The focus this week in our Gracie Jiu Jitsu classes at Scranton MMA was attacking from the mounted position, tate shiho gatame, for our Judokas. A truly dominant position the mount involves the Gracie Jiu Jitsu practitioner with his knees on the ground straddling the opponent’s chest thereby creating a wide range of fight ending attacks. From a barrage of strikes to powerful arm locks to devastating choke holds, the mount allows the experienced Gracie Jiu Jitsu fighter to end a fight quickly and efficiently.

In Bullyshield, Scranton MMA’s children program, we focused on teaching the young practitioners how to first defend a standing head lock then how best to use the mount to end a confrontation with a bully. Using a variety of techniques the children were taught how best to control and tire the bully in order to stop the harassment without ever having to throw a punch or a kick!

In the Street Essentials class adult students dealt with an assailant throwing a sucker punch and how best to defend. With horns of the bull and a quick O Goshi (major hip throw) the Gracie Jiu Jitsu student quickly found themselves mounted upon the assailant.

In Foundations: “the path to blue belt”, students focused on the straight arm lock from the mount. After controlling and tiring an opponent the Gracie Jiu Jitsu students learned the tricks to best set up and finished the straight arm lock from the mounted position.

Advanced Gracie Jiu Jitsu students focused on three techniques: setting up the quarter guard guillotine from the mount, remounting after a failed quarter guard guillotine attempt, and the ultra slick baseball bat lapel choke from mount.

Judo classes this week focused on using ashi waza combinations to set up your favorite throw! In addition AAU referee certifications were held this week at Scranton MMA. Very cool.

Boxing this week was…well boxing! The six strikes of the “sweet science” were of course taught and drilled with pad and heavy bag work along with sparring sessions and combat conditioning.

Muay Thai focused on breaking down the rear roundhouse kick and introduced a variety of combinations which utililzed the much feared kick that of course was unleashed by many students during the sparring rounds. Ouch!

Throw in the fact that six mixed martial arts fighters stepped into the cage Friday night and waged war at Cage Fight 8 to the delight of a crowd of thousands and you have a kick ass week! All in all it was a week of great technical strides at Scranton MMA! To all students keep training hard and fight the good fight!