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Are your kids bully proof?

Posted: September 25, 2014 in anti-bully, DWMMA, DWMMA - Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts, Inspirational
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Martial Arts Benefits Adults

So I want to take some time to reiterate some things that have been said in the past, but need to be stressed again. It’s about our children in martial arts. Its not about being the best fighter in the world. It’s about so much more than that. Get the benefits of martial arts for you or your children.

The list of benefits for children who practice mixed martial arts is incredible!    There are a lot of people who speculate that MMA/Mixed Martial Arts isn’t for kids based solely on what they see on UFC; however, the reality of mixed martial arts and children isn’t one geared towards fighting–but more of a way to give your child confidence.  There are a lot of strong positive applications for mixed martial arts that reaches far beyond learning self-defense or keeping your child physically active.

Here are a few examples of how Mixed Martial Arts/MMA has helped a few of our students….

One main value gained from children taking Mixed Martial Arts/MMA is the level on confidence that it instills within them.   At Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts, we don’t force children to compete.  We do (however) have a few who like to compete and it’s a great confidence builder!  We have these four kids (ages ranging from 10-16)  who love to compete in NAGA (North American Grappling Association).  They have been written up in our local paper and it makes them feel good about their accomplishments.  It also teaches them that, win or lose, if they gave it their all–they should be proud of what they have achieved.  Being a sore loser isn’t an attribute in any of these kids.  They are humble in their achievements and gracious in the lesson learned from their defeats which makes them work even harder next time.  They set goals and work to achieve them.  Which is a huge thing for kid’s to learn:  goal setting.

There is a simple benefit from kid’s enrolled in mixed martial arts; it can improve the results in almost anything that you do in conjunction with their Mixed Martial Arts/MMA classes.  We have one teen, 15 years old, who is flourishing in school with A’s and B’s and this all started when he began his training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/BJJ.

The Most IMPORTANT thing to stress is that our programs at DWMMA, Salem MA,  instills confidence in Children!  Whether it is performance in school or sports they have the confidence to perform to their fullest potential.   Or, if they were to encounter bullying or peer pressure–they have the confidence to make the best decisions to make you proud as a parent.

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What if my child is a victim of being bullied?

Posted: September 13, 2014 in anti-bully, DWMMA, DWMMA - Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts, Events, Fitness
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Martial Arts Benefits Adults

Are your children excited to go back to school? Or are they afraid of being bullied? Here at Dragon Within, we take bullying seriously. We can help teach your child the respect, discipline, and confidence they need in school. 

Let me address what bullying is:

Bullying, in a nut shell, is a form of intimidation or domination toward someone who is perceived as being weaker.It’s almost like we are living in the jungle with a pack of wolves fighting over alfa male. We do all sorts of harmful acts to show our dominance and take what we want by force.  Typically as kids, the only thing we want is make the other child feel humiliated. Usually this is because we are insecure for some reason. There are different types of bullying. While some may think that bullying mainly consists only of physical domination, the fact of the matter is that there are verbal and emotional forms of bullying as well. And, with the rise of the Internet, there are now instances of children being bullied online through email, chatrooms and on Facebook. It is even possible to be bullied through text messaging on a cell phone. Chid bullying can happen in any of these forms. It’s not like in the 90’s when you had to go knock door to door to bully someone, now they make it easy for you.

For the most part, boys prefer to use physical intimidation tactics in their bullying. They will use physical aggression to force others to do what they want, or to feel in charge of a situation. Something about testosterone I would imagine. Girls, on the other hand, typically use more of a subtle approach. They stick to teasing, name calling, and passive aggressive methods. None the less it still hurts the same.

so how many ways can someone bully your child?

So why do kids bully other kids?

They may be abused or neglected at home. They may not have parents that get involved in their life or well being. And how well do our school spread knowledge about bullying and taking a stand?

Let’s break down some numbers shall we?

