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Winning on the Ground: Training and Techniques for Judo and MMA Fighters [Kindle Edition]

James Pedro Sr. , AnnMaria De Mars
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In WINNING ON THE GROUND: Training and Techniques for Judo and MMA Fighters, Dr. AnnMaria De Mars, 1984 world judo champion, and James Pedro Sr., coach of international judo medalists, present a variety of techniques developed over the years. Their coaching has helped such winners in the worlds of judo and mixed martial arts as Ronda Rousey (De Mars’ daughter) and Kayla Harrison take home medals at the highest levels of competition. Winning on the Ground demonstrates that you can overcome your opponent, even from a position that may seem hopeless. The key is in training for various scenarios. Winning on the Ground includes the following: six secrets to better mat work (and mistakes to avoid), coaching tips from the authors, a dozen quick ways to gain an opponent’s submission, how to do the perfect armbar and half nelson, smarter training: drills for connecting techniques for the win and MUCH MORE!


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About the Author

AnnMaria De Mars is one of the most decorated U.S. judokas in the history of the sport. At her West Coast Judo Training Center she coaches athletes in judo, mixed martial arts and grappling. James Pedro Sr. has represented the United States as an international judo competitor in Europe and South America. He is the founder of Pedro s Judo Center where he coaches athletes in wrestling and mixed martial arts. They both live in Santa Monica, California.


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  • File Size: 10409 KB
  • Print Length: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Black Belt Books (February 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BBZX5CS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,045 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward Reality Check for the Ground Game March 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was NOT what I expected - and I'm glad.

Originally, I got the book simply because I wanted to see what I was missing in my own ground game. I am not a competitor but I do have a vested interest in combatives as a martial artist and I have students who are in fact competitors. Wanting to see if there were any "nuggets of wisdom" I could pass on to them from the book, I got the Kindle edition and was very pleasantly surprised in the no-nonsense explanations, demonstrations and "reality checks" the book offered. More to the point, I enjoyed the way the book explained how to exploit the mistakes of others vs. spending so much time on critiquing the reader/judoka, etc.

One specific point I want to make: if you're getting this book simply because you're a fan of the "models" (Ronda Rousey - Olympic Bronze Medalist in Judo and the current UFC women's champ and Kayla Harrison, Olympic Gold Medalist in Judo and female world judo champion) that's nice but the REAL stars of the book are the authors Dr. DeMars and Mr. Pedro, Sr. Both have been crucial players in American Judo and the chapters in their book offer a lot to both beginning and advanced competitors but also in my opinion to folks who need to work on how to exploit the weaknesses of those who would use the ground game against them. By that I mean BJJ stylists, non-grappler martial artists who end up on the ground, prospective and current MMA folks and even folks who prefer "stand up" who end up going against a grappler with significant skill.

Finally, the book STRONGLY EMPHASIZES training and preparedness. In fact, one point made in the beginning is that thought AND effort are essential for a good ground game. You know everything yet unless you practice it, you won't win.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just right April 20, 2013
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Fantastic book for any level Judoka or even grappler. Instead of putting a lot of techniques in the book focuses on the right techniques executed the right way in the right mind set. This makes this book the right read whether you're looking to tighten up your game or are new and want inspirational introduction that limits bad habits. The Doctor is definitely in.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book March 18, 2013
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This book is an excellent pick up for Judo, BJJ and MMA players. It is full of many details and tips that will help all facets of your takedown, transition and finishes. The details on armbars are almost worth the price of the book themselves. I look forward to any future books put out by the authors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I began collecting judo (and some BJJ) books about 7 years ago--classics, new ones, rare and expensive, and not-so-rare--all in an effort to find that perfect book or two that can help me with judo (my obsession). I'm not young (49) so over the past couple years I've been gravitating more away from the high-amplitude, dynamic throwing techniques, and more towards the ground / grappling techniques where I can still be competitive--the pins, strangles, and armlocks. This book completely fulfills my needs for a manual on how to develop a winning strategy and seamlessly transition from a throw to a pin or submission. It's straightforward, pithy, well-written, and logical. And, it's non-conventional, which is refreshing. It should be in any judoka's or BJJ-er's library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Whether gi or no-gi, this book provides a well-written, coherently illustrated introduction to training the techniques important for transitioning from the "stand-up" grappling game to groundwork and, ultimately, submissions and chokes. Both judo players and bjj practitioners (as well as mixed martial artists generally) will benefit from paying attention to moving smoothly from throws into winning positions on the ground; the basic premise of this book, as well as the basis of success shown by the authors and their students, is that how one transitions in this "no-man's" (no-woman's?) land is what separates the winners from the losers.

While I can make no great claims to grappling brilliance, as I'm only a brown belt in judo (and due to advancing age and recurring injuries, not competitive beyond my club's walls), I can say that I have benefited from a Black Belt who has trained us in these transitions, and over the course of this year he has incorporated many of the drills contained in this book. In this time, I have found myself getting more explosive in my throws, smoother in transitions, and more likely to submit my teammates in a shorter period of time. While hard work will account for many gains the reader will make, smart work assisted through the insights and drills contained within this book will lead to a smarter, more adept and dangerous grappler.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal! April 26, 2013
By Bubby
Format:Paperback
This book disappointed me... disappointed me that I didn't get my hands on it a heck of a lot sooner! It's got great principles, drills and the whole shebang! Pictures of the incredibly beautiful Ronda Rousey don't hurt it, either.
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By AJ
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I saw this book in the bookstore, liked it a lot. Content was great, and the pictures were big and clear - just like you see on the Amazon "Look Inside".

I ordered from Amazon to save money. What came was a smaller version, black and white photos, lower resolution than the good version.

I wasn't aware that they sold crappy versions and non-crap version of this book. Buyer beware.
The text is still great; my one star rating is for the version I received.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very insightful and helpful
Published 28 days ago by John Atkinson
3.0 out of 5 stars For beginners
The book is okay. I have a black belt in japanese jiujitsu and we covered almost of all of this material within the 6-9 months of my training. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Well written and well explained
Excellent book! Well written and well explained. Even if you are not a grappler, there are many take aways from this book to think about for martial artists of all disciplines.
Published 2 months ago by Jasan Fujii
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I think this is a valuable read, but like most books on the subject, you can't expect to gain anything but motivation from this book, without training your ass off too.
Published 2 months ago by Mark A. Uzelac
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 4 months ago by Robert Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is excellent. Covers techniques with commentary lacking in...
This book is excellent. Covers techniques with commentary lacking in judo textbooks. It deserves to sit next to " Vital Judo Grappling Techniques".
Published 4 months ago by Construction book nerd
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it.
Great tip. Great book for any level of martial arts
Published 4 months ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
This is a great book! I recommend it to everyone! A bunch of good knowledge to know in there! I learned a lot!
Published 6 months ago by Michael Keefe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great training resource
Love it - has a good set of drills and sequences that go from relatively simple through to more complex than I will ever use :-) Good resource for instructors.
Published 7 months ago by Cormac
5.0 out of 5 stars Super
Great pics, descriptions, and motivations from the best...Momma and Daughter. They are both amazing ladies. American judokas who are hardcore.
Published 8 months ago by Becky Elrod
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