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November 17, 2015

No One is Undefeatable

Nov 15, 2015; Melbourne, Australia; Holly Holm (blue gloves) celebrates after defeating Ronda Rousey (not pictured) during UFC 193 at Etihad Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Roberts-USA TODAY Sports usp ORG XMIT: USATSI-256554 [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

Nov 15, 2015; Melbourne, Australia. Credit: Matt Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve all either seen it or heard about it from our friends or Facebook posts. Ronda Rousey, after a perfect 3-0 amatuer MMA record and 12 professional MMA wins, was defeated by boxing champ, Holly Holm on Saturday. The fight, scheduled for five five-minute rounds, ended 59 seconds into the second round with a well-timed kick to the neck. But I’m not here to analyze the fight. I’m here to talk about defeat.

Ronda’s wide range of talent and her fervor for the fight have made given her the reputation of being unbeatable. So many women tried, but they couldn’t even come close to beating Ronda. Whether it was her martial arts skill or her oozing confidence that caused it, Ronda couldn’t be touched. The world was in awe of her because of it, and she drew in millions of viewers for every fight. We were all waiting for that the moment: the defeat of an MMA phenom. Holly Holm made history on Saturday at UFC 193 when she became the first woman to beat Ronda Rousey in MMA.

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Some fans were disappointed to see the champ lose her belt. Others were celebrating the flawless technique and grace exhibited by Holly. The win by Holly proved that time and dedication to your craft can make you successful, but the fight also proved another thing: no person is unbeatable. It seemed to be a unanimous mindset that Ronda was and would remain the women’s bantamweight champion of the UFC. To many fans there was no other alternative. There was no woman in the UFC who could take the title from Ronda.

Ronda won 12 straight professional MMA fights, many of them in the first round with a destructive armbar. Her judo throws are flawless, and her demeanor is enough to make people run in the other direction. How could a woman so strong, so confident, so technical be beaten?

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15:  (L-R) Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm size each other up in the first round in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 193 event at Etihad Stadium on November 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 15: (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The answer is… it can happen to anyone. There is no person on this Earth who cannot lose. No matter the time you put into training, no matter how much you’ve mentally prepared, no matter how much you want the win, there is still the potential of loss. It may be a difficult pill to swallow, but it’s one that we all must force down at some point in our lives. Whether it’s messing up the delivery of an important work presentation, getting a D on a math test, or placing second in the jiu jitsu tournament after working so hard for it, we all have to accept defeat.

Although it stinks, and no one likes it at that moment, losing anything can be a huge defining moment. Messing up, failing, or losing can motivate us to work even harder for the next presentation, test, or tournament. Winning feels great for a few hours or maybe days, but we tend to remember our losses until the next time we win. We can let losses hang over us like a dark cloud, or we can let them be a guiding light for what we need to work on for next time.

Losses teach us a lot about ourselves. For example, after losing a jiu jitsu tournament it is easy to determine which techniques we need more work on. If there is footage of the match, you and your coaches can point out your weak areas in your game and help you improve in those areas. Losing hurts in the moments afterward, but if you harness its power it will help you in the long run.
Ronda Rousey, the woman who seemed undefeatable, was defeated. This is proof that even the most prestigious, talented, and confident people can lose. We shouldn’t let her loss disappoint us too much. Although Ronda seems to be hard on herself, hopefully her family and coaches can pick her up and get her ready for the next fight. This loss to Holly must have been tough, but knowing how persistent Ronda is, I believe she will come back better than ever, and maybe more humble too. 😉

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June 1, 2015

Thursdays at Scranton MMA

Scranton MMA isn’t just mats and heavy bags surrounded by four walls. What makes Scranton MMA so special are the people who join us for training every single day. People of all ages, sizes, and walks of life come together on a daily basis to not only practice martial arts, but participate in the fellowship. We’re not just friends at Scranton MMA. We’re a special kind of family. Although every day at Scranton MMA exhibits this quality, Thursdays seem to be something special.

On any given Thursday, you can walk into the mat room at our academy and see the room packed with people! You can see the Gracie 101 students drilling the basics of Jiu Jitsu, the judo students tossing each other through the air with ease, the kids having a good time learning and playing, and the parents proudly watching their children’s progress. Everybody in the room has a smile on their face while they work the techniques with their partners, or talk to the other parents about the next tournament coming up. Thursdays at Scranton MMA definitely seem to be our busiest and most energetic day of the week!

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This past Thursday was especially special for the kids. Our Bullyshield Jiu Jitsu class reached an attendance of 30 children, one of the biggest classes we’ve had so far! The ages of the kids in class ranged from 4 years old to 12 years old, and belt ranks ranged from white to gray/black. There was an even mix of beginners and advanced kids who participated. In class, they played a bunch of educational games which helped them solidify the basics of jiu jitsu. They have such a great time playing the games that they don’t even realize they’re learning!

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After the Bullyshield Jiu Jitsu class ended, the kids put on their judo belts and warmed up for their judo promotional test! The test itself consisted of an in-house tournament led by instructors Eddie Adams, Jen Williams, Matt Marcinek, and Dimitrios Drougas. The children were brought out two at a time to compete against each other using the traditional judo rule set. They were watched closely by the instructors for good form and sportsmanship during their matches. The kids were very polite to each other and used fantastic technique while they were competing. It was a pleasure to see the kids’ hard work put into action.

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The kids who participated in the promotional will be receiving their belts in a ceremony this week, so make sure you keep an eye out for the date! They worked very hard to prepare for their test, and it will be awesome to see them receive the promotions they deserve.

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This past Thursday was extra special indeed. The classes were packed with students ready to learn, and the kids had a blast testing and competing for their new judo belts. If you or anyone you know is interested in seeing how special Scranton MMA is, call us at 1(800) 748-9910 or email us at ScrantonMMA@gmail.com. Also, be sure to check out our website, ScrantonMMA.com!