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Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu: Revolutionizing Brazilian Jiu-jitsu [Paperback]

Dave Camarillo , Erich Krauss , Eric Hendrikx
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Oct. 15 2006
Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu is a groundbreaking system of grappling that integrates the Olympic sport of judo with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, today's most sought after grappling art. These are the techniques and strategies that allowed Camarillo to devastate the competition at some of the world's most prestigious judo and jiu-jitsu tournaments and have led his students to more than a dozen victories in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu offers a leg up on virtually every opponent who refuses to stray from the parameters of his discipline.

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Dave Camarillo is a black belt in both judo and jiu-jitsu. He currently trains dozens of world-class grapplers and fighters, including many who compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Erich Krauss is a professional Muay Thai kickboxer who has trained and competed in Thailand. He is the author of fifteen books.

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When I walked into Ralph Gracie's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy back in January of '96, I strapped on a brand new white belt. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BJJ meets Judo March 22 2010
Format:Paperback
This an excellent video featuring a former US National judo team member who trained alongside B.J. Penn at Ralph Gracie's and earned his blackbelt there. He is currently a teacher at the American Kickboxing Academy and guides the training of people Jon Fitch, Josh Koshchek and Michael Swick.

The book presents the combined system that the author put together presenting the strengths of both judo and BJJ, plus Camarillo's own specialty, flying armbars and triangles.

This is definitely a 'gi-game' book and there is a lot of time spent on how to establish the right grips ala judo and transition seamless into groundwork without having to change one's grips or position greatly.

An excellent book from an outstanding practitioner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jiu Jitsu/Judo cross-art innovations March 24 2007
By therosen - Published on Amazon.com
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Dave Camarillo provides an excellent bridge between Judo and Jiu-Jitsu in this innovative instruction manual. This isn't your traditional, "My take on jiu jitsu" book - it shares insights of the few practioners to reach world class levels in both Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As such, it has more Gi standup material than most books, and successfully integrates the Judo throws into submissions from transition. Camarillo also shows "flying" attacks, integrating submissions to the stand-up game. He's uniquely qualified to present these integrations.

Positives noted, this book isn't for everyone. It isn't aimed at detailing basics and fundamentals - there are much better books out there that specialize in jiu jitsu 101. It's also not encyclopedic. There are other books that do a better job cataloguing all the moves out there. That said, Camarillo certainly has enough knowledge to put out a sequel or two. I hope he has time to write them.
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE BEST gi grappling book on the market, bar none July 28 2006
By Timothy C. Ferriss - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First off, let me note that I have grappled all my life. I was an All-American in collegiate wrestling, earned a black belt from the Kodokan in Japan, and I have trained in BJJ with dozens of the top instructors in the US. No one, and I mean no one, teaches grappling like Dave Camarillo. From BJ Penn to top UFC and PRIDE fighters, those in the know go to David when they want to combine throws/takedowns with submission. Dave has finally put together a book detailing his unique combination of judo and BJJ, and the teaching is crystal clear. Unlike most books that read like a random combination of techniques, his presentation is logical and allows the student to retain and use his principles from day one. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. One class with Dave is like 10 with anyone else, and this book is like having him as your personal trainer. Buy it before your competition does!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Camarillo combines Judo & BJJ Aug. 6 2007
By Joseph M Burtner - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was put out by Victory Belt Publishing, which is fast becoming my favorite martial-arts publishing company. Dave Camarillo have been practicing Judo since before his teens, and is a world-class competitor. He combines years of experience in this sport with the techniques of BJJ, creating a system of gi-based grappling that is more than the sum of its parts.

The book begins with Camarillo sharing his philosophy of judo and BJJ, and giving a brief biography of events relavent to the creationg of Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu. After that, he begins the technical work of the book, which is split up into three parts. The first part, "Incorporating Judo and Jiu-Jitsu", is by far the longest section. In itself, it might almost be a complete book of introductory judo. Dave starts by giving basic instruction on rolls and falls. Next he covers grips, both how to establish them and how to break the opponent's grip. The next bit is on the basic judo throws, such as Ouchi-Gari and Seoi-Nage. He finishes up the first part by showing how to mesh the standing techniques of judo and BJJ, and how to find opportunities for Judo throws in BJJ competitions.

