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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Pen Name
  • 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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  • Alex R. Mcbride
  • 03-09-20

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • jcant
  • 13-02-22

Terrible narration

The content of this audiobook may have been worthwhile but I couldn’t get past the narration. The tone and cadence is bad and it’s clear the narrator doesn’t have a good understanding of Jiu Jitsu (pronouncing “Royce” with an R instead of an H sound).

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  • Marcel
  • 23-01-22

Great concepts for White Belts!

Very good information if your new to this sport. Gives you a good framework when training.

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  • Allan
  • 12-09-21

Good book over all with a horrible narrator

First things first, please for the love of god find a new narrator and re record this book. I feel this book should b read a few times but there is no way I’m doing that with this guy for a narrator I’ll probably just buy the actual book itself. But over all it was a good book and would recommend it to any other white belt