programs I felt should be offered. They either catered to advanced competitors or they were very basic but none of them offered multiple programs.

I wanted to be part of a team that could offer the very best in not only Judo but also BJJ, Muay Thai Kick Boxing and MMA. Even though I LOVE Judo I knew that BJJ, Muay Thai and MMA could help people the same way it helped me. I knew that being able to offer more programs would allow us to help more people. And I knew that offering more programs would get people to stick with training for a much longer time and allow them to get even more benefits out of training.

I also truly believe that training in any of these arts are going to help get you in shape, teach you an awesome system of self defense, make you more confident and will improve your life in many different ways.

Thanks for reading…this wasn’t easy for me to write/post

Tom McGuire

The Three T’s of Anti-Bullying

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With the new school year rolling in, there is a lot on parents’ minds.

  • Does my child have enough pencils, notebooks, and folders?
  • Did I remember to pack their lunch today?
  • I wonder what kind of papers I’ll have to sign when they get home.

One thing that parents might forget to think about is bullying. Whether your child gets bullied, witnesses bullying, or is the bully, this is something that needs to be addressed as early as possible. It is important for parents to teach their kids how to communicate with bullies and how not to accidentally become one. Luckily, there is a simple three-step system for communicating with bullies, which will help your child understand the importance of the subject.

The Three T’s: Talk, Tell, Tackle.

The first T in this anti-bullying process is “talk.” The first time a child gets bullied, he or she should simply talk to the bully and let them know that their words or actions hurt them. Children can be brutally honest, and sometimes children simply do not know that what they’re saying is hurtful. The first T, talk, teaches kids how to have a conversation with someone about their differences. The problem can easily be nipped in the bud at this stage.

The second T is “tell.” Let’s say a bully walked up to your son and started making fun of his glasses. Your son did the right thing and spoke to the bully about how his words are hurtful, but the bully continually makes of your son’s glasses day after day. At this point, the right thing to do would be telling a trusted adult. This could be you (the parents), his teacher, the principal, or a school counselor. That adult can then mediate the issue and hopefully stop the hurtful words.

The third T is “tackle.” This may sound violent, but the real objective here is for your child to show the bully that he or she is in control of the situation. If the bully from the previous example continues making fun of your son’s glasses and begins physically pushing him or hitting him, we believe it is then okay to tackle. Tackling means taking the bully to the ground, sitting on top of him, and asking him to stop. Once your child establishes that he is not scared of the bully, the problem will most likely end.

The most important thing to take away from this is teaching your child not to retaliate with violence on the first offence. It’s important to teach them how to communicate with their words and have a conversation about differing opinions. The only time that it’s okay to skip “Talk” and “Tell” is if your child is being physically attacked. Then it is okay for he or she to go straight to “Tackle.”

And, there you have it. Although these three steps sound easy, it is something that children need to learn and practice. The best way to do that is going over it with them often and making sure they understand why they’re doing each step. If you would like more information about this, please contact our self defense instructors at Scranton MMA through our website, at ScrantonMMA@gmail.com, or at 570-851-2987.

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.

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