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Book Review: Advanced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Techniques by Marcelo Garcia

If you know anything about grappling, then you know who Marcelo Garcia is. He’s one of the most accomplished submission grapplers in the sports history having won five jiu-jitsu world championships and three ADCC submission wrestling world titles. Now Garcia has released a book that details just about every technique you would ever need to know while grappling.

Advanced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Techniques by Garcia, along with Marshal D. Carper and Glen Cordoza, is a must have for anyone wanting to learn the finer arts of submission grappling.

First off, this book isn’t your basic submission grappling technique manual. If you’re looking for the basics when rolling, this book probably isn’t for you. This is more for those of you looking to take your game to the next level. The techniques found in this book are unique to Garcia’s game and are the techniques he’s used his entire grappling career. There’s a reason why the term “advanced” is in the title of this book, it’s because you probably shouldn’t try this stuff if you just watched UFC 140 and want to break a guys arm or choke them unconscious because you’ll probably end up failing and hurting yourself.

Now, for you expert grapplers out there, this is a book that you’ll want and need if you’re looking to take your game to the next level.

There’s not a thing in this book that Garcia doesn’t cover. He has everything from takedowns to passes and submissions to defense. There’s even a chapter on how to finish the omoplata, which I’m sure Joe Rogan really appreciated.

Prior to every chapter there’s an introduction to the overall technique and then a brief introduction to all the actual technique that goes with the accompanying pictures. Normally these are skippable portions of any technique book as most of us just want to learn the technique and try it out, but I found these pages and paragraphs to be helpful as Garcia explains how he came up with these techniques, how he’s used them before, and why they work. It’s obvious that Garcia put a lot of work into coming up with these techniques and I think it’s important to go inside his mind a bit as he explains them.

As with any technique manual, the manual is only as good as the descriptions and pictures that go along with it. If things aren’t explained well and if you can’t visually see what’s going on, then the book is about as useful as me trying to explain MMA to Bob Arum.

Luckily smarter people than Arum will be checking out this guide and they’ll be pleased to know that things are well laid out. Garcia explains every detail about the photos and offers two different angles for each photo as well, making it even easier to see how things are done.

The book is well put together. The techniques go in order, so you’re not learning how to take the back and then reading about how to finish a guillotine choke and there are color tabs at the top of the page to you can easily thumb to the section you’re currently trying to master.

Once again, this is not your “Beginner’s Manual to Jiu Jitsu” book taught by Kenny Garner and Maxim Grishin. The techniques taught in this book are for grapplers who have probably been training for a couple of years and are looking to add to their arsenal. If you’re adventurous, and you are just starting out, and want to buy this book, then by all means, be my guest. But don’t get frustrated if you’re not exactly pulling off an armbar from the back in your first week.

If you’re looking to add to your bag of tricks or up your game then this book is a must buy. You’re getting some of the most advanced grappling techniques in the world from one of the greatest submission grapplers of all-time.

You can purchase the book at Amazon and check out MGinAction.com for Marcelo’s interactive academy, which also ties in with the book.

1 COMMENT
  • Samer Kadi says:

    I’m only buying it if the chapter about the guillotine is titled “It’s deep! It’s deep!”

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