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Martial Arts Benefits Adults

Teach your child the skills they need to effectively handle a bully situation, or what they can do if they witness bullying activity. At this workshop, we will be teaching children real life situations that occur, and broaden their awareness of what bullying actually is. We will be helping your child understand the 5 basic rules of engagement with a Bully, so they can become Bully Proof kids!

1) Try to AVOID the situation or conflict all together.

2) If being verbally assulted, Try to TALK it through and go and TELL an authority figure, like a teacher or parent

3) If being physically assaulted, DEFEND yourself

4) DO NOT strike a Bully back

5) Establish CONTROL, and NEGOTIATE

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Knowing self-defense empowers you with powerful techniques, strategies and confidence for life-long success!

Dragon Within Martial Arts, Salem MA, provides the most realistic and practical self-defense programs for Massachusetts and North Shore Area including:
Peabody MA, Salem MA, Beverly MA, Lynn MA, Marblehead MA, Danvers MA

In a “perfect world”  the best way to defend yourself would be to avoid dangerous situations all together.  Unfortunately, that will only work to a certain point.  It’s almost impossible to avoid risk all together; since dangerous situations can develop with little to no warning and could be from the people whom you would least likely expect.  I know the facts are scary: but they are true.   Knowledge on how to protect you, and your loved ones, in virtually any situation is key to feeling safe-no matter where you go.

When looking for the correct program to learn self-defense; tradition martial arts won’t work as well as combative martial arts.  At Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts, Salem MA,  our Filipino Jiu-Jitsu program is our most practical and realistic form of self-defense.  In Filipino Jiu-Jitsu, we teach a reality based self-defense curriculum, incorporating an extensive variety of strikes, low line kicks, joint locks, trapping, clinch fighting, take downs, grappling/ground fighting and weapons training; making it a realistic form of self-defense.  A lot of the concepts are similar to those in Krav Maga, in regards to the realistic and street based form of street self-defense.

Filipino Jiu-Jitsu is well suited for men, and women of all ages, fitness and experience levels because physical strength and athletic abilities are not essential. Only the core techniques have been taken from these combative arts and organized into an easy to learn curriculum that can benefit the beginner as well as the advanced practitioner.

In addition to learning effective self-defense, Filipino Jiu-Jitsu also provides the student with the means to improve their physical fitness, awareness, flexibility and self-confidence. Combining the best of many styles into a blended system gives our students the advantage they need to protect themselves in virtually any situation.


Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts, Salem MA, provides the most realistic and practical self-defense programs for the North Shore Area including, Peabody, Salem, Beverly, Lynn, Marblehead, Danvers

Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy life-style.  People who engage in physical activities, on top of a healthy diet, live longer and generally feel better than those who don’t.  Exercising at least 30 minutes a day can reduce your chances of developing diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.  The key is finding the right activity for you.

For those of you who have never taken a martial art, or have an opposed attitude to learning one; the idea of learning something like Thai Kickboxing, will surprise you on how beneficial it can be for your over all health.

In Thai Kickboxing, you get an overall body workout and conditioning.  Unlike some forms of fitness training that neglect certain areas of the body or leave out cardio training, Thai Kickboxing covers it all.

Our Thai program, at Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts, Salem MA, is safe and fun, as well as physically and mentally challenging. It is a unique and extremely effective blend of Muay Thai Kickboxing, Western Boxing and American Kickboxing. Students will learn fundamental punches, kicks, knees and elbows. You will be trained like a professional kick boxer with techniques and conditioning drills to get you into the best shape of your life. Not to mention, the added bonus of learning self-defense.

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Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts, Salem MA, provides the most realistic and practical self-defense programs for the North Shore Area including, Peabody, Salem, Beverly, Lynn, Marblehead, Danvers

Knowledge of self-defense is important for everybody.  Men, women and children can all benefit from learning how to defend themselves; however, this article is based upon the importance of women learning self-defense.

In a world where women are unrightfully labeled as helpless and weak; we often become the target for acts of violence.  Threatening situations such as: rapes, assaults, muggings etc. result with little to no warning.  We need to find the most REALISTIC self-defense program as possible in order to fully be prepared for these situations.

