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Mastering Jujitsu (Mastering Martial Arts Series) Kindle Edition
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The book opens up with a very in-depth look into the art of Jiu Jitsu, and the paths which it has taken on the journey to modern day Jiu Jitsu and BJJ.
A quarter of the book is focused on stand up fighting, covering punches, defence, takedowns, and takedown defence.
The remaining half of the book covers a range of jiu jitsu movements which are a list of instructions accompanied by images to show you step by step movements.
The only problem with the book is something the image can leave you thinking "HOW DID HE GET FROM 2 to 3?" but that's a problem no book can beat. A little bit of patience and you'll really benefit from this book!
Highly recommend to anyone who is practising Jiu Jitsu and looking to improve their knowledge of advanced and basic movements. Would also recommend to anyone who is interested in learning basic stand-up fighting!
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!
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.
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).
For a more jujitsu/BJJ orientated book, I highly recommend The Essential Guard - Kid Peligro if you're a beginner/intermediate practitioner.
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