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March 5, 2014

Scranton MMA Prepares For BJJ Tournament

As always we strive to provide the best for all of our students.  Many of our students come to us to learn self defense.  Some come to learn a new hobby or get back in shape and some come to test themselves and compete.  Others after having trained for a while decide to give competition a try. Well next weekend March 15th there is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament in Philadelphia, Pa.  Scranton MMA will have a lot of its members, coaches and instructors competing in this tournament.

It is not too late to go to the tournament if you want to watch or if you want to give competition a shot.  The tournament is being put on by our good friends at ‘The Good Fight’ they hold lots of tournaments in our area and they are always put on a good event that is well attended and organized.

This tournament has a slightly different format which many of us are really looking forward too.  It is a submission only tournament with a nice twist. Each match will be fifteen minutes long and the only way to win is to get your opponent to submit.  If there is no submission both competitors lose! This is a very unique format and should prove to be a very exciting format.

There are three ways that every grappler can take advantage of this tournament:

1. Train, Train, Train!  Train harder, Smarter and with more focus during the next two weeks.  Even if you are not competing use it as motivation.  Motivation to help your teammates improve and motivation for yourself to improve.

2. Go watch.  If you have never competed going to a tournament first is a great idea.  It will help you in countless ways before you compete.  Also by going you show support for your teammates who have are out their competing and on tournament day there are lots of things you can do to help your team.  Sometimes just hearing your team cheer and root you on during a match means a great deal.

3. COMPETE!  Go for it.  Tournaments are not a life and death situation.  Just grab your gi throw it in the car and compete.  Have fun and enjoy testing yourself.  Win or lose you will learn a lot and improve.  By all means you need to give 100% and try with everything you have to win but at the end of the day you will learn and improve and that is one of the best things about competition.

If you have any questions about this tournament please let us know.  If you plan on going to watch or if you are interested in competing please Let Frank, Matt or Jess know ASAP.


PS This format is very similar to Metamoris which we also enjoy a great deal and will be watching soon.  To get more info on that event click here: www.scrantonmma.com/free-open-mat-event

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.

October 26, 2012

Karate Kids… Not At Scranton Mixed Martial Arts

It is a common occurrence at Scranton MMA that someone will call to ask for information about “Karate” programs, at this point, the person in the office will stop the caller to explain that we do not practice “Karate” at the academy, but rather Judo and Jiu-jitsu. It is important for us to stress that this is not done to disrespect the art of karate or any karate schools in the area, far from it. We do feel however, the need to explain the difference between all of the arts  to show how we at Scranton MMA truly aim to set ourselves apart from the rest.

The main and most fundamental difference between karate and both judo and jiu-jitsu is that karate is primarily a striking art and Jiu-jitsu as well as judo are more grappling based arts, along the lines of wrestling,  also whereas karate tends to focus on static forms, our programs are more active and dynamic , drills are done moving with partners to simulate “real world” situations

However, the high level of training aside, the aspect of our kids judo and jiu-jitsu program, collectively known as “Bullyshield” that we are most proud of is our “Three T  Philosophy” of TALK, TELL, TACKLE. Using this philosophy we are able to teach our students to effectively deal with bullies from not only the physical point of view but give our students the confidence to talk to bullies and diffuse a physical altercation before one ever occurs. This change in confidence is normally enough to convince the bully that our student is no longer a suitable target.

And finally, the number one quality that we feel sets us apart from other schools in the area is our instruction staff. We are the only school area that proudly boasts multiple nationally certified Judo black belt coaches on the mat with Royce Gracie certifiedjiu-jitsu  instructors watching out and caring for your childs wellbeing while at the same time passing on to them lessons from national and international champions!

That is NOT to say that we are in anyway against teaching striking. We have an extensive striking program for our Adults. Our Boxing program is headed by Mr. Chris Mills, a former professional boxer who owns a record of 26-3 with 22 of those wins coming by way of Knockout. Chris possesses the same rare quality as all of our instructors which is to not only compete at a high level but then to effectively communicate his skills to his students.

We also offer Muay Thai Kickboxing.  We are the only martial arts school in the region to offer real instruction in Muay Thai.  You might find some Kick boxing schools in the area but if you really want to learn  the “Art of Eight Limbs”.  Then you need to visit Scranton Mixed Martial Arts and see our class in action.

If you have any questions about our kids grappling program or any of our adult program please give us a call, stop by or email us at Scrantonmma@gmail.com

October 24, 2012

Scranton Mixed Martial Arts Provides Realistic Anti Bullying Education and Training

At Scranton Mixed Martial Arts we teach our kids the most realistic and effective forms of Bully education and Training. Our kids are taught both verbal and physical means of dealing with bullying. All in a manner that does not force our kids to overpower, punch or kick the bully.

Many schools can teach kids to fight or to hurt other kids. Many schools will claim to train your child to become a warrior. At Scranton Mixed Martial arts our goal is different – our goal is to help and guide your child to become a productive member of society who has no fear of becoming a victim of bullying.

The Bullyshield program at Scranton Mixed Martial Arts consistently have their students practice the 3 T’s Drill. The 3 T’s are Talk, Tell, Tackle. We set up a drill where the instructors play the role of the bully and guide the student through a mock bullying situation. First the students attempt to TALK to the bully. Telling the bully that they do not like what the bully is doing and that they will not allow it to happen to them. If Talking does not work they are then instructed to try to TELL an adult about the bullying. If all else fails they TACKLE the bully to the ground, gain a position from which they can control the bully, and from there negotiate a surrender.

This teaches and trains our students how to realistically deal with a bully in a manner that does not rely on them hurting the bully or punching or kicking a bully. It is also the most effective way for them to learn how to use and not abuse the skills they gain in our Judo and Gracie Jiu Jitsu programs. Our goal is to bully proof our students rather than just give them the skills to beat up or hurt a bully.

If you have any questions about our Kids BullyShield Program, would like to watch a class or have your child take 1 week of free classes then please email us at ScrantonMMA@Gmail.Com

For additional information please visit http://scrantonmma.com/programs/kids-self-defense/