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Eddie Bravo is in my opinion the next Helio Gracie as far as jiu jitsu goes. Helio took japanese jiu jitsu which used more strength holds and adapted it to his smaller size by using leverage and the gi. Eddie Bravo has taken the Gracie jiu jitsu system and adapted it to mixed martial arts fighting without a gi. When no gi is present you must use other positions and techniques to accomplish similar goals. This book will teach you that system. Beware flexibility is not required to practice some techniques, but most will require a yoga type level of flexibilty. But hey if you wanna throw up crazy arm bars and triangles you must be flexible anyway. The system is great and you are beginning to see it in mma more and more. This is just the next level of jiu jitsu. I am sure more will follow as the sport grows, but for now these are advanced teachings. I want to trow in that my favorite technique is the electric chair. When someone has you in half guard revert to the electric chair and on someone who is not super flexible you will have it won in a suprising way. I recommend this book to anyone who loves the jiu jitsu game or mma.
MY PERSPECTIVE First let me say that this book and it's predecessor "Mastering the Rubber Guard" have totally changed my game. I always disliked grappling because the moves never worked well for shorter guys like me. I only practiced grappling to supplement my stand up fighting, because I disliked it so much. I did Shooto and BJJ, but I was always very "blah" about it. But now, I love grappling, and I have the excitement of learning something new every time I experiment with the moves in Bravo's books. And most importantly... these moves actually work.
ABOUT THE BOOK While the first book was Bravo's bottom position game (guard, half guard, "pyramid") this book is his top game (mount, side control, and back). Like the first book, this book shows each move in step by step detail with full color photos taken from two angles. Also like the first book, he teaches all of the moves in a flowing sequence so you can get a good idea of how transition from move to move. Also like the first book, the first portion is dedicated to his childhood and his love of drugs. If this bothers you, then just flip through the first several pages until you see pictures of guys doing ju jutsu. Or, just rip out the first section entirely and throw it away. You'll still be left with exactly what you were looking for; a ju jutsu book that has a ton of great info and is worth every penny you paid for it.
PROS AND CONS If you are new to BJJ or a hardcore gi lover, then you'll find this book to be chock full of great material. You'll probably see setups that are a little bit complicated for you, positions you've never even imagined, and some basic no-gi strategy that probably no one but the advanced students in your school know about.
On the flip side, intermediate students and gi haters will find themselves frequently skipping over setups and no gi strategies that they are already very familiar with.
Personally, I like that the book has a lot of subtle strategies and techniques, and I'm sure that I'll return to this book again and again every time I can't quite figure out what I'm doing wrong. However, I was dissapointed that this book didn't have the same "wow" factor as the first one. Maybe if I had read this book first and the other one after, then I would feel the opposite way; I'm not sure. But after reading the rubber guard book, I didn't feel that Bravo's top game was quite as Earth-shattering as his bottom game.
That being said, I still feel that this book is full of great info and absolutely necessary to complete the system that Bravo began to lay out in his first book. The quality of the paper, photos, and writing EASILY makes this the best martial arts book I've ever seen (much less the best BJJ book out there). And I think that if you don't buy this book, then you are truly missing out on a whole new world in grappling.
Love this book, love the system and love the trick/twister route in particular. This system adds an easy flow between back attacks, side control and back again with effective submissions in between. This also gives you a slew of solid hip and spine control positions.
I got this book because I really liked how Mastering the Rubber guard was set up and hoped that Mastering the Twister would be just as useful and enjoyable. I can honestly say that it was and that I was very pleased with the purchase. What I liked about both products was that they both teach a System of techniques that all link together and include "go to" moves for when things don't go according to plan. I also liked the personal stories that Mr. Bravo included; I felt that the combination of these two elements took these books well beyond what most martial arts books provide. The value of these books is that they are useful as reference, good for new ideas as they contain an unorthodox BJJ game, and they are highly entertaining. Definitely well worth the purchase. Keep up the good work!
Wow! What a read ( not just looking at pictures). Bravo's Jiu Jistu is off the planet-hence the name 10th planet. For lighter Bjj players you have to read and understand his leg riding style, for heavier guys you too must understand the twister and truck etc. so you don't keep getting caught by the smaller guys. Bravo is a revolutionary, his style his revolutionary and has paved the way for much of Bjj's continuing success in MMA. Understanding his principles will make your game better, no doubt. This book offers more than Jiu Jistu. Bravo is a philosopher, and the insight he provides on how a Bjj/MMA player should think, I don't think there are many out there who offer their secrets so freely. This book forces you to think outside of just techniques, what this book does is forces you to think of how they are arrived at them the first place. A well laid out book, easy to read, but not so easy to implement.
Easy to follow instructions of how to perform techniques well.The best part I love is the detail. Nothing is worse than a book that explains well but has photos in Black and white (sometimes this can be very difficult to see proper body placement) and the other issue is great photos and a horrible short explanation. This book succeeded my standards!
I have a few books on Jiu Jitsu and I have to say this is one of my favorites. Eddie Bravo does a great job showing so many ways to get to the twister you almost don't even need to know any other submission. If you want to improve your Jiu Jitsu game or just want a good book to read I would highly recommend this.
Everything that is man maid will be improved. The 10th planet system not only is new, but it will be part of the basic curriculum of any MMA or sumbission grappler. This is both, an extension and an up grade on the Gracie original system.
This book has definitely helped my top game a lot. I have wrestled over 10 years, but never actually learned the twister or banana splits until reading this book. Less than a week after I got this book, I was hitting those moves on the college wrestlers I coached like I had known them my whole life. It also gave me many more options for submissions and transitions with a unique and unorthodox style. The first section... If you are easily offended, don't read it. I found it somewhat interesting, but Eddie certainly has some unique views. I feel that this does not detract from the main content of the book in any way.