I must say I had my doubts about this book, but at 20 bucks I took a chance. Everyone has commented on the production value, so I need not belabor the point. The introductory section on theory really lays out the essence of what the goals of a brazilian jiu jitsu fighter are in an erudite and clear manner. Every portion of this portion on theory is great and worth my 20 bucks. Any instructor struggling to provide a "take home message" for his or her students would do well to examine the first part of this book to be sure they are not missing an important point. I would say that all this material in the front is aimed at both beginner and advanced instructor, as there is a good bit that both will find new and informative. And I would have paid more money as a beginner to have this framework laid out in the wonderful manner with which it is done in this book.
There has been a good deal of complaint about the technical content of the material. "This is all beginner stuff." People say. Or maybe, "That will get you triangled into an early grave." Such criticisms have a limited validity. Sure the guard passes are basic, and may very well get you into trouble if performed against an advanced player but these techniques are aimed, I think, primarily at beginners. The techniques are also provided as examples of what the different belt rankings are doing, and exploring. They are not the end all be all or meant as some rigid set of techniques to be followed like some bad connect the dots approach to fluency in the art.
I would also like to defend the guard pass that will "get you triangled into an early grave." You know the one in which you put one leg over your shoulder and hold the other leg as you put pressure on your opponent with you body weight until the leg on your shoulder slips by and you can achieve side control. It works, and if you do it well (keeping control of the leg not on your should and bearing down with all your weight and keeping your head up) it works against opponents of all kinds of skill levels. I will concede that some techniques are basic, and that some I would never try (a guilloteine escape comes to mind). That is however a by-product of my more advanced position in the game. Also criticism has been leveled at the self-defense portion of the book, but the justification for that inclusion is laid out in the section on belt rankings. In all I can only say this is an excellent book, with much for the beginner and the advanced student to enjoy.
See you on the mat!
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Invisible Cities Press LLC; 1st Edition edition (Oct. 1 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1931229082
- ISBN-13: 978-1931229081
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.1 x 27.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 680 g
- Customer Reviews: 151 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #394,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)