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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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Can you become good at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu if you do not compete in tournaments?

That question sometimes brings forth a lot of controversy and it really should not be considered controversial at all.  All you have to do is look at the many different people of all belt ranks that are not active competitors and it becomes obvious they have solid skill levels.

 That said, competing in BJJ Tournaments does bring your skill level to a much higher level much quicker.While you do not need to compete to be a great BJJ practitioner, there is great value in competing in tournaments. This is why it is definitely worth the time and effort to give the tournament scene a try.

  And besides, competing in tournaments is a lot of fun and nothing to be concerned or worried about.

Many people will be seriously worried about getting injured which is, honestly, a wise concern to have. However, a great deal of effort is put into ensuring that the safety of the competitors is maintained. As a result, serious injuries are not common in BJJ events.

 You also do not need to be a national or world champion to say your tournament experience was worth the effort. You do not really even have to win. Getting out there and just doing things is enough to get some value out of the process.

 Actually, that statement needs to be amended somewhat.

The tournament itself is not always where you learn the most. It is the training and preparation for the event that delivers the most value. When you invest in training for a tournament, you will work on your conditioning, your timing, and many other facets of your game. This helps you make tremendous strides in improvement that would not be the case had you solely trained to roll around in the gym.Training for competition brings forth a higher level of focus that will play a major role in enhancing the development of your abilities.

 Focus can also take on greater value when it is combined with a definitive time frame for achieving an outcome. When you must compete at a tournament on a specific date, you will focus all your energies during a 8 week period where you will go into training mode. (Some may even extend this to 12 weeks) This leads you to concentrating on improving your skills within a definitive time period as opposed to slowly dragging out your improvements over a lengthier period of time. You may very well improve over time and, quite honestly, you could even be perfectly happy with the time that it takes you to improve. This is perfectly fine a many people are perfectly happy with such an approach to improvements. However, there are those that do wish they can improve much quicker and training for a tournament could provide the previously elusive answer to acquiring such results.

In short, take advantage of the opportunity to compete. There are only pros and no real cons.


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Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts, Salem MA , provides the most realistic andpractical fitness & self-defense programs for Massachusettsand North Shore Area including:
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Dragon Within student Klug earns grappling honor

By Jean DePlacido correspondent

John Klug had always been interested in Mixed Martial Arts/MMA, but he had no training at all when he joined Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts in Salem last March. The 16-year old athlete from Lynnfield was a very quick learner, and he especially loved Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Klug made up his mind to compete in the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) event in Hartford, Conn., on July 30. NAGA is one of the largest BJJ Ground Fighting competitions in the Northeast, and with less than four months experience under his belt he placed second in both Gi and No Gi.

“Gi is a loosely fitted two piece garment held together with a cloth belt,” said Klug, who plays wide receiver and cornerback on the Lynnfield High football team. “No Gi is very different because you compete in athletic shorts and a tee-shirt. There is a huge difference because in Gi you and your opponent can grab onto the lapel of the Gi and the pants, giving more leverage. In No Gi there is nothing to hold onto so it is much harder.”

Klug proved to be a master of both styles at the NAGA event.

“Ever since I was very young the sport has interested me, and I’ve fallen in love with grappling. I’ve always played basketball, but I’m thinking of switching to wrestling this year,” he said. “I think I picked up the skills you need in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)  quickly because (Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts) has the best instructors around.”

Klug is getting ready for his next competition, another NAGA event in Lincoln, Rhode Island on October 15. His goal is to take first place in both Gi and No Gi this time. He sets the bar very high, but has the results to back it up.

Patricia Cregier, wife of Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts owner Dennis Cregier, said Klug is one of several talented teenagers they are working with. She has seen their confidence built through martial arts.

“John is an excellent example of how a teenager should be,” said DWMMA owner and head instructor Dennis Cregier. “He shows dedication to being part of Dragon Within, and has extraordinary natural talents in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

BJJ is a complex martial art, and the fact that at 16 with only a few months training he came in second in both Gi and No Gi shows what kind of talent he has. He’s also a good kid, and I am glad to be able to help him learn martial arts, especially since he shows so much potential.”

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Dragon Within Mixed 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