Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tournament Tips


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 of the tournament to keep you feeling cool, calm, and confident.

It’s just rolling 

Rolling. We do it every day on the mats with our friends. It’s not that scary, right? So when you’re out there at your first competition (or every competition in the future), just remember that you’re just rolling with a new person! There’s no need to make it too serious, or feel like there’s a ton of weight on your shoulders. Just go out there, slap hands, and do your thing!

Play your game 

Now I know for some people it’s difficult to think about competing as having fun. Some people are very competitive, and want to go for the win. If that’s your gameplan, then you need to do your own thing. Don’t let the other person set the pace or get their grips first. If you know what you want to do, just do it. Set your grips, set the pace, and impose your gameplan. If you get the first move of the match, you’re already a step ahead of your opponent.


Sometimes when you’re competing you forget to breathe. It sounds silly, but it’s true. We’ve all done it. You get so caught up in the moment that you forget to breathe. This leads to rapid fatigue to the muscles due to less oxygen flow to the muscles. It could also lead to feeling light headed and give you a cloudy mind. You want your body and mind to be functioning at 100% at all times throughout your matches, so remember to BREATHE and relax.

So there you have it! It takes a lot of heart to compete, and we’re very proud of all of our students who are stepping on the IBJJF mats this weekend. When you’re out there, remember to keep it light, play your game, and breathe. Good luck to everyone this weekend, and thank you for representing Scranton MMA!


Scranton Mixed Martial Arts

Monday, July 13, 2015

Eat Right – Train Right – Diet Tips From Scranton MMA



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 should for your workout.  Your recovery will also suffer and it could negatively impact your next training session as well.

Some guidelines for a pre workout meal are that you want to it to provide energy and protein. You also want to make sure it is something that you can digest in time before you get on the mat.  Having a huge meal and then stepping right on the mat is something most people will not enjoy.

Energy will come from carbohydrates and / or fats.  The energy is obviously important especially with long and intense training sessions. Protein is also an important part of a pre workout meal because it will definitely help you perform better when compared to a meal with just carbs and/or fats.

Give Yourself Options

I want to stress that there are many ways you can fuel your body in a healthy way that will give you tons of energy and it is important that you find a way or several ways that will work for you.  Since most of us live a hectic life with a very busy schedule I suggest you find a few ways to fuel your body before you train.

I like to have some options that I can take with me on the road or leave in my office or in a cooler bag.  I try to make sure I always have something I can eat before training in my car or in a cooler bag that I have with me.

What To Eat

I always pack things like fruit, sandwiches, quinoa salads, greek yogurt, meal replacement bars and meal replacement powders and of course leftovers from earlier in the week.  I want to have a few options and I definitely want to have some options that I can eat cold.

If you are home and have more time to plan then you will definitely have more options but the guidelines are still the same.  Make sure you it has some carbs/fats and some protein in the meal as well.

Make The Most Of Your Training Time

Most of us are only able to train a few times per week and it is important that we do everything we can to get the most out of our training time. If you take the time to plan out good pre workout nutrition it will definitely help you get more out of your training.  You will have a lot more energy which will help you get in more reps during drilling time and it will let you get more rounds in during sparring time.

So please take the time and plan out what you are going to eat before you train.

Scranton Mixed Martial Arts

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Don’t Be The Stinky Guy (or Gal)


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 for me, and I want to share my tips with you so your Gis can come out clean and smelling fresh too!

Tip #1: Don’t re-use a dirty gi 

Training at Scranton MMA gets tough. When we work hard during class, we get sweaty and it gets soaked into our Gis. Even our training partners’ sweat gets on our Gis. There’s no getting around it. Our Gis are going to get stinky. The stink is caused by sweat and bacteria. After rolling in your gi for one training session, please wash it before you use it again. This will not only keep you from being the stinky guy (or girl), but it also keeps our mats clean for the rest of the students.

Tip #2: Wash your Gis alone.

When it’s time to do the laundry, try separating your regular clothes from your Gis and other training gear. When you mix your regular clothes with your gis, your washer might become crowded. This causes the washer to work improperly and your gis won’t get the wash they need. Also, separating your Gis will keep the sweaty germs away from your clothes.

