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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Techniques Paperback – October 1, 2003

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“On the mat Machado is a flawless technician who makes it all seem effortless. . . . He is a fantastic teacher who truly leads by example. It is an honor to be his student and his friend.” —Joe Rogan, host of Fear Factor

About the Author

Jean Jacques Machado is a sixth-degree black belt and the head instructor at the RCJ Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Tarzana, California. He is a defense tactics consultant to the Los Angeles Police Department, an advisor to the Navy's Special Warfare Development Group, and an instructor for the Navy Seals. He lives in Los Angeles. Kid Peligro is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and the winner of two World Masters titles. He is a columnist for Grappling and Gracie, the coauthor of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Self-Defense Techniques, and author of The Gracie Way: An Illustrated History of the World's Greatest Martial Arts Family. He lives in San Diego, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Invisible Cities Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931229325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931229326
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
My first reaction upon receiving this book and browsing it was page after page of "Hmmm, I haven't seen that anywhere else before" and "Hey, that's really cool". This is truly the most advanced jiu-jitsu and submission grappling book released to date. I base this opinion on being a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu brown belt, an instructor under Erik Paulson, having an enormous martial art book and video library, and producing/distributing high-end grappling videos ([...]
This book is addresses the usual gamut of BJJ techniques (guard sweeps, guard passes, submission setups, etc.) both with and without the gi. Most of the gi material would be directly relevant to no-gi submission grappling as well, as evidenced by Jean Jacques outstanding performances at Abu Dhabi, the most prestigious submission grappling event in the world. The book is about 250 pages, and has 112 carefully detailed technical sequences.
This would be a great book to get if you are an advanced grappler or an intermediate grappler trying to step it up a notch. Novice grapplers won't find any of the basics they need to learn in this book, but it would still be a pretty cool book to own if they are disciplined enough to continue training the basics.
Enjoy!
Stephan Kesting
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By A Customer on November 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
Jean Jacques Machado with Kid Peligro Black Belt Techniques is a have a great book. The techniques are very advanced and have a lot of flow. The descriptions are crisp and thorough and present each situation and the variations of the situation and a few options of attacks.
Thre are both Gi and no Gi techniques with most of them Gi but easily adaptable to No Gi.
The pictures and presentation, like all Kid Peligro's books, are top notch. I especially liked the intro were Jean Jacques explains his thoughts on Jiu Jitsu and the way he trains and progresses.
I recommend this book to everyone even beginenrs, so they can see what the future is and how to get there.
GREAT JOB!
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Of the Invisible Cities Press Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu released to date (Royler and Renzo's book, Royce and Charles' book and Kid Peligro's book) this book by JJ Machado and Kid Peligro is by far, the best of the bunch. that is not to say that the other books that I mentioned are not good. They are extremely good. However, they lack a special something that this particular effort has in spades. Personality. One of the really great things about this manual is the insight it give the reader into the style and approach of a particular fighter. JJ Machado has been, it seems, remarkably forthright in this book. He reveals his very unique approach by showing us the way he does things. The oher Invisible Cities books have been useful, but they remain I think beginners manuals (not at all a bad thing!). This book is about seeing a larger picture. It is a guide post for paving your own road in this most wonderful art.
On the content side this book does not dwell on the basics, it is not that kind of book. Technically it is strategy manual, specifically it demonstrates the way you can play with the movements of BJJ in unpredicable ways. JJ Machado is known as a finisher and that is the other thing the book trys to demonstrate, how to finish from nearly everywhere in sound, BJJ fashion. This isn't exactly a beginners book, but I think the beginner could benefit from owning it.
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This is simply the best grappling/BJJ book I've ever seen. First of all this book is not for begginers, it's for intermediate and above level grapplers. This book isn't an encyclopedia of techniques, it's more like a general strategy guide. The main idea is to open up your mind so you will think of some of your own combinations and variations of moves and setups taught. I'd like to use quote from the book to explain:

"One thing I've noticed is that often instruction is too rigid. Students often are taught to commit moves to memory and to repeat them the same way every time. You can get by with this at the beginning levels, but by the time you reach the advanced levels-the focus of this book-you will find yourself at a serious disadvantage if your moves don't flex to deal with the dynamics of each individual situation. That's why in this book I've tried to give you lots of options, and encouraged you to think for yourself. Because in the real world things don't always go down like they do in a textbook, and if you are the one who can create on the spur of the moment, you are going to win."

This is EXACTLY what happens by reading and practicing the things in this book. I've never seen this idea conveyed in any books before, which is one of the main reasons I rated it so high.

The book has techniques for both gi and no-gi, although most of the gi techniques will work for no gi too. This is because, if you didn't already know, Jean Jacques Machado was born with no fingers on one of his hands. With that said it is truely amazing how skilled he is with such a serious handicap. Since he has no fingers he can't grip the gi obviously, so he uses his legs alot more than usual. JJM simply thinks differently than most people because of this and it shows in his matches.
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