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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-23-2006, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
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I wrote a new book on how to train yourself to fight without thinking: "INSTINCTIVE GROUNDFIGHTING". I am very curious about your comments. If you read it, let me know what you think! More info on Instinctive Groundfighting: the book is now available on! and in the press release below.
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Martial Arts is not about learning techniques. It is about reacting adequately to unexpected combat situations without thinking. If you think, you are slower, your focus is too narrow and your movements lack creativity. European Champion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Joris Merks explains in his book “Instinctive Groundfighting” how to train yourself to stop thinking and start fighting.

People tend to break down Martial Arts in series of techniques. Techniques are given names and sometimes even numbers! Breaking down Martial Arts in a series of techniques is a rational way to look at it. Therefore you introduce thinking in your combat style.
If you always train 100% dynamically, your body learns to merge instinctive reactions into fluent movements. No pre-programmed techniques, but techniques that are invented on the spot in the heat of the moment, with exactly the right form and timing, performed in your own unique way.

Instinctive Groundfighting teaches you how to train for the essential qualities of movement in combat. A 100% Dynamic Training Method is presented, with a focus on Groundfighting in the context of Mixed Martial Arts. Groundfighting has proven itself to be highly effective in Cage Fighting Championships all over the world. Practicioners of all Martial Arts will profit from the universal learnings this book offers.

Joris Merks practiced competitive Judo since the age of six and he studied science of movement at the Free University of Amsterdam. After receiving a black belt in Judo and Aikido he switched to Kick-Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Grappling. In 2002 he became Open German Champion and European Champion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (elite class -91 kilograms). In his book Instinctive Groundfighting he combines scientific knowledge on how body and mind learn new ways of movement and perception with extensive experience in Martial Arts.


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-23-2006, 03:34 PM
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this book could help some people. im good though im a not bad ground fighter and ive never took a grappling class

people say either the world will end at 2012 or the aliens will finnally come back to us.....

i hope not cuz im writing a sci fi novel
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Download free preview of first chapter

I tried to put a preview document on a website, so you can preview the first chapter. I hope it works by clicking on the link below!

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-24-2006, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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Preview chapter 1 (FREE DOWNLOAD)

If it doesn't work, I also placed a free download (PDF document) of the first chapter on Instinctive Groundfighting: the book is now available on! for people that are interested in previewing the book.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-24-2006, 12:44 PM
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Bullet, obviously you like this book. My suggestion is that you do not take books at face value.

The concept is a good one, but it seems to miss the point of alot of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. We train in techniques like the Omoplata and kimura and rear naked choke to learn how to respond from certain places in a fight. These ideas are something that will take way to long to develop simply through sparring.

Rickson Gracie, the greatest Gracie, did not learn GJJ through sparring with his brothers and father. He learned the techniques and over a long period of time he developed them into thoughtless muscle programming.

It appears to be a good book, but it is probably best as a supplement to a grappling regimen and BJJ classes. A book cannot teach you how to scramble and it can't give you training expience.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-25-2006, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Limited Sparring

Great reply! Thanks. I agree that you cannot learn all techniques by doing sparring only. This is why I developed a training method that I call Limited Sparring. What I actually do with this method, is filling the gap that exists between static practising of techniques and full contact sparring. I start practicing specific techniques and then gradually instruct the defender to start blocking movements. When resistance rises in the exersize both attacker and defender will encounter the necessity to adjust the techniques depending on the actions of the opponent. Finally adjusting the techniques is not sufficient anymore and the necessity comes in to make combinations with other techniques. By varying in the types of limitations I put in the sparring exercize, I can manipulate the amount of complexity that I think is best for the student the develop specific qualities of technique.

I fully agree that no book can ever learn you how to fight (just like no teacher can ever learn you how to fight). I the end it is you yourself that has to do all the hard training. Doing movements over and over again, repeating situations over and over again and then even a hundred thousand times more. But books and teachers can always be of guidance. Every book and teacher has its own insights and none is complete. Some may work for you, some may not. In the end, every person is unique, so everyone has a unique optimal way to train and fight. You have to find out for yourself what is your optimal way. The best way to do that is to listen to as much teachers as possible and then experiment what works best for you.
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