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- Print Length: 139 pages
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- Publisher: BJJ Video Vault; 1 edition (September 4, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 4, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EZPGZBY
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The book is broken down into easy follow sections. Each of these sections have written descriptions and photos of the instructional techniques. While I typically benefit from a more visual(video) technique, the book does a good job of breaking the technique down. The book not only goes over technique but, the necessary mentality to have while facing a larger opponent. I personally experienced this mentality recently while rolling with a much smaller blue belt. He moved very fast and without hesitation, putting me in a bad spot immediately.
Keep in mind that this book is less than $10 so, it would not be fair to compare it to some of the larger more expensive books out there. You do get more than your money's worth for the instruction that Dan Faggella provides in this book. For those not familiar with Dan, pull up some of his videos and just watch.
Dan Fagella, weighing only 135lbs, has had to figure out all these principles on his own. I feel very fortunate that I have all these principles to start with early on. There were so many things I was doing on the mat as a smaller guy that were working on people my size, but when having to roll with guys who weigh upwards of 200 or 230 pounds, which my class has plenty of, were completely wasted effort. I basically now know which sweeps, techniques, and positions I should avoid with bigger, stronger guys, when before I was trying, failing, and thinking it was the technique's fault, or my own lack of understanding of it. Most of the time, it was just simple physics, and us smaller guys have to accept that. BUT, that doesn't mean we have to accept defeat. Dan's book lays out a framework to defeat larger opponents by not only showing you which techniques to concentrate on, but also lays out strategies and principles to keep in mind when applying those techniques. He explains which sweeps work better on larger opponents, which ones use less energy and give us advantageous positions as a small guy, which techniques work on larger opponents despite how strong they are, and then explains those techniques step by step with full color photos.
Aside from a few spelling errors and a couple web links that don't work, which don't take away from the content at all, there is nothing really bad I can say. And for the price, there's almost no excuse not to buy it. As a smaller guy, this is a DEFINITE MUST READ. For you larger guys, I think you could take away a lot from it because most of the techniques in here will work for you as well I think, and it would help you defend against us smaller guys.
One thing I would mention though, you definitely need to have some fundamental knowledge of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or other grappling art to understand the concepts, and especially the lingo, of the positions and techniques. If you've just started taking classes, I would highly recommend getting this book and just trying to absorb what you can, you will learn the lingo as you take classes. It can really only do you good.
As you probably figured out from the title, this book is about defeating larger opponents. This book doesn't have hundreds of specific techniques, but focuses on more on concepts and strategies to use when facing larger opponents in training or competition. With that being said, there are several techniques for every concept that he discusses and the techniques shown are must know techniques.
Dan Faggella has put a lot of thought and research into the concepts that he presents in this book and it really shows. He explains the things that you want to avoid and the different things that are going to be more favorable for smaller practitioners from the basic positions such as side control, guard, half guard, mount, and even from standing. He also discusses the submissions that will typically work better against bigger grapplers.
After reading this book, I have definitely rethought my strategy for training or competing against bigger opponents. Many of the concepts were new to me and things that I had never thought of before. As a 6'1" 180 lbs purple belt, I wouldn't consider myself a small grappler, but the concepts presented in the book aren't exclusive to super small grapplers. This book will benefit anyone that has gone to class and trained with a big guy that smashes you down and makes your life miserable on the bottom. I also think the concepts and techniques in this book will help beginners as well as more experienced grapplers alike. Another thing I enjoyed about this book is the fact they they showed both gi and no-gi techniques.
Overall, I think this book is well worth the money ($10) for anyone that wants to have better luck training or competing against bigger and stronger opponents. I am looking forward to putting these concepts into my game and using them in training.