Tip #3: Use scent boosters in the wash.

Companies such as Downy, Gain, and Sunggle all make in-wash scent boosters that you can throw right into the wash. I use my regular laundry detergent, and throw the scent boosters right into the drum of the washer. When the wash is over and you open the door of the washer, you’ll immediately smell the freshness of your Gis!

Tip #4: Dry your Gis immediately.

After your Gis have finished washing, take them out of the washer and dry them as soon as you can. If you leave them in the washer for too long, they will start to form mildew and get stinky again. So, whether you like to hang them or put them in the dryer, make sure you do it as soon as the Gis are cleaned!

So there you have it. Those are my tips for keeping your Gis clean and free of bacteria. You don’t have to follow my system exactly, but the one tip I do ask you to follow is Tip #1. It is so important not to re-wear a dirty gi on the mats. We don’t want any germs spreading around the academy! Our staff does our best to keep the mats clean, and we ask you to do the same!

Scranton Mixed Martial Arts

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Advanced BJJ at Scranton MMA

advanced class

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 need to start learning more, than maybe it’s time to start taking our Advanced BJJ class. This class goes more into depth about techniques used in sport jiu jitsu. Now, don’t go getting all nervous on me. Just because you’re going to take a sport jiu jitsu class doesn’t mean you HAVE to compete in a tournament. You can take our advanced jiu jitsu class just because you think it’s fun! There’s nothing more fun than learning a new move in class and pulling it off in a sparring round with your best buddy. Once you start taking the class, you’ll be hooked on the fun and the adrenaline of learning new moves and getting some good rounds with everyone!

If the advanced class sounds interesting to you, then talk to one of the instructors about it. We’ll watch how you do in the Gracie 101 class, and decide if you’re ready for the advanced class. When you start taking the advanced class, we’ll probably ask you to continue taking the beginner lessons in the Gracie 101 program. It is very important that even our most advanced students keep up on their basics. The basics the very foundation of every other move you’ll learn in jiu  jitsu!

So, to all of our Gracie 101 students, just think about how you’ve been doing in the Gracie 101 classes. Are you familiar with the techniques we show you? Are you doing well during the live drills at the end of class? Are you able to help out the newer students when they are a little lost? If so, flag down one of the instructors, and let us know you’re interested in the advanced BJJ classes. Until then, happy training!

Scranton Mixed Martial Arts

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

More Sleep, Better Health



As a baby, you couldn’t help but do it. As a teenager, it’s the last thing you wanted to do. As an adult, you envy people who get more of it than you!

When you begin your journey at Scranton MMA, a lot starts to change about you. You start caring more about your physical health. You try to train more often, eat a little healthier, ankd drink more water. Doing all these things is a sure way to improve your health, but it’s possible you could be missing out on a huge factor: sleep!

A lot of people don’t realize that sleep is just as important to your health as regular exercise and a nutritious diet. Sleep is involved in numerous bodily functions and maintainer processes in the body. Some of the processes include cell repair, hormone balance, and immune system strength.

Cellular Repair

You may have noticed that after a good night’s sleep, you feel refreshed and ready to take on the day. But have you ever thought about why you feel so refreshed? It is because while you sleep, the cells in your body are regenerating and repairing themselves. Throughout the day, we are constantly moving and shaking (and training!). This constant movement physically breaks down the cells of our muscles and organ systems. Fortunately, while we sleep our body releases growth hormone, a hormone that stimulates cellular repair. Thanks to sleep, we can spar round after round and still wake up the next day repaired and rejuvenated!

Hormone Balance

As mentioned before, our body releases hormones while we sleep. When we don’t get enough sleep, the balance gets thrown off. Some important hormones involved in hunger are ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin is the hormone that signals your body that it is hungry. Leptin does that opposite, telling you you’re full. When you don’t get enough sleep, your levels of ghrelin increase and your levels of leptin decrease. If you’re not sleeping enough, you feel hungrier which prompts you to eat more. Overeating can cause weight gain. So, to keep your hormones in check and control your appetite, get more sleep!

