We practiced takedowns a week ago on Tuesday. I had a pulled bicep and sat it out. After watching my videos it looked like Dojo Wars! With everyone going at once it was a battle scene. As time wore on you can see the fatigue setting in. By the time part 3 was being captured it turned from Dojo Wars to something like marathon dancing. LOL! Most of the guys are just learning grip fighting and takedown technique. I myself have nothing to brag about when it comes to grip fighting and takedown technique. I have been trying to improve by reading Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu: Revolutionizing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I did a review on it some time ago "Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu by Dave Camarillo with Erich Krauss". It has really opened my eyes. But book learning and practical application are two different things. I hope next week we have "Takedown Tuesday" as I’m calling it and I get a chance to go over some of the things I’m learning in the book. Until then its time to drill what I can solo from the instruction in Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu.
There are some books that should just be standard in every BJJ practitioners library. They should be well known throughout the community. For example: Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro. So how did I miss Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu: Revolutionizing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Dave Camarillo with Erich Krauss. The answer is simple. I judged the book by its cover. You know they tell you never to, but I did. It was named "Guerrilla" and had a bullet hole between the words "Jiu Jitsu". It didn’t say anything about all the super throws and takedowns in it. A friend of mine convinced me to look at it and I was astounded. Where Judo for Mixed Martial Arts: Advanced Throws, Takedowns, and Ground Fighting Techniques shows you no-gi throws and takedowns, Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu shows you gi and more! Here was the book I had really been looking for. It even had the Ashi-Barai takedown that I had just learned and was looking for the name of. This is a Judo for BJJ book like no other. I went on to see all kinds of flying takedowns. So some would poo-poo this as just flash. I say what a great way to catch your opponent off balance. No one expects a flying attack. Get a partner, put in the repetitions, and catch them with their pants down. Judo has superior takedown and throwing technique while BJJ has superior ground fighting technique. Anyone who wants to excel in BJJ needs to have more then a ground game. Guerilla Jiu-Jitsu has excellent color photos and good descriptions with each technique. I am now looking into getting the DVD’s (which once again look silly) Position: Impossible "Guerrilla Jiu Jitsu". Please a guy in a gi with a pistol? Dave Camarillo has got the moves just not the marketing skills. In the mean while I have picked out a few throws to start practicing at class. My love of the Balloon Sweep should translate nicely into the Tomoe-Nage Armlock that Dave shows in his book. I’ll have to do a post on it after I prefect it.