Scranton Jiu-Jitsu History


With so many people now a part of our academy I wanted to talk a bit about Scranton Jiu Jitsu History. This history of Jiu Jitsu in Scranton can be traced back to around 1998. That is when Dr. Brunetti first start to take lessons in Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Steve and Mark had to travel to Philadelphia to take BJJ lessons because there was no one else practicing the art in the Scranton area. After training for some time in Philadelphia Steve opened up a school with his brother in Jessup, Pa. That is the beginning of the story. Two brothers […]

Scranton Jiu-Jitsu History2014-10-22T11:35:30-05:00

BJJ Strategy- Get Up!


Just wanted to write a bit about a common BJJ strategy that we were discussing yesterday and teaching to our younger students. The concept or strategy is that when you are on the bottom in a self defense situation or in a competition sometimes your best option is to get back to your feet. A lot of BJJ students forget this concept and just think that if they are on the bottom they have to stay on the bottom. Is is very important to practice getting back to your feet when you are in the guard. It might be a self […]

BJJ Strategy- Get Up!2014-10-15T14:26:25-05:00

Scranton Mixed Martial Arts Jiu Jitsu Promotions


This weekend a large group of Scranton MMA coaches went down to Balance Studios headquarters for a belt promotion ceremony. We were very honored to be invited by Phil and Ricky Migliarese. The mats were filled with talent! There were more gracie jiu jitsu black belts on the mat then I have ever seen before. Balance has a very rich history since they have been training directly with the Gracie family before the first UFC! The highlight of the day for the Scranton MMA crew was watching Sensei Dom get his black belt from Phil and Ricky! Dom has over 15 […]

Scranton Mixed Martial Arts Jiu Jitsu Promotions2014-10-13T08:55:25-05:00

Scranton MMA Kids Self Defense Class


Yesterday we had another awesome kids class at Scranton MMA. The kids class is growing in size and we are very lucky to have such great kids on the mats, great families supporting these youngsters, Great instructors that are dedicated to training them and also we are very lucky to have such a huge facility to support this growing class. Those are just some of the reasons why the kids class at Scranton MMA is great! The techniques we chose to teach the kids also help make it an awesome class.  We carefully chose each and every technique that we teach […]

Scranton MMA Kids Self Defense Class2014-09-19T08:36:42-05:00

Training Tips Part II


So we got a lot of feedback already from our first article on getting the most out of each and every class. So far everyone likes the idea of a series of articles around this topic so please keep the feedback coming.  The easiest way is to just send us a message on but feel free to get in touch with us anyway that works for you. Today we are going to talk about how you should pick your training partners during class.  You might not realize it but how you pick your training partners in class can have an […]

Training Tips Part II2014-07-24T10:57:17-05:00

Scranton MMA Training Tips


At Scranton Mixed Martial Arts we are often asked “How can I get better” or “What can I do to improve” or some variation of that training.  So with that in mind we are going to compile a few articles to share some of the most important tips we have shared over the years.  We are going to try to make sure that everyone who wants to improve quickly or as efficiently as possible can do so. If you have any specific questions please just let us know and we will make sure we address it in an upcoming article or […]

Scranton MMA Training Tips2014-07-23T14:38:43-05:00

Scranton Mixed Martial Arts Judo Tournament Recap


This weekend the Scranton MMA Judo competition team headed over to paterson New Jersey to compete in the Summer Slam Judo Tournament. This tournament brings out players from the very best clubs in the country and Scranton MMA was very glad to take part of this event.  Members from Scranton MMA have been going to this tournament for years and years and we are very happy to see some of our new members and new competitors go to this tournament. Going to this tournament we knew we would have our hands full.  We had four kids competing for the first time […]

Scranton Mixed Martial Arts Judo Tournament Recap2014-06-03T07:49:54-05:00

Strength and Conditioning For Self Defense


At Scranton Mixed Martial Arts we love helping people learn about self defense and today I would like to talk about the importance of strength and conditioning for Self Defense. Obviously I have to state that if you are interested in learning how to defend yourself in a self defense situation nothing and I mean nothing will replace good Self Defense Lessons, a solid plan and LOTS of practice. You have to prioritize that above all else. Find a good program with good instructors and practice, practice, practice. Once you are on the road to learning the write techniques and practicing […]

Strength and Conditioning For Self Defense2014-05-02T07:30:34-05:00

Self Defense Lessons At Scranton MMA


Today I wanted to talk a bit about our Self Defense Program at Scranton MMA.  Our program focuses on self defense but has tremendous carry over for any other martial artists and has a great deal of benefits that will carry over into your daily life.  I also wanted to touch a bit on the difference between self defense and fights or combat. At Scranton Mixed Martial Arts we offer a great beginners self defense program.  Our program is designed to allow anyone to get on the path of learning how to defend yourself in a self defense situation.  The program […]

Self Defense Lessons At Scranton MMA2014-05-01T07:49:42-05:00

Scranton MMA Unique Benefit of Training


There are many benefits of training mixed martial arts.  Most people understand or have heard that Martial Arts will teach you or your child discipline, respect, courage.  A lot of people who look into martial arts training know that they can lose weight, get more flexible, get stronger and gain muscle.  So today I would like to talk about a benefit that a lot of people do not realize you will gain when you train martial arts. Scranton Mixed Martial Arts Teaches Daily Accomplishments One of the best things about training martial arts at Scranton MMA is that you will constantly […]

Scranton MMA Unique Benefit of Training2014-04-29T07:56:30-05:00