Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Practice: Theory and Technique Paperback – 1 Dec 2001
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During the last decade, the martial arts world has looked to innovative mixed martial arts competitions such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship to determine which fighting style is the best. These contests have repeatedly shown the grappling style of martial arts, headed by Brazilian jiu-jitsu, to dominate. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu style stems from the premise, garnered from analysis of actual street fights, that the outcome of any fight is decided on the ground. While most martial arts deal only with the initial punching and kicking stages of combat, Brazilian jiu-jitsu concentrates on ground combat. This guide shows how to use Brazilian jiu-jitsu to increase combat effectiveness. Photographs and step-by-step instructions show how to master the techniques used in this exciting new form of combat.
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It has a good History section explaining fully the Theory and Background of Jiu Jitsu and is fully Illustrated with easy-to-understand sequential Photos. Each Photo has a write up explaining hand positioning, body postioning and movement.
By the time you have finished the book, having gone through all blue, purple, brown and black belt techniques, you will be well versed in controlling your opponent from the top, side and bottom positions as well as be able to finish the fight from all of these positions.
This book is fantastic.
Its a well written book, put together with lots of clear pictures with key parts of the techniques highlighted.
Also, the photos are very clear and big.
All in all, if you are an advanced or maybe even intermediate BJJ practitioner, this book may be too basic for you, but for any beginner this is a great book.
One can quickly expand one's bag of tricks by learning one new technique a day or so. With my brother, we've combined that with full-speed wrestling sparring - with limited striking as well - and seen our skills improve vastly. You find yourself in a position to use the techinques in this book all the time, and even the occasional event of a move not going the way it was supposed to is valuable.
A satisfying learning tool for anyone new to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or (ground and standing) wrestling in general.
I will probably put my copy up for sale very soon, as it has no reference value.