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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing; 1St Edition edition (May 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977731561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977731565
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The 300-plus-page softcover will address the standing and ground games as only Penn, a veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, can."—Black Belt

About the Author

BJ Penn, MMA Welterweight and Lightweight World Champion, is the only non-Brazilian to win the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships and is a fighter in the UFC.

Erich Krauss is a professional Muay Thai kickboxer who has trained and competed in Thailand. He is the author of fifteen books.

Glen Cordoza is a professional mixed martial arts fighter and co-author of Muay Thai Unleashed: Technique and Strategy of Thailand's Warrior Elite.

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I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone interested in BJJ, MMA or just plain self-defense on the street.
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Very pleased with the amount of information, the written and visual details and the excellent display pictures of step by step moves.
Jillian Downey
The techniques in The Book of Knowledge are presented as whole MMA techniques which blend striking with grappling.
Steven Larsen

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Steven Larsen on June 8, 2007
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The two most valuable lessons to take from this book is that first, a style of Mixed Martial Arts fighting should be built off of one main discipline with techniques from other styles added to complement the base style. Second, that the style should be an integrated blend, not a disintegrated patchwork hybrid creation. Penn warns us against developing the habit of separating grappling from striking, switching on the fly from one to the other. Rather, he says, we should always be doing both. The techniques in The Book of Knowledge are presented as whole MMA techniques which blend striking with grappling.

Bj's book is made up of techniques that work for him and would be usable by most people. There are no kicking techniques and no leglocks. What is shown are basic techniques, which if done properly, are always dangerous. Nothing fancy, just master the basics and shove them down your opponent's throat until you beat him.

All basic positions are covered, standing and on the mat with multiple angles of clear color pictures on coated paper. The sections are color coded and tabbed. The book is physically of a high quality.

The only problem might be for absolute beginners. Knowledge of some of the most basic concepts and positions is assumed. Even so, with some extra careful study and though, the total beginner would pick this material up.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Timothy C. Ferriss on June 6, 2007
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This is the first mixed martial arts book to give all the detail a true fighter (or trainee) needs, and it is written by one of the most accomplished and colorful fighters in the sport. Not only does Penn cover all aspects of the MMA game -- from striking to takedowns to setting up submissions and finishing -- but he does it all step-by-step. Whether you're just starting out in the sport or already a BJJ blackbelt, this book will become your bible. Just beware, at over 300 pages, it might take some time to digest all of the techniques.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By W. Young on September 26, 2007
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I really appreciate BJ's honesty in this book. He shows what works for him but also shows how you can incorporate your own techniques. He leaves the door wide open to expand on these techniques and make them your own. He also shows the progressions which is missing from alot of the other books out there.
Though I doubt I'll ever stand in an Octagon or Cage I think this book was of great value to me and will be useful to any martial artist. BJ shares his journey through the martial arts from street fighter to professional, through wins and how to handle losses. The challenge for all of us is how to take all this knowledge we've received from our instructors and make our own expression of the techniques so that we can fluidly "converse" with another opponent.
The bottom line is it is a good book, great quality, with excellent photography and worth adding to anyone's collection.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Camarillo on June 25, 2007
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In terms of his experience his application of kickboxing, wrestling, boxing, jiu-jitsu, and raw talent, BJ Penn is the best pound for pound fighter in the world. This book is simply a guide to his knowledge, experience, and talent. There's no other book in existence that will provide the necessary tools for being a complete mixed martial artist.

-Dave Camarillo
Head Grappling Coach
at American Kickboxing Academy.
Trainer of UFC Fighters
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M Burtner on January 19, 2008
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I've been pleasantly surprised by the quallity of books published by Victory Belt, and this one is no exception. For starters, the use of color pictures and multiple angles of a single frame, in addition to color-coded chapters and subsections, really enhances the learning experience. Then, of course, there is the authors. Penn is one of several world-class grappling and MMA experts to share his knowledge. This book covers it all, from standup strikes to takedowns to the ground game to cage tactics. More importantly, it teached one how to blend the various elements into a single strategy that encompases the totallity of MMA combat.

The intro to the book is insightful, as BJ Penn gives the reader an idea of what it takes to develop their own fighting style around a base style. He also offers some wisdom in the form of sharing his experiences in competitions, and what he learned from his losses. Wrapping up the intro are some ideas for circuit training, which runs from straight conditioning excercises (medicine ball workouts and the like) to sport-specific circuit training, such as a minute of strikes followed by a minute of the clinch and so on to round out a full 5-minute round, just like an MMA fight.

The next section is on the standup. While Penn is known more for his ground game, this section was very well-informed and could have been written by someone with a specialty in striking. This section includes two kinds of stances, basic strikes, striking to the takedown (single- and double-leg), countering punches and kicks, takedown counters, clinchwork, cagework, and striking a downed opponent from a standing possition. As I mentioned earlier, BJ likes to blend strikes with grappling; for example, the cross counters include two striking combinations and two takedowns.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. K. Mccracken on June 7, 2008
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When I recently read Victory Belt's publication 'Mastering the Rubber Guard' with Eddie Bravo, I was impressed. It made considerable strides in improving over his last book 'Jiu-Jitsu Unleashed' and gave a detailed insight into one of the most misunderstood positions in today's Jiu-Jitsu world. Well, as far as I'm concerned, Victory Belt has done it again with BJ Penn's 'Mixed Martial Arts - The Book of Knowledge'.

Giving a book a title like that one is a fairly bold move. Those words suggest that this is more a tome - or even "bible" - than a book. And at first glance, it looks like it might be the goods. The black and grey reminded me of later editions of Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding' - a book with a similarly anticipative title. At 308 pages, it also fits the bill size-wise, as well.

Opening up at the contents pages, you'll soon see that the book is very comprehensive. After the introduction, you see that the book is divided into two parts - 'The Standing Game' and 'The Ground Game'. Each of these parts is then subdivided into positions and then further into techniques. One of the things I most enjoyed about the book is the introduction. Most newer martial art books open with a discussion from the authors, but Victory Belt's introductions seem to speak to me a little more.

In this case, the introduction gives you about ten pages of BJ's philosophy and how he arrived where he is. From his early days boxing with "old, ratty gloves" through his eventful MMA career, he gives a little insight into his life. He talks about the sport and how he trains for it. He discusses his philosophy for both technical and physical training and gives some broad ideas the reader can take on board.
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