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1. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Submission
2. Groundfighting Pins and Breakdowns:
3. Chin Na Fa: Traditional Chinese
4. Kung Fu Grappling
5. Jeet Kune Do Entering to Trapping
6. Taekwondo Grappling Techniques:
7. Advanced Pressure Point Grappling
8. Tap Out Textbook: The Ultimate
9. Grappling With Your Identity -
10. Jeet Kune Do: Counterattack Grappling
11. The Godfather of Grappling
12. Grappling Basics: A New Twist
13. Grappling with the Beast (European
14. Grappling for Newbies: What every
15. Training for Competition: Brazilian
16. Drills for Grapplers: Training
17. Grappling with Diversity
18. Jeet Kune Do: Conditioning And
19. Solo Training 2: The Martial Artist's
20. Total Defense: A Comparison of

1. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Submission Grappling Techniques (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu series)
by Royler Gracie, Kid Peligro
Paperback: 304 Pages (2003-11-01)
list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$18.13
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Asin: 1931229295
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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No Gi, No Fear, No Prisoners!

The fastest-growing martial art in the world is submission grappling, a style that sheds formal rules like old clothing and allows combatants to get down to the pure physics of fighting: two men, no gis, one winner. Whether it is in no-holds-barred events like the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pride, or in the ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships, submission grappling is the style that the world’s greatest athletes are using to pit themselves against one another and determine who reigns supreme. It can be considered the ultimate evolution of the martial arts.

The greatest successes in submission grappling have come from Brazilian jiu-jitsu backgrounds, and of those none has surpassed Royler Gracie. Not only has the 145-pound Royler won three consecutive ADCC titles, but he also has pioneered techniques that have given him an unbelievable string of successes against opponents of all sizes, from 200-pound jiu-jitsu champions to 300-pound behemoths. In Submission Grappling Techniques, Royler spills his secrets for the first time.

Submission Grappling Techniques includes 102 positions designed specifically for the slippery, fast-paced, unpredictable world of no-gi grappling. It offers Royler’s tips on successful combination moves, garnered from his more than 300 professional fights, as well as advice on training routines, mental stamina, and avoiding injuries that twenty years as an instructor has taught him. If you come from a jiu-jitsu background, you will want his guidelines on how to adjust your game when you have no gi to grab. If you come from judo, sambo, wrestling, or any other martial art, you will want to get the goods from the master who has defeated the other champions.

Royler Gracie won his first title at age seven and hasn’t stoppedsince. Considered the most technically proficient Brazilian jiu-jitsufighter of all time, he has won the world title four times, along withmany national titles. In no-gi fighting, he has won the ADCC WorldSubmission Wrestling Championship an unprecedented three consecutiveyears, along with victories in Pride, Vale Tudo, 21st CenturyWarriors, and many more. Coauthor of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory andTechnique, Royler is head instructor at the Gracie Humaita Academy inRio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Kid Peligro holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is one of the world’s leading martial arts journalists, with regular columns in Grappling, Gracie Magazine, and ADCC News. He is the author or coauthor of three of the most successful martial arts books in recent years: The Gracie Way, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Self-Defense Techniques. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (23)

5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless - My First Grappling Book!
I started training No-Gi Brazilian Jiujitsu in 2004. This was the first book that I bought to help improve my game. Youtube had not even been created yet and there were very few books out there. I studied this book religiously and was able to immediately incorporate a lot of the techniques into my game. The pictures are big and the instruction is very clear. Although BJJ and submission grappling has exploded outside of Brazil (and Japan) and many new flashy no-gi techniques are floating around this book will be a tool to help you build a solid foundation that will make your grappling game a nuisance for anyone who happens to match up with you.

I believe it has something to offer to everyone but I would definitely recommend it to beginners and intermediate practitioners.

Posted by Bakari Akil II, Ph.D., author of Grappling for Newbies: What every new BJJ and Submission Grappler should know!
and Pop Psychology: The psychology of pop culture and everyday life!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased
Somehow when I ordered this book, I had something different in mind than what I got.Probably error on my part. But after a few pages into the book, I was sold on the change.A lot of the techniques offered more detail into techniques that I had vaguely gone over at some point in the past.And there was a suplex counter in there that I can't wait to try out as soon as I get back to the gym.But if you are looking for a good book to show you a number of ways on how to get to a submission, this would be a great book in your arsenal.

2-0 out of 5 stars Light on usable content...
I've been doing jiu-jitsu for a little over a year now, and I was looking for something to help expand my no-gi game.I finished this book in two days, primarily because a lot of the techniques are introductory (white belt level).As an example, I think there are 16 pages that cover a basic trap & roll mount escape, and the only difference between each "technique" was the grip setup.For me, pages 1-180 could have been completely left out of the book, as it was all very basic introductory stuff anyone with any submission grappling experience already knows.

If it weren't for pages 180-260, I would have given the book 1 star.The last sections of this book have some good techniques, nothing groundbreaking or really beyond the blue belt level, but I found some techniques that I might be able to apply to my game, so 2 stars it is.

This is the first book I've found specifically targeting submission grappling, but I really would not recommend this book to anyone.If you are looking for general jiu-jitsu knowledge, I would highly recommend Saulo Ribeiro's Jiu-Jitsu University, or the guard series books by Joe Moreira & Ed Beneville.If DVD's are more your style, you can't go wrong with the Roy Dean series.

5-0 out of 5 stars great no gi bjj book
this is a great no gi bjj book and actually a really good gi bjj book, too, since I believe that if you can utilize all our opponents limbs fluently it's gonna be much easier for us to utilize their gi and limbs. So this book is actually a great book since you can learn the higher level one but at the same time, of course, it's not for the beginner, especially when they are beginner who learn a gi bjj. Hey, there's always two side of a coin, isn't it? ;p anyway, if anyone is interested in learning a basic bjj (which usually start with the gi bjj) you can get that from Saulo Ribeiro Brazilian Jiu Jitsu University or Royler and Helio Gracie book for BJJ. But this book is great in a little bit higher level not as advanced as Marcello Garcia's X Guard, Eddie Bravo's Twister and Rubber Guard but this book need a basic understanding of grappling.

