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Can you become good at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu if you do not compete in tournaments?

That question sometimes brings forth a lot of controversy and it really should not be considered controversial at all.  All you have to do is look at the many different people of all belt ranks that are not active competitors and it becomes obvious they have solid skill levels.

 That said, competing in BJJ Tournaments does bring your skill level to a much higher level much quicker.While you do not need to compete to be a great BJJ practitioner, there is great value in competing in tournaments. This is why it is definitely worth the time and effort to give the tournament scene a try.

  And besides, competing in tournaments is a lot of fun and nothing to be concerned or worried about.

Many people will be seriously worried about getting injured which is, honestly, a wise concern to have. However, a great deal of effort is put into ensuring that the safety of the competitors is maintained. As a result, serious injuries are not common in BJJ events.

 You also do not need to be a national or world champion to say your tournament experience was worth the effort. You do not really even have to win. Getting out there and just doing things is enough to get some value out of the process.

 Actually, that statement needs to be amended somewhat.

The tournament itself is not always where you learn the most. It is the training and preparation for the event that delivers the most value. When you invest in training for a tournament, you will work on your conditioning, your timing, and many other facets of your game. This helps you make tremendous strides in improvement that would not be the case had you solely trained to roll around in the gym.Training for competition brings forth a higher level of focus that will play a major role in enhancing the development of your abilities.

 Focus can also take on greater value when it is combined with a definitive time frame for achieving an outcome. When you must compete at a tournament on a specific date, you will focus all your energies during a 8 week period where you will go into training mode. (Some may even extend this to 12 weeks) This leads you to concentrating on improving your skills within a definitive time period as opposed to slowly dragging out your improvements over a lengthier period of time. You may very well improve over time and, quite honestly, you could even be perfectly happy with the time that it takes you to improve. This is perfectly fine a many people are perfectly happy with such an approach to improvements. However, there are those that do wish they can improve much quicker and training for a tournament could provide the previously elusive answer to acquiring such results.

In short, take advantage of the opportunity to compete. There are only pros and no real cons.


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There are many important aspects to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/BJJ that are somewhat overlooked by beginners. They are definitely not overlooked by those that reach a high-level of skill because such BJJ‘ers clearly display all these little nuances. One area many top players excel in would be the art of gripping.

Gripping is basically what it sounds like. It refers to how your hands grip and grasp your opponent. With the Gi, a large amount of your gripping will involve grasping the collar and the sleeves.  The pants legs are also grabbed and, to a lesser extent, you can grab the belt. (Beware – the belt moves around a lot so belt grips are somewhat unreliable)

Why is gripping important?

There are a few reasons why you would employ grips. Mainly, you do so to control and opponents and execute offensive and defensive maneuvers. Obviously, performing offensive and defensive maneuvers is a major part of the game.

 In a sense, the reasons for gripping on the ground in BJJ/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, is the same as gripping standing in Judo.  In Judo though, a greater emphasis is placed on grips very early at the beginner level. Gripping definitely is not something to be overlooked on the ground because of the many benefits to using it.

A few of the gripping techniques are about as simple. If someone is in your guard you can grip the sleeve and pull their arm forward to execute an armbar or a triangle. You could grip the collar and sleeve to pull someone down to prevent them from getting the posture to pass the guard. If you are trying to pass the guard, gripping the sleeve can be employed to press the arm down and hold it in place so it cannot defend the guard pass.  

To repeat, gripping can be used to apply any offensive or defensive tactic.

There is a bit of controversy regarding the use of grips. Namely, there are those that say gripping is another form of stalling. This can be true if the person gripping his/her opponent is not doing anything and only trying to kill the clock. If the person is being active then it would be impossible to say what he is doing is stalling.

It is advised that if you wish to employ gripping techniques you should perform conditioning exercises that can help improve your grip. Squeezing an isometric rubber ball would be one example of an easy way you can develop your grip abilities. Even a few minutes per day can lead to a great improvement. 

Don’t allow gripping to be an overlooked component of your game. Putting the proper effort into developing your grip game could lead to many improvements in how you actually perform.  And you definitely want to improve. That is why you are training in the first place.


