Beacon Martial Arts Students Succeed at NAGA

Strong showing for Beacon Martial Arts Students

This past weekend, three students from the Beacon Martial Arts school, Evolution Grappling Academy headed an hour and a half south to West Hempstead, Long Island. The reason for their travels, was to participate in the North American Grappling Association’s (NAGA) first visit to Long Island. NAGA is the longest running Grappling tournament in the world, providing a competitive circuit for thousands of practitioners on a weekly basis, world wide. For decades, NAGA has been the proving grounds for up and coming grapplers. Many of the top grapplers in the sport today, got ‘their feet wet’ on the mats of NAGA tournaments.


EGA Teens Compete at NAGA

Nico, Izzy and Joan smiling with their medals.

Saturday would be no different, the youngsters from Evolution Grappling Academy would step onto the mats to gain experience in the competitive circuit. First up, was Izzy D. Izzy is a charming young lady. She has been training at Evolution Grappling Academy in Beacon, NY for almost a year now. This was her first time competing, and she did absolutely great. In her first match, she would quickly score with a beautiful takedown. Down on points, Izzy showed her resiliency as she never ‘gave up’ or settled. She is a fighter…or better yet a grappler, who would go on to take home the Silver Medal in No Gi, and Bronze in the Gi.

The Kids and I on the podium.

Next up for EGA, was Izzy’s brother, Nico D. Nico started training at EGA due to his sister Izzy. Nico would often watch from the waiting area without ever looking away. Within a few weeks, Nico was training along side his younger sister. The 8th grader, is as kind as they come, a switch he ‘turns off’ when its ‘gametime’. Nico, grappled incredibly well; instantly throwing up a very tight triangle choke off the bat to start his No Gi Match. Nico would go on to take home the Silver Medal in his No Gi Division, as well as in the Gi, where he would finish one of his opponents with his signature Kimura(Nico’s Favorite submission).

Joan’s Double Gold Performance

Last up for the teens of the Beacon Martial Arts school was Joan D. The young lady’s work-ethic is quite impressive for her age. At 13, Joan is often training twice a day, 4-5 times a week. Joan is a dedicated student of the art of Jiu Jitsu. In addition to her dedication to her own training; Joan is also a Student-Assistant Instructor. An appointed position, earned through displaying a high level of hard-work, dedication, discipline and respect for peers. Joan would close out the day for the teens of EGA, with 2 Gold Medals. She would finish all of her matches by submission, an impressive accomplishment, and testament to her work-ethic.

Joan on top of the Podium. Izzy by her side with the Bronze.

In closing, I’d like to say Congrats! to Izzy, Nico and Joan for the commendable performances. Win, Lose or draw, we grow as grapplers, students and individuals. I’m very proud of all of your hard work.

If you are interested in Martial Arts in Beacon, NY for yourself or your children, contact Evolution Grappling Academy. Come see why we were voted #1 Martial Arts School in the Hudson Valley.

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