Monday, November 16, 2015

Michael Jen and "The Science of Submission"

I want to take a moment and endorse a BJJ book that I recently read that really blew my doors off!  It’s a book that was recently published by BJJ black belt Michael Jen  and his co-author Geoffrey Gluckman  called “The Science of Submission,” A Principle-Based Approach to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Starting out I want to say that this book is not for everyone.  If you are a musclebound BJJ hack that hasn’t thought more than five minutes about proper technique in Jiu-Jitsu then you will probably want to skip this book.  This book is definitely for the BJJ intellectual who is in search of perfect technique in their game and a deeper understanding of how the body works.  It can be a heavy read at times but for a guy like me who wants to understand everything about Jiu-Jitsu it is a must read book on how to improve your game.  

Michael Jen has been, at least in my mind, has been around forever.  He is a 4th degree black belt under Joe Moreira, a black belt in Judo and is also an expert in Muscle Balance & Function (MBF), in other words a pretty knowledgeable dude on the subject he writes about.  

He disappeared from the Jiu-Jitsu spotlight for a few years but now he is back and with mental and philosophical force.  I feel that with the publishing of this book he has done Jiu-Jitsu a great service.  I only wish more people would publish books like this.   

Well done Michael Jen, Well Done!

You can buy the book here

I have also included an interview he did with Stephan Kesting here.

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