Royler is a great BJJ competitor and teacher, two thumbs up. Thanks

1-0 out of 5 stars another one bites the dust
This is the third and last gracie book I will buy. This book is not something for beginners, its a bunchrandom techniques as most of there books are and the grcies always seem to leave important postions/moves out of there books which keeps you buying more and more books to complete the puzzle. I personaly think Gene Simco products are much better and does not hold back on showing you counter moves. (Gene Simco Master text the most complete BJJ book and will save you money in the long run). I dont have anything personaly against the gracies I love there bjj its just that there out to make money, common they dont want to give everything away in one book. ... Read more

2. Groundfighting Pins and Breakdowns: Effective Pins and Breakdowns for Judo, Jujitsu, Submission Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts
by Steve Scott
Paperback: 288 Pages (2008-04-14)
list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$9.69
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Asin: 1934903035
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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In Groundfighting Pins and Breakdowns, Steve Scott teaches effective pins and breakdowns for Judo, Jujitsu, submission grappling & mixed martial arts. Although not the most glamorous groundfighting skills, pins and holddowns are the workhorse technques of all forms of grappling. And before you can pin your opponent, you need to break him down. Breakdowns, sometimes call turnovers or transitions, give you the tools to dominate your opponent by setting him up for hold, pin or submission techinque. For those new to grappling, Coach Scott begins with the basics of position, controlling your opponent and avoiding common mistakes. Then he teaches you 15 core pins and dozens of breakdowns to take your opponent from a stable position to one where you can dominate him and control the match. For fighters who prefer fighting from the guard position, Coach Scott includes an entire section on getting a pin from the guard. He wraps up with techniques for pin switching, moving from one pin to another without losing control of your opponent, and pin escapes.Groundfighting Pins and Breakdowns is a comprehensive look at an area of grappling that is often overlooked. Steve Scott not only teaches you a wide range of pins and breakdowns that have been tested in gi and no-gi combat sports, he also offers tips on drilling, techniques for neutralizing a standing opponent when you re on the ground, strategies for winning at groundfithing and a brief history of grappling as an international combat sport.Includes detailed instruction for the following pins and breakdowns: Chest Hold * Side Hold * Vertical Hold Mount * Scarf Hold * Straddle Pin * Shoulder Lock Pin * Triangle Pin * Rear Scarf Hold * Double Leg Breakdown * Sambo Switch * Bent Arm Breakdown * Power Half * Bar Arm and Shoulder Crank * Over and Under * Near Leg Roll * Judo Stack * Triangle Breakdown * Gut Wrench * Polish Whizzer * Soden Roll * Hip Wheel * Russian Roll * Outside Leg Hook * Snap Down * Double Ankle Hook and many more ... Read more

Customer Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great grappling book!
Don't let the fact they are wearing GIs in the book turn you off from purchasing it.The author clearly knows his stuff and details rather excellently his craft.Coming from a self-defense stand point there were many valuable tidbits of information about theory and the how-to skill builds athletes need.

5-0 out of 5 stars How to wear out a Judo student
Mr. Scott has written another book to lead the Martial Artist into expertice in ground work.The more advanced student will gain the most from this book but any student will gain something.For weeks after I got this book my Judo students left class drenched in sweat, tired, and excited from all they had learned!

5-0 out of 5 stars Practical Study Guide
I have been thumbing through Groundfighting Pins and Breakdowns for a few days, thinking about actual use during BJJ class.We were working a lot of escape drills in which I had found my previous days' studies of this book very useful.It is just a lot of information to take in at once.I will have to continually study it to really apply it.The cool thing was that during randori last night when I found myself in a disadvantageous position, I remembered a portion of the book.I was in the turtle position with my opponent on top from the front.He had his arms wrapped around my ribs.At that point, it was as if I saw the pages of the book open to the Soden Roll to Scarf Hold.I executed that move perfectly.I was then able to move to side control and execute a submission.This is a great book with a lot of practical application.I recommend thoughtful study of it over a period of time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book!
I just got my copy this week and I just finished reading through it. I have come to expect nothing but the best from Mr. Scott and his latest offering is no different. His technically meticulous yet practically worded text serves as an excellent supplement to my training. While I think it would be tough o learn exclusively from any book; I believe someone could grab a training partner and learn a great deal from Mr. Scott's books. ... Read more

3. Chin Na Fa: Traditional Chinese Submission Grappling Techniques
by Jinsheng Liu, Jiang Zhao
Paperback: 136 Pages (2007-07-10)
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Asin: 1583941851
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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First published in 1936, this work represents primary source material of ancient combat techniques designed in a time of occupation and war, when the threat of lethal hand-to-hand combat was an ever-present reality for soldiers, those involved in law enforcement, and very often for the ordinary citizen. This is the seminal work in the field, written by the form’s founders, Liu Jinsheng and Zhao Jiang, as a training manual for the Police Academy of Zheijiang province. The intent of this translation is to provide authentic historical documentation for martial arts techniques that have been modified for use today in both competition and self-defense. Submission grappling is a technique in which fighters use locks, chokes, and breaking techniques to defeat their challengers in no-holds-barred matches. Chi Na Fa remains the most comprehensive explanation available of these Chinese grappling techniques, from which derive many current techniques. Renowned author and Brazillian jiu jitsu champion Tim Cartmell presents the book in a clear, compelling new translation. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (8)

3-0 out of 5 stars Very interesting work, Glad it has been reprinted
This manual which has been well translated and reprinted is an interesting insight into Chin Na Fa. Unfortunately one or two of the photographs are slightly dark and the detail isn't obvious, experimenting with the technique with an uke should help though. My main complaints are that it is rather short and there are jumps between the photos. The translator would have been better served to present his own photographs with more intermediate steps (as has been done with some other older translations).

2-0 out of 5 stars just so so
I found the content just so so, the pictures are too small and you cant see any detail. I would think this would be a red flag for the author. They devote one whole page for each technique and one little picture, that seems odd to me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Instruction Manual
This is a book on practical Chinese martial arts.No discussions of esoteric practices are to be found here.To get the most out of this book, you need the patience to study the photos and text and also a willing partner to help practice the techniques.There's hardly any solo practice to speak of here.I think this is a great book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Beginning Chin Na Students.
This books gave me a perfect understanding of the application of Chin Na. Because I'm a starving student and can't afford the schools in my area, this was just right for me. I would say to anyone, particularly those of you studying Shoalin Kung Fu, pick up this book and study its techniques. The moves do work, and I was even able to use a few of them against a boxer. Excellent training guide!

5-0 out of 5 stars Chin Na Fa: Tradional Chinese Submission Grappling Techniques
I really enjoyed this book.It was well worth the price.Tim Cartmell does a great job with the translation.The text is clear and understandable.I consider this book a collector's item. ... Read more

4. Kung Fu Grappling
by Noah Knapp
Paperback: 160 Pages (2009-03-02)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$7.28
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Asin: 1934903124
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Kung Fu Grappling is a concise guide to the self-defense locks, throws and takedowns of kung fu. Sifu Noah Knapp introduces you to the concepts essential to kung fu grappling: Chin Na, non-resistance, core seeking, touch sensitivity, positioning and the manipulation of circles. Based on this foundation, you ll learn the basic skills of stepping, covering, falling safely, offensive and defensive starts and speed grappling, then put all of these to work in applying a wide range of self-defense skills against an assailant. Learn offensive and defensive kung fu applications of wrist locks, arm locks, upper and lower body grappling, submissions, sweeps, throws, takedowns and holds. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great book, fairly comrehensive, solid and informative
This is a good straightforward book that is fairly comprehensive. Practicing the techniques in this book you can develop a solid foundation in grappling techniques that will give you a real edge in sport or self-defense situations.
Many of the techniques are difficult to perform but are effective. The things is that with some techniques in this book if you perform them right they will work great but if you perform them incorrectly they won't work at all. Just know this, the fault is with you and not with the book. This book was written by a kung-fu blackbelt who also has a background in kempo karate. He knows what he's doing. Just learn how to do the techniques correctly and you will find they are quite effective.
To really take advantage of this book you need to practice the techniques in it with a training partner.

