Do you know what books are the top sellers in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu category on Amazon today?
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What these two books have in common? They were written by two Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt masters from the same BJJ association, the Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association.
The Jiu-Jitsu University was written by my Sensei, Saulo Ribeiro, and the second one on the ranks, Mastering the 21 Immutable Principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, was written by me, Sensei Paulo Guillobel.
As a Matter of fact, Jiu-Jitsu University by sensei Saulo Ribeiro is the number one best seller book in the BJJ category of all times.
I think it’s very interesting that both of these books were written by two black belts that consistently share ideas and techniques about BJJ with each other.
The lineage that each BJJ instructor in the world comes from matters. Depending on where they come from, they will influence others on their understanding about the essence of our art.
I’m always very thankful for the Gracie family for sharing Jiu-Jitsu with the world. But today Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is way bigger than Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. There are many minds creating new ways of doing things every single day, however, the solid basics is what makes some instructors more knowledgeable than others.
When I wrote my book, I didn’t expect it to be such a big hit. My intention was to share some of my day-to-day knowledge and my observations to all BJJ enthusiasts.
Those were my personal experiences and my points of view. Also it was a gathering of an array of information I’ve absorbed from my great Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu mentors.
My book is about principles; sensei Saulo’s book is about concepts and techniques. But one thing is for sure, somehow we’ve become the top two books in the world about bjj, and that is something special.