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Mastering Jujitsu (Mastering Martial Arts Series) Kindle Edition
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The book is not full of hundreds of techniques and it is NOT an instructional manual. What is does contain, however, is a spectacular amount of information on HOW modern Jiu-Jitsu evolved from it's earliest roots in Japan and WHY it evolved in the manner that it has.
You won't learn hundreds of techniques, but you WILL develop an understanding of the core concepts and strategies behind modern (Brazilian) Jiu-Jitsu and MMA. As such, it is ESSENTIAL reading for newcomers to these arts. I believe this so strongly, that I have made this book ESSENTIAL READING for my Jiu-Jitsu students.
The book is separated into two main sections. The first section deals with the historical evolution of Jiu-Jitsu and the differences between modern (Brazilian) Jiu-Jitsu and Classical Japanese Jiu-Jitsu. This is fascinating for any budding martial arts historian and will also improve the understanding and knowledge of any practitioner of Jiu-Jitsu.
The second section deals with the actual business of realistic self-defence through the unique Jiu-Jitsu style of the Gracie family. The business of fighting is split into three main areas; Free-standing, clinched and ground-fighting. Each area is dealt with in-depth, offering sample techniques, core principles and examples based upon famous fighters/bouts from the sport of MMA (No Holds Barred Fighting).
It starts off with a history of traditional japanese jujitsu and then Brazilian (or Gracie) Jujitsu. This all sets you up for the intro to modern vale tudo and mma events.
It then moves on to combat strategy, looking at the three recognised phases of combat. Free movement, Standing clinch, groundwork. This section of the book is worth the money on its own, it has plans for fighting people of different strengths e.g striking and case studies of how this was done in real fights.
The ground fighting is broken down into winning from the bottom and winning from the top, these are all illustrated with good photos and clearly explained. The end of each section, free movement, standing clinch, top and bottom ground positions all end with drills you can do to practice and put them into your game.
All in all this is an excellent book and i would recommend it to anyone.
This is not a collection of techniques like many other martial arts books but a handbook for anyone who want to build a fight plan around their strengths and weaknesses. There are of course many techniques in the book but presented in the context of building an overall fight plan. I really did like this book!
The book then goes into discussing the three phases of combat and strategies and techniques for each one.
The main ground positions are then looked at and some techniques and combinations are presented from the top and bottom in each position.
I think that just about anyone involved in any of the grappling arts could benefit in some way from this book. It has great techniques and training ideas. The only complaint would be that there are no gi techniques, however, these are covered in depth in Renzo's other book written with Royler. That said, most of the techniques shown are directly transferable to gi work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got the history and practical moves so has both and the moves can be put into practicePublished 5 months ago by christopher arrigonie
A great book and a great buy. Stating off with a bit of history and some solid research into the beginings of the modern art of Jujitsu, the authors then move on to cover, in great... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
The title lets this book down, no Mastery here but something much more real. Great intro into MMA and its constituent arts, interesting historical overview of JuiJitsu and a delve... Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2014 by N. Chapman
Although the history of jujitsu is very well documented in this book, the rest of it is written with MMA in mind. Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2013 by GasolineRainbow
I was excited to get this as John Danaher fascinates me; it's disappointingly brief, although still a solid book for the basics of grappling.Published on 10 May 2013 by J.Walker
I havnt finished yet but what ive read ive loved.it tells you all about the roota of bjj and helps you understand what its really about,ive just started practising bjj and it... Read morePublished on 22 April 2013 by William edwards
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