Immune Strength

Your immune system is an army of different types of cells that fight off anything it doesn’t recognize as itself. When an invader is recognized, special cells emit a protein called interleukins. The job of interleukins is to signal more immune cells to come to the area to attack the invader. A large amount of interleukins is emitted when we sleep. Without enough sleep, there is an insufficient amount of the protein. This means if there’s an invader, the immune army isn’t strong enough to fight it off. The end result is illness, which could put you out of commission for days. Most of us can’t afford to take days off, so get your sleep and stay healthy!

How much sleep do we need?

Now you know why you need more sleep. But how much do we actually need? According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults ages 18-64 need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. If you’re getting less sleep than that per night, you could run into some health problems as mentioned above.

So, the next time you’re up late watching TV instead of going to bed, remember how important it is to your health. Make better choices today and it will positively affect your health in the future. You’re already off to a good start by training at Scranton MMA and making better food choices. Now you just need to sleep more, and you’ll be the healthiest person you know!

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Independence Day and Bring A Friend Week Success!


It’s the Fourth of July! Or as it should be said, Independence Day!  239 years ago today, our country gained its independence from England by having a goal in mind and persevering through the hard times. The founding fathers of our country should be an inspiration to the rest of us striving to achieve our goals. So, while you’re eating your fruit salad and watching the fireworks shows today, remember why we have our freedom… Because our founding fathers didn’t give up on their goals!


Scranton MMA’s first ever Bring A Friend Week was held last week. Our students brought their friends and family to classes, and were entered into a raffle for cool prizes!

After making sure we had all the participants accounted for, we randomly drew for the winners. The winner of the Best Buy gift card is NICK PERKINS, and the winner of the six month membership is his friend Julie!

We want to thank everyone for being so awesome and bringing their buddies to Scranton MMA last week. And remember, your friends are ways welcome to train with us!


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Women’s Only Self Defense


When you hear “MMA”, you probably think of big, muscular guys throwing each other around right? Well at Scranton MMA, we break that stereotype every day! We make mixed martial arts training available for every type of person. We have classes for adults and children, competitors and hobbyists, and men and women! On Thursday nights at 5:00, Scranton MMA holds a women’s only self defense class for women looking to get their feet wet in Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

During the women’s only self defense class on Thursdays, our female instructor Jess Papi, introduces women to the basics of Jiu Jitsu for self defense. She shows the women in class how technique and leverage can be used against a bigger, stronger opponent in an attack situation. Jess will be the first person to tell you that Jiu Jitsu techniques WORK against the bigger, stronger guys she trains with every day.

The women’s only class has always been on the schedule at Scranton MMA, but as of recently, we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of attendees! We’re so happy to see more women taking the initiative to get healthier and learn how to protect themselves. Learning Jiu Jitsu is a fantastic way to stay in shape and gain confidence. Just ask one of the EIGHT women who attended class last night!

Jess showed the women two different ways to escape from the mount position. The ladies in class worked hard practicing the moves, and had a lot of fun doing it. Some of them even said they were going to practice the moves on their husbands at home! Look out, guys!

Jess is always happy to have new students in her women’s only class, so don’t be afraid to stop by. The class is very beginner friendly, and of course, a lot of fun! To schedule your first class, email us at ScrantonMMA@gmail.com or call us at 579-851-2987!


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Omoplata to Armbar by Steve: Post of the Day

The Scranton MMA July Facebook contest kicks off today, and we have a great video for you! One of our own jiu jitsu instructors, Steve Peragallo, shows an armbar finish from the omoplata. This move would be great for anyone who is looking for different submissions from the guard position. If you have any questions on it, feel free to ask Steve on the mats!


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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Coach Matt Speaks About Hard Work And Goals

Seriously you need to watch this and share this video with your friends.  You need to bookmark it so that whenever you have some doubt you watch it.  Trust me it will fire you up and get you 100% motivated to train harder then ever.  It will also help you focus on goals you have off the mat.  Its all related anyhow and a great little secret is the harder you train on the mats to reach your goals the easier it will be for you to work hard off the mat to reach your other life goals.

