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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981504426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981504421
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"In addition to breaking down his entire full guard, half guard and downed guard systems, [the book] also chronicles his rise to the top of the mixed martial arts mountain. It is not a book you want to miss out on."—Ultimate MMA magazine

About the Author

Antonio Nogueira is the former Pride Heavyweight Champion and the current UFC Heavyweight Champion. He will be a head coach on this season of Spike TV's hit reality show The Ultimate Fighter, which began airing in September 2008.

Glen Cordoza is a professional Muay Thai kickboxer and mixed martial arts fighter. He is the author of eight books on the martial arts.

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 nineteen books.

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Definitly worth it.
Musashi
If you either fight MMA or are just a jiu-jitsu player, you NEED this book as I feel it will fill in tons of gaps in anyone's guard game and jiu-jitsu game in general.
Chris J. Campion
This book is right there with Mastering the Rubber Guard.
Travis L. Reichert

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lance D. Freimuth on December 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
The first thing I have to say is that this is not a no-gi book. This is not a book of random moves and submissions from the guard. This is the exact guard system developed by Minotauro Nogueira (Big Nog) that he uses to compete in MMA. It's not a bunch of moves he doesn't use, and each move stacks onto of the previous set of moves. It's a complete system to be used in it's entirety. In that respect, I think that it's one of the best books I've read on the market for MMA guard.

One pitfall this book avoid that a lot of other books can't is that he stays right on the point. There's no submission grappling or gi specific moves in this book that he simply executed with a pair of MMA gloves on. Everything is specifically tailored to the MMA guard. A lot of the book is geared towards avoiding taking punishment in the guard, something that Nogueira has learned a lot about in his career.

The first section of the book is posture control. The main emphasis of these chapters is controlling your opponent your guard to avoid taking damage, but still being offensive. Traditional closed guard and Nog's famous double shin on biceps guard are covered and broken down, showing the reader how to execute sweeps, submissions and gets up in an MMA environment. The hand trapping and head control he shows are actually really key to making the bottom work for you in a fight.

A relatively large portion of the book is centered around the half guard. I honestly think this is one of the best half guard sections I've ever seen in any book on grappling or MMA. Second best would be Eddie Bravo's book, and yes I really do think it trumps that. So many great, fundamental moves, broken down in very exacting detail.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris J. Campion on August 26, 2009
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This is THE book that I have been looking for in terms of working from the guard. Not only does he show you three different view points for each and every step of a move, he also explains in great detail about each move that I do not think other books on jiu-jitsu have done. I find these details are what really make pulling off a technique a success or a failure. He covers sweeps, armbars, chokes, transitions, combinations and mounts from three different positions from closed guard, three different positions from half guard and finally one position in downed guard, a total of 7 different guard positions to work from. If you either fight MMA or are just a jiu-jitsu player, you NEED this book as I feel it will fill in tons of gaps in anyone's guard game and jiu-jitsu game in general.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jiujitsuking on February 11, 2012
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This is a very good book about today's MMA, from the bjj point of view. The photographs are excellent and generally clear. The overview is well presented in a logical way and the techniques are truly those of a champion like nogueira: simple but lethal. Progression should have been more logic and progressive, but a great work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JRT6 on February 12, 2009
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I take BJJ for self defense but like most students I have to take it in a sport setting with the gi on, learning sport specific techniques. So the great thing about this book is that it gives simple techniques to counter being punched in the head while in different postions such as guard and half guard. The book also shows you how to sweep people from these positions while being punched. Great photos and concise text that makes these techniques easy for the gi no gi sport player to take back to the mat for a little side training on their own. Serious MMA students may find the book a bit elementary though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 15, 2010
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There're several books out there that cover the guard; but they're mainly for sport BJJ. The rubber guard has had success with guys like Shinya Akoi over in Japan; but until any fighter comes even close to having an actual battle contested guard like Nogueira's; this book should absloutely be your first one in your collection to build a foundation for the guard in mma. Note: I'm not necesserialy knocking the X-guard,rubber guard,The Other guard books;I own them all and they're very good.It's just that for street fighting or mma this should be in my opinion your first stop!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Angel on February 10, 2009
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This book does a great job of covering the mma guard like no other book. I wish more bjj, no-gi, and mma books would go the route as Minatauro. The whole book is dedicated to giving specific and detailed instruction and strategy from the guard position. It seems like many other books want to give you a once over of everything, and it is hard to find new techniques.

Not so with this book. Well worth the investment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Travis L. Reichert on January 12, 2009
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This book is an awsome guard book strictly MMA. Learn from the best jiu-jitsu heavyweight of all time. This book is right there with Mastering the Rubber Guard. This book may even edge out Bravo's book the transitions in Nogueira's book are great.
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