Marcelo Garciais a five-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion and a four-time ADCC Submission Wrestling World Champion. He has competed and taught jiu-jitsu all over the world.
Marshal Carper trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Pedro Sauer and black belt Sonny Achille along with writing about fighting. Carter has been published in Ultimate MMA Magazine, Fight! Magazine and the Escapist.
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Knucklepit ReviewDec 7 2011
Mr. Marc Wickert
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MARCELO GARCIA Advanced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Techniques With Marshal D. Carper & Glen Cordoza presented by Victory Belt
It's easy to pigeon-hole Marcelo Garcia - the guy is the Thomas Edison of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
A five-time BJJ World Champion and a four-time ADCC Submission Grappling World Champion, Marcelo is the man to study if you want to elevate your game to the penthouse level of grappling.
Garcia's motto appears to be, if it's not broken, fix it anyway - it can always be better. It's this constant quest for improvement that has enabled him to remain the best of the best.
The Forward by child chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin is also a very informative and enjoyable read, although including Marcelo's email address in the book may not have been Josh's best `move'.
Of Garcia, Waitzkin says "Marcelo's repertoire is in a constant state of evolution, and experimentation is a key part of his process - he is often playing with things around the edges of his arsenal, testing, pushing his boundaries. This is part of how his game always tends to be one step ahead of his opponents"
Advanced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Techniques is a totally unique training manual that provides alternate moves to baffle your adversaries with cutting-edge tactics. Marcelo hit the bulls eye with this publication.
(1) ARM DRAGS Standing Arm Drag vs. Seated Arm Drag Incorporating the Arm Drag
ARM DRAG GRIPS The Gi Drag Baiting Wrist Control * Baiting Wrist Control Option 2 * Alternate Option Cross Grip
ARM DRAG TO THE BACK Near Grip Arm Drag to Back Control (Standing) Near Grip Arm Drag to Back Control (Sitting) Arm Drag to Single Position to Back Control Arm Drag Leg Trip to Back Control Arm Drag to Jumping Back Attack
FAILED ARM DRAGS Failed Arm Drag to Double-Leg Takedown Failed Arm Drag to Single-Leg (Sitting) Weak-Side Arm Drag to Double-Leg
(2) ESTABLISHING BACK CONTROL The Back Body Lock The Seat Belt The Hooks Counter Tactics
BACK BODY LOCK Breaking Wrist Control Outside Leg Trip (Breaking Wrist Control 2) Seatbelt to Back Control Crab Ride to Back Control Over the Back Attack Option 1 Over the Back Attack Option 2
SECURING THE SECOND HOOK Securing the Far Hook Option 1 Securing the Far Hook Option 2 Hip Extension Counter Roll Escape Counter Bridge Escape Counter Hip Escape
COUNTER TACTICS Counter High Crotch to Back Control Counter Sitting Single-Leg to Back Control 1 Counter Sitting Single-Leg to Back Control 2 Counter Sitting Single-Leg Option 3 Counter Knee-on-Belly Escape Counter Side Control Underhook Escape Counter Side Control Run Escape Butterfly Guard Sweep to Back Control
(3) SUBMISSIONS FROM BACK CONTROL Submission before Position
SUBMISSIONS FROM BACK CONTROL Anatomy of a Rear Naked Choke Alternate back Choke Overhook Arm Trap to Rear Choke Underhook Arm Trap to Rear Choke Behind-the-Back Arm Trap to Rear Choke Bow and Arrow Choke Grip Fighting to the Bow and Arrow Choke Bow and Arrow Choke Escape Counter Counter Back Escape to Belly-Down Rear Choke
(4) TAKEDOWNS Single-Legs and Double Legs The Clinch
SHOOTING IN Outside Leg Trip to Drive through Double Spear Double Single-Leg Takedown Single-Leg Trip Failed Double to Backdoor Finish (Counter Sprawl) Single-Leg to Sit-Out Switch (Counter Sprawl)
OVER-UNDER CLINCH Securing the Over-Under Clinch Single-Leg Scoop Failed Single-Leg Scoop to Drop Sweep Countering Double Underhooks
(5) ATTACKING THE GUARD Breaking the Closed Guard Passing the Open Guard Passing the Half Guard
BREAKING THE CLOSED GUARD Underhook Break Underhook Break to Sweep Counter Arm Pin Underhook Break Knee Push Break
PASSING THE OPEN GUARD Cross-Knee Variation Forcing the Cross-Knee Pass Counter Single-Leg Control with Step-Over Pass Smash Pass Smash to Half Guard to Cross-Knee Pass Variation Counter Underhook to Shin-Block Guard Pass
PASSING THE BUTTERFLY GUARD Flatten Opponent to Tornado Pass Leg-Over Pass Knee Stuff to Mount
(6) SUBMISSIONS Chokes Armbars and Omoplatas
CHOKES Throat Crush Throat Crush to Guillotine Counter Single-Leg to Guillotine Choke Counter Single-Leg to Guillotine Choke (Option 2) Counter Seated Single-Leg to Throat Crush Guillotine Counter Seated Single-Leg to Throat Crush Guillotine (Option 2) Failed Throat Crush to Forward Roll to Bridge Choke Bait Underhook Get-Up to Mounted Guillotine North-South Choke
ARMBARS AND OMOPLATAS Straight Armbar from Mount Over-the Shoulder Armbar from Mount Omoplata from Butterfly Guard Omoplata Roll to Mounted Armbar Sprawl to Omoplata Counter Underhook Escape to Omoplata from Side Control Counter Armbar Escape with Omoplata Counter Underhook Rscape to Omoplata from Side Control
COUNTER OMOPLATA DEFENSE Butt Scoot Grip Break Counter Forward Roll Defense to Forward Roll Finish Counter Bridge Escape to Omoplata Finish
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Excellent instruction from one of the bestDec 1 2011
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In the world of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Marcelo Garcia needs no introduction. If you happened upon this title by perhaps searching for grappling books and are unfamiliar with his reputation, I'll explain it thusly: Garcia is a phenom. He is the type of BJJ practitioner that makes other black belts who have dedicated their lives to BJJ look like they haven't trained a day in their life when they compete against him. A cursory search on Youtube for Garcia's matches bears out this fact.
