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4.0 out of 5 stars A useful and different take on ground grappling
I bought this one after having enjoyed Eddie Bravo's work on the rubber guard, and like that book, it does quite a bit more than it says on the tin. It is in fact a guide to the whole 10th Planet top game, focussing primarily on the twister path, but also including useful sections on the mount, back mount, and sprawl. There are plenty of great photos and the instructions...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well produced but difficult techniques which certainly won't suit everyone, and largely not tournament legal
This book ("MTT") is the sequel to Bravo's "Mastering the Rubber Guard" ("MTRG"). MTRG set out Bravo's bottom game, and MTT sets out his topgame. It is not something which someone who is just starting to learn BJJ/grappling should necessarily rush out and buy. Like MTRG, MTT is not a general beginner's manual - it's a specialist book about a...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A useful and different take on ground grappling, 8 Jun 2011
This review is from: Mastering the Twister: Jiu-Jitsu for Mixed Martial Arts Competition (Paperback)
I bought this one after having enjoyed Eddie Bravo's work on the rubber guard, and like that book, it does quite a bit more than it says on the tin. It is in fact a guide to the whole 10th Planet top game, focussing primarily on the twister path, but also including useful sections on the mount, back mount, and sprawl. There are plenty of great photos and the instructions are clear. More than that, it links together as a coherent game. My only down point with it is the faint, nagging feeling that things like the gansta lean don't provide as much of a huge improvement on the conventional position as the rubber guard provides over the slightly more defensive closed guard, so some people might not get as much from those sections if they wish to remain with their conventional top positions. Even so, this is a fabulously presented and well taught collection of ideas, which can offer some very different options on top.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb book that does so much more than the title states, 16 May 2012
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I bought the book after reading the other reviews. We have recently practiced a number of moves in bjj which lead towards the twister so i wanted to buy this book and see if it could help. It gives you a full insight into eddie bravos top game with so many extras. Itll take you a while to practice everything in the book and no doubt will be hard to become a master of everything. But the book came with next day delivery and since then i havnt put it down. Its a must buy for anyone looking to improve their bjj or mma game, or even a beginner
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well produced but difficult techniques which certainly won't suit everyone, and largely not tournament legal, 2 Jan 2014
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Mr. R. Blackett (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This book ("MTT") is the sequel to Bravo's "Mastering the Rubber Guard" ("MTRG"). MTRG set out Bravo's bottom game, and MTT sets out his topgame. It is not something which someone who is just starting to learn BJJ/grappling should necessarily rush out and buy. Like MTRG, MTT is not a general beginner's manual - it's a specialist book about a particular aspect of the no-gi ground game. There's nothing in here about stand-up, takedowns, striking or guard.

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.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent grappling handbook, 30 May 2011
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An excellent 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu guide, with plenty of clear and step-by-step photographs for each technique, as well as a flowchart showing how all the techniques link together. A massive improvement on Jiu-jitsu Unleashed: A Comprehensive Guide to the World's Hottest Martial Arts Discipline, with techniques explained in much more detail, and a perfect companion to Eddie Bravo's Mastering the Rubber Guard: Jiu-jitsu for Mixed Martial Arts Competition.
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3.0 out of 5 stars the twister, 23 Sep 2009
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I ordered this for someone else so he likes it otherwise he would have got me to sent it back!
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