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No Rules: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Techniques for Mixed Martial Arts and Self: Techniques for Mixed Martial Arts and Self Defense w/DVD
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Manufacturer: Citadel
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796.815
EAN: 9780806526966
ISBN: 0806526963
Label: Citadel
Manufacturer: Citadel
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 192
Publication Date: 2005-08-01
Publisher: Citadel
Studio: Citadel

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Editorial Reviews:

Fight Smarter. Fight Better. Powerful and practical, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has consistently proven its effectiveness in mixed martial arts competitions such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship.� In Vale Tudo Competitions, there are few rules, and in street fighting, there are none. In both of these violent environments BJJ has masterful strategies and ingenious tactics that let you conquer again and again.

No Rules will enable you to learn and master those strategies and tactics strategies and apply them in the heat of the fight. BJJ authority and master teacher Gene Simco reveals the keys to every aspect of no-holds-barred fighting, from standing attacks to brutal ground finishing strikes and submissions. Simco also shows you how to defend against Vale Tudo techniques and explains the possible dangers of each attack and defense. No Rules is the first book to bridge the gap between sport Jiu-jitsu—where there is no striking and fighters wear a Gi (and often incorporate it into their techniques)—and Vale Tudo, which has no Gi and allows striking. If you play sport Jiu-jitsu, No Rules will show you how to adapt what you know to Vale Tudo and reveal a new world of move and countermove that will allow you to win in the harsh but exciting world of Vale Tudo competition. Learn how to:

Pass the guard - with crucial modifications of sport Jiu-jitsu techniques

Attack and submission moves from the top position

Establish the Mount and overwhelm your opponent

Take the Back to end it fast

Make your guard safe and sound for Vale Tudo Whether you're already accomplished in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and are seeking new challenges, or just looking for the most effective self-defense and restraining moves around, No Rules has the potent, practical answers you need.

The Experts are Agree ...

"I am a veteran Police Officer with 23 years of experience in a major city in the North east. I am currently assigned to their Emergency Service Unit which performs a SWAT function for the city. I routinely handle high risk warrant service, violent felons, emotionally disturbed persons, barricaded gunmen and hostage takers. I have found that for me Gene Simco's No Rules BJJ: Street Effective Groundfighting series is a practical, pragmatic approach to functionalizing your bjj skills for non-mat friendly environments. The organization and presentation of the material is clear and progressive, easily assimilated by both the beginner and advanced practitioner looking to transition his or her skills from the mat to the street. Focus is also given to developing a street guard as well as beating the guard which presents a sizable amount of problems for the uninitiated. The dvd set offers any level practitioner enough variation, detail and ideas that can be successfully integrated into their own every day practice."

Jim Barnes Detective

Spotlight customer reviews:

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Summary: Oversold and Underdelivered
Comment: I am a martial arts instructor who is wanting to incorporate some basic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu into my curriculum for self-defense purposes. After reading all of the glowing reviews about this book and DVD being "straight and to the point" and how Simco just shows the street-effective techniques I thought this would be the right resource to utilize.

I was wrong.

I am very disappointed in the skimpy material in this book, all of which is designed for use by a very strong fighter in an MMA competition, not a normal sized individual on the street. Also, the DVD is nothing more than an advertisement for his other DVD sets. Seriously, there are only 3 techniques on the DVD (about 10 minutes worth) and the rest is previews without instruction for his other products.

The techniques he does show are good if you are an MMA fighter, though there are not a lot of them. If you are looking for a self-defense book, I suggest buying something else.

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Summary: Straight to the point!
Comment: This is THE book for self defense and street fighting basics. Simco tells it like it is, focusing on techniques that work not "religion and theory". Simco has a gift for explaining the techniques he uses in an easy to follow manner. I'm looking forward to purchasing more material from this author.

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Summary: Complete but not extraordinary
Comment: It's a good book. It gives coverage to basic and practical techniques. For the motivated beginner, it will give as much information they can hope to obtain outside of sparing and practice. I think the DVD could have been more informative and less a sales vehicle for a set of DVDs by the author. I couldn't give this product 5 stars, because I had hoped to see more photos with descriptive narrative on the reason for changing levels and what counters to avoid if one attempts any technique. But these shortcoming are overcome by prctical advice throughout.

