- File Size: 309 KB
- Print Length: 74 pages
- Publisher: Mark Johnson (January 7, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 7, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006V5AFYE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,812 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Jiu-Jitsu on the Brain Kindle Edition
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I reread it again a week ago (just three months into training BJJ) and would summarize it like this: You know how your gym probably has a list of rules? This book is kind of like a bigger explanation of all those rules, and how they are designed to make you a better training partner and prevent you from being the jerk in the gym no one wants to roll with.
This is the first book I've read on jiu-jitsu and was recommended on a blog I found through reddit/r/bjj. I'm a beginner in BJJ having started about 3 months ago and I can say that this book was great for me to read as a new student. I'd imagine that it would be entertaining for more experienced practitioners but possibly not as educational.
The book is broken into five sections or "stripes" which covers the basics of starting (no stripes) and ends with what I'd call philosophy (4th stripe). I don't want to scare anyone away with my description of the last chapter. Put another way, it's focus shifts from technical and mechanical advice to stories of how jiu-jitsu has affected his entire life. An example of a quote, "if we cannot be confident, then we must be composed."
This book is an easy read with short sections. It's the authors notes on BJJ learned the hard way through his journey of receiving a black belt. Internalizing even a handful of his shared wisdom from this book will save you (me) time and pain on the mats.
This book is a great read - an insightful introduction to the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu full of relevant advice, for both on and off the mat. I think that every new (mature) Jiu-Jitsu student would benefit from reading this book regardless of where they train. (I say "mature" only because there are a few curse words used in this book for effect that may not be suitable for really young or immature readers.) As a parent and spouse, I HIGHLY recommend reading this book if your child or significant other is exploring and/or practicing martial arts. I feel that this is a unique tool in supporting a loved one as they grow in martial arts. It's an enlightening peek into the mind and life of a Jiu-Jitsu student/teacher and gentle reminder of good sportsmanship and humility.
Although the beggining of the book suffers a bit from chicken/egg syndrome: It gives basic advice to the absolute beginner, but I doubt someone who isnt training already would get to read this book. Still it's a good reminder of basic mat etiquette and the fun, light-hearted style of the writing makes it more than worth reading anyway. The rest of the book is definitely interesting no matter you level of expertise.
If you've been training for a while it wont provide with big revelations or tell you anything you didnt know already, but it will make you be more conscious of some details we all sometimes forget and as a result your love and appreciation for BJJ and its finer details will grow even more.
If I had my own school I'd absolutely give it to read to everybody after their 2nd or 3rd month of training, having some experience definitely makes you appreciate the advice a lot more.
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