So please take a few minutes to watch this and let us know what you think.

Thanks for watching!

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Bring a Friend Week 2015!


The students at Scranton MMA are what make us who we are. We would be nothing without the friendly faces that walk through our doors every day. That is why we are holding our first ever Bring a Friend Week! Not only do our students put in hard work on the mats and in the ring every day, but they also have FUN! Bring a Friend Week will give everyone the opportunity to share these experiences with their best friends (or family members!).

Bring a Friend Week will be from June 22nd to June 26, 2015. On each day, we will offer certain classes for our students and their buddies to take together! The classes will be for beginners, so there should be no worrying about not knowing any technique yet. Your friends will have the opportunity to try all of the types of classes we have. The classes will go as follows:

Monday, June 22: Gracie 101 at 6pm

Tuesday, June 23: Bullyshield at 5pm

Wednesday, June 24: MMA at 7pm

Thursday, June 25: Women’s Self Defense or Bullyshield at 5pm

Friday, June 26: Muay Thai at 5pm

Along with the classes, we are also holding a raffle for our members AND their friends! All week, our members and their friends can enter the raffle, and we will announce the winner the week of June 29th. For our current members, we are raffling off a $75 gift card to Best Buy. To enter, the member must bring a friend to Bring A Friend Week, and “like” Scranton MMA on Facebook. For our new friends, we are raffling off a FREE 6 month membership. To enter, they must attend our Bring A Friend Week event, and “like” Scranton MMA on Facebook. Remember, your friend must bring their Guest Pass to class. That will act as both of your raffle tickets! The raffle closes after we lock up for the night on Friday, June 26th.
If you’ve been trying to get your friend to try classes with you, then this the perfect time! Everyone will be bringing their friends, so no one has to worry about feeling like the “new person”. Along with learning the basics of the martial arts we offer, we also want your friends to have fun and feel comfortable. So, tell all of your friends about Bring a Friend Week at Scranton MMA and come have some fun!

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Student of the Month May 2015!

May has come to end, and it was a great month! We’re seeing so many new faces, and everyone is improving immensely. The kids have had an especially good month. They spent the whole month training for their Judo promotional/tournament. They all did an awesome job getting ready and participating in the promotional.

There was one kid, though, who stood out from the rest this month. PERRY! Perry is six years old, but he always holds his own with the older kids. He goes to class all the time and works extremely hard. He’s not one to goof around during drilling or sparring time. Seeing a smile on Perry’s face is rare because he is a very serious kid, but if you can catch one while he’s not looking it sure is a nice sight to see!








When Perry started training, he was very shy and it took him a few classes to get comfortable with the rest of the kids and the instructors. But as he started training more, he became more confident and he wasn’t afraid to get on the mat anymore. Now, Perry will train with anyone you partner him with. Since he trains a lot with the older kids, his technique has been improving markedly. It’s awesome to watch him spar and put in 100% every day!

When you see Perry at Scranton MMA, make sure you congratulate him! He might not say much back, but I know it would make him feel great!

If you or anyone you know is interested in an activity that will increase your child’s confidence and skill, then Scranton MMA is the place to go. To schedule a tour of the facility and free trial classes for your child, call us at 570-851-2987 or email us at ScrantonMMA@gmail.com!

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Thursdays at Scranton MMA

Scranton MMA isn’t just mats and heavy bags surrounded by four walls. What makes Scranton MMA so special are the people who join us for training every single day. People of all ages, sizes, and walks of life come together on a daily basis to not only practice martial arts, but participate in the fellowship. We’re not just friends at Scranton MMA. We’re a special kind of family. Although every day at Scranton MMA exhibits this quality, Thursdays seem to be something special.

On any given Thursday, you can walk into the mat room at our academy and see the room packed with people! You can see the Gracie 101 students drilling the basics of Jiu Jitsu, the judo students tossing each other through the air with ease, the kids having a good time learning and playing, and the parents proudly watching their children’s progress. Everybody in the room has a smile on their face while they work the techniques with their partners, or talk to the other parents about the next tournament coming up. Thursdays at Scranton MMA definitely seem to be our busiest and most energetic day of the week!


