Ok so I just checked out Edgar's book and gave it a quick look over.. here are my initial thoughts on the thing..
Introduction.. Eddie spends most of the intro talking about the benefits of Marijuana, it was suprizingly a decent read.. then he tells us about how he and Joe Rogan fell in love, which I kinda skipped over, no need to read that shit.. he also included a nice little story full of Black/Mexican racial sterotypes for all his Stormfront fans..
Stretching section was decent.. along with 1/2 guard probably the best part of the book..
Half-guard.. once again Edgar renames a bunch of old moves and acts like he invented them.. nothing new for me here, but then again I train at a world class academy so for you guys that train in a shithole and don't have good instruction I'd say its good.. alot of basic 1/2 guard.. most useful part of the book IMO..
Rubberguard.. LOFL.. ok now that I know what all those stupid names mean I am even more convinced this is nothing more than a "novelty" guard.. best part of this was variations off of omoplata that everybody should already know anyway.. oh and whats with all the anti-semetic names like "Drowning the Jew"..
after seeing this I would say don't waste your money just download the mini-instructional floating around on the net..
again keep in mind guys at my academy have been playing around with this kind of guard game for years so its nothing new to me.. infact we had a guy named Ben at our academy that was very good at Rubberguard.. he even invented a few moves from it.. its extremely easy to counter if you know what your doing and probably isn't very good for MMA unless your a fuckin freak like Shinya Aoki whom is also a BJJ blackbelt and World Class Judoka..
Infact don't take my word for it, here is what a well recognized and unbiased professional fighter had to say on the subject..
From: Mac Danzig
Date: 06/24/05 01:49 PM
Member Since: 01/01/2001
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Ok, I probably should keep quiet, but I honestly don't recall Eddie ever saying that he was a great MMA instructor. Maybe I'm wrong. Eddie seems like a somewhat down to earth guy, and I am pretty sure he knows that his style of no-gi Jiu-Jitsu is awesome for sub grappling, but is extremely impractical for MMA at the competitive level...
I think the "bragging" that many people speak of is simply him trying to promote himself. (which is wahat 90% of the people who come on here are trying to do.)
The thing is, he has no MMA experience, and it's not like he is breeding this great group of MMA guys or something... you people have to remember that just cause you train w/out a gi, doesn't mean that you know the first thing about MMA... I'm not bashing eddie, I'm just saying that you guys are putting him in an akward position by saying he's an "mma instructor"
I mean, look at the guys who have come out of eddie's as far as NHB... You've got a few guys who are great competitiors, but lack the ability to defend or absorb strikes, and then you got a guy who is just an internet fanboy that drew with a former gay soft-core porn star while wearing headgear.