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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Basics (Mastering the Essential Techniques)
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796.81520981
EAN: 9780806526638
ISBN: 0806526637
Label: Citadel
Manufacturer: Citadel
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 160
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
Publisher: Citadel
Studio: Citadel

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Editorial Reviews:

Learn It Here. Learn It Right. Over the last decade, the growing popularity of mixed martial arts competitions has brought international attention to the powerful and practical art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. BJJ fighters have taken title after title in championship after championship, and now, with Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Basics, you can learn the techniques that have made BJJ the dominant style in the world of mixed martial arts.

Author and acclaimed instructor Gene Simco teaches his students that a solid mastery of the fundamentals is essential in creating a foundation upon which the more advanced techniques can be built—and that's where this book comes in. With photos and step-by-step instructions, Simco shows you all the moves you'll need to master to take your training to the next level, including:

Primary positions: the Guard, the Mount, the Back Mount, side control, standing techniques, and Passing the Guard

Submissions: Armbars, Triangle Choke, Collar Choke, Kimura Lock, Guillotine, Mata Leo, and Omoplata

Defenses against punches, kicks, take-downs, and more!

Escapes from chokes, grabs, bear hugs, locks, and clinches

Plus warm-up exercises, tips on choosing a school, and Dojo etiquette Whether you're a novice interested in self-defense or a more experienced martial artist looking to raise your ranking, compete in mixed martial arts events, or supplement your current martial art with BJJ techniques, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Basics is the book to take when you're taking it to the mat.

The Experts Agree ...

"Gene Simco is one of the most Technical Jiu-jitsu instructors on the East Coast. His students are a testement to that." - Brian Cimmins, Grapplers Quest Tournament Director

"I've been training bjj for 35 years and Gene's book is one of the best books in the market. I strongly advise everybody that practise jiu jitsu to buy it."

-- Romero "Jacare´" Cavalcanti (founder of Alliance Jiu-jitsu and one of 5 Rolls Gracie Black Belts)

"I am an old man and a martial arts grandmaster and I thought I knew a lot. I am physically disabled but I practice that which I can practice and even someone with physical infirmities like me can easily learn these straight forward common sense techniques that I somehow missed along the learning trail. But little did I realize how little I really knew until I read the 162 page book BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU BASICS. This is without a doubt the Cadillac, the Rembrandt, the Leonardo De Vinci, the Bruce Lee of jiu jitsu books at the lower belt level." Professor Kenneth L. Haugland

Grandmaster, Soke, Ph.d., 10th Dan

American Combat Judo and Jujitsu Association


Spotlight customer reviews:

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Summary: Good, but incomplete
Comment: I thought the techniques that were shown were good. The ground techniques were very good and would give you a pretty solid ground game. The standing techniques were also good but is missing alot. The book description says there are takedown defense which there are none, it also says Escapes from chokes, grabs, bear hugs, locks, and clinches there is 1 rear choke escape 1 bear hug escape from behind over the arms and no clinch escapes. So all it really needs is guillotine defense, front and back, over and under the arms bear hug defense and takedown defense and I would have given 5 stars.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5
Summary: Poorly Written book
Comment: This is a very poorly written book; for example, a sentence on page 63 says: "Once my opponent's leg is passed, I will shift my body toward my opponent's head in order to secure a better hold." Revising it yields: Once my opponent's leg is passed, I shift my body toward his head securing a better hold. Mr Simco repeatedly uses a passive voice and unnecessarily repeats subject phrases when simple pronouns will work; the cumulative effect of so many dead words is a very cluttered book that would have been much better if well edited. I have the sense reading it that the author knows far more about martial art than the art of writing.





Customer Rating: Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5
Summary: Huh?
Comment: I really was interested in this book b/c it comes with a DVD. I don't understand moves very well just looking at pictures. Unfortunately, a lot of the moves in the book are not on the DVD included. He shows how to do a takedown from the clinch, and a few other things but I can't remember.

Also be aware that there is a lot of controversy regarding the legitimacy of this guy, check any MMA or BJJ forum. Nothing personal against the guy, but I haven't read anything positive about him - but I could be wrong so glean from that what you will. You would probably be better off buying Cesar Gracie's set. It costs more but it's worth it.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5
Summary: good, but basic
Comment: The book is ok, but there's nothing there that you wouldn't learn in the first couple months of training. So, if your just starting out it's useful.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 1/5Average rating of 1/5Average rating of 1/5Average rating of 1/5Average rating of 1/5
Summary: Very Poor
Comment: I really don't understand how this book can get 5 stars.
The actual content isn't too bad but what really brings it down is the layout and the photos. Most of the photos are tiny and combined with the poor quality paper they seem faded making it hard to distinguish what is going on.
I am waiting on a few other BJJ books I have purchased based on 5 star reviews.I'm now a little bit woried that they will only be as good as this book which I think is very poor.
The DVD however isn't too bad. Some good stuff there.
I was going to give 2 stars due to the DVD but this is a book review so
stuff it just 1 star.



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