  • 60% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.
  • 86% of students said, “other kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying them” causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in the schools.
  • 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.
  • Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University
  • A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying
  • 10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the study above
  • According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying
  • One third of teens reported being bullied while at school
  • About 20 percent of teens had been made fun of by a bully, 18 percent of teens had rumors or gossip spread about them, 11 percent were physically bullied, such as being shoved, tripped, or spit on, 6 percent were threatened, 5 percent were excluded from activities they wanted to participate in, 4 percent were coerced into something they did not want to do, and 4 percent had their personal belongings destroyed by bullies
  • 4 percent of teens in this study reported being the victims of cyber bullying
  • Most bullying occurred inside the school, with smaller numbers of bullying incidents occurring outside on the school grounds, on the school bus, or on the way to school
  • Only about a third of bully victims reported the bullying to someone at school
  • About 2 of every 3 bully victims were bullied once or twice during the school year, 1 in 5 were bullied once or twice a month, and about 1 in 10 were bullied daily or several times a week
  • In this study, females and white students reported the most incidents of being the victims of bullying
  • 44 percent of middle schools reported bullying problems, compared to just over 20 percent of both elementary and high schools

Signs of child bullying

Are you like many other parents out there who are concerned for our children’s safety in school? There are many signs that indicate your child is a victim of bullying.

Also try to be alert on if your child is the one doing the bullying at school:

If your child is the one being bullied, you need to help them as soon as possible. Don’t wait. Try talking to them.

  1. Let them know that you can go together, to school authorities to see what can be done in terms of mediation, and in terms of increased attention paid on the school grounds.
  2. Encourage the child to avoid the child bully, and seek help from a teacher or trusted adult when necessary.
  3. Practice being assertive and asking the bully to leave the child alone.
  4. Encourage your child to be with true friends – bullies are less likely to pick on children who are in a group.
  5. take up a martial arts class to teach confidence, self discipline, respect, and much more.

Please help Dragon Within Martial Arts spread the word about bullying. Talk to as many people as you can. We are hosting an anti-bully workshop that is free to your child. We want to help teach every kid the importance of knowing the signs of bullying. We need to stop this and together we can.

Join us November 22nd from 2-4 for a free community event. We will be teaching anti-bully techniques and how to get away from someone who is bullying your child.

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krav_maga_gunHow many of us watch the news lately and are disgusted? All it ever contains is, who killed who; who kidnapped who; and who robbed who. Do you ever wonder what if that happened to you? Dragon Within offers weapons defense tools and weapons defense training. Don’t get caught somewhere with out the knowledge and preparation of how to handle yourself. We use tools in our Krav Maga class to teach students the difference between situations that you should evade or defend. We don’t want to see anyone get into a situation that they have to use these tools, but weapons are a serious thing and need to be taken seriously.

What if you had some crazed maniac in your face with a weapon and you had your children and family to think about? Would you defend yourself, or even know how? I know a lot of us think, “it won’t happen to me”. But the truth is, it could very well happen to you. Why wait for something to happen, why not take a stand and prepare yourself now! This world we live in isn’t getting any easier so we all need to learn to defend ourselves. And this doesn’t mean to go out and bully random strangers just because they may look suspicious. It just means to be prepared in the event that one day you may need the training and skill, and you want to be ready. Or maybe you want your younger children to be ready. We need to take gun shot wounds seriously and educate ourselves on the effects.

Don’t let yourself be a victim of a horrible crime. Learn how to defend yourself and stand up for yourself. Make sure your that person that a criminal can not take advantage of or hurt. Take Krav Maga and learn the tools and techniques to make a stand.

 

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MMA Peabody MA, MMA Salem MA, MMA Beverly MA, MMA Lynn MA, MMA Marblehead MA, MMA Danvers MA, MMA Swampscott MA, MMA Nahant MA

referralIt pays to be a martial artist at Dragon Within. Now, the more friends you refer, the more you benefit. Bring up to four friends, and we’ll give you six months of training for FREE! Now who doesn’t love free? That’s over $890 in free training. You don’t have to train alone. So whether its for self defense, or strength training, or even to gain more self confidence, get in here and bring your friends. Don’t keep all the fun to yourself, share it with as many people as you can. For every person that does an intro with us, we’ll give you 5 dragon bucks good on anything in the pro-shop.