If you practice the techniques in this book 2 hours a day with a training partner every day you will become REALLY GOOD at grappling and will be taking full advantage of this book.
Highly reccomended. Practice techniques with a partner.
Great introduction to grappling. A very practical and informative that you can use to effectively improve your skills.

2-0 out of 5 stars not much!
i am a beginner in martial arts, so my opinions should be considered from that perspective. I did not learn much from this book. The explanations are some times hard to follow and it just doesn't say much. If you want to read something useful for martial arts, read Speed by Loren Christensen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Clear and to the point
This is the kind of book which allows anyone to clearly understand what is really happening when a grappling move is done so quickly and with force...where it came from, how it started. Enjoyable to read and simple to understand. Sifu Noah Knapp makes it possible to understand the grappling art and see why so many of us have stood watching and wondering, " how did he do that!?"...Well, at least I have and this book has helped very much. Great book to have. Thank you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kung Fu Grappling
Sifu Noah Knapp has not only written another pure segment of his awesome threesome of books, but has written something that transcends all barriers so that men, women, children and all those who want to feel free with their inner self, can do so without fear.
His techniques are perfect for all genders for use in the real world and not something just practiced in a classroom.
I can say that I walk down the streets, enter strange new areas and attend crowded gatherings with confidence now.
There are people who are gifted and those who share their talents.Sifu Noah Knapp is and does it with flare.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredibly insightful and easy to understand
Sifu Noah Knapp has done it again.As a kung Fu instructor I have been a fan of his books for a long time now.This third book is amazing.Sifu Noah explains the intricate aspects of kung fu grappling in an amazingly easy to understand way.Though whole body grappling is the overtone of this manual, each section covers a different area of the body, dissecting it to it's core mechanics and explaining how everything can and does work together.My beginners could easily understand this, but I honestly was surprised that when, while reading this, that I found myself rethinking moves I have performed for decades.This book is martial arts gold. ... Read more

5. Jeet Kune Do Entering to Trapping to Grappling
by Larry Hartsell
Paperback: 200 Pages (1984-06)
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Asin: 0865680515
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A good basic guide on how to combine striking with trapping and grappling.
As most martial atists know, the author was a student of Bruce Lee, and this book explains the author's approach to Jeet Kune Do. I agree with some of the previous reviewers comments; however, keep in mind that this book is merely a basic guide to some trapping and grappling techniques.It is true that someone who is an experienced fighter could counter many of these techniques, this is why I always emphasize to first hurt and injure your attacker before attempting a control type of technique. In conclusion, the value of this book is that it shows possible methods to combine striking and grappling in a combat situation.Rating:4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author:Monadnock Defensive Tactics System, Use of the Monadnock Straight Baton, PR-24 Police Baton Advanced Techniques, Pro-Systems Combatives Vol. 1,2, Martial Art Myths, Never Trust a Politician).

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good.
Very good book on how to meld striking with standing grappling.(E.g., clinching, throwing.)

5-0 out of 5 stars good instruction from a Jeet Kune DoORIGINAL student
I think this is a good book Mr. Hartsell conveys his points in this book very well, i have been studying JKD and Kali extensively. One word of advice though i repeat you cannot learn jkd from a book this book is for practicioners or a beginner looking to see some techniques of jkd, there are alot of reviewers saying this book is bad and that grappling is useless and time consuming. Grappling is a skill trapping is a skill skills take time to cultivate, anything worthwhile takes time to cultivate and learn.
I find it really funny that some reviewers are stating boldly that something is useless and doesnt work if you try to use it and fail, like the old saying goes try try again.Thats the only way to make progress in the arts and life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hartsell on JKD
This is one of my favorite books on JKD. Larry Hartsell combines the original art of JKD as taught to him by Bruce Lee with the more current JKD Concept. Full of easy to understand photos this book is a classic that finds favor with both OJKD and JKDC.

3-0 out of 5 stars AREALISTS REVIEW
after being exposed to jkd,concept and original,kenpo,judo,boxing and so many seminars/books/videos studying and practicing since i was 13 and now im 40 {just so you know this isnt someone blowing smoke up your a;; here is my review:there are some good techniques in the book.but i have to disagree for alot of the grappling though-dont take my word for it-take it for checking and try it yourself! try the tech on page 95 - catch to figure 4 arm lock to takedown.if anyone with a decent amount of handspeed throws a punch at you and doesnt leave it out there for you to grab like is shown in the book or as you see in martial arts seminars-you not going to be able to pull off this technique.its bs to say the least.even if somehow you caught the punch like is shown-then you use BOTH of your arms to put the opponant into a figure four like as shown in the book-WHATS FROM STOPPING HIM from finger jabbing you in the eyes or for that matter hitting you with the other hand?!ive asked this in seminars and the only answer they give me is they ask me to throw a punch and then they do the technique even more harder then they would for the average participant-more answers like this-ask a question that makes sense and ill just try to inflict pain on you so youll shut up! kinda answer! or with their arm that is doing the figure four elbows you to the head AFTER THE FIGURE FOUR IS APPLIED...... of course i couldve easily fingerjabbed his eyes as both of his hands were tied up in his grappling figure four movement and really he had no defence except for his grappling movement.i even had my fingers right on his eye and even was able to "air" hit him 2-3 times in the throat and to his temple before he swept me - so tell me who really would have inflicted more damage if this "teacher" had tried a technique like this in the street against someone who justs keeps an open mind and just goes for whats open?? HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! another nonsense tech is thinking that a lin lop sau {cross grabbing hand }is going to work in the street or in sparring-sure it looks good in the movies and in seminars when the participant isnt really trying to REALLY punch you but to think that after youthrow a straight punchand its blocked by your opponant with a pak sau{slapping hand}with his rear hand that you are going to be able to use your rear hand to grab your opponants rear blocking hand and pull him into your lead backfist is a PIPEDREAM AND A JOKE TO SAY THE LEAST! dont take my word for it !!!try it in sparring yourself! chances are when you spend time trying to grab the opponants wrist you are going to get hit with his other hand or someother strike! techniques like this are good only for one thing-to advance to the next belt!really-think about it.bs techniques like this are taught in so many styles/arts. no wonder bruce studied western boxing so much after he came to the states! alot of his wing chun just wouldnt work against someone with a decent jab/cross or just a good jab! of course there is even some stuff in western boxing that is bs that cant be used in the street like taking a punch to your gloves because in the street you have no gloves on! and also this dancing around your opponant like you saw ali or leonard do is a joke against someone who kicks you in the leg or who steps on your foot -moves quickly in ON YOU AND jams you and PUMMELS YOU! TRYING TO BE LIKE ALI OR SUGAR RAY! HA!better off that when someone blocks your punch -instead of you trying to use your other hand to grab his blocking hand wrist you just collapse that arm that was blocked at the wrist -you collapse it into an elbow into the his head and with your other hand you either do a pinning pak sau{palm slapping hand} or you use it to punch,etc.make more sense? try it for yourself ! dont believe me! try it for yourself! take it for checking! YOU AND ONLY YOU ARE THE ULTIMATE TEACHER-NOT ME OR ANY OTHER ONE! teachers will show you techniques but YOU are the only one who can see if they really work! teachers are not always teaching you techniques that work -----they are teaching you techniques so that you can progress to the next level/sash/belt and not necessarily teaching you techniques that work! i encourage ALL martial artists who are responding in their reviews,respond with positive and negative -by negative i mean constructive-comments so jkd gets "cleaned" up and hopefully one day jkd,wing chun etc.other martial arts are composed of PRACTICAL REAL LIFE WORKING TECHNIQUES/TOOLS THAT WORK AND NOT JUST USED TO ADVANCE TO THE NEXT BELT/SASH OR LEVEL! TRAIN SMART,PERSISTANTLY AND HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WALK ON ! lwlwbwbw@aol.com ... Read more

