Gene Simco is regarded as the Leading American Author of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu books for good reason; not only was he the first to author books on the subject, author of the largest BJJ Book written and he was also the first to publish illustrated BJJ (Sport Jiu-jitsu) techniques online. Having studied several martial arts and already a Classical Jiu-jitsu teacher, his motivation for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training was unlike many others who begin for sport or recreation. Gene immediately made it is mission to scientifically gather as much information as possible in order to make himself a better teacher and his students better prepared. His books represent over a decade of research and practice that has earned him a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and numerous awards.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, The Master Text (Second Edition)
The first American Author of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Books brings you the New Bible of Jiu-jitsu and No Holds Barred Fighting. At 800 pages, this is the Biggest Book of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu ever written!
The complete guide to BJJ for students and instructors. Thousands of pictures illustrate techniques for sport with and without the Gi and Vale Tudo (NHB), for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. 800 Pages in 8 ½" x 10" format
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"Simco's book wins this Head-to-Head review, because of its strong array of techniques, easy-to-follow instructions, and depth of detail. Simco covers a technique, then shows you how to defend against that technique, then shows you how to escape (once your defense fails, I suppose). The Gracie book covers escapes and counters, but throws them in among primary techniques. As a result, the Gracie book ends up being a great sampler of techniques, but less of a systematic training text. Bottom line: 'Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: The Master Text' by Gene Simco: 5 Stars!"
–About.com's review of The Master Text & Their Head-to-Head comparison of The Master Text & Gracie Book!
"From a technical perspective, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, The Master Text, by Gene "Aranha" Simco, is the best book about the popular grappling art I've seen to date. The techniques the author chose to include are very functional and apply to numerous forms of grappling, including no holds barred fighting (vale tudo), sport jiu-jitsu and submission grappling. It has more than 320 pages of interviews, history and questions - and - answers. In addition, Simco provides easy to follow photographs and detailed des criptions of each techniques."
–Lito Angeles, Black Belt Magazine
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Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, The Student Handbook – Gene Simco (out of print)
Although there were a few paperback pamphlets in existence, none of which were over 100 pages, this is regarded as the first Brazilian Jiu-jitsu book published in the English language. Originally written for his students, this book immediately caught on and fed a demand created by a Martial Arts community starving for information.
There is a huge amount of substance here, nothing vital has been left out and everything is presented in such a clear and practical manner that you will find it almost impossible not to absorb the information contained within. -- Cass, SFUK Reviews. (11/2000)
Invaluable to the beginner to intermediate Brazilian jiu-jitsu Student. -- Rafiel Torre, ADCC USA. (10/2000)
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, The Student Handbooks , Version 2 – Gene Simco (Out of Print)
The second version of Gene Simco’s first title was meant to meet an even bigger and unexpecteddemand for his instruction.More pages and techniques were added to the Handbook to make this a more complete work.
Have you guys seen the new Gene Simco Student Handbook yet??? If not I recommend you go get one, buy two and give one to your friend! I just finished looking at version #2 and it looks great - new techniques, good explanations of techniques (GI and No GI) Good material for you or your dear friend who does not have the time to go to all the classes. The book is also good for advanced students who some times forget one position, they can take look at the book and I am sure they will remember again. The book is quality material and very simple to understand, I don't know much about price but I am sure the price is fair for the amount of material. So congratulation again mister Simco on another good book for sale, great success!"
-- Roberto "MAGUILLA" Marques. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt 2 Dan (4/2001)
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, The Master Text – First Edition – Gene Simco (Replaced by Second Edition)
Gene’s books became so popular and people noticed, especially his competition. Bigger companies saw the rise in popularity of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and began investing in bigger names like the Gracies and Machados. A larger company approached Gene about this progect, which was to be released before the Gracie’s first title. As a result, this project was rushed, causing the book to have flaws that would motivate Gene to create his second edition of this book. He was never happy with the way this book turned out or the way it was marketed; pressures to compete with the bigger names in the market caused everything from typos to biographical inaccuracies.
Regardless of its flaws, this book received incredibly high reviews and actually went Head to Head with the first of the Gracie Family releases, winning an award over their book at about.com.
"Simco's book wins this Head-to-Head review, because of its strong array of techniques, easy-to-follow instructions, and depth of detail. Simco covers a technique, then shows you how to defend against that technique, then shows you how to escape (once your defense fails, I suppose). The Gracie book covers escapes and counters, but throws them in among primary techniques. As a result, the Gracie book ends up being a great sampler of techniques, but less of a systematic training text. Bottom line: 'Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: The Master Text' by Gene Simco: 5 Stars!" – About.com
"From a technical perspective, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, The Master Text, by Gene "Aranha" Simco, is the best book about the popular grappling art I've seen to date. The techniques the author chose to include are very functional and apply to numerous forms of grappling, including no holds barred fighting (vale tudo), sport jiu-jitsu and submission grappling. It has more than 320 pages of interviews, history and questions - and - answers. In addition, Simco provides easy to follow photographs and detailed des criptions of each techniques." –Black Belt Magazine
This book was written to replace the Student Handbooks and provide beginners with a list of techniques they needed to know for their first belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.The first version was actually subtitled: “Techniques for Beginners from White to Blue Belt”, then later changed to, “Mastering the Essential Techniques” when Kensington Books published it and added an accompanying instructional DVD.
"I am an old man and a martial arts grandmaster and I thought I knew a lot. I am physically disabled but I practice that which I can practice and even someone with physical infirmities like me can easily learn these straight forward common sense techniques that I somehow missed along the learning trail. But little did I realize how little I really knew until I read the 162 page book BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU BASICS. This is without a doubt the Cadillac, the Rembrandt, the Leonardo De Vinci, the Bruce Lee of jiu jitsu books at the lower belt level.”
Professor Kenneth L. Haugland, Grandmaster, Soke, Ph.d., 10th Dan - American Combat Judo and Jujitsu Association
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, The Master Text, Second Edition – Gene Simco
Once Gene’s obligations were finished with his first publishing company, he began work on this book to repair what he felt was some damage created by the first rushed version of this book and poor marketing surrounding it. Much more than a first version, just the pages added to this book alone were larger than any other book written on the subject. Nearly 500 pages were added to the first version of the Master Text along with hundreds of new techniques. After a brief availability in stores, it was made exclusive to a select group of retailers in order to better control customer service quality and poor marketing. A very sizable discount was also given to all owners of the first edition for the first few months of this titles release. This book is not only Gene Simco’s flagship product, but a crowning achievement and symbol of his dedication to his customers and the martial arts community.
"Hi: this is Jacare. I've been training bjj for 35 years and Gene's book is one of the best books in the market. I strongly advise everybody that practices jiu jitsu to buy it." – Jacare, Legendary Jiu-jitsu Black Belt
"Gene Simco's new edition of The BJJ Master Text is one of the best books on the market today for any type of combat athlete." -- Brian Cimmins, Grapplers Quest Tournament Director
No Rules Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Techniques for Mixed martial Arts and Self Defense – Gene Simco (Kensington Books)
This title is a book and DVD combo released by Kensington Books. It is actually a part of The Master Text that that Kensington purchased the rights to with a few things added here and there. Although it is a fraction of the size, it acts as a nice sampling of Gene’s largest book for and some DVD material for those interested in No Holds Barred fighting.