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Probably wouldn't recommend it
on 3 July 2009
before I start, I am reasonably new to BJJ, but have a good understanding of the mechanics behind it being an effective art. This review is based on my opinions and what I got out of the book.
I found that the first third of the book was pretty much throw away material that you could find on-line about the history of jiu-jitsu and BJJ. Not really of much help with me mastering BJJ.
The next part talked about stand up and throwing techniques which obviously apply more to an MMA setting, although throws are still important in BJJ. This was absolutely basic and the stand up section I felt was really just wasted pages. By about now I started to notice how much the book was repeating itself from earlier chapters, rather than just referencing a story that had been told in an earlier chapter it would almost completely re tell it - got a bit annoying and makes you want to start skipping chapters
Now onto the reason I bought the book, the last half of the book. About mat work, I found the explainations good, and the photos were really useful - although sometimes the description will be on the previous page to the photo series which can be annoying. I found it a good first step into me learning to chain together moves to form combos, and learning a basic strategy.
Personally I haven't read many BJJ books, but I would really hope that there are much better ones out there than this. Would only recommend this book if you absolutely have never seen, or attempted BJJ before.