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Publisher's Summary

This is a manual designed to get White Belts to competent Blue Belts in as fast a time as possible.

Zen Jiu Jitsu is more a rendition of concepts than techniques. This is the simplest and easiest way to break down and simplify the many and varied ideas, philosophies and combinations in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu arsenal. For both competition jiu jitsu and self defense jiu jitsu most white belts need to fully understand the concepts, but it can be VERY confusing!

Here is a short list of a few of the questions students ask, that are covered in depth:

  • What is the guard and how do we utilize it best?
  • What options do we have from guard?
  • Why is posture and distance important?
  • The mount is a powerful position but how do I get there?
  • ... And when I do get there, how do I stay there?

This is a great manual for anyone just starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Traditional Jiu Jitsu, MMA and Grappling.

©2013 Barry Crowther (P)2014 Barry Crowther

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Wow!!!

So I picked up this, the second book in the series, first.
About halfway through... I grabbed the first one as well!
I have been practicing martial arts for over 25 years & teaching for over 16 years. I recently started BJJ & I learned more from this book than six months in class!!!
If you want to improve your game...
GET. THIS. SERIES!!!

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good book, bad narration

very good lessons and concepts. the narrator was rough to listen to, though. worth the time

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amazing

absolutely the best book out there for beginners. I have just finished listening and am about to press repeat!

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Great read Narrator a little annoying

The Info in this book is great. The
narrator sounds too dry and mispronounces a lot of BJJ terms and names like Rickson Gracie & De La Riva.

No shade thrown though. Great read!

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Great information

Really good information. It was good since I am a white belt and looking for more to help me submit myself into jiujitsu. Had a very hard time getting comfortable with the narrator’s voice though.

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Loved!

I've been practicing for about a year and a half almost daily, currently a four stripe white belt. Absolutely great information, a lot of important concepts to think about, and a lot of further reading suggestions offered. Would recommend to anyone who is starting jiu jitsu through newly promoted blue belts.

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Pretty helpful!

This book is not a how too but if your very new to jiu jitsu it gives you a good start on what you should be focusing on, and a good foundation of general concepts.

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Great information but horrible narration

The material was good and useful.I literally had to take breaks because the monotone narrator was grinding my brain to dust. And don't get me started on his mispronouncing techniques.
I wish I'd just bought an actual book.

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Excellent content, BUT....

.....the reader made me want to suck start a shotgun. He was very monotone with no emotion. This is meant to convey emotion. I love audiobooks as they are easy to "read" anywhere. If you are really interested in this topic buy the actual book instead.

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Unlistenable

I’ve made several attempts at enjoying this book but I find the narrator’s voice to be whinny and grating. That, coupled with his obvious lack of understanding of the subject matter make this audio book unlistenable. His pacing is jarring and he mispronounces the names of the very founders of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. His misplaced emphasis on words belies his understanding of basic BJJ terminology: he says “gi” as if someone instructed him on its pronunciation only moment prior to recording. The book’s contents seem childish, it’s almost as if it’s a primer on how to motivate yourself just to get out of bed or off the couch. This might be a good book for a petulant youth, unable to wipe themselves, but any adult with a modicum of initiative should save their money. I sure wish I had.

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  • 04-21-17

Great book for white belts

As a white belt in BJJ I found this book very helpful. More on the mental than for technically aid (but it still has many helpful technical examples and principles laid out). Highly recommended.

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  • Stephen Fzs600
  • 11-17-17

Definitely worth a read

I would definitely recommend this book, I found some useful nuggets of information throughout. I've listened to the book and I'll now buy a hard copy of it.

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  • Phillip
  • 09-30-20

Brilliant I learned so much :)

Such a great book to listen to, I learned so much, loved the reference to table tennis:)

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  • Jack T.
  • 02-04-20

Solid information but the narration was not good.

Loads of great info in here to help on the journey to blue but the narrator clearly has no experience of jiu jitsu or grappling. Pronouncing the R’s in Rickson and De la Riva, then taking about UFC fighter ‘Kyle Sunnen’.

The lack of experience made the information relayed seem disjointed but, if you can get past that, it was good.

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  • michael mckenna
  • 06-26-19

My 1st Book Review

Not much useful information. Waffling on about happy gilmore etc. The reader pronounced Royce Gracie's wrong and isnt very appealing. Sorry for the negativity but i have never felt the need to leave a review but dont waste your credit.

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  • rhysmain
  • 12-18-18

May work better as a book rather than an audiobook

Not bad, but not great. As I said, this may work better as a book as opposed to an audiobook. The narrator clearly has little to no knowledge of BJJ, as he he mispronounced Rickson, Royce, and de la Riva on several occasions.

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  • Benvenuto
  • 01-25-17

Awesome Concepts!

As a confused white belt this book has opened, (I feel it has), my mind to see BJJ and the tornado that is rolling is a completely different light.

The principles and concepts passed down through the lovely, fluid wording of this book is defiantly worth a listen for any guys and girls new to mats! Defiantly enjoyed this one!

Have a good one,
Ben

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-13-19

Cheers

From a confused white belt.
Book Gave me a laugh as well as a some great clarity on what the fucks going on. Recommend - from a 30 year old female who has just begun.

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  • Dan Mac
  • 01-09-19

Worth it

I saw immediate improvement in my 'game' from this book. I felt it jumped around a little but there are many nuggets of information in there. I will purchase the paperback.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-18

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The conceptual approach to learning was quite refreshing. I have applied some of the principles to help me to enjoy training a little more. The sections on the grappling aids and personal anecdotes about competition were particularly helpful.

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  • Kelby OShea
  • 12-21-16

If David lynch did audio books

If David Lynch narrated audio books, this is how it would sound. The poor pronunciation and everything just makes the book better to listen to if you imagine David Lynch doing it. You're welcome.

Good content for beginners in Jiujitsu. Worth a listen and relisten in parts.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-19

Great book !, very insightful and understandable

It was very understandable and eased me into new dimensions of the sport and life. I would recommend it to any belt.