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The X-Guard: Gi & No Gi Jiu-Jitsu: For Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, No Gi Grappling, and Mixed Martial Arts (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 15. April 2008

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Marcelo Garcia, winner of five Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world championships and a man many feel is the best pound-for-pound submission grappler of all time, unveils the secrets behind the most effective guard system in existence - The X-Guard. Unlike most jiu-jitsu instructional books, Garcia leaves no stone unturned. Not only does he show you how to sweep your opponent using the X-Guard from nearly every control position, he shows you how to do it both with a gi and without. Covering everything from grips to timing, this book will be a saviour to anyone wishing to compete in jiu-jitsu tournaments, no-gi grappling competition, or mixed martial arts.

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Marcelo Garcia is considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound grappler in the world. He is training in Florida.

Erich Krauss is a professional Muay Thai kickboxer who has trained and competed in Thailand. He has written or co-authored of fifteen books, including Wrestling for Fighting:The Natural Way.

Glen Cordoza is a professional mixed martial arts fighter and co-author of Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge.

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Excellent book at an excellent price 4. April 2008
Von J. Hanes - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I was excited to get this book and it completely lived up to my expectations. Like the other Krauss-Cordoza collaborations from Victory Belt publishing this is a very well put together book printed on high grade glossy paper, with detailed high quality multiple-angle shots of the techniques and very good explanation including the physical mechanics of the movement and advice on strategy of when to use it, how to get there, mistakes to avoid, and what your opponent is likely to do. Marcelo Garcia is probably the best grappler in the world and his system is unique and effective and works for all body types, and unlike Eddie Bravo's very good system doesn't require crazy flexibility. The book provides info on gi and no gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It's comparable to Eddie Bravo's Rubber guard book in terms of quality and production value. It has a color coded easy to use system that makes it very easy to quickly find sections and whether the technique is appropriate for gi and no gi competition.
The introduction includes a short biography that shows you the determination and dedication that has made him the champion he is. From 3 hour commutes to training, to cleaning the mats so he could afford to train 4 times a day. The first section on technique is 78 pages dedicated to the butterfly guard including basic stance and grip work, sweeps and transitions, and submissions all with detailed advice on how to establish and properly adjust the technique so you can make it work in high level competition ( e.g. 7 pages just on the guillotine choke, most books give it only 2). He constantly emphasizes drilling the technique to really get it down and learning the fundamentals of the butterfly guard before moving to the X guard. This sort of guard requires very good timing and sense of balance that can only be developed through many hours on the mat. The X guard is detailed in the final 149 pages of the book (264 pages all together). 63 pages on establishing the X guard from standing, sitting, elbow control, underhooks, full guard, half guard, omoplata, mount and headlocks. Then a section with 18 sweeps from X guard from different kids of control (e.g. from hands, sleeve, or collar). Then 15 pages detailing 7 submissions for X guard including omoplata, triangle, gi and no gi inverted arm bar, knee bar, foot lock, and heel hook. Again filled with tips on when to use it, positions to transitions from, your opponents likely reactions, and common mistakes. If you perfect even just a few of the techniques in this book your game will improve dramatically. This book is more for intermediate to advanced students of BJJ, though the section on butterfly guard is fairly accessible and very useful to beginners. Those starting out (and intermediates too) should check out Kid Peligro's book "the Essential Guard" or the Joe Moreira /Ed Beneville 3 part series on the Guard, these focus are more on the fundamentals. If you're looking to improve your guard and your overall game, I highly recommend this book, it's a steal at this price, I would have paid more for it. I look forward to his next book on arm drags and mastering the back.
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Advanced Jiu Jitsu and Everything You Need to Know to Get There 7. Juni 2008
Von C. K. Mccracken - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
It's no secret that I really enjoy Victory Belt's books. I think they've nailed the format for describing individuals' games and their specialities. They are definitely the market leader in the arena of working with a fighter to extract the information they need and put it into print.

It shouldn't surprise any readers, then, that I really liked the X-Guard by Marcelo Garcia.

The book has all the hallmarks of Victory Belt's previous works. The large format and detailed colour photography don't disappoint and actually go one better with this edition.

Not resting on their laurels, the guys at VB have introduced detailed inset photos where warranted. This is not a completely original concept by any means, but it is done as well here as with any other publisher.

One of the problems I thought I might have with the book is that I wouldn't be able to identify with Marcelo and the X-Guard. This was an issue with Eddie Bravo's books on the Rubber Guard. I don't really use the Rubber Guard and am not built well for it. I pretty much have had the same problem with the X-Guard.

That was until I read through this book. You see, my butterfly guard is a little...... agricultural. And that, it seems , is my problem with the X-Guard. Not my long legs and extraordinary height - my previous excuses.

The book is split into two sections. The first is on the butterfly guard and the second on the X-Guard, itself. Both are split into three subsections each. The butterfly guard section is the most detailed treatment I've seen of the topic in a book. The three subsections are titled "Basic Positioning & Grip Defense", "Sweeps & Transitions" and "Submissions".

Now, Marcelo Garcia can work his butterfly guard in a way I find amazing. It's something I'd never been able to do terribly well. I could work it well enough against white belts, but always had to let it go against people nearer my own skill level. This book, though, gives solutions to most of the problems I'd encountered in the past.

