At long last it has arrived. I’ve had Andre Galvao’s book Drill to Win: 12 Months to Better Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on pre-order for what seems like eternity. Just when I thought it would ship the publisher would move the date. Finally the day came and now I have it in my hot little hands!
The first thing I noticed as I opened the package is the size of the book and the color. Its huge and bright. I wasn’t surprised when I opened it to see that it was well illustrated.
The table of contents groups the drills by month, week, and then day. Each week has a subtitle that explains the goal of that weeks drills. For example: Month 5, Week 4 is dedicated to Turtle Escape drills. This is very handy if you just want to find some drills specific to something you are working on.
The book takes into account diet too. Month 1 is devoted just to that. It makes sense considering that a well oiled machine is going to perform its best. So for all of us who are slacking on the diet or just not eating right Andre gives us a good solid base line to get our motors revving. Month 12 is the "Final Exam". It is really a create-your-own-drill-routine-from-what-you-have-learned month. It spans one page and has some FAQ’s. So really, there are 10 months with a new drill each day. That is more then enough drills for me.
I noticed that there are a few things required to do all the drills. They are, a swiss ball, balance board, and partner. Don’t worry there are solo drills galore! It looks like you are doing solo drills until about Month 4. By then you should have improved agility and be ready for the throwing and pulling guard that make up Month 4. I think the book is well organize by the fact you don’t start throwing and pulling guard until you have a little better skill.
The pictures of each drill are step by step and are sized well. I am a visual learner and would prefer a video but Andre’s progression is good along with the text explanation. I’m sure if the book is as great a success as I think it will be the video’s will follow. All in all, I am very impressed and excited to start my year of drills. I think Drill to Win is going to be a new standard that every BJJ practitioner will want. Andre you rock!
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