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Drill to Win: 12 Months to Better Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu Paperback – August 10, 2010
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Kevin Howell is a political science professor and author based out of Huntington Beach, California. He is a brown belt in both judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as well as an assistant instructor at the Vieira Bros' Fight Zone USA Academy in Signal Hill, California.
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Where to start with this book. It covers so many topics from strength, stretching, balance, and basic dieting. This book helps any one at any level of Jiu Jitsu. From the basics to more advanced drills it goes month to month, week to week. Andre Galvao provides drills from every position. Andre is a champion in numerous different world class events, his most recent is winning the 2011 Pan Ams Black Belt medium-heavyweight division. He does a great job of demonstrating each drill in a great way for anyone to understand. Kevin Howell from Victory Belt books does a good job making sure that pictures are clear and show the correct movements. Also the techniques have a small paragraph that explain the situation and provide pointers to complete each drill. This book enhances all areas of your game, making your relfexes better, making you have better balance, and allowing you to time your opponent.
Overall this 288 page book has a ton of knowledge for everyone. I love this book, I recommend it to anyone I can. It really isn't a reference book like many of my other books I have, this is a step by step guide to better your game. You can take bits and pieces to help you, but it won't be as successful as following the the book from day one to the end of week 52. Andre offers many points from the aspect of a champion and from his experiences through out his career. This easy to read book is a 10/10 from me. As a close, repetition is key to success, and the book explains why, and holds the key.
1. General strength
3. Gymnastic ability
8. Guard passing
9. Top position control
Although there is a wealth of partner drills, there are also plenty of solo drills. This book superbly fills the gap left by so many BJJ instructional videos; namely making key movements second nature and erasing bad habits. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in becoming better at BJJ and highly recommend it to those who are studying on their own and don't have a school where (some) of these drills would be introduced.
As a beginner, I particularly enjoyed the layout of the book. I found it very clear and easy to understand. I personally enjoyed the still frame by frame illustrations, very easy to follow. The back story of Andre Galvao was a pretty cool added treat. I believe by reading this book and following the day to day drills the book provides (in depth), will not only aid in the physical aspect but, also the understanding and speed in which I learn this great art of BJJ.
Great job to all that helped put this book together.
So many of the books promise the sky and deliver much less than. I can't wait until tomorrow, because the drills get better everyday.