Spread the word about our Fight Fit Boot Camp, for intense training and testing on your strength. Or bring them in for some floor work in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. But don’t stop there, take the striking from Thai Kickboxing and combine it with the self defense techniques of Krav Maga. Come to up to 16 classes in one week! Or take advantage of our open gym and open mat for training purposes. And not to worry about being the new guy, we give you private one on one sessions to get you acclimated to the moves and posture. So come join the Dragon Within family, and refer your friends too.

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CALL NOW TO SET UP YOUR FREE INTRO LESSON

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

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Many are skeptical about martial arts, especially when starting out. They often wonder if martial arts will be too much work or if they will even find it enjoyable, but if you ask anyone who has been doing martial arts a long time, these are common thoughts for one just starting out. The first few drills and training sessions will be the toughest as your body most likely isn’t familiar with the movements or the contact, but that will change. Each time you drill a certain technique, your body gets more and more used to it. Think of your body like a computer; each time you go through a movement or technique, you’re basically just programming your body. The more you do it the more your body becomes comfortable with it. Once you settle in and you become comfortable, that is where the fun begins. This is when you can open your skill set up to as many techniques as you can handle and learn different styles too.

If you’re not one that is comfortable with physical contact, I ensure you that Krav Maga offers nothing that will put you over the edge. After all, Krav Maga is primarily all self defense, so little contact is actually preferred in most scenarios. However, there are a few beginners that have a phobia of physical contact. Luckily for these people, martial arts offers many other styles, like Thai Kickboxing, that is just as much of an exercise as it is a martial art. While Krav Maga specializes in self-defense, thus requiring physical contact, martial arts like Thai Kickboxing is more independent. While there are many styles of Thai Kickboxing, the majority of them can be found enjoyable to the most hesitant people who fear close quarters and physical contact. As you will soon find out, Krav Maga and other martial arts have a huge pay off after that initial hump.

As comfort levels set in, you will find much enjoyment in practicing and learning techniques. You will make friends, learn things about yourself, and develop a strong, confident, mature, and new perception of life through the study of martial arts.

 

Call Now!

978-745-8511

Or Visit our Website
www.DWMMA.com

Knowing self-defense empowers you with powerful techniques, strategies and confidence for life-long success!
CALL NOW TO SET UP YOUR FREE INTRO LESSON

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

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Do you want to make a dedicated effort at getting in shape and developing a regular exercise routine, but don’t know exactly how to do it? You can find answer in Krav Maga. Krav Maga, a martial art centered in self-defense techniques, offers up a very long list of benefits that a regular exercise gym does not. You don’t have the luxury of really becoming one with your body by cycling on an elliptical, running on a treadmill, or lifting weights. Martial arts offers a whole new dimension of physical activity that is not exclusive to ripping muscles, but included strengthening your brain and heart as well.

It’s hard to explain the exact feeling you get when pursuing a goal or an achievement. It’s a sort of internal drive; an energy inside that seems to provide your body with the needed power. There aren’t many exercises you can do at a gym that will make you feel like you really accomplished something. Sure you can complete your reps at the bench-press station, or get a new record when maxing out on squats, but you don’t actually get rewarded. In martial arts, you are directly rewarded by earning your way up a variety of different colored belts. These colors represent your rank and is what you can proudly show off. The color of your belt represents how much work, time, and dedication you put out. This is something that people at a regular gym are missing out on.

Other than the satisfaction of earning your way up an actual ranking system, the overall environment is better. When you’re on the mats practicing Krav Maga, everyone is there to help each other out. There are no egos that get in the way and that is why martial arts is such a down-to-earth environment. People all share the enjoyment together, and are there to work their way up and prove something to themselves and others. This makes for a strong connection or camaraderie that you will develop in the bonds between you and your fellow Martial Artists. Again, something that is missing for sure at a regular gym.

 

Call Now!

