Brazilian jiu jitsu is a martial art and combat sport that emphasizes ground grappling. The premise is that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach and more powerful strikes, both of which are largely negated if wrestling on the ground. Hence the huge success of Brazlian jiu jitsu fighters in mixed martial arts competitions.This book goes back to basics explaining the rules and regulations, scoring, basic principles of control, space, weight, leverage, sensitivity, timing and defence, movements on the ground, positions, common escapes, basic submission techniques and the sport aspects of Brazilian jiu jitsu.
Marc Walder has been a martial artist for around 18 years and has been studying Brazilian jiu jitsu for 11. He has lived for several years in the US training directly under the famous Gracie family, and has worked closely with them over the last ten years. Marc has trained and fought all over the world with the very best opponents. He has competed in many Brazilian jiu jitsu championships, as well as cage fighting, submission wrestling and judo. He teaches the sport at all levels, and has won various medals and trophies in the UK, Europe, Brazil and the US, including two gold and two silver US Gracie Nationals. Marc's current teacher is Mauricio Gomes, who is one of only a handful of blackbelts given by the legendary Rolls Gracie.