From the Publisher
This book was written with the assumption that intensivity typically prevails over extensivity. Rather than trying to touch upon all that is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we have focused on one area - passing the guard - and tried to cover it well. It also attempts to address various situations, opportunities, and dangers, which occur in the process of passing guard.
It is hoped that this book will serve as a valuable resource to jiu-jitsu, judo, and sambo players, as well as grapplers and martial artists in general. The rules and strategies discussed throughout the book were written with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sport competition in mind. Their application, however, is much broader.
The level of material ranges from rudimentary to advanced. We make little attempt to differentiate on the basis of difficulty. What is hard for one comes easily to another. We have tried to cover the fundamentals, but that is no easy task. To a large extent, martial arts can only be learned by doing. This applies to fundamental and advanced technique alike. This book is not a substitute for training, or for the feedback of someone who knows what they are talking about. No book or video is. On the other hand, this is a source of information, some of which is not widely taught or easily available..
It is our experience that if you are taught the same technique by three different instructors, each is likely to teach details that the others did not. To the extent that this book covers techniques that you are already acquainted with, we hope this will be the case for you.
It would have been cumbersome to both the reader and the authors to cover everything that is important every time it is important. It is the nature of grappling that the principles and details which make one technique work, have applications to other techniques. Learning to improvise the details and principles learned from one technique into other situations is vital to proficiency in the art, not to mention a big part of what makes it interesting. Grappling arts require both mental and physical acumen. This book provides ideas which have applications beyond what is shown. Experiment with them, modify them, and make them your own.
All of the techniques in this book work. But none of them work if improperly executed. The difference between success and failure of a technique sometimes comes down to a single detail. Do not give up on a technique because it is not immediately successful. It may be that you have forgot something, your timing is off, or your opponent is a step ahead of you.
Different physical attributes favor different techniques. Every player must make adjustments for their own attributes, as well as those of their opponent. Keep this in mind as you attempt to apply techniques.
We have tried to make the demonstration of technique primarily visual. To that end the book is picture intensive. Text is provided and the text is important. Nevertheless, many readers will focus most of their attention almost exclusively on the pictures. Realizing this, and to facilitate visual learning, we did several things. Typically, martial arts books (and "how to" books generally) rely on numbered pictures with corresponding numbered text. The result is that it takes some effort for the reader to figure out the sequence of the pictures and the corresponding text. We have attempted to alleviate this difficulty with a non-numeric system of picture flow. The order of the pictures for a technique is delineated by lines and symbols to make recognizing their flow intuitive and obvious. Many of the techniques are shown from more than one angle. Where more than one angle is shown, the alternate views are delineated by symbols. Finally, we have highlighted key points and the direction of certain movements by illustrating some of the photos.
The names given to the techniques in this book are a mixture of convention and imagination. English, Portuguese, and Japanese terms are used. If you are unfamiliar with some of our terminology, it may be because we made it up.
We hope that this book proves to be a valuable resource and that it expands your game. We plan on authoring future books on the other aspects of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.