This past Thursday was especially special for the kids. Our Bullyshield Jiu Jitsu class reached an attendance of 30 children, one of the biggest classes we’ve had so far! The ages of the kids in class ranged from 4 years old to 12 years old, and belt ranks ranged from white to gray/black. There was an even mix of beginners and advanced kids who participated. In class, they played a bunch of educational games which helped them solidify the basics of jiu jitsu. They have such a great time playing the games that they don’t even realize they’re learning!


After the Bullyshield Jiu Jitsu class ended, the kids put on their judo belts and warmed up for their judo promotional test! The test itself consisted of an in-house tournament led by instructors Eddie Adams, Jen Williams, Matt Marcinek, and Dimitrios Drougas. The children were brought out two at a time to compete against each other using the traditional judo rule set. They were watched closely by the instructors for good form and sportsmanship during their matches. The kids were very polite to each other and used fantastic technique while they were competing. It was a pleasure to see the kids’ hard work put into action.


The kids who participated in the promotional will be receiving their belts in a ceremony this week, so make sure you keep an eye out for the date! They worked very hard to prepare for their test, and it will be awesome to see them receive the promotions they deserve.


This past Thursday was extra special indeed. The classes were packed with students ready to learn, and the kids had a blast testing and competing for their new judo belts. If you or anyone you know is interested in seeing how special Scranton MMA is, call us at 1(800) 748-9910 or email us at ScrantonMMA@gmail.com. Also, be sure to check out our website, ScrantonMMA.com!

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Scranton MMA at Pittston Area High School!

Instructors from Scranton MMA visited Pittston Area High School on Friday to put on a free self defense clinic for the students.

Sarah Velehoski, a senior at Pittston Area, invited the instructors from Scranton MMA to teach her and her classmates some basic self defense techniques. Sarah is in the Pittston Area chapter of the National Honor Society. Being part of the NHS includes completing a senior project. Her senior project included setting up a self defense demonstration at the high school so she and her friends would be more prepared for college.

“With a bunch of us going away to college, I thought it’d be a good idea to have a basic understanding,” Sarah said.


Frank Alogna is one of the Scranton MMA instructors who attended the demonstration. Frank is one of the head instructors at Scranton MMA, and has eight years of experience in jiu jitsu. After training in the art for so long, he knows the ins and outs of jiu jitsu and how effective it can be for self defense. He has practiced self defense jiu jitsu with top black belts such as Royce Gracie and Phil Migliarese. Training with these two has given him a thorough understanding of jiu jitsu and how important it can be, especially for high school seniors.

“They’re about to go into the real world. They might be in areas they’re not familiar with, and with people they don’t know. It’s always good to know self defense to feel confident and be prepared for any situation,” Frank said.


Jess Papi is another instructor who went to the demonstration at Pittston Area. She has been practicing jiu jitsu since she was sixteen years old. Knowing self defense throughout high school and college has kept her more aware of her surroundings. Jiu jitsu gave her confidence, and she is prepared to handle herself in case something were to happen. Knowing firsthand how important it is for a student to know how to defend herself, Jess was excited to teach the Pittston Area students some basic techniques.

“Going to college can be scary. You hear horror stories about students being mugged late at night, and you can’t help but think that a little bit of self defense knowledge could have helped them,” Jess said. “Fortunately, I haven’t had to use my jiu jitsu on an attacker yet but I know that when or if the day comes, I’ll be ready.”


About twenty students attended the self defense clinic in the gymnasium at Pittston Area High School. Frank and Jess taught the young men and women some basic concepts such as how to stand up properly and how to keep a sturdy base. They then showed the proper defensive techniques to the sucker punch, the shoulder grab, and the headlock. The students did an awesome job picking up on the basics, and they asked some great questions about other techniques as well! Scranton MMA would like to extend a huge thank you to Sarah Velehoski for inviting us to her school and having a great group of students there for our instructors to teach!

If you or anyone you know is interested in learning jiu jitsu for self defense, contact Scranton MMA at 1-800-748-9910 or ScrantonMMA@gmail.com!

