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Mastering Jujitsu (Mastering Martial Arts Series) by [Gracie, Renzo, John Danaher]
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About the Author

One of the most successful and active members of the world-famous Gracie clan, Renzo Gracie has spent almost 30 years training in Brazilian jujitsu. Competing at the highest levels of mixed martial arts (MMA), grappling, and no-holds-barred (NHB) events, he has won the Brazilian jujitsu national title twice, the World Combat Championships (MMA event), and the martial arts reality series superfight. He is also a two-time winner of the world submission grappling championship (held annually in Abu Dhabi) and a multiple winner in Japan's premier MMA venue, PRIDE. Gracie has instructed many current UFC competitors and students who have gone on to become world Brazilian jujitsu champions, PRIDE champions, and Pan American Games champions. His New York City academy is one of the largest and most popular in the United States. Gracie continues to teach, train, and compete throughout the world. He resides in New York City.An instructor at the Gracie school of Jujitsu in New York, John Danaher has been Renzo's training partner for several years. He holds a PhD from Columbia University and has written another book, Brazilian Jujitsu: Theory and Technique, with Renzo and his cousin Royler Gracie. Danaher has the distinction of being involved with the highest authorities in the sport and the formal writing skills to convey it. He resides in New York City.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7808 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (22 May 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041OTASY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,130 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Having ordered this book on the basis that I am a big fan of Renzo Gracie as a martial artist, I was expecting a good book. What I found was that this was an excellent book. Whilst the book is centered on (Brazilian) Jiu-Jitsu, it really encompasses the world of competative Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
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).
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This is a really good book for anyone who is interested in or competes in mma events. It is called mastering jujitsu but is more on mma and how 'modern jujitsu' is used in mma events.
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.
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Renzo Gracie sets out in this book to try to help the reader understand the nature of a combat event, in terms of the phases of combat and the appropriate strategies and techniques for each. It is of course from the perspective of a submission fighter as the author is a top Brazilian JuJitsu practitioner however the author makes it clear that to be able to survive and win in a MMA event you need skills in each domain, from free movement (striking) to clinching and then grappling.
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!
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Jujitsu is one of the best grappling art to learn as it's easy for anyone to learn and it's perfect. This book covers most of Jujitsu holds and explains them very well so anyone can understand and apply good strong holds which can be used on anyone and are very effective when applied properly.
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Funny book this. 1/3 of it's history of BJJ which was very interesting. The rest of it's no-gi and quite focussed on MMA/self-defence. As that I think it's very good indeed. Won't you don't get is detailed instruction on the full gamut of BJJ techniques. It's not always the easiest to follow from the pics and descriptions. If you're looking for a BJJ instructional that isn't MMA/no-gi focussed then get BJJ University instead - it's very good. But if you are up for those aspects then it's a god buy,.
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The first part of this book takes a comprehensive look at the development and proliferation of Jujitsu throughout various Japenese eras then through to Brazil and so on. This section is informative whilst still managing to retain the reader's interest.
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.
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