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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: The Closed Guard (Book of Knowledge) Paperback – August 10, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Book of Knowledge
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing (August 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981504469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981504469
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

BJ Penn is the current UFC Lightweight Champion of the world. He was the head coach on Spike TV's hit show, The Ultimate Fighter, and drew the largest pay-per-view audience in UFC history.

Dave Camarillo is a black belt in both judo and jiu-jitsu. He currently trains dozens of world-class grapplers and fighters, including many who compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Erich Krauss is a professional Muay Thai fighter. He has written for the New York Times and is the author of more than twenty books.

Glen Cordoza is a professional MMA fighter. He is the author of eight books on the sport of MMA, including the best-selling title, Mixed Martial Arts.

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The book has definitely improved my guard game as a blue belt.
Xerife
The Closed Guard Book of Knowledge is an excellent supplement to your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu game.
Lee
Each technique is presented step by step, with full colored pictures.
Reviewer Guy

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Issa on September 30, 2009
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I was hoping it would be more exhaustive / detailed, since it deals with one particular -- albeit very important -- aspect of BJJ. One example is in the posture-breaking section: how hard would it have been to show options when your opponent's hands are on your biceps, or else if he's postured up with both hands on your belt? Instead, all of only several posture-breaking techniques assume your opponent is using a staggered grip on your belt and lapel. It's a little thing, but BJJ is all little things.

What this book had going for it, potentially, was to provide a really inclusive roadmap of the closed guard, and I think it's lazy in that regard. You can find all the stuff in this book plenty of other places.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frank H. on August 29, 2009
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This is everything you could ask from an instructional manual about the guard. Just like most Victory Belt books, this one has awesome pictures and very clear written explanations. BJ Penn does a masterful job going through a whole array of closed guard techniques: from armbars to chokes and sweeps. One of the great things about it is that it covers the basics very well but at the same time it throws in there some more advanced-yet high percentage moves. There's not a single technique in the whole book that doesn't have a good chance of working in competition. Great work! Probably better than BJ's first book.
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By Glazy33 on October 24, 2013
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An excellent insight to what made BJ Penn champ in the UFC, with his BJJ skills in the closed guard. Ideal book for the beginner student in BJJ and interesting read for the more advanced student, item arrived in fast and efficient manner and perfect condition.
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By maverick710 on June 18, 2013
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This book has really helped me with my closed guard. I can say that it helped me get to the next level...
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The contents of this book were top notch, and a great addition to my library.

However, the publisher of the book used an odd protective covering on the cover, which is already starting to peel away from the book. They would have produced a better product if they had simply left this off.

In short...buy the book...it contains good stuff...but just a heads-up on the cover.
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By Reviewer Guy on October 2, 2011
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So, I can honestly say that I have a great BJJ Instructor who has done a great job at teaching me the basics... but while I was reading this book, I felt as though I was learning a NEW VERSION of the closed guard. The amount of detail that goes into each technique is insane!!! Each technique is presented step by step, with full colored pictures. Whether you are a newb or a seasoned grappler, you NEED to get this book to refine your game.
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By Xerife on June 29, 2011
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This is an excellent BJJ book. The pictures are very clear, and the moves BJ Penn has chosen to demonstate are all extremely useful. It is a great complement to more general books like BJJ University by Ribiero. Because it just focuses on the closed guard, it really gets into the details of the key moves from this position. The book has definitely improved my guard game as a blue belt. One can learn a great deal from just looking at the pictures and seeing how BJ Penn executes the moves as compared how you might be doing them. So even if you think you know a lot of guard sweeps, arm attacks, etc, you will learn something from BJ Penn. I hope his other books covering the different positions come out soon! - Xerife
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