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gonepostal
5/10/2006 9:10pm,
I know there is a lot of BJJ books out there, so Im just wondering which ones are worth reading?

Aesopian
5/10/2006 9:46pm,
Rather than wasting your time bastardizing the helicopter sweep from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory & Techniques with your fellow combat hapkidoka buddies, how about you just find a BJJ school and start training there instead.

gonepostal
5/10/2006 9:58pm,
Well thats because I live in U.P. yeah the little piece of dirt that hangs off of wisconsin and they call it michigan.

Kung-Fu-Ramma
5/10/2006 10:00pm,
Some styles can give you the basic content of the style and how to teach it to yourself, but a school will always be a more effetive way to learn, especially with such a technical style as BJJ. In terms of lerning the style and technique, a BJJ book and a gay porn magazine wouldn't be too far apart, take the damn class and learn how to fight properly.

Doctor X
5/11/2006 4:53am,
In terms of lerning the style and technique, a BJJ book and a gay porn magazine wouldn't be too far apart, take the damn class and learn how to fight properly.

BWA!HA!HA!HA!HA!

Anyways, how about a book that teaches the history of BJJ? I love history books.

--J.D.

Kung-Fu-Ramma
5/11/2006 9:40pm,
How old is BJJ? I know a lot of it's roots are from stuff like Greco-Roman wrestling and whatnot, but I dunno if there's enough of it to write a book on.

Ryno
5/12/2006 10:22am,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_Jiu-Jitsu

RoninPimp
5/12/2006 10:28am,
"Mastering Jujitsu" by Renzo Gracie and John Danaher should be your first book imo. All the others by Kid Peligro are good. A lot of them are sport oriented though. Royce's book on the top game is good. Rodrigo's on MMA is good too. I wrote a brief review on a thread here somewhere. Try the search fuction.

Most important thing to remember: Books are no substitute for mat time with a qualified coach.

PointyShinyBurn
5/12/2006 10:36am,
How old is BJJ? I know a lot of it's roots are from stuff like Greco-Roman wrestling and whatnot, but I dunno if there's enough of it to write a book on.About 60 years older than Enshin.

Teh El Macho
5/12/2006 11:15am,
About 60 years older than Enshin.81 years since Carlos Sr. opened his first BJJ academy in 1925. Probably even 90+ years if we count the "fetal" period when Maeda arrived to Brazil and began teaching his stuff to Carlos Sr.

Amazing how time flies, no?

Kung-Fu-Ramma
5/12/2006 12:58pm,
81 years since Carlos Sr. opened his first BJJ academy in 1925. Probably even 90+ years if we count the "fetal" period when Maeda arrived to Brazil and began teaching his stuff to Carlos Sr.

Amazing how time flies, no?

ah, I guess if Enshin's 20 years old and has a book then a 90 year old style gets one too =P.

Mjelva
5/12/2006 4:48pm,
How about Judo books? I've heard the general ones are pretty ****. But I've also seen books dedicated to a single throw (there's a book on uchi mata, and one on osoto gari, at least). Are those any good?

EternalRage
5/12/2006 4:55pm,
Royler's Submission Grappling and Eddie Bravo's book are good.

Kung-Fu-Ramma
5/13/2006 12:05am,
I always saw books as a crutch for martial artist wanna-be's, they read the book instead of taking the class and think they know the style, then when they get their asses handed to them they decide to get more books.

There's nothing wrong with reading MA books, but you can't say you know a style of martial arts simply by reading a book, then everyone would know it and classes would become pointless.

yodaman
5/13/2006 12:43am,
I always saw books as a crutch for martial artist wanna-be's, they read the book instead of taking the class and think they know the style, then when they get their asses handed to them they decide to get more books.

There's nothing wrong with reading MA books, but you can't say you know a style of martial arts simply by reading a book, then everyone would know it and classes would become pointless.

It depends on how the book is used, and this goes for videos as well.

Let's say Johnny goes out and is in a BJJ class, but he's unsure of certain techniques. So he goes and buys Royler's Submission Grappling, tries to read on the technique, and applies some of it to what his teacher is showing him. I don't see the harm in that.

Problems develop when people try to use books to take the place of qualified instructors. When Jimmy McDojo tries to use book learned BJJ techniques with his krotty buddies, the end result will make Helio Gracie want to choke his ass.

internal heat
5/13/2006 9:16am,
http://www.ultimateimports.com/
I have the Renzo Gracie and Craig Kukuku, i like it alot ,its very informative,and the techniques are done over and over.360 degree when the technique is being done.I'd say that with a group of people you really trust, this dvd makes it easy enough to burn these techniques into your brain.