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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (October 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977731588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977731589
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave is the best in the world at combining judo and jiu-jitsu. -- BJ Penn, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, UFC World Champion

Once I started the introduction, I couldn’t put it down. -- Barry Eisler, author of Killing Rain

From the Publisher

The founder of Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu, Dave Camarillo took over UFC Champion Frank Shamrock’s position as head grappling coach at the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA). He shares his wealth of knowledge in Judo and Jiu-Jitsu at AKA, one of the top gyms in the world, and he coaches professional UFC fighters such as Paul Buenetello, Trevor Prangley, John Fitch, Mike Swick, and Josh Koscheck from the Ultimate Fighter show on Spike TV. He also coaches Pride Fighters Josh Thompson and Phil Baroni.


David Camarillo received his black belt in jiu-jitsu from Ralph Gracie. He also trained under World Judo Champion and four time Olympic medalist Mike Swain. After Camarillo’s terrorizing victories in both the lightweight and open classes at the RG American Jiu-Jitsu Association tournament, Rickson Gracie presented Camarillo with the prestigious award of ‘Most Technical American Jiu-Jitsu Fighter.’ In Judo, Camarillo was Ranked #2 in the nation in 2000.


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ERICH KRAUSS is a professional Muay Thai kickboxer who has lived and fought in Thailand. He has written for the New York Times and is the author of more than twenty five books, including the New York Times Bestseller, Got Fight?.

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Camarillo also shows "flying" attacks, integrating submissions to the stand-up game.
therosen
This is not a book about Jiu Jitsu ONLY, it is a book about Judo throwing techniques and Jiu Jitsu submissions.
Andrew Hollihan
The photos and layout are, usual with the latest Victory Belt publications, of excellent quality and design.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By therosen VINE VOICE on March 24, 2007
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Dave Camarillo provides an excellent bridge between Judo and Jiu-Jitsu in this innovative instruction manual. This isn't your traditional, "My take on jiu jitsu" book - it shares insights of the few practioners to reach world class levels in both Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As such, it has more Gi standup material than most books, and successfully integrates the Judo throws into submissions from transition. Camarillo also shows "flying" attacks, integrating submissions to the stand-up game. He's uniquely qualified to present these integrations.

Positives noted, this book isn't for everyone. It isn't aimed at detailing basics and fundamentals - there are much better books out there that specialize in jiu jitsu 101. It's also not encyclopedic. There are other books that do a better job cataloguing all the moves out there. That said, Camarillo certainly has enough knowledge to put out a sequel or two. I hope he has time to write them.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Timothy C. Ferriss on July 28, 2006
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First off, let me note that I have grappled all my life. I was an All-American in collegiate wrestling, earned a black belt from the Kodokan in Japan, and I have trained in BJJ with dozens of the top instructors in the US. No one, and I mean no one, teaches grappling like Dave Camarillo. From BJ Penn to top UFC and PRIDE fighters, those in the know go to David when they want to combine throws/takedowns with submission. Dave has finally put together a book detailing his unique combination of judo and BJJ, and the teaching is crystal clear. Unlike most books that read like a random combination of techniques, his presentation is logical and allows the student to retain and use his principles from day one. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. One class with Dave is like 10 with anyone else, and this book is like having him as your personal trainer. Buy it before your competition does!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M Burtner on August 6, 2007
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This book was put out by Victory Belt Publishing, which is fast becoming my favorite martial-arts publishing company. Dave Camarillo have been practicing Judo since before his teens, and is a world-class competitor. He combines years of experience in this sport with the techniques of BJJ, creating a system of gi-based grappling that is more than the sum of its parts.

The book begins with Camarillo sharing his philosophy of judo and BJJ, and giving a brief biography of events relavent to the creationg of Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu. After that, he begins the technical work of the book, which is split up into three parts. The first part, "Incorporating Judo and Jiu-Jitsu", is by far the longest section. In itself, it might almost be a complete book of introductory judo. Dave starts by giving basic instruction on rolls and falls. Next he covers grips, both how to establish them and how to break the opponent's grip. The next bit is on the basic judo throws, such as Ouchi-Gari and Seoi-Nage. He finishes up the first part by showing how to mesh the standing techniques of judo and BJJ, and how to find opportunities for Judo throws in BJJ competitions.

The second part of the book is how to transition from throws to submissions. Dave first shows a series of drills to increase one's odds of tapping an opponent out after the throw. He then continues this section by showing the "impact control" possition and a number of variations. The chapter is rounded out by showing other throw-lock combinations.

The third part is on the very flashy flying attacks. This is Camarillo's specialty, and I can think of no one more qualified to write on them than him.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By I. Maryanovsky on December 10, 2006
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being an avid Judo player im always looking for new technique, when i was introduced to mma and Brazilian jiu jitsu, I started it, having heard previous rumors, hoping for a leg up on ground technique, 3 years later, here I am practicing both but being unable to put them together, in jiu jitsu i would never land judo throws, in judo never an armbar from guard, but then i read this book. This book incorporatyes judo basic , and explains there uses and effectiveness, aswell as scenarios to apply them, it shows Jiu jitsu techniques, and how to use them in judo, (a la flying attacks) then incorporates them into one , practically unbeatable art.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan W. Jew-lim on April 1, 2008
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I first started training jiu jitsu at a Ralph Gracie school and even though Dave Camarillo had already been at AKA for several years the grizzled veterans still loved to swap stories about Camarillo's legendary jiu jitsu (even the newer students were well aware of his legendary exploits at the academy - I was once kicked in the face by a blue belt attempting to hit a flying triangle that he'd seen Camarillo pull off!). The introduction alone was practically worth the cover price for the detailed description of the BJJ scene in the Bay Area circa 1990s.

As for the content itself, Camarillo provides a great explanation of how the rules in judo and Brazilian jiu jitsu have lead the two arts to diverge to the point where one could train for several months in BJJ without learning basic forward rolls, throws, and breakfalls (as I did), or earn a black belt in judo and possess lesser ground skills than a BJJ blue belt (though of course many judokas have wicked ground games, albeit not necessarily ones well-suited to jiu jitsu). I agree with other reviewers that the book assumes some prior knowledge of BJJ. At the same time, it assumes virtually no knowledge of judo, which was perfect for me. The book became a great way to tighten up my technique on moves that I hadn't extensively drilled due to my BJJ-focused background. And by this I mean basic, basic things (forward rolls, grip fighting, ippon seioinage, osoto gari) that most judoka do in their sleep. Most of the introductory sections are essentially "judo for dummies," which was exactly what I needed to develop some semblance of a standup game in jiu jitsu.

My one caveat is that, though the book contains relatively few actual techniques, the level of assumed mastery increases fairly rapidly.
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