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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (May 22 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736044043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736044042
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 21.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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By F. Russell on Nov. 27 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is excellent. My only issue is the title could be somewhat misleading. It is well written and gives great depth into the history of BJJ as well as excellent photos and instructions of techniques.

The book focuses on Jujitsu for MMA competition moreso than for Jujitsu competition. Given Renzo Gracie's legendary background in MMA, it is not surprising. I was looking for a book on BJJ groundwork techniques, and while this book is excellent and I am glad I purchased it, it wasn't exactly what I thought it was.

The chapters on techniques are divided such that you have a chapter on the Clinch, a chapter on Groundfighting and a chapter on winning from the bottom, etc. These chapters cover the topics in great depth and have interspersed throughout, excellent examples of fighters who use the techniques successfully in MMA competition.

Overall this book is a great resource for any martial artist's library. I went looking for a different type of book and found this one. I am a fan of Renzo Gracie and a fan of this book. The title might mislead some and probably should have been called Mastering Jujitsu for MMA but it is still worth a read and anyone serious about MMA should pick it up.
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No, that's not a quote from Gichin Funakoshi or Moriei Uyeshiba.
That's from Ian Fleming's "From Russia with Love."
The Gracies agree. The bad news is that we're told that 'There is no Santa Claus' against multiple opponents, so wannabe James Bonds are out of luck.
The good news is that when Royce Gracie entered the 'Ultimate Fighting Championship' he was able to do what most martial arts promised but could not deliver; consistently defeat much larger men.
At 170 lbs soaking wet, Royce kept winning against Sumo, Greco-Roman wrestlers, Boxers and Karateka-- as did the rest of his family.
Fleming would have approved of their methodology. The Gracies had tons of eperience, Brazilian law did not forbid no-holds barred challenges.
A bit of a throwback to the 19th century catch wrestling matches, if not quite The Wild West . . .
This book covers the beginning of the Gracie clan's ascencion to prominence. The authors make the point that martial arts which teach 'deadly moves' e.g; eye-gouging, shuto throat strikes and such are weaker than those which practise safe techniques--an easily explained paradox in their view, since the 'deadly' ones (Karate and Ryu-style Ju-Jitsu) have to remain theoretical--not too many students being willing to get their throats crushed in practise; whereas boxing and Judo spend most of their time in sparring safely against a training partner-that is not being cooperative.
Thus they have nothing but the highest praise for Jigoro Kano, founder of Judo. Indeed their 'lineage'is traced back to him via Mitsuyo Maeda,(1871-1941) a Judoka who saw Judo lose to the Fusen-Ryu school of Jujitsu. This was the first time Kodokan Judo had EVER lost against the 'theoretical' schools
Fusen Ryu employed ground grappling.
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By A Customer on Dec 10 2003
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Coming from a traditional martial arts background for almost 15 years my instructors always scorned martial arts that broke with tradition and gravitated towards "sports." After many years of learning various styles of fighting I was finding that most schools were teaching techniques that seemed to not work well against resisting opponents. Further I found the traditional methods of practice lacked the hard physical attributes necessary to perform well in a stressful situation against someone resisting forcefully.
Although I was aware of Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ) and other mixed martial arts (MMA) styles, It was only recently that I decided to begin studying other systems of combat where their successful application was proven in actual competition against opponents who were often much bigger and stronger. As part of this research I came across this book which provides far and away the best explanations on:
1) Why traditional training fails to teach combat realities.
2) Why traditional notions of combat (controlling the distance) are fiction.
3) How combat systems adopted to sporting competition are actually more effective than supposedly "deadly" techniques that are never practiced.
The above may sound obvious to those who have studied BJJ for a while, but to the average public observer or traditionally trained fighter this is completely counter to what you've always seen and been told.
This book provides not only insights into why the way you've been training all these years is probably wrong, but explores with examples why it is so. The tactics, philosophies, and techniques (there are few techniques in this book) are all proven in hard competitive situations by individuals whose training dwarfs that of an average street thug or bully.
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I LOVE THIS BOOK! This is one of the most comprehensive works on the principles behind one-on-one, unarmed combat that I've read. We're not talking one of those "every move in the world" books here, though some are included. No, this is more on principles and theories which reallity fighting, specifically jujitsu, embrace. The book starts out with a rather extensive history of BJJ, going all the way back to ancient Japan. Briefly covered are the different theories of how martial arts developed around the world, which was interesting to read. The book then goes into the different stages of combat; the clinch, the free-movement phase, and groundfighting. I have to admit, I've never really been satisfied with "long, medium, short" or "kicking, punching, trapping, grappling", and I'm a little jealous that I didn't think of Gracie's stages of a fight on my own. His division is based on the different skills needed for each stage of a fight. Further chapters cover the stages by themselves. The free-movement chapter covers basic strikes, blocks, and long-range "shooting" takedowns. The section on the clinch actually goes over the most common clinch possitions (over-under, front headlock, double-underhook, etc.), and includes brief strategy for both. The authors give insights into strikes, takedowns, and submissions from the various clinch possitions. Groundfighting is covered in the next chapter. The focus is on the different possitions/pins, and is covered in a hierarchical manner, from most desirable to least desirable. Two chapters are then devoted to specific aspects of grounfighting; winning from the bottom, and winning from the top. These are probably the most technique-rich sections.Read more ›
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