Mar 10, 2008

Download - "Mastering The Twister" by Eddie Bravo (Rapidshare)

Another awesome link sent to me: "Mastering The Twister" by Eddie Bravo- the follow up to "Mastering the Rubber Guard."

Download "Mastering The Twister" Here:

If you wish to buy an actual copy of it if you like it (I know that I personally love having the actual book) - Mastering the Twister: Jiu-jitsu for Mixed Martial Arts Competition

...and in case you missed it, Download "Mastering the Rubber Guard" Here:

Now, I haven't had a chance to browse through it yet, and I was too excited to share it with you, so instead of a half-assed review, I'm going to give you someone else's review of the book today.

Review From

Mastering the Twister

Innovation: in-no-va-tion; noun; the act or process of inventing or introducing something new. Though this may be the accepted definition in the English language, it is missing one key component: a certain man named Eddie Bravo. Bursting onto the Jiu-Jitsu scene relatively recently (within the past decade), Eddie has proven that nothing about his life is conventional. He established himself as one of most evolutionary no-gi Jiu-Jitsu players with his absolutely insane techniques that no one in the grappling world had seen before. He was even applying his own signature maneuver that was so effective and powerful that commissions banned it from the ADCC after Eddie tore through the trials and was finally at the final level of the competition. This move, of course, is the main technique covered in this book: The Twister. In the following editorial, I hope to shed some light on the most recent Victorybelt publication which, I am happy to say, does indeed live up to the hype generated by owners of Eddie’s previous work, Mastering the Rubber Guard.

Included Content

Mastering the Twister is, as many might assume, part two of Eddie’s systematic breakdown of his Jiu-Jitsu game. While MTRG essentially covered all the “defensive” positions, such as half guard, full guard, Rubber Guard, escapes, and so forth, this book is nearly pure offense. In my opinion, the categories of techniques can be separated into three major areas. The first is the Twister and all its related techniques, which makes up most of the book (about one half). The second is the mount, which covers two different mount types and a multitude of options from both. The third and final area is what I would call a “bonus” section. It includes awesome bits of information, such as sprawl information, transitions, and some slick setups. Of course, just as with his other book, an outstanding flow chart is included that makes the entire system come together perfectly. Other then the BJJ, which is obviously most the book, a very nice introduction is presented which gives an excellent biography of Eddie’s life which, believe it or not, was very touching and personal. Throughout the biography never before seen pictures are included which show Eddie as a little boy, in his teenage years, as a young adult, and so forth. The foreword is written by none other then Jason Chambers, the host of the critically acclaimed television program, “Human Weapon”. Jason is one of Eddie’s top MMA students and uses all the techniques found in both books to great success in competition. All of this is essentially Mastering the Twister in a nut shell. Next, we will take a look at each technique “area” that I mentioned earlier so that you, the reader, can get a more detailed idea of just what you will be getting when you pick up a copy of this fine piece of work.

The Twister and Related Techniques

Without a doubt, this is the “meat and potatoes” of the book. It includes Twister Side Control and The Truck, both of which are used to set up the Twister. Now, you may be thinking, how can hundreds of pages be devoted to setting up one move? The answer is probably what you’d expect from an Eddie Bravo book: everything branches out into MANY other techniques. While you may be using a setup for the Twister, you can use the same setup to pull off arm locks, chokes, and leg locks just to name a few. So, while “The Truck” is a position used to transition to the Twister submission, it has approximately 25 other options to utilize that generally end in some crazy submission that the other guy will never see coming! Like anything else in the Bravo System, everything starts at step one and continues from there in a very methodical manner. Eddie has a brilliant way of teaching, especially with these super-advanced moves. When I say advanced, I mean some of these moves have never even been seen by the grappling community, let alone been utilized. This is just a testament to Eddie’s amazing innovation in the world of grappling.

The Mount

The mount section included in this book is much different than most other instructional books on the market. This includes Eddie’s first book, Jiu-Jitsu Unleashed. While some of his technique names are the same, he makes it clear that he changed his mount game quite a bit in the several years since that first book was published. Now, the question you may have is “What makes this mount section so different?” Although I may seem redundant, I must say, again, innovation. You won’t find the traditional “assume mount; isolate arm; capture arm; apply downward pressure as you spin into armbar; execute armbar” that is found in most other BJJ books. You are going to find yourself learning two completely new (for most) and very effective mounts that are VERY hard to defend against. To make things worse for your opponent, the positions also allow you to easily snatch up submissions. This is especially true, in my opinion, of the mounted triangle, which is surprisingly easy to pull off from these mounts. Another great aspect of this section is that there are many transitions from the mount to positions like “The Truck”, which fits in superbly with Eddie’s chaining (of techniques) philosophy portrayed in the flow chart. Overall, a great section of the book that will help anyone’s mount game develop into a systematic science.

