These days pretty much every BJJ technique you can possibly think of is available to watch somewhere online but not everyone is a visual learner and for those of you that aren’t, maybe reading books is the answer to take you to the next level.
The Black Belt Blueprint
This book is written by Nic Gregoriades of the Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood, a South-African black belt under Roger Gracie. At the time that Gregoriades first became interested in BJJ, there was none available in Cape Town and he had to make do with Judo instead, quickly progressing to brown belt. When he eventually came to London, he started training under Roger Gracie and was awarded his black belt within 4 years. In this book he goes through the training concepts and guidelines that allowed him to progress much faster than most, and see success in competition all through his journey up the colored belt ranks. For those that may want something visual to go along with the Black Belt Blueprint, the Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood has also released Journey Into Jiu-Jitsu which is Gregoriades’ first Instructional.
Jiu-Jitsu University was written by real BJJ royalty, a 6th degree black belt, five-time IBJJF World Champion and two-time ADCC World Champion, Saulo Ribeiro. After twelve years, this book is still the largest collection of techniques ever put into writing in an organised form. Not just that, but it’s separated by belt level where the techniques advance from survival to escapes, the guard to guard-passing before finally moving on to submissions. This is an absolute must-have for any BJJ competitor and if used correctly, it will serve as a reference point for years to come.
This is another book by BJJ Royalty in Renzo Gracie, a fellow 6th degree black belt and two-time ADCC World Champion. Renzo focused primarily on MMA throughout his career and fought extensively in Japan, beating several UFC Champions throughout his career. In Mastering Jujitsu, he goes through the general concepts and tactical skills that brought him victory in dozens of competitive matches. The book was also co-written by the man who’s probably Renzo’s most famous student now, John Danaher. While this is definitely useful, it spends much more time going through fighting and self-defense concepts compared to the other BJJ books, which may be a good or bad thing depending on what your goals are.
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