Given his disability, it kind of makes sense that Matt and combat sports would go together like peanut butter & jelly. After all, the fundamental premise of all of these sports is that you find yourself in a battle against an opponent and you need figure out a way to overcome whatever it is that they do to try and defeat you.
Jiu-jitsu is a martial art and self defense system that focuses on using proper techniques and leverage to defeat an opponent. It encourages the belief that a smaller, weaker opponent can successfully defend himself or herself against a bigger, stronger opponent if they use the correct techniques.
Judo, which translated means “The gentle way”, is a Japanese martial art derived from Jujitsu. Judo involved training both your body and mind to react to an opponent and subdue them. Judo is known for both its throwing techniques and controlling an opponent while on the ground.
Wrestling involves using grappling techniques to hold down or overpower an opponent through maneuvers involving lifting, throwing, twisting, and tackling. Wrestling involves both physical and mental strength to defeat an opponent. The competitors use techniques that are mastered through practice.
It all started for Matt in high school. Being a member of the wrestling team was always something he wanted to accomplish but due to recovery from surgeries, and yes, even his own self-doubt, Matt never pursued his goal. Finally, before Matt’s senior year, in a classic “ Now or Never” moment, he decided to join the team. Matt was instantly hooked with the training and couldn’t wait to exhibit his new found skills. Unfortunately, he was never able to participate in an actual match.
However, Matt’s competitive fire was ignited and he searched for an outlet. He would find that in the sports of Judo and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. His passion for judo and jiu-jitsu has taken him across the country to learn from some of the top competitors and instructors in the country and the world. Matt is a certified coach through USA Judo, and a certified Double goal and Triple Impact coach through the Positive Coaching Alliance. Currently, he is an instructor at Scranton MMA holding a first degree brown belt in judo and a purple belt in jiu-jitsu under Phil Miglarese and Royce Gracie.
The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their
chosen field of endeavor.
– Vince Lombardi