I just ordered a copy of Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro and Kevin Howell. I’ve been meaning to pick this book up for quite some time, but for whatever reason, I kept avoiding it. Perhaps it was because I didn’t want another book floating around the house, or perhaps I was just being cheap. I’m not sure.
I’ve been borrowing Jeff’s books for a really long time. I got part way through Jiu-Jitsu University before I moved, but since I was leaving, I figured that I needed to give it back to him. It wouldn’t have been cool of me to steal it and bring the book to Florida.
Anyway, the reason I ordered it is because I need to pick up where I left off in Connecticut. I used to (and still) do a lot of homework when it comes to Jiu-Jitsu. I couldn’t imagine simply showing up for class a few times a week, thinking I was going to get better from that alone. Like anything else in life, you need to practice, then study, then practice, then study…that’s how it works.
Jiu-Jitsu University is really good. Saulo lays out so many principles and techniques, it’s not even funny. I felt my game improve slightly from just the first few chapters I read. I can’t imagine what’s going to happen after I get through chapters on various guard games. If you haven’t noticed, guard is what’s “in” these days with me.
I have a question for you. I just ordered Jiu-Jitsu University to read in my off-the-mat time. I’d like to know what you do. Do you have any suggestions for reading or video? Have you purchased any DVD sets or books, and if so, who’s your favorite? I’m all ears when it comes to this stuff.