Book Review of “Rogue Black Belt – Book One” by John B. Will

Most of the books I read are technical in nature.  After reading excerpts from John B. Will’s "Rogue Black Belt – Book One" I decided to order "Book One" and see what came of it.  I like to read.  Every now and then I come across a book I just can’t put down until I finish it.  "Rogue Black Belt – Book One" is one of those books.  I just ordered "Book Two" and I will pick up "Book Three" as soon as it is ready.

What did I like about John’s book?  First of all he speaks from first hand experience.  This isn’t fiction he is writing, it is the unadulterated truth from his experiences.  John shares tales of his life, martial arts quest across Australia and Indonesia, street fights, and life lessons he learned along the way.  He uses Aussie vernacular to describe things that give his book a unique literary flavor.  By the time I had finished reading it (midnight of the night it arrived).  I admired his adventurous spirit, adaptability, and dedication.  I got a taste of what it would be like to be the one warrior in one hundred that he talks about in his book.  I recommend this book to anyone who wants to take their martial art skill above a sport level.  Street fighting as John points out is a different beast.  It isn’t the controlled sparring in the dojo.  I practice BJJ and love it.  I plan on re-reading John’s book and incorporating it into my mental training.  Thank you John for your candor and truth even when you were ashamed.

3 Replies to “Book Review of “Rogue Black Belt – Book One” by John B. Will”

  1. I’ll be interested to hear your summaries of the next two books. IIRC, Will mentioned in one of his blog posts a while ago that either the second or third (or both?) talk about his early days in BJJ. I love reading up on BJJ history, so if there are lots of anecdotes about training with the Machados, being one of the Dirty Dozen etc in them, definitely books I’d be interested in picking up.

    1. In this first book he has not been introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu yet. I am sure that is to come. I will of course do a review on it on the next book.

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