I would never argue with Saulo's book, dvds or anything that man touches being the best. I don't think he lays out a game plan however. His book is a fantastic encyclopedia and along with his dvds, you really have it all there.
As for a good resource on the basics, I love the following:
1. Jiu Jitsu 101 and 102 by Roy Harris or Roy Dean's Blue Belt curriculum
Roy is amazing as an instructor. Of course, you could say that about a number of instructors out there, but in 101 and 102 he gives you the "fundamentals" that this thread was asking about, in a very methodical manner. He systemizes the aforementioned Moreira's wealth of knowledge.
2. BJ Penn MMA book of knowledge
I know this is an MMA book, but Basic Fundamental BJJ IS old school MMA. When you move from MMA to pure grappling, you create new scenarios which simply call for innovative solutions coz you can't punch and you're not worried about getting punched---enter advanced solutions!
3. Gracie University blue belt curriculum
Kinda similar reasoning to this as to BJ's book with the addition that the amount of details provided here is redonkeyolus! They cover 36 techniques but each techniue has up to 4 variations and add-ons. Say what you want about Gracie University as a teaching method but no one can argue that the actual content in the dvds/online lessons and camera angles and level of instruction is amazing. No one (not even........I'm gonna say it....Saulo) breaks down these basic techniques as detailed as Gracie Combatives.
The above are my favourite answers to the question: "Where can I learn what the basics of jiu jitsu are?"
All the best mate. Let us know how it goes
The Part Time Grappler - Just Google BJJ / Grappling Tips and you'll find me
Some great stuff on this thread.
thanx for the replies - just a quick repsonse as regards additional resources.
1. I have bj's book
2. I was just thinking abvot getting saulo's today
3. I have roy harris 101 (i think) i need to dig that out.
Thanx for the pointers - when investigating something i try to get info that provides as precise details as possible.