Scranton MMA

Mixed Martial Arts Classes in Scranton

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is the fastest growing sport in the world today. Scranton MMA offers a variety of classes for students looking to learn the full-contact combat sport with a variety of fighting techniques. With a mixture of martial arts traditional and non-traditional tactics, both striking and ground fighting is an excellent option for those who have dappled in martial arts and are looking to expand their skills.
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Requirements for MMA

  • Minimum of one year of experience in Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, or a Striking art
  • 6-month current blood test with negative results for HIV, Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C

What is Mixed Martial Arts?

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a term for a combat sport where two competitors work to achieve dominance over one another through three general tactics: striking, finishing holds, and control. It takes from techniques in wrestling, boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Judo, and Jiu-Jitsu.

The rules allow the use of striking and grappling techniques, both while standing and on the ground. Such competitions allow martial artists of different backgrounds to compete. Modern mixed martial arts competition emerged in American popular culture in 1993 with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Initially based on finding the most effective martial arts for real unarmed combat situations, competitors of various arts were pitted against one another with minimal rules for safety. In the following decade, MMA promoters adopted many additional rules aimed at increasing safety for competitors and promoting mainstream acceptance of the sport.

The name mixed martial arts was coined by one of the developers of these rules, Jeff Blatnick, a former Greco-Roman wrestler, and Olympic gold medalist. Following these changes, the sport has seen increased popularity with pay-per-view reach rivaling boxing and professional wrestling.


Brief History of Mixed Martial Arts

MMA originated from combat sports in Ancient China and Ancient Greece. The Chinese origin, Leitai, focused on elements of kung-fu, boxing, and wrestling. The Greek origin, the art of pankration, combined wrestling and boxing.The sport resurfaced in the mid-19th century when fighters sought ways to incorporate different styles to challenge traditional techniques. Modern MMA is thought to originate from Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu.The UFC 1 first global event was nationally televised in 1993 and has since gone on to become a global phenomenon.

Benefits of MMA

  • Compete with increased confidence
  • Build cardiovascular endurance
  • Learn techniques to help stay safe from real-world self-defense scenarios
  • Find your community and socialize
  • Build endurance
  • Increase mental strength
  • One of the best workouts for fat reduction and weight loss
  • Help prevent chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity
  • Improve focus, coordination, and concentration
  • Relieve stress

Mixed Martial Arts Gym near me

Scranton MMA is a mixed martial arts gym located in Dunmore, PA, near Scranton/Dickson City/Wilkes-Barre, and offers a variety of classes. If you’re interested, we offer a complimentary first class so you can see if our gym is the right fit for you.

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!