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Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro

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Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro

MMANonstop Review: Jiu Jitsu University is a fairly comprehensive survey of the basics, covered in a belt-by-belt perspective. The photos resemble several other recent works with the new style of tutorials, including clear pictures, and techniques portrayed from multiple perspectives in a top-down, linear fashion. The first and most important piece of advice written, and what I love most about this book is Saulo’s commitment to creating a solid defense first and foremost. Making sure you’re comfortable being uncomfortable (e.g. under mount, under side control, under knee on belly, etc). After you know how to remain calm under those positions, learning how to escape becomes clear. After you know how to escape those bad spots  you can learn what to do from guard (the best of the worst positions). The book goes on to show what to do from inside your opponents guard including learning how to pass it. Ultimately you will read how to gain a superior position leading to a submission. If you carefully read Professor Ribeiro’s comments about using angles, and identifying what your partner needs in a particular submission, you will be surviving situations that you didn’t think were possible before. Jiu Jitsu University has helped me elevate my game by allowing me to study the techniques in a more mechanical and methodical way.

Overall this is a very solid instructional book on the basic self-defense techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, broken down in a belt-by-belt perspective.

Product Description: Saulo Ribeiro—six-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion—is world-renowned for his functional jiu jitsu knowledge and flawless technique. In Jiu Jitsu University, Ribeiro shares with the public for the first time his revolutionary system of grappling, mapping out more than 200 techniques that carry you from white to black belt. Illuminating common jiu jitsu errors and then illustrating practical remedies, this book is a must for all who train in jiu jitsu. Not your run-of-the-mill technique book, Jiu Jitsu University is a detailed training manual that will ultimately change the way jiu jitsu is taught around the globe.

  • Saulo Ribeiro is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion. Ribeiro, along with his jiu-jitsu achievements, is a lawyer and judge and now head instructor at the world-famous University of Jiu Jitsu based in San Diego, CA.
  • Kevin Howell is a political science professor based in Huntington Beach, CA. He holds a brown belt in judo and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


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