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The NAGA North American Grappling Championships attracts hundreds of competitors each vying for a top 3 placement in their respective divisions. Held in West Orange, New Jersey, it is one of the premier tournament exhibitions for the North American Grappling Association.

 I competed in the event with the hopes of improving my standing in the National rankings that NAGA tracks and produces. After a hard fought day, I emerged as a Silver Medalist after facing an incredibly tough opponent in the finals of the tournament.

Competing against unknown competitors requires focus, discipline, and overcoming fear to step onto the mats and do your very best.

The North American Grappling Association (NAGA) rankings have been updated and have provided me with some favorable news.

I’m currently ranked #15 in the United States, #1 in the state of Maryland, and #10 in the Mid-Atlantic for my age group (30-39) in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2013.

This provides me with incredible incentive to continue to improve my rankings and validation that the hard work and countless hours are paying off.

Thank you to my coaches and teammates for helping me reach this plateau.

My target is to achieve top 5 in the nation by the close of 2013. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

November is here. We’re in the 4th quarter. The calendar year 2013 is coming to a close. How will you finish? Are you interested in turning up the intensity and getting those last minute sales, resolutions, or fitness challenges completed?

Is this the time of year where you go onto cruise control mode and drift into 2014 with the hope of “regaining the focus” with a new set of resolution.

Please believe that there is no better time to get started than today. Right now is the time to do more, do better, and achieve what you have targeted.

Here are a 3 tips to make the most out of November 2013.

How will you make the most of November? Leave comments or Tweet me so that we can discuss the details.