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Eastchester Martial Arts School Turns Out Winners at North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Tournament

Competing at the recent NAGA competition, from left, grappling coach/instructor Ron Barone, Aidan Connolly, Lauren Naclerio and Alexa Grassi, in front.
Competing at the recent NAGA competition, from left, grappling coach/instructor Ron Barone, Aidan Connolly, Lauren Naclerio and Alexa Grassi, in front.
The Westchester Martial Arts Academy sent seven of its students to the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Tournament June 28 and all of them came home with top honors.

The competition, held at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn., is the largest mixed martial arts grappling event of its kind in the U.S. for both children and adult competitors.

The WMAA students, ages 8 to 13, competed in both the tournament's Gi and No-Gi grappling divisions. Both differ in the type of clothing required of the competitors as well as in technique and tactics.

The winners include: Aidan Connolly, first place in Gi, third place in No-Gi; Addison D'Agostino, second place in No-Gi; Alexa Grassi, second place in No-Gi; Isabella Maccera, first place in No-Gi; Lauren Naclerio, third place in Gi; Danny Sherlock, second place in Gi, third place in No-Gi and Matt Sidoti, first place in No-Gi.

"I would like to congratulate everybody who competed at the NAGA tournament. The students did an awesome job, and win or lose, I hope they had fun. I am proud of you all," said grappling coach/instructor Ron Barone, who also competed in the adult division, taking second place in Gi and drawing for a first place in No-Gi.

WMAA is a full-service martial arts academy offering the finest in martial arts training to both adults and children. In addition to martial arts, WMAA offers the exclusive iLoveKickboxing.com fitness kickboxing program and is a TRX suspension training and Kettlebell Concepts provider. The results-driven environment at the WMAA combines with fun and effective training to promote mental and physical health and overall self-improvement. To learn more, visit www.westchestermartialartsclasses.com.

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