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Refining Your BJJ Game

Training in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) is a lot of fun because there is so much variety to it. There are many different ways in which you can develop your self-defense and fitness program into the practice of Brazilian Jiu-Jistu. This variety of BJJ beginnings help create a unique competitive edge as you progress within the art.  For example, depending on how you start BJJ, you may naturally be good at a specific element of it.  Some competitors may become known for their guard, while others will have a fantastic top game.  From there, different styles of practicing the art may arise.  For example, you may prefer grappling with Gi practitioners, or even with no Gi specialists, or you may even join in with all those who just have a talent for the world of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). Every BJJ artist holds a different journey and therefore becomes their own unique BJJ competitor.

Again, there is a lot of choice available to you within the art and you can develop as a BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) competitor in many different ways. This is definitely a good thing but there is a drawback that can sneak up on you if you are not careful. That drawback would be falling into the trap of accumulation.

What is accumulation? It is the art of being a technique collector. As the name suggests, being a technique collector refers to learning an enormous amount of moves on a superficial level. Refining the material and learning about the fine points never occurs. The nature of trying to learn something new all the time makes it next to impossible to refine material. Basically, “refining” means performing the same material over and over again to know, and understand it on a deeper level.

Why do so many beginners wish to accumulate so much? It is just the exciting nature of being a beginner. Everyone that starts out in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) wants to see more and more of the art.

There is also a lot of peer pressure that comes from wanting to buy the top new DVDs offering the classic moves of a top BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu). Certainly, viewing such material is a smart move. However, trying to memorize it in a week and then moving on to new material a week later just simply is not be the best strategy to follow.

Since refinement requires a lot of repetition, many will wonder if it is a boring process. The answer is no because the deeper your understanding grows of the art, you will find the deeper the power grows within your take downs and submissions.  You will learn there is always something new to learn about a particular move, and refining that move you will create an entirely new power within yourself. An arm-bar could take a lifetime to study and still only the surface of the art will be scratched.

If you want a little motivation for refining your BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) game, all you need to do is accept the fact that all the top players do this to be at the top. This is why you don’t see sloppy fighters throwing everything at an opponent. Rather, you will see fighters with solid, tight games that are focused and their performances are very controlled and specific. All that comes from refinement. So, refine your BJJ game and become a top fighter!

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UFC 133 is coming up on August 6th on Pay Per View and it gives us a good reason to watch here at Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts, Salem MA.  They have Evans Vs Ortiz as the main event, but we are more excited about who is on the main fight card:  

Jorge, aka El Conquistador, came to Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts, Salem MA, along with BJJ Black Belt: Tim Burrill, to our Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) workshop.  He helped us all with our submissions and everybody liked learning techniques from a fighter who has actually had success in the cage from the same sweeps and submissions that he demonstrated for us.  It was one of our most successful and fun workshops and we were delighted that he came to our school to teach us.


Also on the Main Fight Card:

Vitor Belfort vs Yoshihoro Akiyama
Dennis Hallman vs Brian Ebersole
Rory MacDonald vs Mike Pyle
Mat Hamill vs Alexander Gustafsson
Chad Mendes vs Rani Yahya
Ivan Manjivar vs Nick Pace
Hojny Hendricks vs Mike Pierce
Mike Brown vs Nam Phan
Rafael Natal vs Paul Bradley

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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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If you are one of the people who skip warming up before starting class; here are a few reasons why warming up before strenuous workouts is so important.

When you warm up for at least 10 minutes before doing any activity such as: Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Filipino Jiu-Jitsu or Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), there are at least four key benefits to a more product-full workout.

Improve Elasticity-  When you warm up your muscles, you are improving their flexibility.  It will reduce your risk of injuring or pulling a muscle if they have enough elasticity to move about during your workout.

Increase Circulation-  When you warm up, your body sends more oxygenated blood to your muscles.  This will help your blood pressure stay consistent and improves the movement of your limbs.

Reduces Fatigue During Workout-  You will get you through a workout whether you warm up or not, but you probably won’t get as far, run as fast or be able to push through that intense workout video as easily if you aren’t warming up before your workout. Indeed, you can get through a longer, more intense workout without feeling the pain if you get your body ready for it.

Gain More Muscle Control- You might find it hard to perform some kicks in Thai Kickboxing, or roll as effectively in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu(BJJ).  This could be due to muscle control, and getting your body to do what your mind tells it to do. When your muscles aren’t warmed up, they’re rusty and therefore cannot perform the tasks you are telling them to easily. This is yet another huge benefit of warming up before any physical activity.

Warm ups are meant to do exactly that-they warm up your muscles by increasing muscle temperature.  This increases the speed of muscle contraction, blood and nutrient flow to the muscles.   All of which increase the performance of your muscles giving you a much more intense and effective workout.



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

Bored of the same old, tired, workouts?  Thinking about cancelling your gym membership to try something new?  Why not try martial arts?


With many of the same benefits as a gym membership (e.g., strength and cardio programs, weigh loss, stress relief and personalized instruction), Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts offers so much more.

Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts, Salem MA, offers safe, fun and intense workouts designed to push you to exceed your own expectations.  Our team of certified instructors will give you personalized, one-on-one, instruction in a highly collaborative and supportive setting.  Before even joining Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts, one of our senior instructors will give you a personalized, private and free introductory lesson to familiarize you with core concepts, assess your fitness goals and answer any questions you may have about any of the programs we offer, such as:  Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Filipino Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Children’s Programs.  Once you decide which program best fits your needs, you’ll be introduced to a rigorous and challenging workout environment at a pace that is right for you.  With a structured curriculum in each of our programs, every time you step into the academy,  be prepared for a new, exciting and personally challenging workout.  A supportive community of fellow martial artists, from novice to expert, will encourage and motivate you to push yourself further than you’d likely go on your own.


With certified personal trainers on staff and a fully equipped strength and cardio facility, as well as world-class martial arts instruction; DWMMA offers the best option for anybody looking for a new and exciting workout regime.




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

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