Review of Judo Throws and Takedown Books for Jiu-Jitsu

I got my books that I talked about in my post Should I Learn Judo to Excel in Jiu-Jitsu.  They are:


Judo for Mixed Martial Arts: Advanced Throws, Takedowns, and Ground Fighting Techniques


Throws and Takedowns for Sambo, Judo, Jujitsu and Submission Grappling

The "Judo for Mixed Martial Arts" was the book for me.  Its large color step by step pictures were perfect for my visual learning style.  I thought the organization of the throws and takedowns was excellent with its color coding of pages into sections.  The descriptive text was short and to the point.

"Throws and Takedowns" had a larger collection of just that, throws and takedowns.  It was smaller in size and didn’t have color pictures.  I think in order to really see what is going on its helps to have color.  Its like tying a knot with two pieces of white string or tying one that has two pieces of different colored string.  It is much easier to understand the knot when you see how it interlaces.  It also didn’t show enough pictures.  Where "Judo for Mixed Martial Arts" might show 20 pictures of the throw with different angles "Throws and Takedowns" only showed 6 to 8.  "Throws and Takedowns" had much more descriptive text to make up for the lack of visual content.  Having never done Judo before and I am new to takedowns and throws, it was hard to visualize how a technique was done.

Karo Parisyan got it right in my opinion.  I will be using his book in my quest to improve my BJJ with a arsenal of takedowns and throws from Judo.

Why Am I Writing About Gi vs. No-Gi?

If you have been in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) or MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) for anytime you will have heard the gi vs. no-gi debate.  So why am I writing about it?  Because I want to hear some real arguments for no-gi as your foundation technique. I see no-gi technique as a subset of gi (kimono) technique.  If you use a gi to train, you learn a larger set of techniques that can be applied on the street.  Its true people don’t go around in gis.  It is also true they don’t always wear shorts, short sleeve shirts, and are all sweaty.  Winter is coming on and your typical person will be wearing what?  A heavy coat and long pants.  These are a perfect substitution for a gi.

It is my opinion that first you should train in the gi and only after achieving a belt or two worry about doing no-gi.  You want to improve your arsenal with no-gi.  You want a solid base to start with.  That is why you start in gi and later add no-gi classes.

Not convinced?  You don’t fall into the pride category then like this blog entitled Be Proud, but Humble on Tap or Die suggests, I hope?  I am going to put my money where my mouth is and go to a no-gi tournament having never done no-gi.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  In the mean while, let me hear your side of the debate.


A Rash Guard, I wouldn’t do Jiu-Jitsu without it

What’s a rash guard? It is a shirt or leggings that are made of a spandex type of slick material.  They are used to reduce skin abrasion and bruises in grappling.  I started like most beginners in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (a.k.a. BJJ) with just a t-shirt and sweats.  I came home each time bruised like a Dalmatian.  I soon got my Gi, the traditional uniform in most martial arts.  As anyone who works with their hands knows a good pair of work gloves keeps you from getting blisters.  When it come to BJJ, a Gi is the equivalent of work gloves.  But I found I was still getting  some bruises.  I noticed that some of the others had shinny shirts.  That is how I found out about Rash Guards.  When you wear a rash guard it gives you added protection by decreasing the friction between you and what ever comes in contact with you.  With my new rash guard I stopped being bruised.  Yes, some of the bruising was due to inexperience in grappling but after I got the Gi and rash guard my bruises all but went away.  It also helps protect you again the dreaded ring worm that come from grappling the “unclean”.  A rash guard in my opinion is a must.

What brand of rash guard is best?  I stared with Under Armour.  Their Heat Gear line is what is sold all over the web in MMA, Mixed Martial Art, sites.  I use a compression long sleeve top.  I understand that a loser fitting shirt can be better as the compression tops tend to roll up in grappling.  I am waiting on a lose fitting long sleeve top from Sprawl to see if it works any better.  I also have ordered a pair of their shorts to see if their claims at being the best are true.