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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Erich Krauss. An introduction to jiu-jitsu from one of its most dominant stars Thanks to the dominance of its practitioners at Ultimate Fighting Championships and other mixed martial arts tournaments, jiu-jitsu has become one of the most popular forms of martial arts in the United States.
This fighting technique features ground fighting and submission moves that bewilder even the most fe An introduction to jiu-jitsu from one of its most dominant stars Thanks to the dominance of its practitioners at Ultimate Fighting Championships and other mixed martial arts tournaments, jiu-jitsu has become one of the most popular forms of martial arts in the United States.
This fighting technique features ground fighting and submission moves that bewilder even the most ferocious opponents. In Jiu-Jitsu Unleashed , expert Eddie Bravo teaches you the moves that he used to defeat legendary Royler Gracie--a member of the reigning family of jiujitsu--the victory that made him one of the sport's most feared competitors.
Jiu-Jitsu Unleashed features: Detailed instruction on stance, kicks, punches, takedowns, and submissions Step-by-step photos of basic and advanced moves modeled by "Fear Factor" host and former "NewsRadio" star Joe Rogan Various theories and strategies behind training and competing Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Jiu-Jitsu Unleashed , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 29, Greg rated it liked it Shelves: face-to-fist-sports. I have no real way of telling how good or bad this book is from just reading it. It's one of those books that is meant to be practiced and applied.
Sadly, or not, I normally have no way of trying out the things in a book like this unless I go to my fighting class. This is something I haven't done in a couple of weeks because of my dental problems of the past couple of weeks. Tonight though, I get to return to fighting class, and maybe I'll be able to remember enough of the details in some of the I have no real way of telling how good or bad this book is from just reading it.
Tonight though, I get to return to fighting class, and maybe I'll be able to remember enough of the details in some of the more basic moves to try to break someone's arm or cut off the blood and oxygen supply to their brain and make them pass out. Here's hoping, right? But since I haven't gone to class for two weeks, and I've been very sedentary in my time off I'll probably just be gasping for air trying to do everything in my weakened powers to fend off having someone try to choke me out or break my arm.
This book heralds itself as being sort of ground-breaking. I'm not familiar enough with all of the different schools of Brazilian jiu-jitsu bjj to know how much of what Eddie Bravo is showing in this book is as cool as he says it is, or how much of it is sort of empty superlatives.
One thing I have learned in the world of mixed martial-arts, especially when you watch the fights, superlatives are tossed around like a drunk sorority girl at a raging frat party. Everyone is the best x out there, every champion in every weight class is 'undoubtedly the greatest pound for pound fighter in the world', every submission specialist is the best in the their weight class, every striker is either the most technical striker in the game today, or the best brawler since Wanderlei 'the Ax-Murderer' Silva.
Eddie Bravo's official best-friend, UFC commentator and Fear Factor host Joe Rogan calls him a phenom this is another word that gets brandied about in mma, is this even a real word? Rogan isn't as guilty of misusing superlatives as his co-commentator Mike Goldberg but he's been known to overuse adjectives on occasion.
Because I know my goodreads friends are on the edge of their seats wondering how revolutionary Eddie Bravo is I better not keep you all waiting too long the one person who is possibly still reading and hasn't just blindly clicked 'like' and written this off as another of my boring fighting book reviews.
There are two or three, but I'll stick with two big things that Bravo presents in this book. The first is he developed a no-gi system of fighting. This might not be huge anymore, but it could have been when he first started working on it.
Traditionally bjj is done with a gi, and many of the moves utilize the fact that you and the other person are wearing those martial arts pajamas into the moves. You learn to choke someone grabbing someone's left-side collar with your right hand and pull your arm tight across their neck while pulling down on the opposite collar with your left hand I can't do this, but it's been done on me and it's quite effective.
This is just one example, there are a ton though. The problem is that when you leave bjj and enter into mma there are no longer gis and many of the moves you've learned aren't that functional anymore this is why the Royce Gracie was such a powerhouse when the UFC started. No one he was fighting had any defense against his jiu-jitsu, but as soon as people learned the rudiments of escaping from submissions his dominance waned and he was eclipsed by world-class wrestlers who weren't nearly as technical when it came to jiu-jitsu but used the rudiments of it and added it the traditional arsenal of the various styles of wrestling.
Traditional bjj loses effectiveness if other ways of setting up for positions and moves aren't incorporated for the lack of a gi. The second, and I think more important thing Bravo presents in this book it's inevitable that no-gi moves incorporating wrestling moves would have to be included in a sport that has no handy jacket to grab on to is the importance of the half-guard position.
As I said above I'm not familiar with all the different schools of bjj and who has created what, but Bravo is the first person I've come across who stresses the offensive importance of the half-guard. In the human fighting chess game that is bjj this is a pretty cool development and gives quite a bit of things to think about in developing plans of attack. Up until reading this book I thought of the half-guard as kind of an awful transitional place where both people were trying to pass to better positions.
