Mastering the Twister: Jiu Jitsu for Mixed Martial Arts Competition Paperback – July 15, 2007
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First let me say that this book and it's predecessor "Mastering the Rubber Guard" have totally changed my game. I always disliked grappling because the moves never worked well for shorter guys like me. I only practiced grappling to supplement my stand up fighting, because I disliked it so much. I did Shooto and BJJ, but I was always very "blah" about it. But now, I love grappling, and I have the excitement of learning something new every time I experiment with the moves in Bravo's books. And most importantly... these moves actually work.
ABOUT THE BOOK
While the first book was Bravo's bottom position game (guard, half guard, "pyramid") this book is his top game (mount, side control, and back). Like the first book, this book shows each move in step by step detail with full color photos taken from two angles. Also like the first book, he teaches all of the moves in a flowing sequence so you can get a good idea of how transition from move to move. Also like the first book, the first portion is dedicated to his childhood and his love of drugs. If this bothers you, then just flip through the first several pages until you see pictures of guys doing ju jutsu. Or, just rip out the first section entirely and throw it away. You'll still be left with exactly what you were looking for; a ju jutsu book that has a ton of great info and is worth every penny you paid for it.
PROS AND CONS
If you are new to BJJ or a hardcore gi lover, then you'll find this book to be chock full of great material. You'll probably see setups that are a little bit complicated for you, positions you've never even imagined, and some basic no-gi strategy that probably no one but the advanced students in your school know about.
On the flip side, intermediate students and gi haters will find themselves frequently skipping over setups and no gi strategies that they are already very familiar with.
Personally, I like that the book has a lot of subtle strategies and techniques, and I'm sure that I'll return to this book again and again every time I can't quite figure out what I'm doing wrong. However, I was dissapointed that this book didn't have the same "wow" factor as the first one. Maybe if I had read this book first and the other one after, then I would feel the opposite way; I'm not sure. But after reading the rubber guard book, I didn't feel that Bravo's top game was quite as Earth-shattering as his bottom game.
That being said, I still feel that this book is full of great info and absolutely necessary to complete the system that Bravo began to lay out in his first book. The quality of the paper, photos, and writing EASILY makes this the best martial arts book I've ever seen (much less the best BJJ book out there). And I think that if you don't buy this book, then you are truly missing out on a whole new world in grappling.
This book offers more than Jiu Jistu. Bravo is a philosopher, and the insight he provides on how a Bjj/MMA player should think, I don't think there are many out there who offer their secrets so freely. This book forces you to think outside of just techniques, what this book does is forces you to think of how they are arrived at them the first place.
A well laid out book, easy to read, but not so easy to implement.
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Tecnicas y conceptos nunca antes vistos por la red.
Compra segura para practicantes de cualquier arte marcial.
Like MTRG, the first 35 pages of MTT are spent on a rambling essay about Bravo's life, drug use and music career. Aside from that it's really well produced. It's divided into sections, with each section looking at techniques which can be used from a particular position. The techniques for each position follow a logical sequence - "if this doesn't work, do this, if that doesn't work do this". The heart of the book, in my opinion, is really a two page flow chart, which shows how all the techniques fit together, and helps you navigate the book. Rather than just set out an assortment of individual techniques in isolation, it really does set out a comprehensive bottom-game "system" with an internal logic. This is the real value in the book. I would also say that the book has been produced to a very high standard. Each technique is illustrated with large, colour photographs, showing the technique from different angles. There will always be accompanying commentary / explanation, and this will highlight subtle but important aspects of the technique which you could easily miss.
Personally, I've found it much, much more difficult to deploy the techniques in MTT than the ones is MTRG. I have the sense that the techniques in this book are especially 'situation specific' - they'll only work if your training partner reacts in just the right way, and there is a low margin for error. Much of the book is therefore devoted to troubleshooting those problems, with dozens of alternative ways of getting into the right position if your opponent doesn't react like he's supposed to. Often several such techniques have to be strung together in order to get to a finish, creating even more opportunities to mess up and get reversed. And if you mess up a twister / truck / twister side-control type technique then your training partner usually gets your back.
I should also say that the twister move itself is very often illegal in competitions (at least in the UK). As such, quite a lot of this book (though certainly not all) is going to be pretty useless from a competition perspective, even if you find the technique more to your liking than I do. If you're looking for a book with more high % tournament-legal stuff in it, I'd suggest Marcelo Garcia's "Advanced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu" over MTT.