The second part of the book is how to transition from throws to submissions. Dave first shows a series of drills to increase one's odds of tapping an opponent out after the throw. He then continues this section by showing the "impact control" possition and a number of variations. The chapter is rounded out by showing other throw-lock combinations.

The third part is on the very flashy flying attacks. This is Camarillo's specialty, and I can think of no one more qualified to write on them than him. Dave shows a number of flying attacks, including triangles, armbars, and omaplatas, and gives the reader options on how to defend against flying attacks.

I have two minor complaints about the book; both regard its readership. First, one must have a working knowledge of the ground game, because the basics are skipped over in this text. Second, I'm not certain how easy it would be to pull off some of these flying attacks against a trained opponent.

Overall, this is a very good book. The picture quality can't be beat, the subject matter is relavent to the competitions, and the reading style, like most books where Erich Krauss is author or co-author, is easy to read. This book was written so that BJJ students could incorporate judo into their arsenal. The section on grip-fighting is invaluable, and the way the author sets up his flying attacks gives these flashy moves a higher percentage of success. I'd recomend it mostly for BJJ competitors, but I'm sure Judo and Sambo competitors could learn from it, too.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that put me ahead in Gi Grappling. Dec 10 2006
By I. Maryanovsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
being an avid Judo player im always looking for new technique, when i was introduced to mma and Brazilian jiu jitsu, I started it, having heard previous rumors, hoping for a leg up on ground technique, 3 years later, here I am practicing both but being unable to put them together, in jiu jitsu i would never land judo throws, in judo never an armbar from guard, but then i read this book. This book incorporatyes judo basic , and explains there uses and effectiveness, aswell as scenarios to apply them, it shows Jiu jitsu techniques, and how to use them in judo, (a la flying attacks) then incorporates them into one , practically unbeatable art.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Discover Your Inner Judoka April 1 2008
By Jonathan W. Jew-lim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I first started training jiu jitsu at a Ralph Gracie school and even though Dave Camarillo had already been at AKA for several years the grizzled veterans still loved to swap stories about Camarillo's legendary jiu jitsu (even the newer students were well aware of his legendary exploits at the academy - I was once kicked in the face by a blue belt attempting to hit a flying triangle that he'd seen Camarillo pull off!). The introduction alone was practically worth the cover price for the detailed description of the BJJ scene in the Bay Area circa 1990s.

As for the content itself, Camarillo provides a great explanation of how the rules in judo and Brazilian jiu jitsu have lead the two arts to diverge to the point where one could train for several months in BJJ without learning basic forward rolls, throws, and breakfalls (as I did), or earn a black belt in judo and possess lesser ground skills than a BJJ blue belt (though of course many judokas have wicked ground games, albeit not necessarily ones well-suited to jiu jitsu). I agree with other reviewers that the book assumes some prior knowledge of BJJ. At the same time, it assumes virtually no knowledge of judo, which was perfect for me. The book became a great way to tighten up my technique on moves that I hadn't extensively drilled due to my BJJ-focused background. And by this I mean basic, basic things (forward rolls, grip fighting, ippon seioinage, osoto gari) that most judoka do in their sleep. Most of the introductory sections are essentially "judo for dummies," which was exactly what I needed to develop some semblance of a standup game in jiu jitsu.

My one caveat is that, though the book contains relatively few actual techniques, the level of assumed mastery increases fairly rapidly. For example, I have yet to read through the impact control section in great detail because at this point I am still trying to solidify my ability to establish basic grips and execute simple throws. Similarly, I imagine that the flying attacks section will be much more relevant once one has established a strong gripping/throwing game.

In sum, this book is a terrific resource for BJJ players who might need to fill in some gaps in their knowledge, as well as judokas looking for good ways to translate their skills into quick submissions in the context of BJJ. At the very least, you should develop some good alternatives to simply pulling guard every time you find yourself on your feet.
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