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Steel City Martial Arts Blog

  • Loyalty and Jiu-Jitsu – A Few of My Thoughts on the Subject

    By Steel City Martial Arts | In Uncategorized | on November 1, 2017

    I know that some people consider it an outdated concept, but loyalty is important to me. I try to be loyal in all of my endeavors, and I expect others to be loyal to me in return. I’ve been with one firm for almost 30 years, I stayed with my one and only Karate instructor […]

  • Can I Wear a Colored Gi to Class?

    By Steel City Martial Arts | In Uncategorized | on July 23, 2017

    “So what’s the deal with gi colors – can I wear a colored gi?” We get this question all the time from newer students. (Usually it’s right after, “How long will it take me to make Black Belt . . . ?) Our answer is pretty simple. “You can wear whatever color gi you want […]

  • The Pittsburgh Jiu-Jitsu Classic

    By Steel City Martial Arts | In Uncategorized | on June 24, 2017

    Team SCMA attended the Pittsburgh Jiu-Jitsu Classic in Delmont, PA on Saturday, June 17th. A number of people competed, and Sensei, Santino, Don, and Levi were on hand to coach and cheer the competitors. Dave M. for the Win in No-Gi Most of our competitors were in the kids’ divisions, and everyone did well and […]

  • The Road to Black Belt

    By Steel City Martial Arts | In Uncategorized | on May 19, 2017

    Anytime three or more Jiu-Jitsu students gather together, you can be certain that the issue of rank will come up in the discussion. There are only 5 basic belts in the Jiu-Jitsu rank system: White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black. And it’s generally recognized that it takes a lot longer to achieve rank in Jiu-Jitsu […]

  • 2016 Western PA State BJJ Championship Results

    By Marshal Carper | In Gym, News | on October 27, 2016

    We had another great year at our annual tournament. Thank you to all of the competitors and for our referees and volunteers for helping the day to run smoothly. The results for the day are listed below or you can download the PDF version by clicking here. See you again next year! KIDS, TEEN GI […]

  • Press Release: Bully Prevention Week at SCMA

    By Marshal Carper | In Gym, News | on August 9, 2016

    PITTSBURGH, PA—August 10, 2016—Steel City Martial Arts (SCMA), an award-winning martial arts school in Castle Shannon, is offering a free week of Bully Prevention classes to ring-in a new school year in partnership with local educators and local law enforcement. According to the Center for Disease Control, experiencing bullying puts a child at a greater […]

  • Bully Prevention Week FAQ

    By Steel City Martial Arts | In Gym, News | on August 3, 2016

    The response that we’ve seen about our first offering of Bully Prevention Week has been overwhelmingly positive. Thanks to the way our students represent our school when they are not in the gym training, we are blessed with a great reputation and people that are excited to talk about what we do. We’ve gotten a […]

  • Calling All Tournament Sponsors

    By Marshal Carper | In News | on June 16, 2016

        The annual Western Pennsylvania Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships is nearly here. On Oct. 22, more than 300 competitors as well as their friends and family will descend on on Baldwin High School (our new bigger, better venue!) to chase the Pittsburgh area’s most prestigious competition titles. This our 10th event, and each year we have […]

  • Our New Competition Class, Tuesdays at 8pm

    By Steel City Martial Arts | In News | on April 6, 2016

    Competition season is around the corner for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Pittsburgh. To help our active competitors prepare to perform at this level, we have added a new competition class on Tuesday nights, 8pm to 8:45pm. We had our first class last night, and there was a lot of sweat on the mat when we finished. […]

  • Leg Locks at SCMA (or Please Don’t Be “That Guy”)

    By Don Bluedorn | In Gym | on March 24, 2016

    Leg locks are getting a lot of attention in the Jiu-Jitsu world these days.  Many of us remember training in the “old days” when leg locks weren’t favored and, in some cases, actually were looked down on.  Most today would agree that’s a shame, because leg locks can be wildly effective and they are a […]