i don't see this one mentioned much, but out of all the jiu jitsu related
products and instructionals I have seen and come across (and it's a lot)
I consider Mastering Jiu Jitsu by Renzo Gracie and John Danaher to be a
Renzo Gracie obviously needs no introduction to anyone on this forum.
"New Zeland" John Danaher is one of Renzo's top black belts (ask ANY
of the students and competition memebers at his academy how good
he really his), and furthermore wason his way to PHd in philosophy at
Columbia before discovering jiujitsu, it his style of narrative and wit
combined with the knowledge that Renzo has that makes this a unique
For starters, if you're expecting a glossy book filled with techniques,
this isn't the book for you. The techniques that are shown are in black
and white, and are the most basic of the basic moves and the book is
text dense. What you do get however is a TON of history and practical
theory on jiujitsu, it's moves and ultimate goals. If you're looking to
get into the mindset of a fighter and discover why a certain choice or
manuever is appropriate at a given time, then this is the book for you.
It will change (or at least sharpen) your overall perspective of Jiu Jitsu
in a way that showing you over a hundred techniques couldn't.
I'd re-read this book more often if my copy wasn't "borrowed"
sometime ago. I recommend this book to everyone, but I have always
personally recommended it to my friends and the highest profile
atheletes in th sport.
Furthermore, you can get the book for under $14.00 at Amazon, which
is an absolute steal at that price: