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nagaSo some of our readers may have heard about the national NAGA tournament that just came to Hartford Ct. But do all of our readers really get the intensity and mental commitment it takes to compete? We aren’t talking about a friendly game of ball in the back yard. We are talking about sweating and training for months on end just to hope your technique will beat the others. And for some, the hard work pays off. If you loose or win, its about the dedication and commitment. “NAGA has been a leader of the grappling revolution for many years and has pushed the sport forward by providing a fun and fair environment for athletes and schools to engage in competition to increase their skills and to foster positive and social family-oriented behavior”. Todd Hester, Publisher, Gladiator Magazine


Same goes at Dragon Within we will help train students who want to compete get ready. We keep a fun and family friendly environment. We are close with each student like they are part of our Dragon family. Just recently we had one young adult and one adult bjj student go down to Rhode Island to compete. Both of these students brought there “A game”. It took a lot of nerve and inspiration for these brave students to compete. We’ve watched them come early to class and stay late after class almost every day just to get an inch closer to being ready. And it worked. One of our students went for his first tournament and came home with not one but two silver medals. Now that’s something to show off. We are very proud of both these students who went down there and were team players even if they didn’t win a contest.


It’s not always about winning, its about the experience and the knowledge you will gain out of competing. At Dragon Within we take Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to a whole new level with training and building confidence in our students. We instill in students the importance of concentration and respect. These things are key to every becoming a great competitor. So if your looking to compete, or even just to train and learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Dragon Within has what it takes to teach any student what it takes.


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The popularity of the UFC and the massive growth of the tournament circuit has led many to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) as a means of taking part in competition. This is all well and good, but there was a day when BJJ was taught primarily as a self-defense art.

You always have to be capable of defending yourself in today’s day and age. Learning BJJ can prove to be one of the best arts you can study when dealing with the realities of serious self-defense scenarios. Remember in any self-defense situation, there is always the potential for a grave injury or even a fatality. When you are on the ground you will find yourself in a dire situation because you are prone to suffering from a blunt trauma injury to the head as the result of kicks or repeated punches. Such an attack could lead to the aforementioned fatality.

While there are definitely no easy answers or solutions to any self-defense situation, learning BJJ can definitely help you survive an assault that leaves you on the ground. The most obvious reason would be the fact that it helps you move on the ground effectively and efficiently.  You won’t have any wasted motion that does little more than tire you out. You also will be able to move with an eye on proper defensive maneuvers that are designed to protect you from any serious potential injury.

What further contributes to the value of BJJ as a self-defense art, would be the fact that it is an art based on leverage as opposed to strength.  You do not want to combat a bigger and stronger assailant with force, since you will likely lose such an encounter. However, if you use leverage and the law of physics, you will find it possible to address such a tough attacker in a manner that actually uses the opponent’s strength against him.

One other thing that does need to be mentioned would be the fact that BJJ puts a great deal of emphasis on chokes which are perfect for dealing with a larger and more powerful opponent. No matter how strong a person may be, if a choke is properly sunk in then the person is going to go to sleep – i.e. pass out.  BJJ will teach you how to choke someone out as well as get in the position where you actually can do so.

And yes, BJJ is an excellent art for getting someone under control without having to hurt them. In many self-defense situations, this approach would be the preferred one since not all altercations revolve around hurting someone.  For example if your older brother or spouse tried to pin you on the ground, you will learn and practice ways to remain safe and in control, without inflicting major injury.

Granted, it is still a good idea to study striking and even weapons based arts for self-defense like Krav Maga or Thai Kickboxing, but BJJ does fill in a host of gaps in your self-defense game. Most people just do not know how to properly defend themselves on the ground.  By practicing BJJ, you too can learn how!

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