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Publisher's Summary

Are you stuck? Struggle. That's the word that comes to mind when I think about the transition from blue belt to purple belt. For reasons that I can't quite work out, when I came to the later stages of being a blue belt I felt confused and lost in my game. Trying to put all the pieces together seemed like a task too far and quitting looked like an option, after all, most guys my age are hitting the golf course or surfing not rolling on the floor with sweat soaked people. This quitting idea seemed an option at least. In an effort to review what I was doing and pushing through this plateau I developed a few habits that not only brought about a huge change in my game but by applying them on a consistent basis turned me into a respected player in my academy. From obscurity to recognition, even from Black belts, and it only took me one month! This is a great manual for anyone interested in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Traditional Jiu Jitsu, MMA and Grappling.

©2013 Barry Crowther (P)2013 Barry Crowther

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I’ll read it again and a few times more after that

Thank you Mr Staark! This has been an amazing read! I look forward to reading it again and the rest of your books. I only have one more remaining. And I’ve just purchased it.

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Excellent book

I love this book's approach to Jiu Jitsu. It helps you analyze your game, keep track of your progress and strategize your game.

The author's stories are pretty interesting and funny as well. Very good book.

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Shallow and empty

What would have made Zen Jiu Jitsu better?

Some suggestions regarding techniques -- this is really the most obvious strategy I've ever seen.

Practice consistently, take notes, and review. Don't let other things get in the way of your practice.

There - i just saved you the effort of reading the book - that's what it all boils down to - no good suggestions on drills, or even a plan for that matter. I unfortunately picked up three of his books and they all were similar - the titles sound great, but the content is entirely lacking of anything helpful.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mr. Oliver Staark again?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kirk Hanley’s performances?

No

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No - if I could have returned it I would have - I read a lot of jiu jitsu books and these are the most worthless I've ever encountered. Again - the titles sound as if these would be a valuable addition, but the content is absolutely devoid of any value There is nothing that i gained from any of the titles i purchased -- it's really like he didn't even try. Everything in there is basic common sense - and a lot of talk about himself and his journey - which can be reallly interesting, but in this case it's not - no lesson-learned type stories, nothing exciting -- I hate to be so harsh, but having spend the money for three of the books I just have to ensure folks know what they're getting - which is really zilch.

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Beginner minus 1000

I opened this chapter in my life recently and so far I am amazed with the culture, environment, sport and of course the people. Mr. Oliver Staark thank you for the perspective and the may angles you chose to write from. Your interlocking fields of thought are helping me calm and open my mind and think about "my game", whatever that will be, as I do not know yet. Whatever my map evolves to, I'll have a bit of thanks to your thought provoking words as well, to my trying to be the water. Thank you.

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Listened to this twice already

And I've only had the book for a day! Great listen with lots of great advice. I plan on listening to this often as you catch new ideas each time.

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Lenard a lot!

I was a white-belt when I purchase this book. This book helped me in the journey to peruse my BJJ passion. Highly recommended !

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