978-745-8511

Or Visit our Website
www.DWMMA.com

Knowing self-defense empowers you with powerful techniques, strategies and confidence for life-long success!
CALL NOW TO SET UP YOUR FREE INTRO LESSON

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

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Is your child having trouble with bullies at school?  Dragon Within Martial Arts helps many different kids learn about bullying and how it can be prevented safely and respectfully.  Bullying is most commonly seen as being physical, verbal and always confrontational. Whether it’s kids or adults, face-to-face confrontations are frequently the way bullies go after their victims.   But it’s not the only way. Cyberbullying through internet social networks, texting and cell phones can be just as damaging as physical showdowns.  Bullying will not cease to exist unless kids police themselves and their friends.  Here at Dragon Within we work with children to teach and motivate them to stand up for them selves and others facing a bully.  We show children how to defuse a bully by practicing a variety of self defense methods and movements.  We also conduct monthly “Mat Chats” where we sit together and discuss bullying and how to stop it.  It takes a sincere effort from both children and parents to successfully put an end to bullying.

Parent involvement and communication in their child’s life can also help prevent bullying.  Consistently providing a ride to and from class may be a good time where parents can address issues in school like bullying, and new friendships.  Parental presence should also extend into the digital world where new found “cyber bullying” can take place as well.  This new generation has proven that a iphone or laptop can become a weapon even in the hands of the most innocent-looking children.   The distant communication of the internet provides children with a way to hurt others at no physical risk of danger.  Kids who would never dream of shouting at another student or shaking a fist in someone’s face, can send threatening text messages or start vicious rumors on the Internet about another child.  One solution to cyberbullying could be that as a parent you must have them add you as a friend on Facebook and be permitted to follow them on Twitter and Instagram or they lose the privilege to the sites themselves.  You could also make it mandatory that you know the login information to their social sites.  Some other preventive steps that can avoid bullying can start at home with moms and dads talking to their kids, picking up on their conversations about other children, supervising their use of cell phones making sure that they become neither victims nor perpetrators of cyberbullying.  Some kids might find such intervention an invasion of privacy. Some parents might, too. But it’s like talking to children about drugs and alcohol. If you can save a kid’s life from ruin, your own or someone else’s, interceding is the right thing to do.

In order to stop bullying we have to understand why kids do it.  Some bully because they feel insecure.   At Dragon Within we help our students develop self confidence.  Building self confidence is very important because it strengthens your child’s integrity and self esteem.  These are building blocks to making good decisions outside of school like issues involving bully prevention and peer pressure.  Other kids bully because they simply lack self control and coping mechanisms to deal with anger and frustration.  We demonstrate the importance of being focused and controlled in class so that they may reflect the same self control when faced with a bully outside of class.  The positive social values like self control and self confidence may also be just what your child needs to not become a bully or cyberbully.

At our academy we teach our students that bullying is unacceptable. We help establish rules about bullying and we stick to them.   We also teach kids to treat others with respect and kindness.   Our institution houses a diverse student body and is great for children to learn how to treat all different kinds of people with the same respect and kindness.  In our monthly Mat Chats we discuss with our students, how to identify situations that may lead to bullying so that they can recognize and prevent it from happening.  If your child is being bullied or is getting in trouble at school for bullying, Dragon Within Martial Arts can help.

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Or Visit our Website
www.DWMMA.com

Knowing self-defense empowers you with powerful techniques, strategies and confidence for life-long success!
CALL NOW TO SET UP YOUR  FREE INTRO LESSON

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

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Women. You need to stand up and start getting the respect you all deserve.  What better way to start, than by joining our Krav Maga self defense classes!?  In this class you will learn the fastest and easiest ways to disarm and escape an attacker.  Wether you are walking the streets, or moseying home after work, you will need this training to beat the bag out of that drunk male hoodlum, or your worst nightmare.

Get the practice you need before it’s too late.  In class you will physically practice the scenarios of an attack to teach your muscles how to respond effectively.   These exclusive methods will show you how easy it is to incapacitate and escape attackers.  At Dragon Within we work with prop weapons, so mentally you are prepared to move and respond with fierce efficiency and intelligence.  It is so good you will want to bring your friends!

Join and learn with your friends so you can be a systematic defense team when you go out for the night!  If anyone was to try anything aggressive, you will feel safe knowing that you all have this practice under your belt.  You will feel and look better  than ever after just a couple months!

