5 BJJ Books To Make You A Better Grappler

BJJ Books are a great way to discover Jiu-Jitsu history, explore new techniques, and follow your favourite grapplers. In this article on the Best Jiu-Jitsu Books, I discuss my favourite books for fighters to keep you entertained and expand your knowledge when you’re not in the gym!

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Jiu Jitsu University – Saulo Ribeiro

Kicking off the list is Ribeiros Jiu-Jitsu university, this is the number 1 book I would recommend for beginners. Ribeiro is a 5th-degree black belt and multiple-time world champion. In this book, Ribeiro highlights theories of BJJ, and techniques. He also focuses on techniques and theory for specific belt levels.

Choque – Roberto Pedreira

BJJ is often called the “gentle art” but its roots are far from gentle. Street fights, the Gracie challenge, and brawls on the beach are often talked about from the early history of BJJ. In “Choque” Roberto has collected material from newspapers, magazines, and articles from the Brazilian national library to give a detailed and chronological account of the history of Jiu-Jitsu.

If you are looking to gain an understanding of the history of BJJ, this is a great resource for you.

The Fighters Mind – Sam Sheridan

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The list of Best BJJ Books list couldn’t be complete without Sam Sheridan. In the Fighters Mind Sheridan looks to uncover the secrets of mental strength and toughness for combat sports.

Sheridan explores mental strength with respect to fighters. He does this by interviewing multiple greats in the fight game, from Marcello Garcia to elite-level fighters. This book is often described as genius, with Sheridan finding the perfect balance between sports psychology and entertainment.

I am yet to find a book that both educates and entertains the way Sheridan does in his books.

The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Globetrotter – Christian Graugart

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In my view, The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Globetrotter is the most inspiring book on the list. In this book, you follow Christian on his 140-day around-the-world trip to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The BJJ Globetrotter is not only about travelling and training in martial arts, It’s about all the positive things that happen if you follow your dreams, and live your life how you see fit.

Christian has gone on to do great things for BJJ. His association the BJJ Globetrotters offers an alternative to a traditional BJJ affiliation with its inclusive and non-political approach to BJJ.

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Gareth Davies

I'm a martial arts competitor and enthusiast. Over the last 15 years, I have trained and competed in several martial arts. I live in Manchester U.K working as a strength & conditioning coach when I'm not travelling and exploring martial arts around the world.
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