However, being an exceptional practitioner doesn't necessarily translate to an ability to convey that in an instructional manual. There are books out there by a great number of BJJ experts that are not successful in translating their expertise to the regular training Joe. That is not the case with this book. Garcia, with the help of Marshal Carper and Glen Cordoza, has been able to break down many of the techniques that make him a multi BJJ World Champion. Additionally, he provides the strategies behind the techniques that make them so successful, which, in my opinion, is even more valuable.
This book succeeds for several reasons. First, like many Victory Belt publications, the photography captures the techniques from both the typical and reverse angles. BJJ has been called a game of inches, and it is critical to see the positions of all the limbs in action during a technique. Second, the quality of the writing is top-notch. Often in martial arts books, the text takes a far back seat to the photography, much to the detriment of the overall instruction. Not the case here; it is well written and a pleasure to read. Third, much like Marcelo's game itself, it focuses on several key techniques: arm drags, back control, takedowns, guard passes and submissions. The techniques themselves are not what make this an "advanced" book; the focus on offense and the philosophy and strategies Garcia employs to make these techniques successful are what makes this a book for the serious BJJ artist. For a practitioner like myself, who is far more interested in the concepts and intricacies of BJJ than learning some esoteric maneuver, it is an ideal book to elevate my game. Highly recommended.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A must have book for all BJJ / submission grapplers.Nov. 14 2011
Charles E. Slade
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Advanced Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Techniques by Marcello Garcia is another great title to be added to the grapplers library. Where as his first book, The X Guard, was very specific to one particular element of Garcia's style, ABJJT includes a broader approach to the art. Anyone who has seen Marcelo Garcia compete can tell you he has a high technical ability and it shows in the book. The photos hit all the key points of the techniques and the text compliments and explains the nuances perfectly. Garcia is not a physically imposing fighter so the tiny details he shows in the book help explain how he got to the top of the grappling food chain. My favorite part of the book (thus far) is the chapters on submissions. Garcia covers them all...chokes, armbars, omoplatas, and how to transition from one to another. Marcelo is an extremely fluid fighter so it is a safe bet that if he shows it, he has trial tested it in competition. This book gets a five star rating. ABJJT and Jiu-jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro would be a great combo for anyone looking to start BJJ or take their grappling game to a higher level.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great bookNov. 30 2011
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The day I got this book I literally chose only two specific techniques and a counter as well used marcelo's approach to grappling(which is constantly attack)and later that same evening I passing guards with ease. The techniques and mindset of the book are great. The techniques because it is his exact game and it flows very smoothly together. The mindset has it's advantages being prepared not to prevent the opponents attack but preparing to counter his defense.
The only thing that keeps me from giving this book 5 stars is that they promote his website alot through out the book. Which is good for those people who already are members, but to promote it so hard they should have at least gave a one week free trial for us to use the book in conjunction with the site. I didn't like the approach of trying to sell me one thing after another.
All in all simple, effective jiu jitsu, with a great read on Marcelo's life. Hope this helps guys
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The "Jiu-Jitsu Jesus" gives us the closest thing to a BJJ BibleNov. 29 2011
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As an avid practitioner and fan of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu I'm more than familiar with the name Marcelo Garcia, whom many have argued is the best grappler in the world. Since he stormed onto the scene by making a statement at ADCC 2003, Marcelo's aura has grown. Although it's been made clear that he himself is not invincible, his flaws have perhaps made way for him to improve his game even more-so than many thought was possible.
Alongside co-author Marshal Carper, acclaimed author of "The Cauliflower Chronicles", Marcelo provides us with a look into his mindset and the tools he is willing to share that have brought him to the top of BJJ in "Advanced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Techniques". For a white belt like myself, the book seemed a bit intimidating since it looked more like a manual, and usually I'm more concerned with not getting submitted than how my opponent got their position. Plus, I was afraid it would become more of a task to read than a pleasure, sort of like the iTunes Terms of Service. Thankfully that wasn't the case, and it's safe to say that one run-through of ABJJT will leave you anticipating when you can re-start it.
The sections of the book vary and give the reader a strong base (no pun intended) of techniques to acquire and try out: Arm drags, Establishing back control, Submissions from back control, Takedowns, Attacking the guard and Submissions. One of the biggest pet peeves I hear from jiu-jitsu players who have previously invested time in learning from books is either lack of visual aids, or simply bad quality of the visual aids. Neither of these apply to any part of ABJJT, with every section displaying vibrant color photos of set-ups, transitions, adjustments and finishes of the maneuvers. The best parts, though, are the multiple angles that show Marcelo's positioning and technique to give the reader an overall view of how the move is supposed to look from every which-way. Who hasn't had to get up and move around the mat while your instructor is showing a move in order to see how your body needs to be positioned?
There's no doubt that these techniques are quite in-depth, some more than others, and you'll have to carefully pay attention to detail in order to get the big picture. But that should not deter you from taking the time necessary to really study the various techniques and attacks that Marcelo offers in this publication. Since his last book dealt specifically with X guard, which all BJJ players may not utilize as much or as well, it's safe to say that this book is a much better starting point.
Remember, reps and mat time are what improve your game the most, so once you're comfortable with these moves, DRILL THEM! They're probably not going to work right off the bat, but practice makes perfect. Well, in BJJ it's more like almost perfect.