Top Ten Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Books

Mastering JiuJitsu

Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro & Kevin Howell

Saulo Ribeiro is a 5th-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has won the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 5 times. If anyone can offer reliable guidance on mastering the Martial Art of Jiu-Jitsu, it's this guy.

His book Jiu-Jitsu University earns the top spot on this list because of its fantastic format and ease of instruction. It organizes over 200 grappling techniques by their relative belt-class and supplies essential remedies for the most frequent Jiu-Jitsu errors and mistakes. This detailed training manual is necessary for all athletes, students, and teachers of Jiu-Jitsu.

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Gracie Submission Essentials: Grandmaster and Master Secrets of Finishing a Fight by Hélio Gracie & Royler Gracie

Hélio Gracie is known by many as the original founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Together with his son, Royler Gracie, this dangerous duo authored this publication for all practitioners of Jiu-Jitsu to benefit from.

This quintessential book highlights the favorite and most successful submission procedures and techniques used today. It further includes excellent personal advice on successful physical and mental training that all fighters should acknowledge. Falling Hard is a must-read for all martial artists.

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BJJ Techniques to Defeat Bigger and Stronger Opponents by Dan Faggella

Dan Faggella is a Pan American Jiu-Jitsu champion. In his 2013 best-seller, he highlights the techniques and mentalities that lead him to success and helped him overcome his most significant obstacles bigger and stronger opponents.

His writing outlines the core concepts and philosophies that lead him to achieve his exceptional level of success. Faggella also offers insight as to their full embodiment and implication. Through hundreds of detailed and colored pictures, Faggella’s book offers its readers the most fundamental escapes, sweeps, passes, and submissions for success in their Jiu-Jitsu careers.

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: The Ultimate Guide to Dominating Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Combat by Alexandre “Gigi” Paiva

Alexandre “Gigi” Paiva is a long-time famed and beloved master of Jiu-Jitsu. Following his 1st Word Jiu-Jitsu Championship win at the Adult level, he continued onward to attain the Masters level 4 more times.

He explores the techniques he used for his transcendent achievements in the Martial Arts with over 1,000 fully-colorized pictures of the most crucial techniques. His book on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu covers techniques from simple passes and guards to the most complex and takedowns and submissions.

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A Fighter's Heart: One Man's Journey Through the World of Fighting by Sam Sheridan

One of the most gripping books regarding Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sam Sheridan shares his experience with his fighting obsession. It follows his success and failures in a host of Martial Arts from Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai to kickboxing and street fighting.

A Fighter’s Heart is not only a fascinating and exciting read but it also supplies immense insight useful for fighters of all skills levels. In detail, he illustrates the hard work and tenacity needed to succeed as well as the less-seen inside lives of the successful and violent fighters that can only be found within his writing.

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Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Jigoro Kano

Kanō Jigorō is the pioneer of Judo and the founder of the dan ranking system commonly used today to designate fighter’s relative skill levels. He primarily focuses on education, making his book another essential read.

In his book, he covers a wide range of concepts, including one of the most important for success in the Martial Arts maximizing energy efficiency. He describes essential randori (free practice) and kata (forms practice) that underly the principles and spirit of the popular Martial Art of Ju-Jitsu.

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Mastering Jujitsu by Renzo Gracie

Renzo Gracie is a 6th Degree Black Belt and a professional trainer of world- renowned fighters like Georges St. Pierre and Frankie Edgar. He has proven his ability at mastering mixed martial arts and passes his knowledge onto his readers of Mastering Jiu-Jitsu.

The Gracie family has a preeminent impact on the practice of Jiu-Jitsu, and Renzo Gracie’s latest novel explicates these success methods to all readers. Gracie covers the sport from its origins to its place today. Through highly-detailed pictures and explanations, his book aims to aid even the most experienced black belts towards heightened success in the ever-growing martial art of Ju-Jitsu.

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Mastering The 21 Immutable Principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: The Ultimate Handbook for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Students by Paulo Guillobel

A proven fighter with over 26 years of experience inside and outside of the ring, Paula Guillobel is a leading authority on the Martial Art of Jiu-Jitsu.

His book, unlike any before it, presents and explains the 21 fundamental and founding principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It is hailed as the ultimate handbook for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and affords valuable information to every student, teacher, and master of the Martial Arts.

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Motivation: Stories on Life and Success from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts by Chuck J. Rylant

Chuck J. Rylant is not only an astounding author but also a life-long practitioner and teacher of the Martial Arts primarily Jiu-Jitsu.

In his 2016 novel, Rylant interviews 12 thriving and devote Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts. He probes for information on their motivations and ambitions as well as what the journey has been like and the rewards it has brought them. This fascinating novel is essential for understanding the true meaning of Martial Arts and developing an understanding of real success.

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The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Globetrotter: The true story about a frantic, 140 day long, around-the-world trip to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by Christian Graugart

Christian Graugart is a famous figure in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Martial Art as well as a famed author on the subject. His personal retelling of his Jiu-Jitsu journey is an enticing piece of literature offering insight that can not be found elsewhere.

Known as the BJJ Globetrotter, his novel recounts his epic journey around the world in pursuit of meaning and fulfillment. Encompassing the details of how he built his own training gym from nothing and found peace following the death of his training partner, this emotionally packed novel is not only a delight to read but an inspiration for all who train in the Martial Arts.

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Thomas Grylka

Thomas is a recent college graduate and a content writer for the Jiu-Jitsu Times. He earned his brown belt in Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu under Gregory M. Kane during his time as a student at UConn.

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