Unknown Capoeira

Unknown Capoeira

Secret Techniques of the Original Brazilian Martial Art

Book - 2009
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Jiu-Jitsu, literally meaning 'the gentle art', is a popular form of self-defence that does not necessarily rely on physical strength and power. Seven-time World Champion Fabio Gurgel presents us with a comprehensive two-volume series that brings simplicity to the complex movements of this Martial Art, as he reveals the secrets of Jiu-Jitsu step-by-step. 'Advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu' is fully illustrated and simplify the technical expressions of the art form to allow any student to learn and improve. Originally, Jiu-Jitsu was developed for the Samurai, ancient warriors who had little or no armour to defend themselves against a more powerful and well-armed enemy. As such, Jiu-Jitsu is the father of Japanese Martial Arts, including Judo and Aikido, and it has influenced Karate and other styles of Martial Arts. It utilises techniques of strikes, holds, locks, throws, and evasions. Mentally, Jiu-Jitsu teaches self-confidence, improves self-esteem, relieves stress, and increases the ability to focus. Jiu-Jitsu utilises physics and science through leverage and knowledge of human anatomy to overcome any attacker, with as little effort and physical strength as possible. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu differs from traditional Jiu-Jitsu in that it was developed in a different environment and area as a response to different needs. This caused the development of additional techniques that are more relevant to ground fighting and some relevant needs for dealing with violence in modern day life. Today, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is famous for its excellent ground fighting, high-level competitions, and competitors, as well as for its tactical thinking and manoeuvres. Seven-time World Champion Fabio Duca Gurgel do Amaral began practicing Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 13 and received his black belt at the age of 19. Along with his master, Romero Jacaré, he is the co-founder of the two-time World Champion Alliance Team with 40 academies around the world from Venezuela to New York, from Finland to Germany. Gurgel continues to teach at his own academy in São Paulo and gives seminars throughout the world. He is president of the Professional League of Jiu-Jitsu.
Publisher: Tel Aviv, Israel : Dekel Pub. House ; Berkeley, Calif. : North Atlantic Books, c2009
ISBN: 9789657178126
9657178126
9781583942314
1583942319
Characteristics: xxxii, 256 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Quetzlzacatenango
Apr 01, 2012

My one criticism about this book is the layout. Unless you have a decent knowledge of capoeira moves, you won't have the faintest idea what the author is talking about and will be flipping back and forth between chapters trying to figure it out. He does warn you a bit in the beginning but it the progression of moves still seems rather illogical. That being said, the strength of this book lies in the explanation of moves for a more knowledgeable capoeirista. Little time is spent on the basic explanation of capoeira and each move is dissected completely with combination suggestions. Best of all, each explanation focuses on the martial application the move and practicing it as such which is something that many capoeira schools here only give a superficial explanation or ignore all together.

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