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  • Series: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master Techniques series
  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Invisible Cities Press Llc (September 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931229414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931229418
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kid Peligro is a columnist for Grappling and Gracie, the author of The Gracie Way, and the coauthor of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Self-Defense Techniques, Championship Grappling Techniques, From First Down to Touchdown, Submission Grappling Techniques, and Superfit. He is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and the winner of two World Masters titles. He lives in San Diego, California. Rodrigo Medeiros is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and winner of the first place prize at the 2001 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships. He lives in Los Angeles.

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I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in improving their game.
Joshua Krimberg
The pictures are very large and clear and illustrate the key points of each technique very well.
chinpokemon
With great tips on special things you ned to be aware of to improve yoiur guard.
Vince V

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By chinpokemon on December 29, 2005
I consider this book to be one of the 3 BJJ books that everyone getting into the sport or wishing to improve their game (the other two are "Passing the Guard" by Ed Beneville and "Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory & Technique" by Renzo Gracie) should consider getting. While a book is no substitute for time spent on the mat or with a good instructor these books have helped me develop a game plan and allowed me to see what I should have/could have done after sparring.

This book has three main strengths. First, the layout and organisation are excellent. The book is broken down into the following sections:

1-Introduction

2-Essential guard techniques

3-Closed guard techniques

4-Open Guard techniques

Each section is broken down into further sub-sections including drills, breaking the posture, attacks, combinations etc. The page headings are also colour coded to help you flick through the book faster.

The second great thing about this book is the photos. Peligro has a different approach to illustrating his books than Ed Beneville and limits himself to three or four pictures per page (Beneville's book is very well illustrated, he just has a very different style of layout). The pictures are very large and clear and illustrate the key points of each technique very well. These pics are accompanied by a solid text and at no time did I find myself struggling to understand how a technique was meant to be performed due to unclear instructions.

The third strength of this book is the fact that it contains a wealth of valuable information. The authors take the time to explain what you should be doing, why you should be doing it and what it should lead into.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Krimberg on April 9, 2006
This book is going to greatly improve your understanding of the guard, wow, all the small details, and focuses on different aspects of the guard makes this book a must have. It is all done with the Gi. I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in improving their game.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike D on March 7, 2006
This is the most comprehensive, extensive book on the guard available to date. The attention to detail and practical application to each technique is very important if you wish to excel in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Kid Peligro is as eloquent as it comes and elucidates each technique so there are no questions, if you just pay attention to what is given in the book. Rodrigo Medeiros is one of the world's top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners and is as technical as they come. He allows us all the opportunity to see what techniques are the most effective. If you want to drastically improve your skills in this sport, this book will certainly help a great deal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vince V on December 19, 2005
This is one of the best if not the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu books out there. Kid Peligro and Rodrigo Medeiros did a great job dissecting the guard, what is important and what not to do.

With great tips on special things you ned to be aware of to improve yoiur guard. The Do's and Don't sections are very practical and easy to remember and easy to understand.

With great clear pictures to illustrate the techniques and clear concise descriptions of the moves this book is certain to improve anyone's mastery of the most important position in BJJ, the guard.

The techniques are organised in groups with emphasis on sequences that work from any type of guard, so you learn one group and can use it in various situations.

This is a 5 star - must have book for every BJJ and grappling fighter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By superprole on June 4, 2008
this is the essential book for the beginner or intermediate BJJ player. it is likely the best BJJ book out there because it pays quality attention to the nuances of the GUARD and you will not get that at every jiujitsu school. without fundamental knowledge of the proper body positioning required to execute guard techniques, youre going nowhere.
futhermore, no matter how good you are as a 'top' position player, without a SOLID guard, youre wasting your time.

rodrigo medeiros is an excellent teacher.... one of the best. this is evidenced by the fact that he shows you the 'finer' points in very clear detail. one begins to wish that the book were much larger in scope and that it covered ALL the techniques from the guard, but no book can really do that. however, if you are having trouble executing or setting up the standard techniques, this book is sure to help. you get a $200 lesson for about 25 bucks.

get to rollin'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Hanes on March 5, 2008
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I've been training BJJ for about a year now, and I'm on the small side (130 lbs) so I find myself on my back a lot, and I quickly learned the importance of an effective guard. For me this book has probably done more to improve my training than anything else (except actual sparring). I usually fight guys much bigger than me (between 180-220 lb) and until I learned how to use the guard effectively I was basically a grappling dummy for my opponents. But now I'm constantly surprising my training partners and myself with how effective and varied these techniques from guard are, and I credit this book with much of my improvement. The guard is great because you can attack with all four limbs while your opponent can only use their arms.
Kid Peligro is an excellent teacher and offers many of the subtle details that make the difference between submitting and being submitted. For example, the section on breaking the posture and the 4 pages on the basic cross collar choked improved my game more than anything. Everyone knows this choke, but the minor details make it really dangerous, especially when you don't have a lot of muscle to force the choke. Before, most guys I sparred with weren't too worried about my choke, I was convinced I wasn't strong enough, but since reading this book I've put several guys to sleep because they wouldn't even considering tapping and now they try hard not to even let me get a grip on their collar. This opens up many more opportunities to attack with sweeps, arm bars, and omoplatas. What makes this book so good is the authors' understanding of students and the basic mistakes they make, as well as the very clear explanations and photos. The moves are integrated into a complete system that will put you years ahead than if you tried to figure this out on your own.
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