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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