Scranton MMA

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes in Scranton

Just like in every educational system, you need to learn the basic theory of a subject before moving into more advanced concepts, and jiu-jitsu is no different. Scranton MMA’s Beginner Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu program specializes in teaching the very foundational techniques of jiu-jitsu that can be applied in a variety of different scenarios, everything from a street self-defense situation to a competitive grappling tournament to an MMA fight.Our Beginner Jiu-Jitsu class is based upon a rotational curriculum, which features a dynamic, deliberate, and precise technique drilling specifically designed to help accelerate our students’ learning while still allowing them to work and learn at their own pace. And best of all, because of the rotational aspect of our curriculum, lessons can be completed in any order, meaning there is NEVER a wrong time to come in and take your first class because you never truly “miss” a lesson!
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What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art based on grappling techniques. The goal is to gain skill in controlling and resisting your opponent to force them into submission. As opposed to other mixed martial arts which involve standing techniques, much of the time spent on the mat is on the ground. By taking the opponent onto the ground, you can find dominant control positions.

The overarching goal is to learn and overcome size, strength, and aggression differences by leveraging grip and position. This allows students to gain an unmatched understanding of the limits and abilities of their own bodies. The path to learning BJJ is both a physical and mental one, as students overcome mental barriers and learn the power of persistence and dedication.

Brief History of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu was founded around 1920 by Brazillian brothers named Carlos, Oswaldo, Gastão Jr., George, and Hélio Gracie. Carlos was taught traditional Kodokan judo by his instructor, and they later went on to develop their own self-defense coined “Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.”

As time went on, an adaptation of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Judo created Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu, which is now one of the most fundamental aspects of mixed martial arts (MMA).

BJJ focuses on the fact that a smaller, weaker person can defend themselves against someone much bigger using leverage and weight distribution by taking the fight to the ground using different holds and submissions for defense.

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Ranking System

The art of BJJ is accompanied by a ranking system, in which different color belts are awarded after techniques are mastered and time is spent dedicated to the combat sport.

Each beginner receives a white belt, followed by blue, purple, brown, black, coral, and red. Black denotes a level of BJJ mastery in both technical and practical skills.

Benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

  • Teaching humility- students learn that size does not matter
  • Teaches patience, as ranking in BJJ takes time and dedication
  • Encourages persistence and mental resilience
  • Self-defense strategies
    Improves quality of life in every aspect: physical, mental, emotional
  • Stress reduction
  • Improved flexibility
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Decreases mental illness symptoms
  • Builds strength
  • Lessons aggression
  • Improves social skills and builds community
  • Can aid in weight loss
  • Improves problem-solving skills

Jiu-Jitsu Classes Near Me

Scranton MMA, located in Dunmore, PA near Scranton, offers BJJ classes for students at every level looking to dedicate themselves to their physical and mental wellbeing. Fill out our contact form to try out our gym and get your first class for free!