6. Taekwondo Grappling Techniques: Hone Your Competitive Edge for Mixed Martial Arts
by Tony Kemerly Ph.D., Steve Snyder
Paperback: 208 Pages (2009-08-10)
list price: US$34.95 -- used & new: US$19.36
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Asin: 0804840067
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Includes instructional DVD.

Take taekwondo beyond just kicking and punching—discover powerful grappling moves that build on the patterns you already know! Taekwondo Grappling Techniques presents the most effective grappling maneuvers ever developed for taekwondo. With these step-by-step instructions as your guide, you'll confidently defend yourself against attacks and apply your own devastating grappling techniques to bring assailants into submission.
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Customer Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Well Done Guide to Grappling/Joint Techniques in Tae Kwon Do
I have to say that I was quite pleasantly surprised to see this book in our local big chain bookstore earlier today. So much so in fact that I actually read through the vast majority of the book while still in the store.

One of the first things to really strike me about the authors and this book, was the blatant honesty that they used when describing their martial art of Tae Kwon Do and the various myths and outright lies that exist concerning this Korean martial art. Their honest reminded me of another very honest and informative book on Tae Kwon Do entitled; A Killing Art: The Untold History of Tae Kwon Do, which is also a book that I highly recommend that every Tae Kwon Do practitioner should read.

The basic premise of this book is the authors detailed analysis of the various different striking and blocking techniques in Tae Kwon Do and there patterns that can actually be used as grappling or joint techniques when you understand there true motives. In other words, just because it looks like a block or a strike doesn't necessarily mean that it can not also be used as something else, like say an armbar, wrist lock, etc.

Some of the techniques they demonstrate in this book I have seen before and a lot of them have some merit, although not every technique. There were a few that I really questioned the validity and practicality of, while others seemed fairly sensible.

All of the techniques are shown in very clear and fairly detailed color photographs, although I must admit that I would have liked to have seen a bit more detailed text describing each technique. However, if you are already familiar with the techniques shown, then the text provided should be adequate enough for you to understand what the authors are trying to explain to you.

Shawn Kovacich
Martial Artist/Author of the Achieving Kicking Excellence series.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book on form/pattern applications amd more
Kemerly and Snyder have put together a great book that examines how basic strikes, kicks, blocks, and movement sets from the Chang-Hon forms can be used in grappling based situations. The large full-color pictures and verbose descriptions make it easy for student and instructor alike to understand and practice the skills presented. The book is similar in vein with Staurt Anslow's "Chang Hon Taekwon-Do Hae Sul" and Simon John O'neill's "The Taegeuk Cipher" in that it covers self defense applications of the forms, in this case, the aforementioned Chang-Hon patterns taught in ITF based schools. The book also includes a DVD that shows videos of some of the content in the book. The DVD is short, but well done (not excellent, but still very good), with good lighting, clean technique, and easy to hear and understand explanations of what is being shown. The book itself is worth the money, and having the DVD with it is a great bonus, like finding a $20 bill in your coat pocket out of the blue.
Now, I will say that a few of the skills/applications shown in the book are, in my opinion, a bit of a stretch or there are better ways to pull off some of what they are showing, but only a few. There is nothing wrong with what they show per say, only perhaps a better way to perform them, but then again, this is why different styles exist and nothing says that you cannot perform things your way.
I will include some of my qualifications to review the book and make the judgments that I have, though I welcome different view points. I hold a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do (Chang Hon based) and a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do. Additionally I have 12 years of experience in high school/collegiate style wrestling, hold Kyu Rank in Japanese Jujutsu and Yoshinkan Aikido, and have done a little bit of cross training in Hapkido, Brazilian Jiujitsu, and Judo, to name a few. I own and operate a martial arts school on the east coast of the United States. I have a Bachelor's degree, am pursuing a Master's Degree (having nothing to do with martial arts, but I have been involved in upper academic work).
In conclusion, while I could hope at times for a little more content (plenty there, but I always enjoy more), it was well worth the money for the few new ways of looking at some of the forms & basics and to see some of what I have been teaching validated by others. Beginners and more experienced Tae Kwon Do practitioners can find something new, whether it be a move, or just a new way of looking at what they have been practicing for years. Even those from other striking styles can pick up some new skills based on similarities between Tae Kwon Do and other striking styles. Hope this has been helpful to you and I firmly encourage martial artists to pick up this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for every martal arts enthusiats!
High quality book, great color photos, easy to follow. The DVD alone was worth the purchase price. ... Read more

7. Advanced Pressure Point Grappling
by George A. Dillman
Paperback: 362 Pages (1995-09-01)
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Asin: 0963199641
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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High quality paper back.Full color cover.One of thefastest selling martial arts books in the world.20,000 copies inprint.Relates grappling to pressure point self-defense. Precisestriking methods.Easy to follow over 700 illustrations and photos. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (10)

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good at presenting basics of tuite and kyusho
This book does a good job at presenting basic tuite and kyusho jutsu techniques, along with some good bunkai from various kata.I think the book demonstrates that Mr. Dillman was exposed Seiyu Oyata during one of the best periods of receiving Okinawan bunkai knowledge in the U.S.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dillman opens another door to the martial arts
After 10 or 15 years of doing the same kata one begins to wonder what else is there about kata and these techniques?In the late 80's I came upon Dillman's tapes and books and was amazed at the effectiveness and efficiency of use.After exploring the many variations of "a punch is a block is a throw is a punch" some still wonder what else might be missed with the kata.This book opens another useful door for your kata and kumite techniques.Now after 40 years in the traditional martial arts I still continue to marvel at Dillman's revelations.
Thanks for opening another window of understanding.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Pressure Point Book!
George Dillman's books are reference books on pressure points and this is another excellent book. The techniques shown in the book are highly effective. You can get a lot of information from this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pressure points made easy
This is just another example of the quality work put out by George Dillman.A must have for anyone who wants info on pressure points.A reference I use all the time.

Bryan Winkelman (www.senseibryan.com) - Author of "Training Manual for Isshin Ryu Karate" listed on Amazon.com

2-0 out of 5 stars Excellent w/ background in Wrestling, Hapkido, or Ju-Jitsu
I fail to see the reasoning from the review titled "It looks nice but.............., November 19, 2000"

The main problem I have in this persons article is that I know for fact (and from personal experience) that these are extremely effective techniques.In fact the techniques presented in this book are several times more effective in a real situation than a normally applied strike.

