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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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