I’d like to take a few minutes to talk you about a fantastic book that EVERYONE who trains Jiu jitsu should own. It’s called “Jiu-jitsu University” and it’s written by Six time World Jiu jitsu Champion and Two time ADCC World Submission Wrestling Champion Saulo Ribeiro! Saulo Ribeiro is known as a fierce competitor on the mats, a superb technician and brilliant tactician with a never say die attitude! In his book “Jiu-jitsu University”, Saulo share his own unique thoughts about techniques, concepts, training, strategy, the belt system and the very essence of his Jiu jitsu!
Saulo is a gifted teacher and has a brilliant mind for Jiu jitsu. His ability to break down and analyse the various styles and techniques have become legendary. Saulo’s brother, Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro credits Saulo for his phenomenal success in Jiu jitsu and ADCC, himself earning Seven World Jiu jitsu Championships including two Open Weight(Absolute) in which he defeated Roger Gracie, as well as Two ADCC World Championships! Xande features prominently in the book as well! Saulo is known for his precise and methodical execution of technique and strategy. Saulo’s attention to the detail is flawless and very evident in “Jiu-jitsu University”!
In the first chapter “The Goal of the White Belt: Survival” Saulo explains the art as he understands it, in which the first thing a student needs to learn is to survive on the mat. Learning to protect yourself and survive, through the use of leverage and good position is of fundamental importance and Saulo often gives reference to Helio Gracie as being the Master of survival! Saulo believes as does Helio Gracie, that all progress in the art is built around solid and impenetrable defense and as such the focus is on good tactical position to protect yourself. If your opponent can not beat you, eventually they will make a mistake and you will be able to capitalise on it!
In the second chapter “The Blue Belt’s Secret Weapon: Escapes” Saulo talks about developing the timing and ability to escape from any position. Saulo goes in to explicit detail on how he sets up and escapes from various positions and submissions as well as some common misconceptions and mistakes students make while attempting these escapes! This is by far the best explanation of on escapes that I have ever seen and I am still learning so much from it! Saulo constantly reminds you about the correct leverage and timing to make these escapes work, as well as what mistakes to look out for.
In the third chapter “Perfecting the Purple Belt: The Guard” Saulo talks about the purpose of the guard and how to use it effectively. Saulo goes through numerous sweeps, submissions, grips/controls, guard pass defenses and recoveries from all the major guard types as well as key points to keep in mind while playing from the guard. Very detailed technique and instruction!
The fourth chapter is about “The Brown Belt’s Mission: Passing The Guard” and is by far my favourite chapter, as Saulo is known as one of the greatest guard passers of all time! Saulo takes the concept of guard passing to a whole other level and teaches the secrets of his game to control, shut down and pass anyone’s guard. You will learn the most important details that make his techniques more efficient as well as more than a few techniques that you have probably never seen before!
In the final chapter “The Black Belt’s Focus: Submission” Saulo talks about what it means to become a black belt, how to train, learn and progress in the art and how to sharpen the most dangerous skill in Jiu jitsu, submissions! And Saulo is a submission master! There are loads of sneaky tricks and tips to set up and submit your opponent from all the major positions! Learn from the best and watch your game soar to new heights! So if you haven’t yet got a copy of “Jiu-jitsu University” please do yourself a favour, go to Saulo’s site www.unijj.com and order it now or swing by your local book store and make a purchase… You wont regret it!
Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!
Jiu jitsu Kingdom