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Old 08-04-2009, 05:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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3 vol. "Encyclopedia of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu" by Machado any good for the beginner?

I'm going too start taking a BJJ class and would like to get my hands on some good books on it. The Machado series looks good, any other recomendations?

I know theres probably a lot of garbage out there just pumped out too capatilize on the popularity of BJJ so if you guys can help me sift through the shit I would be very grateful. Thnx!
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Mastering Jujitsu (full review): The first BJJ book you should buy. Best coverage of BJJ history and theory available, with thoughts on strategy, and a few basic techniques.

The Guard (full review): Essential reading. Goes from beginner to slightly more advanced, keeping techniques in context. Lots of photos, multiple angles, concise and helpful descriptions.

Jiu Jitsu University (full review): The first two chapters are ideal for beginners, with Saulo helpfully breaking down defence into survival and escapes. He methodically details how to work your way free, as well as common misconceptions. Later coverage of guard fundamentals is also good, with simple sweeps and submissions again described alongside typical problems.

Strategic Guard (full review): Slightly more advanced than The Guard, but even better in terms of presentation, coverage and textual description. Useful flow-charts at the end of each chapter. If you're looking for defensive applications of the guard and escapes, absolute must-have.

BJJ: Theory and Technique (full review): Plenty of solid technique, but erratic layout and a focus on self-defence. Good for beginners if you don't mind flicking back and forth to find what you want. Also has a very good historical and theoretical introduction, but the one in Mastering Jujitsu is better.


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Old 08-17-2009, 11:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Mastering Jujitsu (full review): The first BJJ book you should buy. Best coverage of BJJ history and theory available, with thoughts on strategy, and a few basic techniques.

The Guard (full review): Essential reading. Goes from beginner to slightly more advanced, keeping techniques in context. Lots of photos, multiple angles, concise and helpful descriptions.

Jiu Jitsu University (full review): The first two chapters are ideal for beginners, with Saulo helpfully breaking down defence into survival and escapes. He methodically details how to work your way free, as well as common misconceptions. Later coverage of guard fundamentals is also good, with simple sweeps and submissions again described alongside typical problems.

Strategic Guard (full review): Slightly more advanced than The Guard, but even better in terms of presentation, coverage and textual description. Useful flow-charts at the end of each chapter. If you're looking for defensive applications of the guard and escapes, absolute must-have.

BJJ: Theory and Technique (full review): Plenty of solid technique, but erratic layout and a focus on self-defence. Good for beginners if you don't mind flicking back and forth to find what you want. Also has a very good historical and theoretical introduction, but the one in Mastering Jujitsu is better.


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jiu jitsu university is a very good book, it explains each move and is shown through pictures
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Old 08-21-2009, 05:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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jiu jitsu university is a very good book, it explains each move and is shown through pictures
That's actually the book I decided to order, got it a few days ago, really detailed.
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