I had the same problem with the X-Guard. There was just no way known I was ever going to get my giant legs in position. It shouldn't surprise you to find I was doing it wrong, though. The details shown for the X-Guard helped me a great deal, but I believe it's my better understanding of the butterfly guard that has ealed the deal for me.

The X-Guard section is is split up in a similar way to the butterfly guard section with subsections called "Establishing the X-Guard", "Sweeps" and "Submissions".

All-in-all, I'd say this is one of those rare $24 books that have made a heck of a lot more than $24 worth of effect on my game.

It just keeps getting better, too. Erich Krauss and Glen Cordoza have been getting steadily better at writing, too. In the past, I've criticised their spelling and grammar in the introduction sections. Is it better in this book? The truth is, I don't know. I got so engrossed in Marcelo's story, I never bothered to check.

That's got to be a big tick in the box.

After a review like this, I like to put a little disclaimer to it......

I am no Marcelo Garcia fanboy. I've not watched his DVDs all the way through and I've seen maybe three of his matches. I have also been known to give Victory Belt some very pedestrian reviews, but they do impress me with their ability to improve with each publication. This book is the second of their catalogue to go in the Best of the Best category, but probably not the last if the quality continues this way.
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A subjective 5 stars 9. Februar 2012
Von Nathan Holt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Marcelo Garcia's X-Guard book is absolutely fantastic. The layout, pictures, details, and progression are amazing. However, I'll state that this is a book filled with material that's very specific to Marcelo's guard system.

I am a year into my Jiu-Jitsu training. I train at the academy 3 times a week, and do 4-5 sessions of drilling on top of that. I spent about 6 months on my escape game and the development of 2-4 solid techniques from each position. I used Jiu-Jitsu University and, of course, my school's curriculum to create an overall rounded game. I personally believe that this is extremely important to anyone looking to enjoy Jiu-Jitsu. That brings me to this book.

I am now wanting to dig into the guard game at depth. I am small (155lbs/70kgs and 5'6"). I train at a gym where I'm usually quite a bit smaller than my partners. So, I needed a system that would work against bigger men. There's not much reason to look past Garcia for this kind of information. He's the king at fighting bigger opponents.

He starts by introducing the basics of the seated butterfly guard and it's defensive postures. This has already improved my seated guard significantly.

He then digs quite deep into his sweep system from the seated guard. He gives a different system for each different grip. This is amazing because it allows you to pick the grip you're most comfortable with and base your game around it. Personally, I love the cross grip. My secondary is usually the cross collar grip. Without the Gi I'm usually looking for under-hooks and arm-drags. With X-Guard I'm able to study and drill these sections and make them my go-tos. I am then able to look into all his other grips and add them into my game as back-ups. Basically, it's a really, really, really deep system all based around the butterfly sweep and it's variations based on the reactions of your opponent. Simply put, you learn 1 sweep and a 100 different ways to get it. Marcelo himself is proof that this works. He won the recent World Championships with this butterfly sweep.

He then steps into submissions from the seated butterfly guard. They are an amazing compliment to the sweep system because they give the opponent something else to worry about.

Then we get into establishing the x-guard. This is a thorough section (thorough is an understatement). He teaches how to get to the x-guard from just about anywhere. It's effective and actually quite simple. Once you learn the principles of the set-up you just change the starting point. Marcelo lays it all out in great detail.

You then learn all the sweeping variations, which there are a TON of. The x-guard is a sweeping guard. They're simply everywhere you look once you get into the position. There's not much to be said about this section other than it's deep. I currently use 3 different sweeps from this section frequently. That's barely skimming the surface of the system and it's already very effective.

Finally he teaches some submissions from the x-guard. I haven't used any of these yet simply because I haven't had to. The sweeps are so effective that I haven't had to attempt any submissions.

So, if you want to dig really deep into the seated butterfly guard and the x-guard this is a must buy. However, if you want to learn the spider and deep half guards, this book will be a complete waste of money. If you want a super attacking submission filled guard game, check out something else. There are submissions there, but they're not the point of the guard.

It's a subjective book in that it covers 2 very specific types of guard work. If that's what you're looking for (like myself) than it's a 5 out of 5. If it's not what you're looking for you're going to be very disappointed.

Also note that this is not a book for beginners. I've been training for a year and I feel that I'm only just ready to start digging into this stuff. It'll probably be another 10 years before I've drilled my way through this baby.
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Another home run from Marcelo Garcia! 24. November 2013
Von brian jennings - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
This book is awesome! All techniques have clear explanations and are shot from multiple angles to ensure that you don't miss a detail. I highly recommend this book for those who want access to Marcelo Garcia's game, or for those like myself who don't have long limbs, but more of a compact and muscular frame. The X guard, one leg x guard, and butterfly guard techniques will transform you Jiu Jitsu game!
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Marcelo is a great guy 19. März 2013
Von Jason - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I love this book just for the intro. He starts winning and he buys his mom a washing machine and his dad a new car? This is a good guy. The guys at the school said I need to start working the X-Guard, now I know why. This book is very well laid out, clear and I can already tell is going to help me progress a great deal. Now to study it for the next several years. :)
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