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Summary: Book Overview
Comment: Overall, this book is exactly what it says it is and shows the techniques of Brazilian Jujitsu that are best used in MMA and Self Defense.

There are the normal forwards and introductions that set the stage for the reader. The Forward done by a military special operations MSG who endorses the use of BJJ in general for hand to hand combat (most military personel have adopted the practice of BJJ) and talks a bit about how they use Simco's products.

Simco then gives an introduction as to how to use the book and his philosophy of training and organization, explaining that its basically better to learn 20 moves at 100% than 100 at 20%. He explains the overall philosophy of Jiu-jitsu and how this is a book of how BJJ techniques fit into a Street or MMA situation, not a book about how to change BJJ into something its not. He stays pretty true to BJJ throughout the book and doesn't add anything that isn't Jujitsu for the sake of making it more `street', instead shows how Jujitsu can solve all the Self Defense problems the reader might have. He explains how the practice of MMA is great for self defense because it is the closest you can get to reality without hurting your partner or yourself. His philosophy of training in general is to be better than the opponent both technically and morally otherwise, "we are no better than those who attack us". `Jiu-jitsu' does mean `Gentle Art'.

Before he gets into the techniques, he gives a history, which was pretty interesting, then follows with the philosophy of positions and the scientific side of physical attributes.

The Techniques:

Before he gets into anything technique-wise, he does something I appreciated as a martial artist by explaining the differences between a real fight and mixed martial arts competition. There are differences and Simco both identifies and acknowledges them.

Unlike many other books, Simco's are very well organized by position and within position, sequencing the techniques so that they link together. This makes them easy to learn, easy to reference and better yet, it makes them work.

He starts from the standing position and talks a bit about striking and how to learn the basics of it so that you understand exactly what is being thrown at you.

He then discusses how to achieve the clinch position in a street fight and some self defense tips. The pictures are clear and go over the details of several takedowns for street and MMA step by step with pretty good instructions. He shows a few variations of moves and the differences of how they might be applied differently with clothing and in MMA with shorts, like the "biana" takedown (basically the brazilian double leg), which he shows a couple of times, addressing how to do it with a penetration step (taking a knee), then without for a hard surface, then a variation, making use of the pants.

The book follows a step by step photo and description approach through all the BJJ positions for the bulk of the book, covering guard passing, the use of the guard, top attacks and escapes, and back mount attacks. All pretty much linked together.

The other nice reference feature is that small thumbnail pictures are displayed down the left side of each page so that after reading the book through (once you've go the basic idea) you can flip through and get a quick refresher or visually find the technique you are looking for. This is especially great for the beginner who isn't familiar with all the jargon and terminology, its easier to look at the picture of what you want to work on.

The last part explains briefly a bit more about simplifying BJJ techniques for self defense even further in his Self Defense Made Easy dvds and works as an introduction to the DVD that comes with the book. After reading the book and checking out the dvd, I purchased the full No Rules set, which was even better than the book and more expansive being that it is a four dvd package. I also purchased the Self Defense dvds and found it to be a useful guide to what I should show my wife whom I want to know some self defense but won't come to class.

For the Beginner, this book adjusts the basics and shows how they can be performed in a non-sportive fight.

For a Martial Artist from another style who wants to add BJJ without going through the belt ranks again, this book is probably the best out there. It's just what you need to know without all the filler and fluff.

For the Intermediate BJJ student, this book will show you how to adjust positions for better self defense or act as a great reference guide if you are training for mixed martial arts competition.

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Summary: Don't Be Caught Off 'Guard' Without It!
Comment: Much has already been said about this book, so I'll keep it simple and add my $.02.

Many people practicing BJJ these days do so only for sport and some think that they know what it takes to defend themselves. Maybe they can against someone with no skills, but not against a trained fighter. This book is very with the times as it fills in the gap for people who train mostly with the gi and would like to know how to adjust their moves for a no rules or less rules situation. For someone who isn't interested in 'pajama-grappling' as I like to call it, this book teaches you the BJJ that you really need to know without all the silly flexible monkey moves that'll probably get you killed anyway. The DVD that came with it makes it a real bargain too!

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