One of the best ways to learn how to defend yourself is to take martial arts, specifically Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).  MMA isn’t just for people who aspire to become a competitive MMA fighter like you see on UFC. It can be practiced for sport, fun and knowledge of a great, realistic, self-defense system.  A lot of gyms gear their MMA program for fighters.  At Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts, Salem MA, their unique approach is for anybody looking to learn in a safe, and fun environment.

I know you are probably wondering if Mixed Martial Arts has a place in women’s self-defense training?  The answer, in my opinion, is YES.  Many women have turned to Mixed Martial Arts for self-defense training, while learning the arts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing, Judo, Karate, and Wrestling to make it a well-rounded, but more importantly, realistic self-defense martial art.

Taking Mixed Martial Arts can be beneficial in many aspects of your life.  It is a great way to stay fit, it will boost your confidence, it will give you the knowledge of how to defend yourself in virtually any situation-all the while having fun and learning something new.



Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts, Salem MA, provides the most realistic and practical self-defense programs for the North Shore Area including, Peabody, Salem, Beverly, Lynn, Marblehead, Danvers

Benefits of Martial Arts for Children

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training helps a child develop self-discipline, respect and humility.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a martial art discipline that uses grappling and ground-fighting techniques similar to judo and jiu-jitsu.  It can teach kids to be stronger, more confident and less prone to bullying.  Many children face the problem of being bullied and are vulnerable to various anti-social elements. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can help a child tackle this problem.  The fundamentals of Brazilian jiu-jitsu focus on how a smaller, weaker person can defend against a larger opponent through the use of leverage and flexibility.  It equips the child with the knowledge and skills to intelligently cope with bullying and the skills to protect himself.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be a good way to stay fit. These days, children have an easy access to internet games and TV which can lead to a sedentary life-style. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/Martial Arts can be an interesting way for the child to stay in shape.  Both physically and mentally.

Here at Dragon Within Mixed Martial Art, Salem MA, kids enjoy learning a practical and healthy martial art that is truly effective. Our martial arts curriculum will give your child confidence, discipline and real self-defense skills.

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December 9, 2010

By Jean DePlacidocorrespondent


Dennis Cregier, owner of Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts School in Salem wants to give back to the community. One way he is doing it is by going out to the schools. He and his head children’s instructor Greg Jackson have been running a unique program at the Saltonstall School in Salem where they go every Friday morning for two hours to instruct youngsters not only in mixed martial arts, but respect for each other and their surroundings. The goal is to give the children, ranging in age from seven to 13-years old, confidence, and they focus on awareness of bullying.

“The kids love the program, and we can see a big change in a very short time,” said Jackson, who grew up in Salem and Beverly. It’s a mixed martial arts class, but we teach much more. Bullying is such an important issue these days, and our main goal is to make them all aware of it when it happens to them or a friend.”

The program, which ends this week, is six weeks long and part of the Friday Club program run by volunteers at the school. The 22 children involved get a tasted of martial arts with special emphasis on respect for each other, their teachers, and parents.

“We go beyond martial arts in the teaching, and try to emphasize life skills that will continue beyond the Friday Club. It’s important these kids know what to do when bullying happens to them or one of their peers,” said Jackson, who is 24 years old and attended Beverly High. “We’re training them to learn through Mixed Martial Arts which not only teaches technique, but attention and listening to other people.

“Fighting is only one part of it; discipline, respect, and confidence are the big three. Kids that age are not used to the discipline part, and it can change their life. I did a summer program for kids at the Kernwood Country Club last summer, and really enjoyed it. This is the first time I’ve gone out to a school. It’s a very popular program, and I’d love to do something like this again.”

Jackson said he was very active as a youngster, but got lazy in his teenage years. Since he has been training in mixed martial arts the past five years he’s back in shape.