And also, an angry person who "wants to rip your face off," is always easier to defeat than an assailant with a clear mind and excellent coordination.

Further more, this is a book pointed towards advanced practices.That means they require practice.No technique will be effective without sufficient practice.

In conclusion, this book is an great adjunct to your knowledge if you have a background in wrestling, hapkido, or ju-jitsu. ... Read more

8. Tap Out Textbook: The Ultimate Guide to Sumissions for Grappling
by Steve Scott
Paperback: 480 Pages (2009-04-30)
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If you make your opponent tap out, he ll never forgive you and never forget you!Tap Out Textbook: The Ultimate Guide to Submissions for Grappling is packedwith hundreds of armlocks, chokes and leglocks that you can use to make anyopponent tap out. This book offers hardcore, serious and practical instruction on submitting your opponent in a wide variety of grappling and fi ghting situations.Whether you re a submission grappler, judo or jujitsu athlete or MMA fighter,this book will improve your armlocks, chokes and leglocks. Learn each submission technique from start to finish in both no gi and gi situations. Plus you'll get variations, alternate finishes and escapes so no matter what your opponent throws at you, you ll be ready.Author Steve Scott has over 40 years experience as a coach and athlete injudo, sambo, sport jujitsu and submission grappling. In this comprehensive training guide, he shares the same training tips, technical expertise and tactical advice that he has used to train 3 World Sambo Champions and over 200national and international champions in grappling sports.Written in clear, concise language with over a thousand photographs, Tap OutTextbook: The Ultimate Guide to Submissions for Grappling is like having your own world-class coach with you every time you step on the mat. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Tap out textbook
Great illustrations, I've shown it to my friends and now they are buying it. So much for my "secret holds"!

3-0 out of 5 stars Learn common ju jitsu names, please, before writing a book on it.
This does offer some new perspectives on submissions, however, the terminology is laughable, most names seem made up on the spot. The pictures can be vague but overall the book is still a useful addition.

1-0 out of 5 stars Just plain sad
With the book I was hoping for a reference to browse and remind my self of options. As it turned out this is the first book I have returned. I have many books on the subject and this doesn't rank even among the worst. Positions are misnamed and technique is no where to be found.If you were to follow the examples as they are - I doubt you would ever develop a good ground game.Never should have been published.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Little Brief In Some Areas, But Overall A Fairly Well Done Book
Even though the author used "Ultimate" in the title, he has actually done a fairly good job with this book. So much so, that I decided not to ding him a star in my ratings, which I usually do, because of him using "Ultimate," "Complete," or "Bible" in the title and then having the information provided inside the book not even coming close to living up to the title. And even though this isn't really the "Ultimate" guide to submissions for grappling, it is a darn good one.

The author primarily covers three basic areas in this book which are;

1. Arm Locks

2. Chokes and Strangles

3. Leg Locks

Although he does briefly go over several other areas that are essential to the primary focus of this book.

I did feel that there could have been a bit more detailed text in certain areas concerning the various techniques demonstrated, but that was really a minor concern and one that perhaps wouldn't even be noticed by someone already involved in jiu-jitsu, but probably would be by the novice or beginner.

The photographs were very well done and showed the techniques being demonstrated very well, although it would have been nice to see some of the techniques from a couple of additional angles.

Shawn Kovacich
Martial Artist/Author of the Achieving Kicking Excellence series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, Effective Techniques that Work
This book illustrates excellent submissions for all grapplers.Excellent explanations with good photos showing the proper technique. ... Read more

9. Grappling With Your Identity - Clinging to the Rock
by Lynne Fox
Paperback: 202 Pages (2010-03-22)
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Grappling with Your Identity, by Lynne Fox, Psy. D."Do you delight in who you are? I don't mean some sort of abstract feelingthat you're probably okay. I mean joy. Most of us never come close to joy,particularly about ourselves. Instead we identify with every ugly thing wedo. We think our flaws define us. God disagrees.Practical, thoughtful, on-target, and warmly personal - this book detailsthe journey from shame to joy." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars We OWN OUR bodies
A different approach to self esteem/identity issues. The author integrates the teachings of Hebrew and Christian Scriptures on this subject. Demonstrates the relationship between the two Scriptures on this universal struggle we all have and how it practically apply to our lives.

The book has an informal tone and expresses deep theological concepts relating to identity in an understandable manner. It also is peppered with light humor relating to the author's own life experiences.

One of the points of this book is that our identity does not come from what we do, what we own (including OUR OWN bodies), or what people think of us.Now it has a flip side too in that we don't judge our neighbor's identity by what they do, what they own, and how other people think of them.This has lots of practical implications in many different fields (e.g. Nursing, medicine, social work, occupational therapy, management, etc).

The other point is that our core identity comes from the living God in the Hebrew-Christian Scripture.Being a practical book also, it illuminates what this identity is and how does one make this identity a reality in day to day living.

Another point in the book is that having this special identity and able to be sure of it will free us from being self absorb and self-centered and instead it grants us the freedom to be other-centered and God-centered.

Overall, it is a practical book with light humor that applies some of the deep insights of both the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures on identity that could potentially be life changing and life giving. ... Read more

10. Jeet Kune Do: Counterattack Grappling Counters and Reversals (Unique Literary Books of the World)
by Larry Hartsell, Tim Tackett
Paperback: 180 Pages (1987-05)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent basic guide to Jeet Kune Do Grappling counter techniques.
In order to make Jeet Kune Do a complete art, the late Bruce Lee knew the importance of having grappling techniques and how to counter grappling tactics in his approach to combat.Larry Hartsell and Tim Tacket do an excellent job of explaining the basic Jeet Kune Do grappling counters in this book.The six chapters cover basic counters from the tie-up position, counters to leg attacks, Kali lock-flow and counters to arm and wrist locks, counters to neck locks and strangles, countes to common throws and ground-fighting.In conclusion, this is a book that will be of value to any martial artist, no matter what style he or she may practice.Rating: 5 Stars.Joseph J. Truncale (Author:Martial Art Myths, Season of the Warrior, Never Trust a Politician, Monadnock Defensive Tactics System, Use of the Monadnock straight baton, PR-24 Police Baton Advanced Techniques).

4-0 out of 5 stars Decent little book on grappling and counter-grappling
This is the companion piece to "Jeet Kune Do: Entering to Trapping to Grappling".In it, authors Larry Hartsell and Tim Tackett demonstrate counters to common grappling maneuvers from a variety of sources.The book is divided into chapters concerning each of the situations: the collar-and-elbow clinch, leg takedowns, standing arm bars and wristlocks, necklocks and strangles, Judo-style throws and sweeps, and finally while being underneath an opponent.That last part is interesting: published six years before the first UFC, we see defenses against being mounted, a calf crank from half-guard, defending your back, and the use of the open guard to deliver kicks to a standing opponent.With the exception of the groundfighting chapter and the neck locks chapter, the authors demonstrate the "offensive" technique (ie: single-leg takedown), then demonstrate the counter to it.The counter techniques are clearly drawn from a number of sources, including Western wrestling, Kali, Jujitsu, and so on.Step-by-step, black and white photos show how to counter certain grappling maneuvers with takedowns, throws, holds, strikes, foul techniques, and anything else that's appropriate for stopping said attacks.While the book looks at these defenses from a street-fighting point of view, many of the counters are right at home in grappling and MMA matches.Larry Hartsell was acknowledged to be one of the most knowledgeble grapplers in the JKD community, and it shows here.The only negative is that the photos are sometimes unclear, and that the descriptions aren't as detailed as they could be.With dilligent practice, though, the techniques shown in this book could help a novice better understand grappling, and even give someone with some experience some new ideas to play with.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good.
A fine companion to the first book.Solid in melding striking with standing grappling.

