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Scranton MMA Jiu JItsu Schedule Change

By |January 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Gracie Jiu Jitsu|

Due to the success of our Kids Judo program and our adult Gracie 101 program we are going to moving some classes around. The first schedule change we are going to be making is that the kids Judo class on Tuesday and Thursday will now start at 4:30pm. The kids Gracie Jiu Jitsu class will start right after the Kids Judo class.  Moving the kids Judo class will allow the kids to have even more room to spread out and it will also allow us to have more instructors available to help with the class.  Sensei Dimitrios has done a great […]

Jiu Jitsu Tips For White Belts

By |December 26th, 2015|Categories: bjj, Gracie Jiu Jitsu|

So recently we have been posting videos and having some discussions around some advanced Brazilian Jiu jitsu moves and techniques. Well today we wanted to go over some simple tips that white belts can read, remember and apply to their game right away. Some of these tips might make perfect sense and some might not regardless please take the time to think about that and give them a shot. Trust us if you start following these tips your jiu jitsu will improve much faster. The first tip we want to stress is: Make it to class as much as you can […]

Judo Promotional Study Guide Part II

By |December 6th, 2015|Categories: Blog, education, Judo|

I wanted to finish up our study guide for the upcoming Judo promotional exam.  In the first post we went over the first set of throws that you need to know for your yellow belt. Today I wanted to give you some info on the 2nd set of throws that you need to know for your green belt. Again try to make sure you know the names of all of the throws, what they mean, how to perform them and how to fall for them. All of that is part of your test.  Here are the eight throws that make up […]

Scranton MMA Quick Tip Judo Vol I

By |December 3rd, 2015|Categories: bjj, Blog, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Judo, martial arts|

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 […]

Judo Promotional Study Guide Part I

By |December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Blog, education, Judo|

This post is mainly for all of our Judo students that will bill testing for their next belt this month.  We are holding a promotional grading exam December 19, 2015. For the students who are testing they will need to know the names of the throws and how to properly demonstrate them.  To help with the studying process I wanted to share with you eight videos today. These videos demonstrate all of the throws in the first set.  Anyone who is testing for their yellow belt should know this set. The throws in the first set are: Deashi Barai – Advanced […]

Jiu Jitsu Competition Tips For White Belts

By |November 20th, 2015|Categories: bjj, education, Gracie Jiu Jitsu|

At Scranton MMA we have always had a lot of success as a team when it comes to Jiu Jitsu Competitions. We have been very fortunate to have some very successful competitors train with us for years and years. This has helped our competitors routinely come home with lots of medals, trophies and belts. Today I just want to share a few tips that will help you get started when you first decide to want to give competition a try. Trust me we have all been there and we know it is going to be difficult and stressful but these tips […]

Scranton MMA Kids Training BJJ and Judo

By |November 19th, 2015|Categories: anti bullying, bjj, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Judo, martial arts, self defense|

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 […]

Gracie Jiu Jitsu Tips

By |November 19th, 2015|Categories: bjj, Gracie Jiu Jitsu|

I recently had the great pleasure of doing some great Gracie Jiu Jitsu Training with three exceptional grapplers.  It was a great session where we simply drilled some techniques and then sparred.  Sounds simple sounds like most classes or training sessions but what was really great about this session was the little tips I got during the training session.  I want to share some of the tips, ideas and strategies that were shared with me during the training and I want to give you some of the tips that popped into my head while I was training as well. Jiu Jitsu […]

Electric City Wrestling Club

By |November 17th, 2015|Categories: Blog|

At Scranton Mixed Martial Arts we are constantly looking for ways to improve.  Today I want to talk about one of the biggest changes to come to Scranton MMA in years and that is the Electric City Wrestling Club.  I want to make sure that everyone who is looking for top not wrestling training and instruction gives ECWC a shot. ECWC is headed up by Coach Jake Arnone.  Coach Jake wrestled at Honesdale High School where he was a two time all region selection.  Jake was also team caption for four years and a two time league all star.  On top […]

No One is Undefeatable

By |November 17th, 2015|Categories: Blog, boxing, martial arts|

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 […]

Royce Gracie Fights Again

By |November 16th, 2015|Categories: bjj, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, martial arts, self defense|

Royce Gracie has had an amazing career as a fighter. He shocked the world way back in 1993 by winning the first Ultimate fighting championship. Royce used moves, techniques and submissions that many people had no idea about in a dramatic fashion on his way to winning that first tournament. Royce was able to make much large opponents tap out using Gracie Jiu Jitsu and after that night the martial arts world was never the same. When Royce first started out in mixed martial arts he won his first eleven fights in a row. He was the first and only person […]

Tournament Tips

By |July 14th, 2015|Categories: Blog|

Scranton MMA will be sending seven competitors to the IBJJF New York Summer Open this weekend. This is an internationally ranked tournament, and we are proud of our students for even wanting to go out there and give it their all. We’re not expecting everyone to bring home medals because in the end it’s about learning, not winning. But we’re very confident that everyone is going to leave everything on that mat and be a respectful athlete! For those of our students who are competing this weekend or want to compete in the future, here are some tips for the day […]

Eat Right – Train Right – Diet Tips From Scranton MMA

By |July 13th, 2015|Categories: Blog|

  Today I would like to share with you some diet and nutrition tips that will help you get the most out of your training at Scranton MMA. Get The Most Out Of Your Training First you have to realize how important you diet is once  you start training.  A good diet will help give you the fuel you need for your training sessions and they will also help you recover from them as well. On the other hand if you do not eat properly and neglect your diet your workouts will suffer and you will not have the energy you […]

Don’t Be The Stinky Guy (or Gal)

By |July 11th, 2015|Categories: Blog|

Jiu Jitsu and judo are close contact activities. You’re bound to smell all of your training partners sooner or later while you’re training with them. And they’re bound to smell you too. That’s why it’s important to keep your training gear clean. Keeping your gis and rash guards clean ensures you won’t be the stinky guy in class. A clean gi also makes for a healthier academy! I’ve been training for a little over four years now, and I’ve had my fair share of frustrations with trying to get the stink out of my Gis. I’ve developed a system that works […]

Advanced BJJ at Scranton MMA

By |July 8th, 2015|Categories: Blog|

At Scranton MMA, we offer nay different martial arts styles including Muay Thai, MMA, Judo, and Jiu Jitsu. One of our most popular classes is our Gracie 101, or the beginner jiu jitsu classes. This program shows you the basics of jiu jitsu, and how it can be used for self defense. After a few months of the program, though, you might feel the need to start learning some new moves, and that’s great! Jiu Jitsu is all about perfecting the basics, and learning new techniques. If you’ve been taking the Gracie 101 class for a few months, and feel the […]