Between 1091-1093, JMZ improved with the new addition of Xiao Wu Xiang Gong. During the beggining of DGSD, JMZ using his signature- Flame Blade, was able to match up with 6 Celestial Monks+Duan Zhengming.
After capturing DY shortely, JMZ soon got his hands on 7 out of the 8 manuals of Xiao Wu Xiang Gong. 3 Years later, he finished all 7 books that he had. It is said that after mastering 7/8th of Xiao Wu Xiang Gong, JMZ's internal/skill improved.
So my question is, how much did JMZ improve?
Keep in mind that the JMZ that is compared with Yideng in speaking ability is the later JMZ.
So does that mean a DGSD beggining JMZ is weaker than Yideng?(even though Flame Blade was stated equal to Solitary Yang Finger)