4-0 out of 5 stars A unique JKD look at grappling strategy
I really liked a lot of the material in this book.It really stands out because Sifu Hartsell does not simply give us a bunch of random grappling techniques.Instead he gives us techniques and strategies that truly reflect the techniques and ideas of the Jeet Kune Do fighting method.I particularly liked the section that dealt with using the JKD trapping tools as a defense against grappling attacks.It is this aspect and the various clinch strategies that make his book a worthy addition to a JKD practitioner's library.On the downside, you must remember that this book was published in 1987 and so it does not take into account a lot of modern day grappling/submissions knowledge.As a result, some of the material (especially the stuff that deals with groundfighting, joint locks and submission) seems dated by today's standards.Nevertheless, you'll still find plenty of valuable stuff in this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Add Grappling to your Martial art.
This book presents problem situations and gives you the best grappling solutions from Jujitsu, Kali, Aikido, Western Wrestling etc.I cannot think how this book could have been made better.Although this book is the second in a series on grappling showing some reversals of moves made in the first book I think this book stands on its own as it shows the original moves.In other words if you can afford both books buy both if you just want to buy one book - get this one. Every technique is explained with the aid of clear step by step photographs.There is a great section on what to do in thestand up tie up position (Boxer's clinch) which occurs frequently in street fights.All you need is this book and someone to practise on. ... Read more

11. The Godfather of Grappling
by Gene LeBell
Hardcover: 295 Pages (2005-01-17)
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Some admirers have called Gene LeBell, a.k.a. "The Toughest Man Alive," the deadliest man on the planet. His wife says Sarcastically, "He's just from another world." LeBell wears many hats, having grown up in boxing and wrestling gyms around the world and spending a lifetime studying many of the different martial arts. LeBell has won national judo championships, wrestled professionally for over 20 successful years, announced professional wrestling on television for 15 years, and refereed professional boxing and wrestling matches all over the world. The Godfather of Grappling tells the amazing story of this grappling master, who has also been a TV and movie actor and a top Hollywood stuntman for more than half a century. Featuring forewords by "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Chuck Norris, just two of the many celebrities he counts as friends, and packed with dozens of photos and illustrations, The Godfather of Grappling is an inspirational tale sure to entertain fans of professional wrestling, the martial arts, movies, television, and just about anything else Gene LeBell has taken on during his storied career. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars cooler Typ

Hier bewerte ich den Autor natürlich mit, da es um sein Leben geht. Das Buch beschreibt gut den Gene LeBell, wie ich ihn "kenne". Er ist einer härtesten Kämpfer und sympathischsten Typen gleichzeitig. Ein Mann ohne Allüren. Ein Gott in Pink sollte ich sagen, was auf seinen ausgezeichneten Humor hinweist. Wer sich mit der Geschichte der Kampfkunst beschäftigt, kommt an diesem Buch nicht vorbei.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great read!
Gene LaBell is a man that has done more than most. He was around and part of the growth of combat sports in the United States. Gene is a great story teller and has a playful, teasing and self effacing wit. Sometimes it's a little difficult to know when he is being truthful and when he's pulling your leg but its always fun. Gene was tough when men were men and sheep were afraid. (Just kidding Gene!) One thing that is very true is that he was in the first televised MMA fight in history. Some called it "The day Gene LeBell saved martial arts". His life is a great story.
One thing that caught me by surprise on several occasions was how moving his narration could be. This book is worth every penny and then some. It has the earmark of all really good books, it makes you want to read it again.

5-0 out of 5 stars JUDO'S CLOWN PRINCE
When I call Gene LeBell the "clown prince of judo" it's done with the utmost of respect.The man's record speaks for itself.And I can't recommend this book enough.LeBell's stories about his days as a competitive judoka,professional wrestler and Hollywood stuntman are both fun and fascinating.As are his tales of his schooldays and service in the Coast Guard.Especially interesting are Judo Gene's recollections about his judo vs. boxing challenge match against light-heavyweight contender Milo Savage.A bout some people consider the forerunner to today's MMA matches.Another part of the book that I found particularly interesting was his relationship with the late George Reeves,television's original Superman.Heck,I would have probally bought this book just for the photo of Gene posing in his Mr.Kryptonite costume alongside Reeves as Superman.I would love to have seen these two grappling on their personal appearance tours with Reeves' television co-star Noel Neil.You'll also find interesting stories about Elvis Presley and Bruce Lee here. This is a great read and anyone who is a martial arts enthusiast should own a copy.However keep your distance from the book THE TOUGHEST MAN ALIVE which is nothing more than an unauthorized copy of this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A true grappling and martial arts master whose story is a must read.
As a life time student of the martial arts one of my regrets is never having met or trained with Gene LeBell; however, I have read and studied all his books and read every article I could lay my hands on about this extraordinary martial artist. This authorized biography is interesting, entertaining and highly informative.A short forward was written by Rowdy Roddy Piper, a professional wrestler and karate expert/movie hero Chuck Norris.This fantastic book has nineteen chapters covering many of the highlights in Gene LeBell's action filled life.This is a man who grew up with boxing and wrestling all his life.In conclusion, this is a book that should be in every martial artist's personal library.Rating: 5 stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Monadnock Defensive Tactics System, Use of the Monadnock Straight Baton, PR-24 Police Baton Advanced Techniques, Season of the Warrior).

5-0 out of 5 stars The Man!
Fantstic read. I wish a few rumors had been covered in this book. I guess the legal stuff keeps him from doing so thought.
Any fan of wrestling or martial arts should read about this man.
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12. Grappling Basics: A New Twist on Conditioning
by Brian Jones M.S.
Paperback: 112 Pages (2008-12-01)
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Even if you have no plans to become a mixed martial artist, honing your grappling skills will condition your body in new ways, building leg and arm strength, toughening your joints and tendons, and expanding your range of motion and flexibility. Brian Jones, an expert in judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, shows you the proper stances and footwork; key moves, like clinches and takedown, and ground positions and pins; and submission techniques; plus an extensive section on workouts and drills. While you'll want a training partner to work on the moves, many of the techniques and drills can be practiced alone. Grappling Basics will spice up your training and get your body into combat-ready condition, teaching you new skills that who knows? might even save your neck someday. Over 300 photos. 112 pp. ... Read more

13. Grappling with the Beast (European Expansion and Indigenous Response)
by forthcoming
Hardcover: 378 Pages (2010-01-25)
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This volume contributes rich, new material to provide insights into indigenous responses to the colonial empires of Great Britain and Germany (Namibia) and explore the complex intellectual, cultural, literary, and political borders and identities that eme ... Read more

14. Grappling for Newbies: What every new BJJ and Submission Grappler should know!
by Bakari Akil II PhD
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"Grappling for Newbies" tells you what you absolutely need to know before you search and sign up at a grappling school and what you need to know afterwards. This book also lets you know things about training, instructors and academies that no one ever talks about (ever) or definitely wouldn't share with a new grappler.

