View Full Version : whats the best GI instructional book??
24-06-2009, 05:40 PM
24-06-2009, 06:19 PM
are you just looking for general instruction or is there something in particular you are looking to improve? what sort of level are you looking at?
24-06-2009, 06:25 PM
in general pal
24-06-2009, 09:29 PM
this is a cool book mate
24-06-2009, 09:34 PM
im in the process of reading theory and technique by renzo and royler, seems pretty good.
jiu jitsu university is next on the list
30-06-2009, 02:19 PM
I'd suggest the following:
The Guard (full review (http://slideyfoot.blogspot.com/2008/07/book-review-guard-ed-beneville-joe.html)): Essential reading. Goes from beginner to slightly more advanced, keeping techniques in context. Lots of photos, multiple angles, concise and helpful descriptions.
Jiu Jitsu University (full review (http://slideyfoot.blogspot.com/2009/05/book-review-jiu-jitsu-university-saulo.html)): The first two chapters are ideal for beginners, with Saulo helpfully breaking down defence into survival and escapes. He methodically details how to work your way free, as well as common misconceptions. Later coverage of guard fundamentals is also good, with simple sweeps and submissions again described alongside typical problems.
Strategic Guard (full review (http://slideyfoot.blogspot.com/2008/04/book-review-strategic-guard-ed.html)): Slightly more advanced than The Guard, but even better in terms of presentation, coverage and textual description. Useful flow-charts at the end of each chapter. If you're looking for defensive applications of the guard and escapes, absolute must-have.
BJJ: Theory and Technique (full review (http://slideyfoot.blogspot.com/2008/10/book-review-brazilian-jiu-jitsu-theory.html)): Plenty of solid technique, but erratic layout and a focus on self-defence. Good for beginners if you don't mind flicking back and forth to find what you want. Also has a very good historical and theoretical introduction, but the one in Mastering Jujitsu is better.
I'd also highly recommend this one, though it has a broader scope than gi:
Mastering Jujitsu (full review (http://slideyfoot.blogspot.com/2008/07/book-review-mastering-jujitsu-renzo.html)): The first BJJ book you should buy. Best coverage of BJJ history and theory available, with thoughts on strategy, and a few basic techniques.
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