The Guard is the quintessential Brazilian Jiu Jitsu position. Other martial arts assume that once someone is on their back that the fight is over. But that assumption is unfounded. Fights donít end just because they hit the ground. For the jiu jitsu man the fight has only just begun. The Guard is a detailed analysis of core concepts, details, and techniques key to success for ground fighting. Author Joe Moreira reveals secrets of his guard technique developed and refined over his thirty five years studying and teaching martial arts. In this volume he shares the fundamentals of his jiu jitsu, the specific details needed to make it work, and technique ranging from beginning to advanced. The philosophy in this book and of Moreira teaching style is that it is better to understand groups of moves/options from given positions, than isolated moves. This is an exposition of sequences of moves from specific situations, not a collection of random moves. The Guard shows not only how to attack or defend from a position but also how to respond to an opponentís likely reactions. Continuing in the model of Grappling Arts Publications first volume, Passing the Guard, The Guard provides a revolutionary approach in its visual presentations. Techniques are shown from multiple angles. Key points are illustrated. Photo sequences are laid out in intuitive easy to follow patterns.
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Customer Rating: Summary: A BOOK YOU WANT Comment: I have studied the martial arts for 40 years. For 15 of those 40 years I studied brazilian jiu-jitsu. I had to add this book to my library. The details in this book are great. Joe and Ed are a good team, you get a look at Joe's teching style and Ed's writing style. This book will give you a better understand of the guard play in brazilian jiu-jitsu, how to put together groups of moves. Detailed Photos from multiple angles. Whether a beginner or an advanced Martial artist this book can be a great reference guide. Customer Rating: Summary: Solid Comment: Aside from the guidence of instructors Tyrone Glove and Mike Fowler, I've used this book and lots of excerpts [...]to help me visualize my guard attack; which has become pretty nasty for a white belt. I review the very detailed illustrations in this book on a regular basis, and use the front and back blank white pages as a diary of subs I've gotten and new techniques learned. I love to pull and attack from guard, with the help of good flexibility and regular yoga, I plan a more detailed study of Eddie Bravos material on rubber guard and attacks from half and full guard. This book was the first place I started though, and I'm glad I did. Customer Rating: Summary: A must for BJJ players Comment: Excellent! This and Passing the Guard are very well done. I think they may have used too much space sometimes for drills that are simplistic (e.g. p.28-29, 32 pics showoing Moriera spinning his legs?). But the detail, as in the first, is better than I have seen in any Bjj book. The Gracies should take note. With the exception perhaps of Rodrigo's Path to Black Belt and Peligro's The Essential Guard. Customer Rating: Summary: In Depth Treatment of Guard, for Intermediate Grapplers (with Gi) Comment: As with "Passing the Guard", no other book focuses on the bjj guard so much, with so much details. The paper is cheaper and the pictures are darker than those in the first volume ("Passing the Guard"), but the page count increased and the content is still high guality, if not higher.
I'm a bjj blue belt and I like this book a lot, but it's not an easy book to use. You have to study it, choose the techniques that fit your style and don't get lost in all the material. It's easy to loose focus with such huge work.
If you are not an experienced grappler, and your guard game is still fragmented, I suggest you to buy and study "The Essential Guard" first (for at least 3-6 months). After you have mastered the fundamental skills, you will get a lot more from "The Guard". Customer Rating: Summary: The best by far. Comment: After viewing many jiu-jitsu books and videos I find the Joe Moreia's teaching technique is the best understood and when applied correctly make you a force to be reckoned with on the mat.