Mass MMA: Best Way Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Posted: July 12, 2010 in Local MMA, PR, Social Media

Continuing the “Mass MMA” series, today I’ll be looking at Best Way Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu which has 17 locations across New England.  After a little bit of bugging I was fortunate enough to have long time friend Ryan Korzeniowski, who trains at the MA HQ in Rockland, MA, to answer a few questions about the school.

Ryan Korzeniowski

Ryan at the Rockland, MA location

Martial Art Form(s)/Number of Years of Study:
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – 7 years

Why do you study martial arts?
Anyone who studies BJJ will attest to how incredibly addictive it is. You know it’s part of your lifestyle when you start dreaming of de la riva sweeps. But in all seriousness, one of the reasons that I enjoy teaching the Junior Champions/kids classes is that BJJ offers a vehicle to teach important  values and principles like dedication, hard work, teamwork and focus. Martial arts have always been one of the most effective platforms for instilling character qualities like discipline and respect which carries over into all areas of your life.

What do you like about Mixed Martial Arts?  What – if anything – would change about it if you could?
I love the versatility you see in MMA fighters today. While GSP is often regarded as the paradigm of this, the fact is that the successful MMA fighters of today integrate grappling through brazilian jiu-jitsu and/or wrestling etc. as well as striking through boxing and/or kickboxing, etc. If you look at the UFC champions right now – Frankie Edgar incorporates wrestling, boxing and is a purple belt in BJJ; GSP combines olympic level wrestling, Muay Thai, boxing, and has a black belt in both karate and BJJ;  Anderson Silva has otherwordly Muay Thai as well as a black belt in BJJ; Mauricio Rua combines Muay Thai with a black belt in BJJ and Brock Lesnar showed in the last UFC PPV that a key component to his evolution as an MMA fighter is combining his wrestling background with BJJ as he set up a very slick arm triangle on Shane Carwin that he had been developing as part of his gameplan with his BJJ coach, Rodrigo Comprido.

I think that the scoring system should be revised. I like the proposed MMAS (Mixed Martial Arts Specific Scoring) scoring system that was proposed to the Association of Boxing Commissions awhile back. I think that allowing judges to score rounds under this system would lead to less controversial judges decisions (i.e. Machida v. Shogun I). Under this approach the scoring system would be 10-10 for even rounds, 10-9.5 for marginal advantages, 10-9.0 for clear advantages, 10-8.5 for dominant advantages, and 10-8.0 for overwhelming advantages. The scores would be based on 1.) damage inflicted 2.) effective striking and/or effective grappling and 3.) cage (octagon) control. I also like that under this proposed system the referee would signal to the judges by raising his arm overhead when a near submission is in effect until either a tapout or escape occurs. This would allow judges to take near submissions into account as effective grappling more easily.

What do you think UFC 118 will mean for New England MMA?

I think that it will showcase all of the support for MMA that exists here in the New England area. The fan expo is going to be a fantastic and I’m really looking forward to the Grappler’s Quest competition taking place that weekend at the fan expo. I think that Dana White and the UFC have really set this up to be a treat for MMA fans who have been clamoring for a big MMA event here in the northeast.

As a sneak peek for MMA fans, any young talent at your school you’d like to call out as the next big thing?
Ryan Quinn and Marianne Kheyfets of Bestway BJJ in Danbury, CT just competed in XFC XI: The Next Generation on 7/9/10 which was aired on HDNET. They both came to this event after winning the open try outs for XFC a few months ago. Ryan had competed and won in Bellator prior to this event and Marianne Kheyfets was making her MMA pro debut at this event in the co-main event against Kim Couture. Ryan did a great job and lost a tough fight by decision to Ian Stephens and Marianne won in round 1 with a very nice triangle choke.

If someone was looking to get into martial arts, give them one reason why they should consider your school.
If you train at Best Way Jiu Jitsu you’ll be training with and under Master Andre “Dedeco” Almeida who brings world-class BJJ, as a multi-time champion of the sport. Dedeco has become very well-known as “the champion maker” and knows exactly how to lead a team of competitors with the will to win.

I see you are an affiliate to American Top Team, how do you become part of such a prestigious team?
Master Andre “Dedeco” Almeida is a fourth degree BJJ black belt under ATT owner Ricardo Liborio, a red and black (7th degree) BJJ black belt. Best Way BJJ/ATT Boston has been associated with ATT from its opening and ATT fighters often come to Best Way to conduct seminars (Master Liborio, Former WEC Champion Mike Brown, WEC fighter Rafael Rebello, among others.)

Are you using any social media tools to promote your school (Twitter, Facebook, etc)?
Yes, we can be found on both Facebook and Twitter.

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