Advanced Brazilian Jiujitsu Techniques Paperback – Nov 15 2011
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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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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
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
Counter Roll Escape
Counter Bridge Escape
Counter Hip Escape
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
Single-Legs and Double Legs
Outside Leg Trip to Drive through Double
Failed Double to Backdoor Finish (Counter Sprawl)
Single-Leg to Sit-Out Switch (Counter Sprawl)
Securing the Over-Under Clinch
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 to Sweep Counter
Arm Pin Underhook Break
Knee Push Break
PASSING THE OPEN GUARD
Forcing the Cross-Knee Pass
Counter Single-Leg Control with Step-Over 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
Knee Stuff to Mount
Armbars and Omoplatas
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
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
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.
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.
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
When I purchased this book, I had some familiarity with standing game as a wrestler at our club regularly taught us the basics of wrestling. Still, during live rolls, I was still wary of going for the single or double leg shot - if I failed, I was in for hard times. I did not feel comfortable shooting without the repetition wrestlers get in month after month. I was looking for some material to supplement my standing game for the BJJer. This book was it.
Highly recommended for BJJers who want to improve their standing game - Marcelo goes over most of the good stuff wrestlers have been doing since they were born, but maybe news to BJJers. His section on arm drags was a game changer for me. If you get it right, you're on his back already - wow. Passing the guard is for suckers.
As noted elsewhere, Marcelo only goes over a few techniques but he goes into the details and variations, a mind map of his aggressive game. The prefaces of each chapter are nicely written and enjoyable in of themselves, elaborating on his fighting philosophy and reasoning behind his method and technique choices.