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Have you thought about starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Salem MassBJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Salem Massachusetts) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and ground fighting with the goal of gaining a dominant position.  It uses joint-locks and choke holds to force an opponent to submit and also teaches you how to escape encounters on the ground.  Today, BJJis practiced for fun, self-defense or sport by men and women, hobbyists, professional fighters, military, and law enforcement alike.

It is no surprise that with the onset and extreme success of UFC and Mixed Martial Arts, the popularity of BJJ(Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Salem Massachusetts) also increased.  Nowadays, in addition to having a competition aspect; BJJ is also taught as a realistic tool for self-defense.

Here are a few tips to those who are thinking about starting BJJ/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  How you can successfully “survive” the first few months and have a positive experience to obtaining your black belt.

The most important tool you need when starting any martial art, especially Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, is a positive attitude.  Having the wrong attitude off the bat will either make or break your BJJ experience.  The first class will probably be a blink and it’s over because of all the excitement; however, the excitement will soon turn to frustration because BJJ is a complex martial art.   Positive thinking will help you go a long way.  You will not be amazing right off the bat… it’s a long journey in learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu so by keeping your attitude adjusted and mind open, you will learn the techniques correctly.  Which is the strongest lesson learned in BJJ: it’s all about technique.

BJJ is a combat sport.  The techniques used could be harmful in some cases but we practice them in a safe environment.  There is a safety mechanism called “tapping” for exactly this reason.  Tapping is letting know your training partner that you submit.  It keeps you and your partner from getting injured.

But knowing when to tap isn’t simply enough. You also need to learn to become a good training partner. One thing to keep in mind while practicing martial arts like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is that you’re responsible for your partner’s health and learning process as much as yours.

Last, but certainly not least, is hygiene!  BJJ is a very close-quarters martial art, and good hygiene is extremely important for both safety and mental reasons.  Keeping good personal hygiene is a must. So make sure your fingernails are trimmed and that your Gi isn’t the equivalent to sticking your face in a dirty gym bag.  One way to get unpopular extremely fast is to come to the class with a dirty Gi and smelling of onions and cigarettes.

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Understanding the importance in school pride is something that may surprise you when coming from your gym.  School pride is an emotional connection; whether it’s your old High School, or your current martial arts dojo.  Either way, if you are proud of where you go; shouldn’t you show it?

When you show school pride-it makes a positive environment for people to train.  You all have something in common.  No matter what your life is outside of the gym:  you all love to train at the same place, which makes going to class all the more exciting.  The number one way (outside of having a positive attitude) to show you love where you train is to proudly wear your school shirt to class.

Wearing our school shirt should be more than a required dress code.  It is a form of pride in where you train.  When you sign up for any of our programs; whether it be: Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Filipino Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) or our Children’s Programs; we give you our “Team” shirt.  It’s a symbol of being a part of a team.  Something greater than just being at a gym…being part of a family.  Being a part of DWMMA.



Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts, Salem MA, provides the most realistic and practical self-defense programs for Massachusetts and North Shore Area including:

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an extremely technical martial art.   The belt requirements for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tend to be a lot stricter than other forms of martial arts and takes more time to progress to the next belt.  This can be frustrating to students because in such a fast-paced environment; people don’t have the patience to take the time needed to go from a white belt to a blue; blue belt to a purple and so on…and so on…  Some students either quit prematurely, or they will stay but never feel as if they will ever achieve a black belt.

This is a reminder to not be discouraged if it is taking a lot longer than you want to get your next belt.  You must continue to move forward in your studies. You should always aim to be the best White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black belt that you can be.    With time and patience; you will grow and evolve.  To be a blue belt is very different than having a blue belt; however, its a sad thing when you see a blue belt get the “belt blues” and start slacking off or quit all together because it takes a great deal of time and commitment to reach purple belt status.  It is a great loss when this happens.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu isn’t based on belts.  It’s based on the art; belts are your reward for your dedication and are there to mark your progress in BJJ but they do not define you as a martial artist.



Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts, Salem MA, provides the most realistic and practical self-defense programs for Massachusetts including:

Peabody MA, Salem MA, Beverly MA, Lynn MA, Marblehead MA, Danvers MA