“I wish there was a program like this when I was a kid,” said Jackson. “I work with kids as young as three and a half at our Studio, and they range all the way up to age 14. You have to use varied techniques and routines with the age groups. I try to make it a lot of fun by doing a lot of different things to keep them interested. It takes dedication and you can’t learn everything about mixed martial arts in a short time, but this is a great way to get them interested.”

“Greg is a very talented and humble person,” said Patricia Cregier, who works with her husband at Dragon Within. “The kids love him, and he’s a well respected instructor.”


DWMMA wants to offer you a special for the month of December until Jan.15th

The perfect gift for Christmas!

Kids Marital Arts 4 weeks of classes and uniform for ONLY

$110 Little Dragon’s 4-7yrs old – Save $50

$140 Junior MMA 8-13yrs old – Save $55

Thai Kickboxing 4 weeks of classes and uniform for ONLY $130

Save $65

Thank you for everyone that participated in our DWMMA Food Drive for St.Joseph’s Food Pantry.

St.Joseph’s Food Pantry was very grateful for the donations. Mrs.Campbell, Director at St.Joseph’s Food Pantry, was very excited and wanted everyone know that the donations would help a lot of families in the area.  St.Joseph’s Food Pantry soon to be Harvest of Hope now serves over 4,000 people. We are very grateful that DWMMA has done this drive for us.  In these trying economic times, the number of people depending upon our food services has greatly increased. Any and all donations, either financial, food or items for our new thrift shop are urgently needed and appreciated.




Congratulations to the following students who received their belts:

Dayanne Malaquis Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Michael McKiernan Advanced White Belt in Little Dragon’s
Nolan Groothuis Advanced White Belt in Little Dragon’s
Brandon Marquez Orange Belt in Junior MMA
Blyan Marquez Orange Belt in Junior MMA
Ross Magnant Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Michael Cappezutto Green Belt in Junior MMA
Jahmari Hamilton-Brown Purple Belt in Junior MMA
Hussien Shehab Purple Belt in Junior MMA
Aidan Knight Advanced Yellow Belt in Little Dragon’s
Brendan Crowley Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Izlan Luiz Purple Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Drew Sigler Green Belt in Junior MMA
Caleb Brown Blue Belt in Junior MMA
George O’Donnell Blue Belt in Junior MMA
David Vozzo Orange Belt in Little Dragon’s
Raviel Carrasquillo Advanced White Belt in Little Dragon’s
Steven Ratner Yellow Belt in Junior MMA
Ben O’Brian Yellow Belt in Little Dragon’s
Madaline O’Brian Yellow Belt in Little Dragon’s


DWMMA Toys for Tots Drive

Help DWMMA make a child smile this holiday season.

There will be a collection box in the lobby area of DWMMA. Toys will be collected Dec.1st through 22nd.


Buddy Week Dec.13th thru Dec.18th

You are welcome this week to bring in friends and family.

If your friend is under 18 years old they will need a parent or guardian to come in to sign the waiver.
Buddy week is for prospective students and those who have never attended a DWMMA class.

Closings & Cancellations:

  • There will be no Thai Kickboxing class Friday, Dec.17th Due to the Holiday Party.
  • DWMMA  will be closed for the Holidays Thursday, Dec.23rd thru Saturday, Dec.25th. Classes will resume Monday, Dec.27th.
  • CLOSED Thursday,  Dec.30th thru Saturday, Jan.1st 2011.  Classes will resume Monday, Jan.3rd


*DWMMA Students:
  • Please make sure that you are scanning in when you come into the facility.  This is very important in helping us keep track of attendance and belt ranking.
  • Make sure you are wearing your School T-shirt and belts in Thai Kickboxing.
DWMMA Closed for Thanksgiving.
Closed Wednesday, Nov.24th till Friday,Nov.26th. Classes will resume as scheduled Saturday.

Are you interested in getting a kick ass workout Thursday at 9am before your Thanksgiving meal?
Sign up at the front desk 10 people min.
DWMMA will be bringing food collected for St.Joseph’s Food Pantry Wednesday, Nov.24th.
PLEASE help DWMMA make a difference and show thankfulness by helping others this Thanksgiving. Every can helps.