It wasn't a strong defensive position and you kind of used it to keep your opponent from getting into a much better position while you tried to manipulate things so that you could get back into full guard. If I knew more about chess I'd make some analogy here but I don't know what I'm talking about, vaguely it's like learning that some formerly weak opening position can actually be developed into a powerful offensive position with the right way of thinking about the possibilities in front of you.
I originally thought I'd write a review explaining how much like chess bjj is but I have lost the motivation for writing that review, and I don't know enough about chess to really make that kind of review work. Instead I'll just say it's similar in the way that you have to be able to think several moves ahead and be able to outthink what your opponent is going to do. Unlike chess though you have to be able to think where you are going to move all the various pieces which are your body parts, and there is not just one king, there are so many points on a human body that can be used to achieve victory but you have to have the physical ability to make the moves, and you have to think of this crap while you have someone else trying to make you as physically uncomfortable as possible.
Maybe I'll write more about that in the future. For now I have to get ready to get beaten up a bit. View all 22 comments. Apr 09, Ben Fowlkes rated it liked it Recommends it for: people who spend a lot of time in half-guard.
First off, yes, I did read this book before taking on one of Eddie Bravo's students at Grappler's Quest. And yes, I did dismantle the guy and shrug off every attempt he made at getting Bravo's patented "lockdown" on me, even as Bravo himself screamed at the guy to do so from the edge of the mat.
I even shouted, "Bravo, you magnificent son of a bitch, I read your First off, yes, I did read this book before taking on one of Eddie Bravo's students at Grappler's Quest. I even shouted, "Bravo, you magnificent son of a bitch, I read your book!
That being said, the book is pretty sweet. You get to hear all about Eddie Bravo's music career irrelevant? I recommend it for the serious grappler as well as for the part-time enthusiast. May 11, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: martial-arts , instructional-how-to , loc-library-old , owned. Eddie Bravo's approach to jiu-jitsu is novel, and something that anyone could beneficially incorporate into his or her own jiu-jitsu game.
That being said, I would say that this book isn't really geared toward the beginner. Eddie doesn't go over the basics of jiu-jitsu. Rather, he assumes you know the basics and are looking to add something new to your game.
Furthermore, being in the pound weightclass himself, Eddie has a lot of good advice for those practitioners that are in the lightweight Eddie Bravo's approach to jiu-jitsu is novel, and something that anyone could beneficially incorporate into his or her own jiu-jitsu game. Furthermore, being in the pound weightclass himself, Eddie has a lot of good advice for those practitioners that are in the lightweight category. The book is filled with large, black and white pictures.
Too often jiu-jitsu books are filled with small pictures in which you cannot see the details of the moves. In "Jiu-jitsu Unleashed", although black and white, nearly every picture is at least a half-page in size, and many are a full page. In the introduction, Eddie tells his personal jiu-jitsu story, from high school wrestling up to his defeat of Royler Gracie in ADCC and on to his creation of the 10th Planet Jiu-jitsu school.
As a self-described " pound weakling", his story is inspiring. And he makes a very, very strong case for training without the gi, his argument being that avoidance of gi training is responsible for his meteoric rise in the ranks of the submission grappling world.
I don't think this is the whole story, however, as Joe Rogan points out correctly in my opinion in his introduction that what makes Eddie Bravo great is that he is naturally creative and not afraid to experiment and invent new techniques. In my opinion, Eddie's personal story alone makes this book worth the price of admission. Next comes the instructional segment of the book, which is the majority of the book.
Eddie begins with the half-guard, and here he asks: since so often players spend so much time and energy attempting to reposition from the half-guard to the full-guard, why not just learn to fight from the half-guard?
I think this is a great approach. From the beginning, Eddie sets a precedent for the rest of the book. He first explains why he is about to teach you what he's going to teach you, and when it is to be used. Then he explains how to do it.
Jiu-Jitsu Unleashed: A Comprehensive Guide to the World's Hottest Martial Arts Discipline
I truly believe that when all is said and done this book will become one of the most important books ever written on martial arts. In Jiu-Jitsu Unleashed , world-renowned martial artist Eddie Bravo reveals the moves that he used to defeat legendary Brazilian fighter Royler Gracie and that have made him one of the most feared competitors in the martial arts. A complete system that includes original ground fighting and submission techniques that can quickly subdue even the most vicious opponents--both in the ring and on the street--Bravo's "no-gi" style represents an evolutionary leap forward in the ancient Japanese art of jiu-jitsu. Whether you're a complete beginner looking for practical self-defense techniques or a competitive martial artist who wants to incorporate Bravo's killer techniques into your fighting strategy, Jiu-Jitsu Unleashed is for you.
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