Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Mastering Jujitsu by Renzo Gracie - January, 2006

I rarely look at this book anymore. Not that it's bad. It did exactly what it needed to do in providing the basic understanding of BJJ to a broad audience. The art is better covered elsewhere, nowadays.


The Whys and Wherefores of Grappling

This is one of the earlier books on grappling from the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu perspective. Renzo is one of the big name Gracies form the Gracie Barra school and an early Pride veteran. He is also cousin to Royce Gracie of UFC fame. And that is where this book leans. The combat applications of Jiu Jitsu.

This is both a how-to guide and a snapshot of where Jiu Jitsu was in relation to MMA and self defence a few years back. The game has changed, but the book is still relevant. The book is largely about grappling against the striker, but includes enough striking work to show where jiu jitsu fits into the big picture.

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