This book puts you in the know:

Learn how to avoid the Revenge Tap

How to approach grappling with the opposite sex

What's a loyalty promotion?

Does Gi color matter?

Why the Gi is your best friend

How to avoid being thrown in with the 'sharks'

Avoiding pressure

Ways to improve outside of class

Why beginners are the most dangerous people in grappling

"Grappling for Newbies" also includes the innovative BJJ comic strip "Mouthguard!" ... Read more

15. Training for Competition: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Grappling
by David Meyer
Paperback: 150 Pages (2008-11-01)
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Based on the knowledge of a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) world-championship medalist, this comprehensive guide details the mental and physical rigors necessary to succeed in BJJ and grappling matches. Drawing on additional insights from famous grapplers around the world, this reference outlines the rules, regulations, and protocols of competitive sparring and provides tips on avoiding fouls, psyching out opponents, and using specific muscle groups to maximize versatility on the mat. A history of the sport's rules is also included, featuring a breakdown of judges' and referees' signals. With training recommendations for diet, physical conditioning, game plans, and day-of tactics, this guide encourages both longtime defenders and new challengers to strive for success.

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1-0 out of 5 stars not impressed
really expected alot more. didn't have much I could use. thought that his association with John Will would produce a more practicable and usable book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great philosophy, great advice, great stories, great book!
First off the book it self is very high quality. I usually dont notice this with books, but it really stood out. Nice glossy pages, great pictures and a easy to read fonts, kudos to the book producer, very classy. Now onto the book itself David Meyer not only gives you great strategies, but a fantastic mindset on how to approach competition. I think my best take aways from the book is that champions are not afraid to lose, and that if your not competing then you are denying yourself the opportunity to grow and become better. I just finished my first ADCC competition, and all the advice he provided in the book was spot on. if I had I read the book before the competition, and put just a few of the techniques into practice I would have medaled.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great
The book gives solid tips and strategy's to up your game, but the entire photo section seems pointless. They describe a move anyone with a white belt would know, and then show 4 or 5 pages of photo's showing the technique and similar ones. It's somewhat repetitive and seems more like a space filler. The information on training, attitude, mindset, is all great, however; and the real reason to get this book. If you plan on competing in BJJ I would recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal
David Meyer is the real deal.A great competitor, gifted teacher and a man who will bring you to the next level in BJJ.This book offers many insights that you won't get on the mat.A must read for BJJ students!

5-0 out of 5 stars Competition fundamentals
This book is very good on training fundamentals, how to be successful in competition, and some hints to get better overall. ... Read more

16. Drills for Grapplers: Training Drills And Games You Can Do On The Mat For Jujitsu, Judo And Submission Grappling
by Steve Scott
Kindle Edition: 160 Pages (2008-06-04)
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In Drills for Grapplers, Coach Steve Scott teaches you his favorite drills for judo, jujitsu, sambo, submission grappling, mixed martial arts and other submission grappling sports. You get both fitness drills to improve your strength, stamina, coordination, speed and flexibility and skill drills to work specific grappling skills like footwork, position, control, gripping, throwing, locking, pinning, falling, transitions, free practice (randori) and an aggressive attitude. With group, partner and solo drills for beginners and elite athletes, kids and adults, you re sure to find new and exciting ways to practice on the mat. In addition to explaining how to do each drill, the purpose of the drill and the recommended skill and age level, Coach Scott shares tips on organizing your practice sessions, sample workouts by skill level and goal, fitness for grapplers and training rules.Take your training sessions to the next level with drills used by elite fighters. With over 50 drills specifically for grapplers, this is a great reference for both athletes and coaches. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Great price, excellent ideas...needs a little color.
If you are looking for great ideas to help you mix up your training, for the price, this book is an excellent source.It would have gotten 4 stars if not for the black and white photos.If production quality is of little importance to you get this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Guide to the Use of Scottie's Other Books
This one could be seen as the manual to using the material in Scott's other texts on the grappling arts. Good to see a reference to the Judo side of things(I'm not a current Judoka).
It is his usual to the point style where he pushes the material not himself.
I would love to meet the author and hear him talk about this stuff and demonstrate it (perferably not on me).

2-0 out of 5 stars Not for Solo training
I purchased this book because it advertised the inclusion of solo drills.While I am certain that the drills included in the book are worthwhile, and if done properly, will cause your grappling skills to improve, there were only two solo drills.Not having a training partner outside of the dojo the book was of limited value to me and I ended up returning it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Much Better
I thought this book was much better than Mr. Scott's previous books.I have used many of the drills in my club since reading this.Some of the drills are simple and common but that is to be expected in any type of coaching drill book.Most of these are great ideas to shake up a practice.I hope Mr. Scott writes more books for teaching or practicing Judo because there are not many out there that focus on drills and ways to practice Judo beyond what was written decades ago.These would be a valued resources for any new instructor or an instructor that wants something to keep his current grapplers awake. ... Read more

17. Grappling with Diversity
Paperback: 282 Pages (2008-02-28)
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Addresses the concerns of the marginalized in the American school curriculum. ... Read more

18. Jeet Kune Do: Conditioning And Grappling Methods
by Larry Hartsell
Paperback: 208 Pages (2010-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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In this fantastic book by, Larry Hartsell- one of the worlds leading authorities on Bruce Lees Jeetkunedo-you will discover the imperative component of Lees art Conditioning Training Methods, calisthenics, neck conditioning, leg conditioning, focus gloves training methods.Grappling concepts that are a 'must know in todays martial art circles.This fully illustrated practical manual also includes an exclusive interview with the author shedding light on Bruce Lee's conditioning and grappling concepts.Also includes exclusive photos and Lees original training program from the authors personal archives.This book belongs on the book shelves of every serious martial artist.600 b/w photos. ... Read more

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grappling-its a sport but sport isnt always whats practical.it adds to the curriculum so teachers can teach you more and put more money into their pockets! really think about it! using two of your hands to tie up your opponants one arm, which still leaves him an arm to use,is pretty silly and dangerous on the street and in sparring.dont believe me ! take it for checking! try it yourself and tell your partner to use the other hand while you go for your grapple! his imaginary eye jab,throat punch,groin slap,backfist to your head or whatever he uses that is an effective tool ,will get you! dont believe me try it yourself! believe me this is why bruce emphasized his eye jab so much-of course i dont advocate going to the eyes as much as bruce did-but i think it was bruces way of pointing out that simplicity is what works-even a backfist to the head,a headbutt,an elbow,a knee is more effective and less likely to fail than 99.9999999% {if not 100%} of most grappling techniques!!!!! lw

2-0 out of 5 stars Same old same old
This book is no more than a rehash of what has already been written about in countless other books on JKD. The grappling material is very basic and limited. It is better covered and explained in other submission fighting books. There also should have been more closeups on the holds being applied as it is difficult to see many of them. Not something I would highly recommend unless you are just starting out.

