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4.0 out of 5 stars
A great read, 29 April 2004
Mastering Jiu Jitsu
Having bought many books on the martial arts, one of the criteria that Ioften observe before purchasing a book, especially one that teaches agrappling art, is the number and quality of pictures that are availableand the variety of techniques which I can obtain from the book.
On first observation, Mastering Jiu Jitsu seems to lack the graphicalcontent of other recently released books in the field and also thevariation of techniques taught.
However, enthusiasm for a new hobby lead to me to purchase the textregardless, and on closer scrutiny, I was pleasantly surprised to findthat the book was both informative and well written in providing aninsight that other books do not do in as much depth.
As the forewordindicates, the aim was to address the recent changes in the evolution ofjiu jitsu and show the effective techniques that have evolved over theyears. Mastering Ju Jitsu details the 'combat phases' of fightingproceeding through the phases and discussing in detail the techniquesutilised in the phases. The book effectively does this by offering casestudies and analysis of past contests in mixed martial arts through timeand how such competition fighting has evolved. Case studies are alsodiscussed on the effective utilisation of techniques that are demonstratedin the book by referencing fighters who have displayed skills in theirrespective areas (fighting from the guard, clinching, kicking etc). Thetext also provides fight strategy explaining the thinking behind certainmethods providing the reader with an clear understanding of the fightprincipals.
In spite of graphics being monochrome, something that Idon't really advocate in books teaching grappling, they are large enoughand clear enough to not hinder the detail that is being shown. In my view,the learning came from the text accompanying the pictures. It is probablythe best 'supporting' text I have read in such books.
In summary, I found this a very informative read and would recommend itwith a 4.5/ 5 score (colour pictures would give it 5/5.