Category Archives: BJJ BOOKS

Mastering the Twister – Eddie Bravo

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RECOMMENDATION:

Yes, but take it with some grains of salt.  It is a great supplement for learning different variations of side control and back takes.  However, there is a huge introduction (47 pages) where Eddie gives his autobiography with lots of drug references and other non-Jiu Jitsu topics.  Unfortunately, it comes across as vanity.  I highly recommend a SOLID grasp of fundamentals first, so at least BLUE BELT.

OPINION:

Overall, there is some really great content in this book. Some really cool innovated stuff to help with mounting an offense against your opponent.  Especially useful is the sections dedicated to getting “The Truck” position, which is a modified back take.

There are also some crafty versions of side control and mount which Eddie ties into his Twister System.  There are some techniques that assumes a good amount of knee flexibility, which limits who can actually apply these techniques (much like the whole 10th Planet System).  But, there is still a ton of usable and applicable techniques that can be implemented by the ‘average’ practitioner. The book is really well done with nice photographs and excellent written detail of the moves.

The negative aspect of this book is obviously the long, and crude introduction.  This may drive off some morally sensitive practitioners away from it.  The actual Jiu Jitsu in this book is really innovative, creative and useful and it would have got a higher rating except for that dumb introduction which was a waste of space.

 

Mastering Triangle Chokes by Neil Melanson

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RECOMMENDATION:

100% Yes!

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THE most complete and thorough instructional on this nasty submission ever!  Neil Melanson covers so many details and different types of Triangle chokes that it’s overwhelming.  He breaks the submissions in three varying types:  The traditional triangle, Arm on the mat Triangle, and the Sankaku (a 120 degree tilted-type triangle).  Then he delves into your opponent’s differing body positions relative to your own.   It seems that no detail is left out.  It is 287 pages full of usefulness for the triangle aficionado!  Great pictures with each position of the techniques from different angles.  Every technique in this book is shown without the gi, so there is a heavy emphasis on clinching your opponent.

Without a doubt one of my favorite instructional references ever!  One that I read over an over.  This is one of two BOOKS that I would recommend any serious BJJ practitioner (the other is Saulo Ribeiro’s Jiu Jitsu University).

If you want better triangle chokes, pick yours up HERE.

 

The Black Belt Blueprint: An Intelligent Approach to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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Yes, for new WHITE BELTS

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Nicolas Gregoriades (Roger Gracie Black Belt) has compiled a nicely organized guidebook for the beginning practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  This book is inexpensive and covers a wide variety of topics.  Labeled “The Black Belt Blueprint,”  it is most certainly written for the newcomer to the art.  This book pretty much covers everything the White Belt should know on his/her journey.  Although this is not a book of specific techniques, it illustrates key principles that are necessary while applying them.  Topics like expansion and contraction from one’s center, breath control, and head and eye movement are just some examples.  The basic framework of BJJ is also covered, such as the basic positions one should know, how Jiu Jitsu basically works and how to progress through the ranks.  Some mental aspects one should know are also covered.  Nicolas emphasizes the benefit of yoga, visualization, and meditation.   All in all, this is a nice, easy to read, guidebook for the new student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  White Belts can’t go wrong if they follow the

This book is a thorough catalog of the BASICS of BJJ.  It is easy to follow and can be easily digested by the newcomer.  It has great illustrations that help shed light on the topics.  I think every new white belt that steps onto the mat should have his/her own copy.  It will greatly increase the learning curve.

The title of this book is a little misleading.  It would better be titled “The White Belt’s Guide To Learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.”  As stated previously, it is a very basic guidebook.  Solid Blue Belts and higher might roll their eyes at most of the content and think “yeah, duh!”

Mastering The 21 Immutable Principles Of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: The Ultimate Handbook for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Students by Paulo Guillobel

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RECOMMENDATION:

Yes.  Especially for Coaches or aspiring Coaches.

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This book is great little handbook for the aspiring Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner.  In this easily understandable and accessible book, author and BJJ black belt Paulo Guillobel lays out 21 principles, or concepts, that are essential to becoming proficient in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

These “principles” describe the INVISIBLE aspect to the art.  The concepts behind the technique.  When the principles are understood Brazilian Jiu Jitsu becomes much easier to learn and apply.

This little book organizes and categories the main principles of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  It is a gift-wrapped notebook for any BJJ practitioner, whether you are brand new, or an experienced instructor.

I picked up this book as a Brown Belt.  Although I had already been taught these principles by my instructor, it was nice to have it all written down in one resource.  The many analogies provided to illustrate the principles also helped me gain a fuller understanding of them.

This is an easy to read and to-the-point book.  At only 112 pages with medium sized print it can be read cover to cover in a few hours.  There are lots of photographs (black and white) to illustrate key points.  It is organized very nicely so that chapters relating to a certain principle can be easily found.  Everything in this book will (or should) be taught be a competent BJJ instructor, but the author has gift-wrapped a nice little reference notebook that can solidify or enlighten your current understanding. However,  Its a book.  Some people don’t like books.

 

JIU JITSU UNIVERSITY by SAULO RIBEIRO

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RECOMMENDATION:

Yes!  For everyone.

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Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro has been the most respected Brazilian Jiu Jitsu book since it came out in 2008.  This 368 page book is chockablock full of high quality photographs and is supremely organized, detailing hundreds of techniques.  The book is structured by belt ranking white through black.  Each Belt Rank Section has an accompanying theme:  White Belt is about SURVIVAL, Blue Belt is about ESCAPES, Purple belt is about THE GUARD, Brown Belt is about GUARD PASSING, and Black Belt is about SUBMISSIONS.  Each Theme then has a sub-theme, for example ESCAPES →THE MOUNT. Then with each sub-theme there are several individual techniques, for example ESCAPES → THE MOUNT → ELBOW ESCAPE.  This arrangement of theme/sub-theme/technique, continues throughout the book.  Along with the hundreds of great photographs detailing each individual technique from different angles, there are short, clear and easy to understand captions.  These captions always accurately describe to the reader the contents of the photos step by step.  Sometimes there are even Continue reading JIU JITSU UNIVERSITY by SAULO RIBEIRO