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Dreadnought Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Top 10 In 2016 AGF Nationals

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LAWTON. OK (KSWO)- Dreadnought Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Lawton placed Top 10 out of 84 different academies at the American Grappling Federation Nationals tournament.

Seven students from the academy competed and all of them placed in each division. Five of those children competed for the first time.

9-year-old Reyes Lopez was just one of seven children from Dreadnought Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy who placed in every division at the tournament.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport that that teaches a smaller person how to defend himself against a larger person using leverage and proper technique.

Although this was Lopez first year participating in the competition, he encourages anyone to learn the sport.

"So they can be fit strong and go to people, like defend themselves if they are in a fight,” said Lopez.

Dreadnought Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu owner and instructor, Virgil Allen, also known as "Glenn" is an active duty member at Fort Sill.

He says the concept of defense is the sole reason he started coaching.

"I'm not going to be there at school if a bully is picking on them or at a park so, if they can implement things at a tournament where kids are learning the same things and win I know if they ever get into a situation at school or at a park with a bully, I don't have to be with them to coach them or show them what to do,” said Allen.

The academy’s youngest student at four years old and 40 pounds competed against older students at 50 pounds and she won 2nd place.  

Lopez says kids like her should stay involved with the sport for one reason—protection.

"They can learn self-defense so, they aren't bullied like a ton of times. Or, if they are not like bullied at all they can protect themselves when a bully is trying to hurt them.”

Dreadnought Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has only been open in Lawton for two years.

Students are taught 26 techniques throughout the course of a year and practice Monday- Friday. If you are interested in joining the academy visit them online at www.dreadnoughtbjj.com.

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