Scranton MMA
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Brooke LambertiBrooke Lamberti
18:21 01 Feb 24
Might be a little biased writing this review, but Steve is genuinely the best instructor a student can have. The care and attention he gives to not only teaching proper technique, but also the wellbeing of the students, building connections, and helping them grow. Scranton MMA really is a community of people who truly are passionate about not just fitness and martial arts, but growing as people. I can’t say enough that if you’re interested in trying a class, test it out and see for yourself. --- to be honest, I took my first BJJ class this week, never having taken a martial arts class before, and couldn't have felt more welcome or comfortable trying something new. Thank you.
lauren goldenlauren golden
17:58 01 Feb 24
Scranton MMA is a top-notch facility. I worked with Scranton's instructor, Steve Polito, 4-5 days a week for years. In that time, I learned more about myself and the sport than I could have ever imagined.All of our sessions were physically and mentally challenging leaving me excited to come and work hard the next day. Steve is extremely knowledgeable and genuinely cares about his students. Training with Steve is an investment in yourself that will provide noticeable returns not only in martial arts, but also at work, with your friends and in how you handle yourself as a person. I would highly recommend working with Steve and the Scranton MMA Team!
Marie SimsMarie Sims
23:51 25 Jan 24
Signed up on a whim to try a muay thai class recently, and I absolutely can't wait to start BJJ soon! Steve and the other people at Scranton MMA are great.
Franco ArdolineFranco Ardoline
16:53 25 Jan 24
My absolute favorite instructors for jiu jitsu, Muay Thai and MMA!!! I’ve trained 7 years at Scranton mma and over a decade in all. Many teachers in many different states even. The time and dedication that is given to make sure each student is grasping what is being taught has no comparison. The honor and camaraderie developed here create growth throughout your life.
Zach RoditskiZach Roditski
19:00 24 Jan 24
Scranton MMA does an amazing job teaching students of all levels. With an approachable staff and curriculum focused around proven methods, it is the most suitable gym for anyone looking to get started or continue their martial arts journey. The Muay Thai class has been a great introduction to MMA, being self-paced and having time for individualized instruction made starting out easy and enjoyable. Can’t wait to start the Jiu Jitsu class and continue with this gym!
Yulissa EscarramanYulissa Escarraman
21:29 23 Jan 24
as someone who was, and still is, extremely new to the world of MMA, the instructors at Scranton MMA have done a great job at explaining the importance of technique, movements, and safety while training. super welcoming and talented group of people, which made it very easy to settle in and get excited about training every week. highly recommend to anyone considering taking classes... Scranton MMA's approach to teaching is unmatched!
Danielle LDanielle L
19:10 23 Jan 24
As someone who has never done martial arts before (but was always eager to), Scranton MMA has been an absolute joy to attend. They really do a fantastic job of teaching students of all levels and advancing you no matter what stage you’re at. I have been doing lots of the Muay Thai classes and look forward to the jujitsu, too! Very professional, organized yet very friendly and personable. I’d recommend anybody to Scranton MMA. Steve obviously knows what he’s doing and he’s incredibly inspiring to learn from.
Lenny HolevaLenny Holeva
19:11 19 Jan 24
Scranton MMA has taught me a great deal when it comes to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA within the last 7 years. The owners and the current instructors put in the extra effort in explaining what is being taught, why you are doing it, and take the extra time after class to help if you need it. Coming from a more introverted type of person I had anxiety when I first signed up, but the people and community were so welcoming they made me always feel included which created a great atmosphere, for me. I suggest Scranton MMA to anyone interested in learning self-defense, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, or MMA.
Mitchell KowalchickMitchell Kowalchick
17:58 19 Jan 24
Since joining Scranton MMA, I've learned much more than just BJJ, Muay Thai, and Judo. It truly is an exercise for the mind, ego, and respect. The classes are orchestrated in a way that accommodates all skill levels, making everyone feel comfortable. Moreover, the staff cares about you as an individual, structuring your training in a personalized manner. The more time you invest, the more evolved and targeted your training becomes. I can't express enough how fantastic this place is! Thank you.
dangred browndangred brown
17:19 12 Dec 23
A great place to learn and train Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and MMA. The classes are well structured and the price is extremely cheap for all that you get. It's easy to access, right off the Casey, in Dunmore and less than a few minutes from Scranton. Highly recommend.
Isidro AcostaIsidro Acosta
15:55 18 Apr 23
Devan FrantzDevan Frantz
19:03 12 Mar 23
I’m giving this place five stars to cover up the ignorant bad reviews I haven’t actually gone here yet but I plan too.
Joseph MaskalJoseph Maskal
23:21 21 Sep 22
I recommend anyone and everyone to join this gym, very clean, very nice people between the teachers and students, very informative. It feels like giant family. Even tho I can no longer attend due to me moving I will forever recommend this place.
Lorelei PetryLorelei Petry
00:18 22 Jan 22
Amazing place! The staff are all very nice and it's clean. My son goes here for Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing. The instructors are great and taylor the classes to each person's strengths and weaknesses. Convenient location right off the highway too!