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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Self-Defense Techniques (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu series)
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Manufacturer: Invisible Cities Press Llc
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796.815
EAN: 9781931229272
ISBN: 1931229279
Label: Invisible Cities Press Llc
Manufacturer: Invisible Cities Press Llc
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 2002-11-01
Publisher: Invisible Cities Press Llc
Studio: Invisible Cities Press Llc

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Brazilian jiu-jitsu has turned the martial arts world upside down by emphasizing real-life situations and results over the dramatic kicks and throws of formal competition, making it also one of the most effective self-defense techniques for non-athletes. This guide to the self-defense techniques taught in the classes of Royce Gracie, one of the biggest figures in the world of jiu-jitsu, provides lessons that anyone—regardless of strength or size—can learn to neutralize an attacker in seconds. It offers a variety of defenses to use against knife and gun attacks, as well as escapes from headlocks, choke holds, and other situations that attackers use on the street. Advice on practicing and falling and rolling make this book the next best thing to taking the classes that are popular with the United States military, police academies, and women's self-defense schools.

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Summary: Finally!
Comment: The whole purpose of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the UFC was to make people feel safe by knowing the martial art they practice makes them feel safe.
The contents inside this book are as follows:
1)Defenses against street strikers-14 moves.
2)Defenses against street grapplers-19 moves.
3)Defenses against grabs-17 moves.
4)Defenses against chokes-16 moves.
5)Defenses against headlocks-15 moves.
6)Defenses against weapons-19 moves.
Overall this book could've been better.It was published early in the invisible cities press series,therefore it wasn't as well organized as today's books.The book also lacked common street attacks like groin kicks,biting,getting shoved,headbutted,multiple opponents,how to avoid a fight,and why fights happen,etc.I'm just glad they put this book out though-it's what Grandmaster Helio Gracie wants to see taught first.

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Summary: Some techs will save you. Others will kill you.
Comment: While I respect the Gracie family and its contributions to martial arts, I feel like the self-defense element that originally existed in the BJJ of Helio and Carlson's generation has been chipped away by its posterity. As the "sport" of BJJ gains popularity, the "martial" aspect of BJJ - and its useful techniques - are disappearing.

Nowhere is this trend more evident than in this book. My reaction to the techniques in this book ranged from, "Wow, I never considered that one before," to, "Holy $@!%, that will get you killed!" I have black belts in TKD and aikido, and I have been training in Muay Thai, catch and sambo for a few years now. My brother is ranked in Penjak Silat, and he, like me, agrees that the techniques, especially the knife defenses, will leave you dead. For example, in several of the knife techniques, Royce begins by using a karate- or TKD-style block to stop the knife attack. Someone skilled with a knife, or even some half-sober punk, will be able to slash through your forearm. If you don't believe me, watch the demonstrations in which someone slashes at a side of meat. The gashes are too deep for even the best fighter to "tough out." In aikido and other aiki arts, you're taught to capture the limb and maintain control of the weapon until you can remove it or until you've incapacitated your attacker. You'd have better luck with a simple kote-gaeshi wrist turn against a knife than with any of these techniques.

The grappling, however, was excellent and representative of what we've come to expect from the Gracies. If you skip the knife and gun defenses, you'll have a few slick moves for the street that resemble BJJ before the "sport" folks watered it down. That said, you can save yourself $30 and pick up these techniques by spending a few minutes in the bookstore.

With any hope, BJJ practitioners will one day go back to the martial source and get back to real fighting.

Just my two,

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Summary: Concise Text and Excellent Step- by- Step Photos make it easy to follow
Comment: Simple, to-the-point language and superb photography enable the reader to learn, remember and absorb. Includes basic moves, and also some very advanced moves. Use your judgement, use what you understand (only if necessary, of course!). Re-read what you don't understand...until you get it. This book opens your mind. You start to be able to predict the next step; what you could do next to defend yourself. Some of the images remain engraved in your mind- and then can be recalled and applied, if need be. This book enhances one's existing self-defense arsenal. You realize you can combine some steps and moves... A little of this, a little of that...It all helps, and THAT'S THE GOAL!

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Summary: Good for th practitioner, difficult for a normal person.
Comment: This is a good book from one of the legends of the UFC, Royce Gracie and shows some great techniques for crisis situations and general technique. Most of them time, even as a practitioner of jiu jitsu, if an attacker has a weapon, I'm giving that person my wallet and going on my merry way. That's the best advice for self defense. If you get attacked, then that's another story. Here you can learn how to defend yourself in a simple manner, which is what is usually necessary. A good book for the collection.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5
Summary: Good, But disorganized
Comment: The techniques in this book are decent, great to add to your arsenal, but I wouldn't necessarly use them as a first choice. However, I would it is great knowledge in case the situation calls for you to use some of these techniques.
The photography and explanination is very good. Although it is disorderized, with knife attacks seemingly randomly put in various sections of the book.
I would recommend this book if you are already have clinch fighting or grappling intensive martial arts experiance.

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