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Jiu-jitsu University [Paperback]

Saulo Ribeiro , Kevin Howell
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1 Oct 2008
In "Jiu-Jitsu University", six-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion and two-time ADCC Submission Wrestling World Champion Saulo Ribeiro shows you why he is the teacher of champions. Even the more basic techniques come alive as Ribeiro sheds new light on theories and strategies previously thought antiquated. With a system that has been tried and tested at the highest levels of competition, Ribeiro will sculpt your foundation belt by belt and propel you toward jiu-jitsu excellence."Jiu-Jitsu University" is not your run-of-the-mill technique book. It is a detailed training manual that will ultimately change the way jiu-jitsu is taught around the globe. This book is tailor-made to complete the knowledge of any student, whether they are just starting out or already at the black belt level. His unique methodology combines new techniques with common misconceptions in Jiu-Jitsu, building a strong foundation to ensure that every reader has a firm basis in both the fundamental techniques as well as their advanced applications.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing (1 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981504434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981504438
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Saulo Ribeiro is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion from the rough and beautiful Amazon-Manaus, Brazil. Not one to live within categories, Saulo's achievements go far beyond Jiu-Jitsu. He has gained acclaim as a lawyer and judge, and is now head instructor at the world-famous University of Jiu-Jitsu based out of San Diego, California. Kevin Howell is a political science professor based out of Huntington Beach, California. He holds a brown belt in Judo and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fundamental game approach 19 Dec 2008
Now if your the type of person that wants book on ultra cool, super flying armbar and other assorted flashy submissions and techniques, you might not want to read this book. Nor is it an MMA manual.

This is not a 'technique' book, it is a work book laying the foundations of a fundamental and functional BJJ game. What impressed me most is his attitude towards training and the mentality the athlete/practitioner/student should have towards their training (it's all just a game, loose the ego!!). Saulo then goes into what he believes the person should be focusing on during their progression through the belt ranks, and how you'll be on your black belt for the rest of your life so you need to set a solid foundation through the ranks.

It is well explained and Saulo presents a rational for everything he demonstrates in a concise and easy to assimilate language. What really impressed me was that he shows you what happens when you do other variations or poor escapes/techniques which reinforces what he demonstrates and improves you level of understanding of the game.

I've read books by other authors, which can be a bit more technique orientated rather than attempt to improve your understanding, and while I have enjoyed some of them, this is the first 'complete' workbook that I've come across.

Thoroughly recommended, and not a bad word to say about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 10 April 2009
Wow, this book is simply amazing. Ive read and own a small library of martial arts books and I must say that this one is possibly the best of them all.
The book is made up of varios sections that make sense to all students. From survival to passing the guard everything is in this book. Sure it is a sport BJJ book but this is what the BJJ is evolving into, a modern day sport. If yopu are more interested in the pure mma use of bjj then stay away from this book. It is for serious BJJ students. Im a Judo player who has tried and enjoyed BJJ and when i get my black belt in Judo ill go back to BJJ. This book has already helped me and it is essential reading for any bjj or Judo player wanting to get better regardless of their current level. Buy it and soon and you will see your game improve.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mission-centric book. 2 Dec 2010
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I'm on a beginner on Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, but a dan grade on traditional Ju-Jitsu. Great book. Highly detailed. Very accurate and includes plenty of helpful tips. Great detailed photos, clear and big, clearly illustrating the text. As for the text, seems its my intructor talking at some points!
Get something out of the way: the only one issue i've found: from the closed book you can see where white/blue/brown/black belt areas are, which is great. However, the purple belt area is within the blue (seems it was an editorial mistake), still, its blue and then purple chapters :) and as each page has the chapter indication on the top corner, its easy to see the given area.
The books seems to aim at helping you learn the lessons at the various levels, in fact it brings you down to 'learn the misson lessons for each belt and let time do the rest'.
It won't have all the techniques under the sun, it does a good job of what it wants to transmit and certainly has enough to keep you interested and busy I think.
Very pleased indeed. If all authors/publisers wouldbring material of this quality!!... Certainly, one of the best books I've ever bought.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I'm a beginner to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and needed a book that teaches fundamentals not super flashy submissions techniques that you see on the UFC. The book does teach these submissions but does not have an emphasis on them. I found that it is no use jumping into learning these flashy submissions before you know the basics, like how not get triangled or arm barred.

Each chapter is broken up into belt rankings, it also explains the philosophy on BJJ and explains what each belt ranking should be looking to achieve. In the white chapter Saulo explains that you should be looking to survive as opposed to trying to carry out submissions. He also shows in great detail what you shouldn't be doing. This is great for a beginner when you are rolling with someone alot more advanced than you. I have only had this book for a couple of weeks and my game has improved alot.

I highly recommend this book for anyone doing BJJ as it will increase your game and skills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make sure you have this one! 8 Sep 2011
I am sure there isn't much i can say about this book that hasn't already been said so I will just give my own experience of it. I love martial arts books so i have quiet a few... In truth this is by far the best one i own. It is so easy and simple to understand, the pictures show you everything so clearly and from different angles (sometimes i just review the pictures without reading it to remember techniques). Saulo Ribeiro is a true MASTER not only of jujitsu but of `teaching' jujitsu as well. His approach to teaching is so clear and methodical something that tends to be uncommon in jujitsu i think. Anyway I brought this book after getting my butt kicked over and over again by a mate in my dojo. I read the whole section for "white belts" in the first week i had it. My next lesson was totally different.... don't get me wrong i wasn't rickson gracie but my friend was getting very annoyed that he couldn't tap me and that was a big step for me :) and its all thanks to this book. It gave me the foundation i needed to grow. It goes up throw the belts so its a book i will always use and love. This book has helped me more than anything ells to learn jujitsu so i could go on about it for ages but im sure it's all been said already. Whatever your level make sure you have this one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Does not live up to other reviews!
Read brilliant reviews about this but this book did not live up to them. V. disappointing. Very limited amount of things shown. Read more
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The white belt part was a great start. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great after training
This is a good book. After training I take the book out and read through the techniques to see where improvements can be made. It's easy to follow and understand too.
Published 5 months ago by Alan murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good JJ reference
I have been practicing JJ intensively for 4 years (blue belt), and own several other books mainly from Royce / Renzo / Royler Gracie (all very good) and a few JJ dvds. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Francisco M. Albino
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had this when I started Judo.
This is an excellent educational resource and manual. The photography is excellent. All the angles are carefully chosen to show you how the techniques are performed. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
this book is a must for anyone practicing BJJ, its just so clear, step by step explanations with images from different angles! Read more
Published 7 months ago by A COSTA
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth acquiring
I'm a newbie to BJJ, just a couple of months into training. This book is a very useful source of ideas and concepts. Read more
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As a BJJ white belt, I felt that reading this opened my eyes up to a whole new perspective in jiu jitsu! Read more
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