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Jiu-Jitsu Books 


Roberto Pedreira













Short Book Notices

July 6, 2019 

Some are old, some are newer. The only thing they have in common is that they are worth writing short book notices about.


Advanced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Techniques, 

by Marcelo Garcia with Marshall D. Carper and Glen Cordoza (Victory Belt Publishing).

Even if your game isn't Marcelo's game, he has a lot of good ideas, well explained by his co-writers. 



Jeet Kune Do, Vol 2, Counterattack! Grappling Counters and Reversals, 

by Larry Hartsell and Tim Tackett (Unique Publications).

Old-School self-defense techniques, mostly serviceable, or at least, food for thought.


Spiritual dimensions of the Martial Arts

 by Michael Maliszewski. Charles E. Tuttle Co.

If you are interested in spiritual aspects of martial arts, you could start here. First, however, Roberto recommends that you clarify to yourself what you mean by "spiritual." Do you want scientific research results? Or do you want guidance on how to be a more "spiritual" person?


Muay Thai: The Most Distinguished Art of Fighting, 

by Panya Kraitus and Dr. Pitisuk Kraitus. Asia Books

 The Bible of Muay Thai. The next best thing to going to Thailand (numerous reports on training in Thailand here if you chose that alternative).


Taekwondo: From a Martial Art to a Martial Sport 

(Routledge Research in Sports History)

by Udo Moenig


Roberto has not actually read this book but he has carefully reviewed the research that the book summarizes and synthesizes, and based on that he recommends the book for those who don't want to or can't read the original research. (However if you do want to read the original research you can find some of it at  Google Scholar, and you can contact the authors for the rest). Even if you aren't particularly interested in TKD, or it never occurred to you that TKD wasn't Shotokan karate with Korean terminology, it is a nice exercise in historiography. (Obviously, there are two different types of Taekwondo...anyway, read the book).


Gene Lebell's Handbook of Judo: A Step by Step Guide to Winning in Sport Judo  

By Gene Lebell 

(Heritage Series, Los Angeles, Calif.)


Some old people know a lot, and no one is older then Gene Lebell. Anything Gene Lebell says is worth reading or listening to (but not necessarily believing). For example Grappling Master. Also Gene Lebell Seminar review. Interestingly, at one time Gene's manager offered GTR the chance to do an interview with Gene. GTR submitted a list of questions. None were about Steven Segal, Bruce Lee, or the Gracie Family. Gene never responded. What's up with that, Gene? (asked with all due respect. Roberto is a big fan of Lebell, seriously, and doesn't want his arms broken).  


Longer reviews of various books, VHS tapes, and DVDs can be found at Reviews.


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