Author : Gambordella Ted
Title : The complete book of Jiu-Jitsu
Year : 2001

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I have been studying jiu-jitsu for over 36 years and during that time I have seen it rise from obscurity to great prominence in the Martial Arts. When I first began my training, there were only a handful of jiu-jitsu students in my hometown of Alexandria, LA, and even after 5 years when I left for college there were still only a handful. I started the first jiu-jitsu club at LSU and it grew to about 40 students before I left. Then I moved around LA, and Texas and started a few schools and trained a few hundred students. I was the first jiu-jitsu teacher in Dallas, TX. It is an amazing thing to see the expression on someone’s face the first time you bend their wrist, or lock their arm out. When they are just watching from the side, they think that the student who is having their wrist bent is just faking it, until they get to experience first hand the debilitating power of the wrist lock, and the absolute control it gives the teacher over the student. You see to really appreciate the power and beauty of jiu-jitsu you have to really have a few locks and hold put on you. In the last 5 years with the advent of the UFC and the great jiu-jitsu fighters from Brazil and now America. Everyone in the martial arts knows and understands the power of jiu-jitsu and finally everyone, and I mean everyone is using some jiu-jitsu techniques in their teaching. Everything from throws to wrist locks, to hold downs and joint locks. In this book you will learn all the basics of a true jiu-jitsu system. You will not learn any KICKS or any PUNCHES. Because real jiu-jitsu doesn’t really have them. You will learn throws, wrist locks, hold downs, escapes and chokes. Because real jiu-jitsu does have them. The best way to practice the moves is to look at the pictures and try to understand the move in your mind, before you actually practice the move with a student or partner. Make sure you understand what it is you are trying to do before you start to do it. It is much more productive to have a plan of action firmly in your mind before you try to do it on the floor. ...