“Bonus” Sections

This area of the books focuses on the remaining areas of Eddie’s game, such as techniques off the sprawl, back control, transitions, setups, and so forth. Most people often take these for granted; for example, most people assume that, after taking the back and applying both hooks, the next step is simply the rear naked choke. However, Eddie makes sure he breaks down the intricacies of attaining the position, maintaining it, and attacking with a number of submissions in a variety of ways. Also, rather interestingly, the sprawl is covered relatively thoroughly for a BJJ book, which is surprising since almost most books of this genre essentially only focus on the ground game and care little about the standing game. The transitions are also a very important aspect of the book. Many people may not find themselves especially proficient at Twister Side Control, yet they would like to utilize the tremendous advantages allotted by positions like “The Truck” and the Twister itself. Transitions from common positions, such as the back or mount, put you exactly where you need to be, bypassing Twister Side Control. While not necessarily the highlight of the book, this “sleeper” section definitely gets the books major points.

Difficulty/Practicality of Techniques

Alright, let me start off by saying this is, by no means, a newbie Jiu-Jitsu book. The moves included are very advanced and complex and most definitely require a solid understanding of “normal” Jiu-Jitsu. Even Eddie had a strong base at JJ Machado’s school before creating 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu. With that being said, the moves will come relatively naturally to even mildly experienced BJJ’ers. Twister Side Control is definitely the most difficult idea in this book (and it makes up a great deal of it). It requires a LOT of drilling and practice to become good at since it shatters everything previously learned in BJJ. However, is definitely EXTREMELY potent once someone gets good at it. Many (generally all) of his moves just make sense and follow a definitive flow pattern with a counter attack to any type of technique. Let’s use Twister Side Control as an example. Your opponent, when on the bottom, can turn into you, turn away, or lay on his back (Eddie explains this). He provides multiple techniques for offense and countering for each “response” by your opponent, making the most difficult technique in the book seem unbelievably practical once it is understood. In terms of my own experience with his techniques, within the first couple of days I found myself executing some without even thinking. I was rolling with a submission wrestler with a solid 2.5 years of experience. I took him down and passed to mount. I began applying an Americana/Keylock, but the kid had phenomenal submission defense. Recalling something from the mount section, I switched up my grips and transitioned directly to the Spider Web (the technique is called the Ameri-Spider in the book). I then finished with a straight armbar and got the tap. In my opinion, if a person can utilize a technique after only seeing it once, it must be very practical. So, while many of the techniques are advanced, the moves themselves are actually very practical and relatively easy to pull off if one is following Eddie’s master plan.


This is probably going to be the shortest section of the review since there aren’t too many negatives about the book. There are three relatively unimportant factors that you may wish to consider before purchase. First and foremost, this book is part of a set (Mastering the Rubber Guard being the other). To get the most out of this book, you really need to have both. When one purchases art, he buys the whole picture. Like art, you need both pieces to truly appreciate Eddie’s brilliant system of technique. Secondly, there are no guard passes included in either book. While most guard passes are (for the most part) similar and have probably been learned by the experienced demographic that this book targets, it would have been nice to see a few in here. Jiu-Jitsu Unleashed, Eddie’s first ever book, has some guard passes included; perhaps you could pick up a copy of that if you NEED guard passes. The third and final problem should be fairly apparent from the review: this book is very difficult to use if you are a beginner. A basic knowledge of many positions, submissions, and grips is required to fully understand this book. While these are the weaknesses of the book, they truly do not harm the work as a whole, in my opinion.

Final Comments

Eddie Bravo’s BJJ game is, as mentioned in the introduction, extremely innovative. Unlike many high level practitioners of the sport who hoard the “secrets” of their game, Eddie openly shares his awesome techniques with the work in a highly detailed way leaving no rock unturned and no secrets withheld. There are so many good things about this book, from the great biography, to the ingenious flow chart, to the amazing techniques fully explained and shown from multiple angles in crystal clear full color photographs. While people may gripe about the problems explained in the complaints section, they really aren’t a big problem. That is saying something considering I find problems with almost everything. Mastering the Rubber Guard and Mastering the Twister are, as a pair, the BEST Jiu-Jitsu books on the market without a doubt. They will boost your game to a level you never thought possible. While you will undoubtedly benefit from just purchasing Mastering the Twister, you will see great benefits if you take in Eddie’s entire system.

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Richard said...

Hi I m from Argentina and this book is really excellent. Thank you very much for sharing it. Please upload more ebooks like X guard (Marcelo Garcia), Armlocks Encyclopedia (Steve Scott). Thank you again man!! Excellent Blog. Gracias desde Argentina.

DansMuayThaiMMA said...

Thanks for both of these books. I am definitely enjoying reading through them.