This class is the mark of a journey that you start the moment you come in for your first lesson!  It says that you want to learn self defense and get fit in the process.  It shows that you want to get in better shape and inevitably, by taking this class you will.  It is a great workout program because of our power up conditioning system.  The conditioning includes push ups, cardio, and jab hook combinations that will really give you a full body workout.  Ultimately you will gain the combination of intellectual and physical fitness in a fun, stress free environment!

Respect yourself, and your body enough to protect it.  Learn self defense mechanisms that could save your life.  Its fun and something you and your friends can do together.  Call now to get started!

Call Now!

978-745-8511

Or Visit our Website
www.DWMMA.com

Knowing self-defense empowers you with powerful techniques, strategies and confidence for life-long success!
CALL NOW TO SET UP YOUR  FREE INTRO LESSON

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

Happy New Year and I hope everyone had a great Holiday Season but now its time to get yourself back in the gym.

I would like to thank everyone who donated a gift for Toys for Tots.


Congratulations to the following students who received their belts:

Jordan Giarratoni Green Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Christopher Fraser Green Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Michael Bragon Green Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Matthew Martin Green Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Robert Citorik Blue Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Trevor Healey Yellow Belt in Junior MMA
Stephen Wellman Black Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Eva Spinale Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Adam Groothius Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
David Martin Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Michael Valloto Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Tom Southern Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Andrew Hosman Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Max Soloman Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Ann Blouin Red Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Lisa Walsh Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Devin Walsh Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Ryan Croft Green Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Islan Luis Walker Green Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Brandon Crowley Blue Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Chase Caron Advanced Yellow Belt in Little Dragons
Anthony Dixon Yellow Belt in Little Dragons
Cameron Curley Yellow Belt in Junior MMA

 

Don’t forget about Thai Evaluation Progress Checks.
Starting this month you can book a progress check Monday and Wednesday at 7pm

Exciting schedule changes coming this February:

NOW adding a great self-defense class

Filipino Jiu-Jitsu classes starting February.

Filipino Jiu-jitsu is a hybrid system that focuses its training towards mixed martial arts style of fighting, using Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Filipino martial arts concepts. The training incorporates an extensive variety of strikes, low line kicks, joint locks, trapping, clinch fighting, take downs, grappling/ground fighting and weapons training.Filipino Jiu-jitsu is not a new system or style, it is a modern approach towards MMA and real street self-defense.
This unique fighting systems combines the most important aspects and fighting concepts from several different martial art systems and styles. These systems and styles are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Panatukan (Filipino boxing), Sikaran (Filipino Kicking), Filipino Kali/Arnis, Eskrima (sticks and knife fighting), Silat, Kenpo, and Combat Jujitsu.

Classes will be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 7-8pm.

 

Also adding…

  • There will also be an additional class taught by Dennis MMA Competition Training * Advanced Friday 5-6pm
  • Additional Thai classes Tuesday and Thursday morning.

 

Upcoming Events at DWMMA:

  • Peter Wellman will be fighting Friday, Jan.28th  for Combat Zone in Salem, NH.  Buy your tickets TODAY at the front desk.
  • Parents Night Out – Saturday, Feb.5th 5:30-8:30pm  $20 a child ages 8yrs old and up
  • Strength in One Women’s Self-Defense Workshop : Sunday, Feb.13th 10am – 12 $30 a person ages 13yrs and up. Reserve a spot TODAY! You must pay at the front desk to reserve a spot.

CLOSINGS & Cancellations:

  • Friday, Jan.28th CLOSED for Combat Zone Fight
  • No MMAXOUT Saturday, Jan.29th at 9am

Also check our DWMMA calendar for Events, Closings and Cancelation announcements.

DWMMA will be holding its first Strength in One – Women’s Self Defense Workshop Sunday, February 13th 10am to 12.

 

Women ages 13 yrs old and older are invited for $30 a person.  All proceeds will be donated to HAWK in Salem MA.

 

Reserve your space TODAY at DWMMA located at 11 Franklin Street, Salem MA

Space is reserved when payment is collected. Payments can be made at the front desk of DWMMA.

 

DWMMA is also accepting donations for HAWK.