- Paperback: 154 pages
- Publisher: Artechoke Media (May 20, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615822150
- ISBN-13: 978-0615822150
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don't Wear Your Gi to the Bar: And Other Jiu-Jitsu Life Lessons Paperback – May 20, 2013
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I am currently a poor blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu who has felt some apprehension over the seemingly inevitable and apparently looming test for his purple belt. I often say (especially to frustrated white belts) that white belts get frustrated and blue belts get depressed (I'm more than a little concerned what happens when you progress to purple and beyond, but moving on) and I have been a pretty sad panda for quite a while. After reading this book I realized how much this process is universal across all practitioners and seeing that has brought me back to a better mentality when I'm training on the mat.
This is also the first book in a long while that made me laugh out loud (generating more than a few questioning glances from my wonderful one stripe white belt wife) and the sections that I shared with my teammates and instructors got chuckles too. Mostly I wish this book had been given to me with my Gi as a white belt, as it would have helped smooth the road (a bit at least) and given me some perspective on how training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will impact your life for the better but also generate challenges, especially with dealing with those who don't share your passion.
If you train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu get this book. If you are thinking about it, get this book (and start training!). If you have someone in your life who trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu get this book, read it yourself and then give it to them (they will appreciate the humor in this book and you will gain some insight into their choice to spend time in that padded room doing strange and seemingly uncomfortable things while sporting their latest limited edition pajamas.
I started training 6 months ago and fall squarely into the category of the rabid, hungry, white belt masses, devouring YouTube and written material. There is little humor + bjj material out there in print form, although instagram is awash in hilarious insider memes.
I was looking forward to this book and was quickly let down, slightly. There's so much potential here, as the field is rife with strange, ridiculous, non-sensical, hilarious topics, but the ball is quickly dropped due to a couple of factors.
A lack of cohesion and flow in the stories leads to the feeling that one is reading a printed blog. I prefer reading my blogs online, if that means saving a crisp 20.
It's riddled with misspelled words, incomplete sentences where words must have been deleted, strange transitions where paragraphs may have been cut and pasted together. Much of the book is how your significant other only tolerates your passion. It doesn't seem they budgeted for editors, so perhaps their significant others just went through the motions of proofreading the book. No big, but annoying to me; why pay?
Misogyny so ingrained I'm sure it seems innocuous to them, but it seems antediluvian to the extreme. Relatively harmless but makes the book feel already dated.
The content is relatable, and there were some parts to the book that put a smile on my face. Most of it is drivel. Extra star for good effort, I know it takes a lot to put yourself out there and I don't want to drag down the average but there are some glaring concerns.