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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done and attractive book, April 14, 2006
This review is from: Ultimate Fighting Techniques (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu series) (v. 1) (Paperback)
As the other writers here have commented, this is a well written, very clear, and complete presentation of the most important jijitsu techniques. The book is beautifully illustrated with superb photos on nice, high quality, glossy paper, unusual in a martial arts book. But they obviously want these books to stand out both technically and in terms of the book production qualities. That makes them about $8-$10 more expensive than your usual large format paperback, but it's worth it. The organization is good also, making it easier to see the overall picture and "the hierarchy" of positions, as Gracie calls it.

In these days of inexpensive DVD's one has to wonder why anyone writes books at all. But the Gracies make an important point, which is that a photo in a book can show you the exact and correct position, which might easily be missed watching a video. I'd never thought of that and it's in interesting and I think valid point. Also, books still serve an important purpose in being able to explain in more detail the more technical and theoretical points, such things as strategy, the history and lineage of the art, and so on, which might bore people if you spent a lot of time explaining and lecturing on that in a video, since people probably expect lots of action and very little talk there. So there is still an important role for books to play in the martial arts in that sense.

Another small but perhaps important point, I was reading Royler's book the other day, and he deals with the issue of multiple attackers and going to ground being a disadvantage of grappling, since if your opponent has friends, they're just going to kick you while you're down. He points out that even if you remain standing, you still have to face multiple opponents, and people who can do that well are like ghosts--everyone talks about them but no one has seen them, as he puts it. The only thing I would point out there is that if you remain standing, you can still maneuver, as your strategy in a gang attack should be to not let them outflank you and to outflank them instead if you possibly can, since you don't want to get between two or more of them. If you're on the ground already engaged, you can't move about as freely.

Royce presents just over 100 techniques in this book, which is more than enough for your average jujitsu arsenal. If you think about it, that's less than 30 cents per technique. :-) It might be useful to read the Gracie book covering the techniques for each rank progression from blue belt to purple to brown to black, before reading this book, since that covers the basics (unfortunately I can't recall the title) and foundation of the system. Overall, a very well done book on what is now the most popular martial art in the world.
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Initial post: Jan 16, 2013 7:06:43 AM PST
Kirk says:
Actually, I've known and seen someone who took on multiple attackers at once (three disgruntled guys from his football team, inc. one with a bat). He was a 1st Dan in Shotokan at the time. But he was fast (did track, as well as football). His arm got broken blocking the bat (bet he wished he'd had Aikido for that), but he put two of them in the hospital, and the third decided to run.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 4:33:06 AM PST
magellan says:
Hi Malcolm,

Great story about your friend and thanks for the interesting comment.

There's a story about Mas Oyama, the great Goju and Kyokushin karate master, famous for killing 1500 pound bulls with a few punches when he was younger. He got attacked by four Tokyo street toughs in a back alley one time walking home from his dojo. He was about 50 at the time, but they didn't know who he was. Four punches, four emergency room cases. The unfortunate hooligans had attacked possibly the most deadly person on the planet. Talk about bad luck. Ya almost gotta feel sorry for them. LOL.

Thanks again for the story.

--magellan
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