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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Techniques Paperback – October 1, 2003
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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.
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.
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.
"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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book for advanced techniques. There are plenty of pictures and it is well explained.Published 10 months ago by Christopher
Great explanations and pictures... This book has a nice flow to it. I have been enjoying reading it. You should have a good understanding of bjj to better appreciate this book... Read morePublished 23 months ago by marc
very good book it has very interesting submissions and a diferent way to apply the ordinary submissions it is a really good book i recomend it 100% the other good book is saulo... Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by jd
Unlike some other reviewers, I found this book very well organized and clear. I had felt that my cross mount attacks were few and ineffective. Read morePublished on March 7, 2006 by Huy Nguyen
Another in what has become a rapidly growing series (mostly co-written by Kid Pelligro) from Invisible Cities Press, backed by the same UAE Shiek who holds the ADCC Submission... Read morePublished on February 1, 2006 by Rene Ritchie
This book shows ALOT of tech. that you can apply to your game no matter what belt you currenty hold. Read morePublished on August 29, 2005 by RAGEFACTOR
This book is like a reference for Jean Jacques Machado's class. Almost every technique in the book is one that he teaches in class. Read morePublished on March 1, 2004