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Partner Drills — Three Reasons to Pair Up with Someone New- Oldie but Goodie

Posted: October 27, 2014 in BJJ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, DWMMA, DWMMA - Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts, Fitness, Inspirational, Kickboxing, Krav Maga, Mixed Martial Arts, MMA, MMA Fights, MMAXOUT, Newsletter, Self Defense, Specials, Thai Kickboxing, Workshop
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Thai Kickboxing

Remember your first day of school? Remember walking into the classroom for the first time and taking a seat? Probably not; but I bet you were sitting in the same seat at the end of the school year? C’mon, you know I’m right. As human beings, we are creatures of habit. If we find something we like, we are hard-pressed to change… even if we know it’s good for us. It’s no different with martial arts training.  In Thai kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/BJJ and Filipino Jiu-Jitsu, we rely on our training partners to help us to learn and get the best possible workout. Naturally when paring up to do partner drills, we gravitate toward people we know, people we like and people have worked with before. However, if you work with the same person every night, you might not be learning as much or progressing as fast as you can. Sure, you may be comfortable… but, maybe, you’re too comfortable. Rather than falling into your comfort zone and training with the same partner every night, you should try to branch out and work with someone new every chance you get. Here’s why: 1. Different people give different energy — people come in all sizes and shapes; all with different temperaments — some are gentile, some are aggressive. If you always train with a smaller, less aggressive person, you’ll never learn how to deal with a more aggressive opponent. Training with different people will give you a feel for how to deal with different people’s energy. 2. You’ll learn faster — training with people of varying skills will help you learn faster. By mixing up your training partners, you have the opportunity to learn from more advanced students and to help coach, teach and mentor the lower ranks. Either way, forcing yourself out of your comfort zone will make adapt and think about what you are doing, making you a better martial artist. 3. You’ll meet new people — our gym is a community. Training with new people will introduce you to new people, you’ll learn a few more names and who knows, maybe even make a friend or two. So next time the instructor calls out “pair up”… what are you going to do? Head toward the same partner as last night, or are you going to branch out and work with someone new? You’ve got everything to gain and nothing to lose by branching out.

Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts offers the most  functional and realistic self-defense and fitness programs in the North Shore area.

We offer Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu(BJJ), Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Filipino Jiu-Jitsu and Children’s programs.

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Don’t Wait!  Call TODAY to sign up for your 30 DAYS FREE! 978-745-8511 Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts, Salem MA, provides the most realistic and practical self-defense programs for Massachusetts and North Shore Area including: Peabody MA, Salem MA, Beverly MA, Lynn MA, Marblehead MA, Danvers MA

Happy New Year and I hope everyone had a great Holiday Season but now its time to get yourself back in the gym.

I would like to thank everyone who donated a gift for Toys for Tots.


Congratulations to the following students who received their belts:

Jordan Giarratoni Green Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Christopher Fraser Green Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Michael Bragon Green Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Matthew Martin Green Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Robert Citorik Blue Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Trevor Healey Yellow Belt in Junior MMA
Stephen Wellman Black Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Eva Spinale Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Adam Groothius Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
David Martin Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Michael Valloto Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Tom Southern Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Andrew Hosman Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Max Soloman Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Ann Blouin Red Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Lisa Walsh Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Devin Walsh Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Ryan Croft Green Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Islan Luis Walker Green Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Brandon Crowley Blue Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Chase Caron Advanced Yellow Belt in Little Dragons
Anthony Dixon Yellow Belt in Little Dragons
Cameron Curley Yellow Belt in Junior MMA

 

Don’t forget about Thai Evaluation Progress Checks.
Starting this month you can book a progress check Monday and Wednesday at 7pm

Exciting schedule changes coming this February:

NOW adding a great self-defense class

Filipino Jiu-Jitsu classes starting February.

Filipino Jiu-jitsu is a hybrid system that focuses its training towards mixed martial arts style of fighting, using Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Filipino martial arts concepts. The training incorporates an extensive variety of strikes, low line kicks, joint locks, trapping, clinch fighting, take downs, grappling/ground fighting and weapons training.Filipino Jiu-jitsu is not a new system or style, it is a modern approach towards MMA and real street self-defense.
This unique fighting systems combines the most important aspects and fighting concepts from several different martial art systems and styles. These systems and styles are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Panatukan (Filipino boxing), Sikaran (Filipino Kicking), Filipino Kali/Arnis, Eskrima (sticks and knife fighting), Silat, Kenpo, and Combat Jujitsu.

Classes will be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 7-8pm.

 

Also adding…

  • There will also be an additional class taught by Dennis MMA Competition Training * Advanced Friday 5-6pm
  • Additional Thai classes Tuesday and Thursday morning.

 

Upcoming Events at DWMMA:

  • Peter Wellman will be fighting Friday, Jan.28th  for Combat Zone in Salem, NH.  Buy your tickets TODAY at the front desk.
  • Parents Night Out – Saturday, Feb.5th 5:30-8:30pm  $20 a child ages 8yrs old and up
  • Strength in One Women’s Self-Defense Workshop : Sunday, Feb.13th 10am – 12 $30 a person ages 13yrs and up. Reserve a spot TODAY! You must pay at the front desk to reserve a spot.

