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Zen Jiu Jitsu: The 30 Day Program to Improve Your Jiu Jitsu Game 1000%: Volume 1 Paperback – 1 Sep 2012

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  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (1 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479237604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479237609
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have got to say that being a BJJ practitioner for almost five years i can identify with the Author. Based on true, real life situations i found myself in a similar situation. I have purchased many books on BJJ, from drilling books to DVDs etc and this book had an entirely different approach.

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!!!
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Really interesting and thought provoking book. Haven't tried doing the programme yet but can see it would be really effective.
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Worth reading. If your a focused on your progression already this book wont add alot to your game but its worth a read for the odd thing you may pick up.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars The discussion about LEARNING bjj that I've been waiting for 12 Nov. 2012
By Steven D. Ward - Published on Amazon.com
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After first finding out about Zen JiuJitsu, I hesitated for a few days before buying it, or even downloading the free sample. Frankly, I've blown a lot of money on supplemental materials for BJJ that are all collecting dust on a bookshelf or drawer somewhere. Finally I ended up reading through the sample. When I came to the end of it, I clicked the "buy now" link without pausing. From only reading the sample, I figured out three things:

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.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You feel the author is here with you on the mats, sharing his experience 22 Nov. 2012
By François G. - Published on Amazon.com
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Even if I consider myself of having an average experience of BJJ, I'm still a white belt as of today. I'm a small guy and I was recently injured (broken ribs) due to rolling with much larger guys. I was looking for a book to expand my knowledge about BJJ while taking out the most of my time off the mats. As of today, getting opportunities to learn new technics is absolutely not an issue: you get so many of them on YouTube for free, and you can also find GREAT books and instructional DVDs. No, what I was looking for was a book about "how to train BJJ", something that would bring my BJJ to the next level thanks to a new approach. An approach that has been tested by a true BJJ practitioner who suffered from the same issues we've all met as we try and write our path along the line of BJJ: how to deal with larger people, injuries, how to memorize the numerous technics, how to make sure you do not lose your time in doing things the bad way but clearly use it consistently so as to progress at each training session...

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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful 17 Dec. 2012
By JeffTL - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked up Zen Jiu Jitsu while I was recovering from a back injury. I was unable to grapple for a few months and I was pining for some Jiu Jitsu. Having already watched every wahzoo technique on youtube twice I decided to read what others had to say about Jiu Jitsu. This book was great. It is not a book of techniques. Well it is not specifially teaching grappling techniques. Rather it contains many insights and strategies to improve your mental approach to an often difficult and sometimes grueling sport. Jiu Jitsu can be very fulfilling, but it can also be frustrating. If you want some new ways to examine your game, and some strategies to get over a plateau in your skill set, Zen Jiu Jitsu is what you are looking for. I've read it twice now. I will probably read it ten times. Maybe more. I like to refresh my mind with the Zen Jiu Jitsu strategies from time to time.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Calm down & enjoy the journey 1 July 2013
By Mark in LR - Published on Amazon.com
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After a bad experience in my first BJJ class, I almost decided not to return. Over the weekend after that first class, I did a lot of reading and watched a lot of Youtube. This was the first book that I read over the weekend. It was a fast, easy read. It is not about techniques or similar how-to type manuals. It is more about the mental aspects of improving in a sport without burning out. It helped calm me down and get me ready to go back and try again. I've been going to the bjj class for about 6 weeks now and am enjoying it. This book helped get me back to the second class, so it did its job.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jiu Jitsu Book for the Serious Student 17 Oct. 2012
By JJScholar - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great book for the serious Jiu Jitsu student!

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.
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