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20 Ways to Improve your Grappling Skills off the Mats - (Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Submission Wrestling & Other Grappling Sports) [Kindle Edition]

Bakari Akil II PhD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Like most people who practice the art of submission wrestling, I try to spend as much time as possible on the mat. And when I’m not on the mat, I think about grappling entirely too much. Yet, sometimes, the only thing I can do is think about grappling because I have other responsibilities clamoring for my attention.

Since I have grappled for nearly a decade, I have had to come up with ways to insure that gaps in training don’t derail my hard earned gains. As a consequence, I have developed numerous strategies. Those strategies are what this book is about. "20 Ways to Improve your Grappling Skills off the Mat" will share with you how you can increase your grappling abilities when you can’t make it to class.

It discusses mindsets and approaches and it is designed to help you become a better grappler when no one is looking. The ideas provided in this book will give you an edge when it comes to training. -- Following a few of the suggestions will take your game to the next level.

Imagine if you used all of them.

"20 Ways" also contains quotes from grappling and MMA veterans. It explores:

-How to be 8 steps ahead of your opponent
-The real deal with heavy bags and grappling
-What's up with grappling dummies?
-Ways to use visualization that are never discussed
-Why solo drills matter
-How a few simple words can change your game
-How Claude van Damme can improve your grappling
-Why maps are important in submission wrestling
-How being a bookworm is good for grapplers
-How you can improve without lifting a muscle; and
-Ideas that will revolutionize your game and make you a tapping machine

17,000 words

***Bonus Excerpts from***
"The Lazy Man's Guide to Grappling"
"M.U.S.C.L.E. - The Cheatin' Security Guard
"A Vampire on the Mat" (A BJJ Novella)

About the Author

Bakari Akil II, Ph.D. has been practicing no gi Brazilian Jiu-jitsu since 2004 and BJJ with a gi since 2008. He has also written about grappling for Black Belt Magazine and his blog, Jiujitsu365, has been nominated twice for “Best BJJ Blog” by the Fightworks Podcast in 2008 and 2009.

Akil holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Florida State University. He is currently a Professor and teaches mass media, journalism and communication courses. He has taught and counseled hundreds of people over the years in areas related to graduate education, mass media and how to be more effective communicators.

He also writes for Psychology Today and his blog, Communication Central.

Product Details

  • File Size: 684 KB
  • Print Length: 74 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Academic Group Publishing (September 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PII1KI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,763 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Shawn
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I don't like to be negative or to leave negative reviews, but I was really disappointed in this book. The author presents very little information you couldn't think of on your own if you thought about ways to get better at grappling without grappling for 5 minutes. Some examples of things the author suggest you do are to; make yourself stronger, get in better shape, stretch, rest, study jiu-jitsu DVD's and books, and use a grappling dummy. Not very innovative. I also really didn't like the writing style. The author has a Phd, and writes like someone who has spent a lifetime in academia, i.e. he uses a lot of words to say very little. There are tidbits of good information, which is why I gave it 3 stars, but overall this book hardly seems worth the 3.99 I paid for it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good ideas! March 6, 2012
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I bought the Kindle version of this book and read it today. I'm recovering from a surgery and will be off of training for about five more weeks, so I'm trying my best to "train" by reading, watching training videos and matches, and thinking about what I want to do when I'm recovered. I like what this author has to say, a lot. While some of it could be described as common sense, if it were so common I'd have figured it out and been doing it already! The book is well organized and well paced, and his writing style is informal and personal. I'd recommend it to anyone, but especially those of us in the beginning to early-middle stages of our grappling journeys.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as always November 9, 2011
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I have read all of Bakari Akil's BJJ books so far, and this is one is as excellent as the others. There is some repetition here, some of the stories/analogies were previously mentioned in his other books. This is not a bad thing though, as someone who has not read the other books can also pick up the pearls of grappling wisdom. All in all I would say that this book has revitalized my love for grappling and given me inspiration for when I am not able to be on the mats. Thanks Bakari!
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