Zen Jiu Jitsu: The 30 Day Program to Improve Your Jiu Jitsu Game 1000%: Volume 1 Paperback – 1 Sep 2012
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This book is more of strategy and getting the most out of your training. The programme inside this book was very interesting. The programme is 30 days and involves keeping a log and reviewing your training and progress. I found it very useful and i can really notice a difference in the way i approach my rolling sessions.
This Author has some very interesting views and i felt a connection with the guy. I believe this book will be of use in the future and i will definately keep it as a reference book. I thoroughly reccomend this book, it is different to all the other bjj books out there, kinda refreshing in a way. Great read. Read it all on a plane ride to California, funnily enough on my way to a seminar. OSS!!!
If you don't keep diary's or progression logs then pick this book up it covers some fairly basic methods of keeping your training focused and constant.
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1) The author doesn't just give lists of techniques to learn. It is more of a discussion about our mindset and strategy for approaching training. "Philosophy" if you will. In the age of the Interent, finding random techniques to practice is a piece of cake. What we need to figure out is how to choose the techniques we NEED.
2) The author's writing echoed my own thinking about BJJ and learning in general.
3) It clearly represented a fresh perspective.
I've been learning BJJ for a few years now and have spent big money on various DVD sets and books, and hours upon hours watching YouTube videos. The vast majority of these books, even the 'bibles' of the BJJ world seem to focus exclusively on cramming as many techniques as possible into your head (although they may differ on WHICH techniques or the finer points of certain ones).
The problem is, I have never learned well this way. Trying to learn German and Spanish at various points in my life by studying flashcards for hours on end proved to be as fruitless as it was tedious. And yet, now I am nearly fluent in Korean, one of the hardest languages in the world for native English speakers to learn. I've done it through directed, systematic, study and a LOT of immersion. And I've had fun doing it.
Zen JiuJitsu advocates a similar approach with learning BJJ. You may not go to the gym every day of the week, but the book provides you with a study plan (and the ability to customize it) to make the most of the days you can't make it in. He shows you how to use this time systematically (regardless of your level and individual strengths/weaknesses) so you're not whittling it away on YouTube pointlessly trying to memorise details of random techniques. As such, you won't have to join any additional gyms or buy extra equipment. You'll create a custom study plan that you'll need to spend a little bit of time (he recommends an hour) with every day. That's it, just a little a day. That's how you can really make progress towards reaching the threshold of 10,000 hours of practice required to achieve mastery.
I really think that anyone, at any level of the game, any fitness level, and any age can benefit from the methods recommended in the book. It doesn't just prescribe a certain progression. Rather, it teaches you to look at your own skills, create your own improvement plan, and, finally, implement it to see serious leaps in your game.
This book answered my questions. Well, I won't lie about what I know and what I don't know: as of today, I cannot confirm the book works 100%. To do that, I would need to have practised its approach for at least a few months and see to what extent my game really evolved on the mats. Still, all I can say is that the book brought me the original information I was looking for: I enjoyed the flow of the text, the book structure and the blend of pedagogical anecdotes and illustrations. You really feel like the author is here with you on the mats and tell you about his personal experience: what worked for him, whad did not. Generally speaking, it helps you stay motivated while giving you an overall picture of your game and its possible evolution in the long run. There are things you may already have thought of (such as using a dummy to make real progress and how to practise with it), and some others that will sound refreshing and new. But all in all, it helps you get a clear mental picture of where you are today, where you want to go tomorrow, and brings you meaningful proposals on how to do it. I need to thank the authour for sharing his time-tested approach and concepts.
I share many of the same philosophies that the author does about the are of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. So happy that he had the courage to write them down and put them out there. It's a fantastic study of the psychology of Jiu Jitsu and an even better manual on how to put together a system for yourself to drastically improve your game by getting the most out of every training session. Even without rolling everyday, the core principles and more importantly the scholarly approach to improving your game are things that and serious BJJ student can learn from.