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Disclaimer, I've finished my second year of training jiu jitsu. I'm not sure what "advance" entails but I got the book anyway. I wouldn't recommend this book for total beginners since it assumes you are familiar with all the basic positions, submissions and terms - for that material I would recommend Saulo Ribeiro's Jiu Jitsu University. But if you are familiar with all that, have a few months under your belt, go for it. What this book does, in my opinion, is to go in-depth with submissions that Marcelo feels works well for him and TAKE DOWNS!
When I purchased this book, I had some familiarity with standing game as a wrestler at our club regularly taught us the basics of wrestling. Still, during live rolls, I was still wary of going for the single or double leg shot - if I failed, I was in for hard times. I did not feel comfortable shooting without the repetition wrestlers get in month after month. I was looking for some material to supplement my standing game for the BJJer. This book was it.
Highly recommended for BJJers who want to improve their standing game - Marcelo goes over most of the good stuff wrestlers have been doing since they were born, but maybe news to BJJers. His section on arm drags was a game changer for me. If you get it right, you're on his back already - wow. Passing the guard is for suckers.
As noted elsewhere, Marcelo only goes over a few techniques but he goes into the details and variations, a mind map of his aggressive game. The prefaces of each chapter are nicely written and enjoyable in of themselves, elaborating on his fighting philosophy and reasoning behind his method and technique choices.
The day I got this book I literally chose only two specific techniques and a counter as well used marcelo's approach to grappling(which is constantly attack)and later that same evening I passing guards with ease. The techniques and mindset of the book are great. The techniques because it is his exact game and it flows very smoothly together. The mindset has it's advantages being prepared not to prevent the opponents attack but preparing to counter his defense.
The only thing that keeps me from giving this book 5 stars is that they promote his website alot through out the book. Which is good for those people who already are members, but to promote it so hard they should have at least gave a one week free trial for us to use the book in conjunction with the site. I didn't like the approach of trying to sell me one thing after another.
All in all simple, effective jiu jitsu, with a great read on Marcelo's life. Hope this helps guys
i have done wrestling/judo for about ten years or so and started jiu jitsu a few years ago, now have my purple belt. of course i know most of the basics and some of the sexy moves that are low percentage but fun to try. but what this book presents is insight into the mind of whom i consider the best p4p bjj fighter of all time. i say that because he is so small and light and yet has won open divisions in world class tournaments multiple times. a greater feat i think, than someone who is already a heavyweight winning an open division. anyway, the book breaks down marcelo's favorite and highest percentage moves from every angle and gives a description on when to use it, what mistakes to avoid, etc. the only thing that is lacking, and to be fair lacking from all instructional books, is the timing for the moves is not clear. not sure how fast or slow to do some moves unless you see marcelo in mid-air then you have to assume it is done fast!! again this is true for all instructional books, i just wish there was a greater emphasis to point out the speed one should carry out the moves. otherwise great investment, especially starting at the blue belt level. i think as a white belt you need to work on some very very basic movements and positions first and don't try and fill your head with too many submissions just yet.
It's Marcelo Garcia, showing his techniques in a book. Honestly the only book that compares is Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro. If you train BJJ or are just wondering what it's all about this book (as well as Saulo's) are your required reading. It will not replace good drilling at a quality school (any that don't teach pulling guard as your one and only tool for engagement) but it does give insight into the what, when, why and wheres and provide good info to keep new white belts (and seasoned colored belts like myself) from becoming one of "those" students that others find aggravating or irritating.
Marcelo Garcia,Victory Belt, and Marshal Carper come through again! This book is packed with great photos and techniques, everything you would expect from a VB publication. There are some great features to this book that set it apart from other books in the series, such as well placed helpful hints and references to MGinAction, Marcelo Garcia's website that help to add to the already impressive color photo sets.
The techniques in this book are more of a "complete" game showing the practical innovations Marcelo brings to sport BJJ. The authors have done an excellent job of explaining complex techniques in precise detail to make them effective, useful, and available to every BJJ practitioner. There are pages and pages dedicated to common positions that anyone who spends time on the mats finds themselves in, but with the details that make Marcelo Garcia so great and the proper attention to detail to make it available for every level.
The breakdown in this book is second to none that can truly be used to advance your game to the next level. Each section dedicates so much time and effort into explaining, in excellent detail, extremely useful and functional techniques that are obviously proven in competition. Pick this up today, it will help you from every position, every angle and compliment your game.
new to bjj and found this to explain one very successful expert's way of solving problems/beating other experts who can counter all the more basic tools of bjj. the title indicates "advanced" and indeed probably more useful to someone who has a good feel for basic bjj and needs "advanced" for tournaments, etc...
What i really like about this manual is the photos of the steps taken from 2 different angles. Many books only show one angle, but ADJT shows 2 angles for most manuevers. The books with the single angle can be difficult figuring out which arm/leg is whose.
Marcelo's practical approach to jiu jitsu is amazing, he concentrates only on moves that are effective on any type of opponent and disregards inefficient moves that can fail against bigger and stronger people. He presents you with a technique, then follows it up by analysing all of your opponents possible reactions and providing a go to move for each different reaction. The result is a comprehensive set of techniques that can be chained together to form a complete system. This book is best suited for blue belts and above. Get it now and watch your game go through the roof!
I have many books about BJJ (Brazilian Jiujitsu). If you want a complete book about BJJ technique this book is not suitable for you but if you want to have deep understanding about Marcelo Garcia BJJ technique this book is perfect for you. You never find triangle choke, kimura, knee bar, foot lock, etc in this book but if you are looking for back mount, rear naked choke, guillotine you will have a lot new information. I am very small person (55 kg and less than 170 cm tall). I am the smallest fighter in my gym until today, but by using rnc and back mount i can submit 70,80 even 95 kg. My fighting style is very similar to Marcelo, try to get back mount and finish it with RNC. Marcelo didn't use power to submit but he used technique. He was a champion is absolute class several times, so i believe his technique is not just theory.
My conclusion about this book: if you are a fighter want to fight like Marcelo, if you want to master Marcelo style you must have this book.