Feb 15, 2008

Download a Copy of "The Essence of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu," by Rigan Machado

"The Essence of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu" Download The PDF Here (Requires Adobe Reader or Equivalent)

Rigan Michado, one of the most knowledgeable Brazilian jiu jitsu practitioners in the world, introduced for the first time in published form his famous "Machado Jiu Jitsu" techniques. This book encompasses an enormous variety of techniques, including arm locks, chokes and leg locks.

I just started reading this book, but so far, so good. I'd recommend reading it at a high zoom, because the scan isn't the crispest thing in the world. But then again, I am using my monitor at a higher resolution than the average person (1920x1200), so you might have an easier time reading the words.

Honestly, that's really the only gripe I have about the download- it's an excellent read. No nonsense, it gets right into the submissions, which I'm sure appeals to those who have read other jiu jitsu books that spend a good 1/4 talking about the 'progression in the art' and newbie drills rather than getting to actual techniques. The majority of the book is gi, but the last 1/4 is purely dedicated to no-gi submissions. Once again, this is a book that is heavily-submission based (With an awesome leg lock section, which you rarely see in a BJJ book). You'll have to get your sweeps and escapes elsewhere.

Techniques: 9/10 (Leg lock love)
Instruction: 8/10 (Very simple and well broken-down, but not too much detail)
Overall: 7/10 (Just because it need a supplementary text)

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