4-0 out of 5 stars It means, "Conditioning and Grappling Basics".
This is a good book for martial artists starting out. I have been in Martial arts for awhile. This book will help you get in shape and work on flexibility, if you don't already know how to do that. I recommend it to someone that wants to see what Jeet Kune Do involves and what kind of moves there are in Jiu-Jitsu. Pick one up, a good book for an all around freestyle martial artist. ... Read more

19. Solo Training 2: The Martial Artist's Guide to Building the Core for Stronger, Faster and More Effective Grappling, Kicking and Punching (No. 2)
by Loren W. Christensen
Paperback: 336 Pages (2005-04-30)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$4.97
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Asin: 188033688X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In his follow up to the phenomenally popular Solo Training, Loren Christensen has dug down deep to come up with hundreds of more ways for you to rev up your training at home or in the gym. Solo Training 2 kicks off with a focus on building your body's core for stronger, faster and more effective grappling, kicking and punching. A strong core - your shoulders, chest, abs, hips, and back - is the source of your body's power, speed and coordinated movement. As a martial artist, a strong core helps you to get more out of your training and to respond instantly and effectively to the fast changing demands of competition or an explosive street encounter.

You'll also get over 100 ways to work your combinations, cheat speed, improve accuracy, fight from unconventional stances, practice grappling when you can't find a partner and get the most out of your mannequin bag. If hundreds of new training drills sound overwhelming, not to worry. Solo Training 2 wraps up with 8 workouts, each with a specific goal like the Free Hand Power Builder and the Boxer Workout. If you've read your copy of Solo Training to tatters, give it a little time off and dig into Solo Training 2, where Loren Christensen promises to take your fighting techniques and understanding of fighting concepts to a new level. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Solo Training
With Loren W. Christensen (Author) books, you can not go wrong. They are full of practical knowledge and useful ideals to help the martial Artist grow. Highly recommend his books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I realy enjoy this book it's great for martial artist added some new exercise and just a great way to stay motivated about working out and stay fit. I've been trying some of exercises so far for the abs and push ups and love it. I would definetly recommend this book to others. Great Book! It's Awesome!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I am 29 y.o., 2nd degree black belt in shotokan karate and have been involved in martial arts since I was 18. I'm sure many martial artists are faced with the same problem -- you reach a point in your training where progress slows down or stops altogether and you need a new source of motivation.

This book was a good helper in re-designing my training routine and schedule. I added a whole bunch of new exercises recommended by the author as well as employed a number of mind conditioning techniques (these are indeed very important).

After just a couple of months, I'm noticing improvement. My body is much stronger and I am able to perform many techniques and kata better than before.

Sometimes I'd overtrain and have problem sleeping afterwards. I picked up a few relaxation/meditation techniques from this book that help me to calm down after training and rest comfortably.

"Solo Training 2" is the great source of information that will help you improve your physical and mental fitness. I cannot really find any faults with this book, hence the 5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy the whole series
I have the whole Solo Training Series and the DVD and all of them have been jam-packed with great information and practical advice. I wouldn't hesitate to buy anything Loren Christensen has written, it's all first rate. He has a great sense of humor and an easy writing style. But content is king and there's plenty of it in here. I was concerned that the classic Solo Training title had already said everything there was to say on this subject, but I actually like Solo Training 2 much better. It's full of great exercises, practical advice and a huge range of extra topics like coping with stress and injuries. He also handles the mental game better than anyone I have seen so far, probably because he's actually fought for his life using these techniques as an MP and Portland police officer and not just in the dojo or in competition. Buy it now, you won't be disappointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solo training
It's not a book for people who trains alone, but for teachers that want the best for their students. Both volumes are very complete! ... Read more

20. Total Defense: A Comparison of Grappling and Striking Defenses Against Common Street Attacks
by Loren W. Christensen, Mark Mireles
Perfect Paperback: 176 Pages (2010-09-15)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$12.87
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Asin: 1934903221
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Have you ever disarmed a knife wielding attacker? Looked down the barrel of a gun? Been attacked by two or three thugs at the same time? Carjacked? Sucker-punched? Clubbed?Loren W. Christensen and Mark Mireles have. With over 50 years of law enforcement experience between them, they've been on the receiving end of nearly every kind of street attack imaginable and witnessed countless more assaults. In Total Defense: A Comparison of Grappling and Striking Defenses Against Common Street Attacks, they share the knowledge, skills and techniques you'll need to prevail during a physical attack. You'll learn the best striking and grappling defenses against sucker punches, grabs, tackles, headlocks, bearhugs, multiple attackers, carjacking and street weapons like guns, edged weapons, bats and clubs.Total Defense is like getting two books in one: for each type of attack, Mark shows you how to lock-up, throw or takedown your assailant while Loren shows you how to punch, kick, rip, gouge, stomp or crush your attacker's most vulnerable targets. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good Practical Self Defense
Sometimes, when confronted with a self defense situation on the street, its best to grapple, strike or run.This book teaches you how and when to use each to avoid becoming a victim.Program these techniques into your "computer" and you will not need to think if confronted with a street attack, you will react appropriately and survive!

5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book for anyone interested in practical street combat self-defense.

The authors of this book approach the subject of self-defense in a unique and interesting way.Though their back-grounds are similar, each specialized in different areas.Loren has wide experience in karate and police tactics.Mark's back-ground is in judo, jujitsu and wrestling.What they have in common is their practical police experience and a desire to focus on countering street attacks.

The 12 chapters in this fully illustrated book cover a multitude of approaches to various street attack situations.The introduction explains the author's experiences and their own specialties.The first chapter gives information on the wrestling point of view. The second chapter shows numerous defenses against the overhand right punch.The third chapter demonstrates how to counter a tackle type of attack.The fourth chapter reviews defenses against headlocks. The fifth chapter covers defenses against various types of bear hugs.The six chapter shows how to fight in tight spaces.The seventh chapter is about how to counter the collar/lapel grab.The eighth chapter deals with how to handle more than one attacker.Chapter nine shows some interesting self-defense counters against a baseball bat attack. Chapter ten explains how to counter a person who has a gun pointed at you.Chapter eleven deals with car jacking situations.The final chapter deals with edged weapon attack counters.

It is important to keep in mind that one has to actually practice the techniques shown in this book in order to get the most benefit from the material.A book can only point the way, but the reader must do the work.

In conclusion, this is a book that will be of interest to anyone who is interested practical and effective street combat techniques.

Rating:5 stars. Joseph J. Truncale(Author:Monadnock Defensive Tactics System, Use of the Monadnock Straight Baton, PR-24 Police Baton Advanced Techniques,Samurai Aerobics, Pro-Systems Combatives Vol. 1,2,Season of the Warrior, Wakizashi-Jutsu, Tanto-Jutsu, Never Trust a Politician, Haiku Moments: How to read, write and enjoy Haiku)
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