CLOSINGS & Cancellations:

  • Friday, Jan.28th CLOSED for Combat Zone Fight
  • No MMAXOUT Saturday, Jan.29th at 9am

Also check our DWMMA calendar for Events, Closings and Cancelation announcements.

Thank you for everyone that participated in our DWMMA Food Drive for St.Joseph’s Food Pantry.

St.Joseph’s Food Pantry was very grateful for the donations. Mrs.Campbell, Director at St.Joseph’s Food Pantry, was very excited and wanted everyone know that the donations would help a lot of families in the area.  St.Joseph’s Food Pantry soon to be Harvest of Hope now serves over 4,000 people. We are very grateful that DWMMA has done this drive for us.  In these trying economic times, the number of people depending upon our food services has greatly increased. Any and all donations, either financial, food or items for our new thrift shop are urgently needed and appreciated.

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Congratulations to the following students who received their belts:

Dayanne Malaquis Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Michael McKiernan Advanced White Belt in Little Dragon’s
Nolan Groothuis Advanced White Belt in Little Dragon’s
Brandon Marquez Orange Belt in Junior MMA
Blyan Marquez Orange Belt in Junior MMA
Ross Magnant Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Michael Cappezutto Green Belt in Junior MMA
Jahmari Hamilton-Brown Purple Belt in Junior MMA
Hussien Shehab Purple Belt in Junior MMA
Aidan Knight Advanced Yellow Belt in Little Dragon’s
Brendan Crowley Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Izlan Luiz Purple Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Drew Sigler Green Belt in Junior MMA
Caleb Brown Blue Belt in Junior MMA
George O’Donnell Blue Belt in Junior MMA
David Vozzo Orange Belt in Little Dragon’s
Raviel Carrasquillo Advanced White Belt in Little Dragon’s
Steven Ratner Yellow Belt in Junior MMA
Ben O’Brian Yellow Belt in Little Dragon’s
Madaline O’Brian Yellow Belt in Little Dragon’s

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DWMMA Toys for Tots Drive


Help DWMMA make a child smile this holiday season.

There will be a collection box in the lobby area of DWMMA. Toys will be collected Dec.1st through 22nd.

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Buddy Week Dec.13th thru Dec.18th

You are welcome this week to bring in friends and family.

If your friend is under 18 years old they will need a parent or guardian to come in to sign the waiver.
Buddy week is for prospective students and those who have never attended a DWMMA class.
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Closings & Cancellations:

  • There will be no Thai Kickboxing class Friday, Dec.17th Due to the Holiday Party.
  • DWMMA  will be closed for the Holidays Thursday, Dec.23rd thru Saturday, Dec.25th. Classes will resume Monday, Dec.27th.
  • CLOSED Thursday,  Dec.30th thru Saturday, Jan.1st 2011.  Classes will resume Monday, Jan.3rd

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*DWMMA Students:
  • Please make sure that you are scanning in when you come into the facility.  This is very important in helping us keep track of attendance and belt ranking.
  • Make sure you are wearing your School T-shirt and belts in Thai Kickboxing.
  • Congratulations to the following students who received their belts.
Matthew McGinn Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Michael Lee Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Juan Lopez Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Jonathan Atwood Blue Belt Junior MMA
Kai Larson Advanced White Belt in Little Dragon’s
Jordan Giarratano Purple Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Chase Caron Yellow Belt in Little Dragon’s
Daniel St.Pierre Advanced Yellow Belt in Little Dragon’s
Kelly Aylward Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
Bailey Brown Orange Belt in Little Dragon’s
Autumn Brown Orange Belt in Little Dragon’s
Damen Mitchem Purple Belt in Little Dragon’s
Nick Goulart Orange Belt in Junior MMA
Ryan Clark Orange Belt in Thai Kickboxing
  • ATTENTION PURPLE BELTS IN THAI KICKBOXING: If you are a Purple belt you can now attend Advanced Thai Kickboxing class on Monday at 7pm.  If you would like to advance in belt ranking I would suggest attending Advanced Thai Kickboxing. This is also a great opportunity to learn what you are taught in All Levels class and stepping it up a notch. So what are you waiting for?
  • ATTENTION ONE STRIPE WHITE BELTS IN BJJ:I have noticed that there are many one stripe belts in our All Levels class.  I want to encourage the one stripe belts to start attending more Advanced BJJ classes because this will give you more rolling experience which you will need in order to advance in belt ranking. So please try to attend BJJ advanced classes Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm.
  • DWMMA Food Drive: You Can Help.  Bring in a can every time you come to class. We are also accepting outside donations. DWMMA will be collecting non-perishable food items for the month of November for St.Joseph’s Food Pantry.

  • PLEASE SCAN IN WHEN YOU COME IN TO WORKOUT OR TAKE CLASS: Everyone should have a card that you can find in the card holders.  If you do not have a card notify someone at the front desk. Leave your card in the card holder so it is not misplaced. When you scan in you should hear a beep. (hold blue button on handle of scanner and scan card – card must be held away from scanner at least 3 inches)


  • CLOSINGS: DWMMA will be closed Wednesday, Nov.24th till Friday, Nov.26th for Thanksgiving.  We will reopen Saturday, Nov.27th.