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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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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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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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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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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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  • Average Joe
  • 21-09-16

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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  • Chris
  • 25-08-17

good book, bad narration

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-08-17

amazing

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

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  • Mark G
  • 21-11-16

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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  • Mariah Shidell
  • 23-03-18

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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  • 29-02-16

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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  • vaughn s.
  • 20-11-18

Buy the book...

Terrible narration, mis-pronounced names, techniques and worst of all - no diagrams... just some narrator reading captions.. When they said it's not a technical manual I figured 'ok great! this will be a great listen in my car commuting for a couple of days'

Wrong... and wish I could get a refund.

Skip the audio version - it's got a few memorable quotes but as a zero stripe, white belt - I found the audio book almost worthless.

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  • Jason Padilla
  • 19-11-18

A must have for BJJ practitioners at any level!

Just finished for the third time. A must have especially when the fire goes cold. A reminder of how long the journey is and to enjoy every roll.

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  • Andy
  • 21-03-17

Good content, terrible delivery.

Mispronunciations of almost every single proper Brazilian name, and the spelling out of web links character by character made this a tough listen.

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  • Barry
  • 22-06-14

Worth the read

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

worth the read, good insights into setting expectations on how to train and advance.

Any additional comments?

I found that as a beginner, I was sometimes lost in the terms, and didn't understand specific Jiu Jitsu moves and terms being used. But overall, it was a good listen. I may listen again in 4-6 months.

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