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Student of the Month April 2015!

Scranton MMA will now be awarding the student of the month title to one deserving kid every month! The instructors will keep an eye out for the child who has been standing out in class. They will pay attention to their progress in class, their attitude during training or competition, and how they act off the mats. The child who exhibits the best characteristics on and off the mats will be awarded Student of the Month!

After much deliberation, we have decided that our student, Luke is student of the month for April 2015! During class, Luke always pays attention and listens to the instructors. He puts everything he has into every drill and every sparring session. He’s also a huge help to the instructors by running the warm ups and keeping the younger students in line. In competition, Luke never gives up and always has a good attitude whether he wins the match or not.


Whether Luke is on or off the mats, he always has a huge smile on his face and exhibits a positive attitude. Luke is a huge asset to the Scranton MMA kids program and should be seen as a role model to the other kids! We’re proud to have him as student of the month for April!

Luke is just one of the many talented kids we teach here at Scranton MMA. All of our students have been doing a great job picking up on the techniques we teach them. Being in a fun environment with their friends helps the kids learn while having a good time. If you think your child might be interested in learning self defense in a fun environment, call 1-800-748-9910 or email us at ScrantonMMA@gmail.com!


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Friday, May 22, 2015

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Scranton Jiu Jitsu Coach speaks To Youth lacrosse team

Last night May 21st Scranton Mixed Martial Arts Matt Marcinek was asked to speak with a youth lacrosse team.  Matt is one of our coaches at Scranton MMA and helps with the competition team, the kids Judo and Jiu Jitsu program as well as the Adult Judo and Jiu Jitsu program.  Matt has coached white belts at local tournaments as they are just beginning their competition journey and he has also traveled to coach Black belt competitors at the world championships.

Matt is also a great motivational speaker and knows what it takes to win and inspire athletes and that is why the Scranton youth lacrosse association asked Matt to speak to its U-15 team last night.  Matt with with the team and their coach to deliver a great speech and motivate and inspire them.

If you would like to contact Matt or book him for a speaking engagement you can reach him at http://ift.tt/1ITNc4S

To find out more about the Scranton Youth lacrosse association please visit: http://ift.tt/1HzpGbR


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Unique arm bar finish from omoplata

Here in this video Steve shows a very unique armbar from the omoplata


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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu helps your everyday life

Most people can understand almost instantly that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a great stress reliever, amazing work out, and an even better martial art. Most people don’t realize though how much it can improve your life. Here are some very unusual ways BJJ can help you!

BJJ Improves Your Life

1. Community

The Jiu Jitsu community is very friendly not only at Scranton MMA but all over ! Jiu Jitsu is a martial art practiced all over the world. Through out your journey in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you get to meet people through, classes, seminars, tournaments, and even Facebook. You’ll get to make last friendships at your academy and beyond. All of my closest friends I have met through practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

2. Falling

I know in Northeast Pa we have very cold winters. If you live in NEPA you know those winters can also be very icy. Now if you ever fell on some slippery pavement you prob hurt yourself. One of the great things you learn in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (and also judo) is how to fall. It is very important to know how to fall in a fight. If somehow someone is able to throw you or take you down, and you don’t know how to fall correctly you can seriously get hurt. That is why here at Scranton MMA our Gracie 101 class has in its curriculum the proper way how to fall. Now next time you take a tumble on a slippery sidewalk you will be able to stand up without injury and laugh it off !

3. Flexibility

Jiu Jitsu will not only get you stronger, and loss weight but it will also improve your flexibility. Being more flexible can help you in everyday tasks. From preventing injuries to defending yourself to even scratching your back easier, flexibility can help everything. During your progression through Jiu Jitsu we will stretch and also naturally gain flexibility through practicing the moves. In just a short amount of time you will notice very quickly on how much more flexible you will get.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can help you in so many obvious and non obvious ways. So why wait to try it? Take your first step on your Jiu Jitsu journey today at Scranton MMA!


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Monday, April 13, 2015

Lasso guard setup

Quick look at Advance Jiu Jitsu class at Scranton MMA. In this clip Frank talks about setting up lasso guard


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