Best Jiu Jitsu Books

Book rating updated 9.05.2024

Looking for good Brazilian Jiu Jitsu books to read? We have collected for you a rating of the best BJJ books of all time. Train like a Pro!

  1. Jiu-Jitsu University

    4 045 ratings

    Saulo Ribeiro's knowledge is an encyclopedic reference for all the elaborated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques and strategies. With over 1,500 photos illustrating the basic to the most advanced techniques, the purpose of this work is to detail a systematic curriculum for jiu-jitsu practitioners at all levels.

  2. Breathe: A Life in Flow

    3 640 ratings

    In this, legendary grappler Rickson Gracie shares his thoughts on the control of breath, mental discipline, and the philosophical grounding of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Gracie takes readers through his lifelong study of martial arts, revealing a few eye-opening lessons about achieving a fluid "flow" state of dynamic relaxation and presence during the fight.

  3. Zen Jiu Jitsu - White to Blue

    865 ratings

    Oliver Staark, in his teaching of Zen Jiu-Jitsu, melds the mental side of Zen Buddhism into practical jiu-jitsu instruction. This is the approach that, once again, deals a little more toward the philosophical with its eye on the development of greater awareness, intention, and equanimity both on and off the mat to further support one's understanding and mastery of the gentle art.

  4. Mastering Jujitsu

    542 ratings

    Renzo Gracie, one of the legendary family members of the Gracies, gave an ultimate treatise on the techniques, strategies, and core principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. A foreword written by his cousin Royce Gracie frames the book as a narration of Renzo's teaching and competitive experience spanning decades in this art.

  5. The Black Belt Blueprint

    548 ratings

    Nicolas Gregoriades has a strict, point-by-point guideline leading to mastering a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The book is replete with material on developing the right mindset, strategies to overcome plateaus, and fine-tuning your training process. It is a complete guide to the long-term development of leadership and methodology in coaching.

  6. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    400 ratings

    Alexandre Paiva's didactic book provides a breakdown of the ideas, methods, and training philosophies necessary for attaining Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The book moves from basics to competition strategies to provide practitioners with a clear roadmap for developing complete grappling skills.

  7. 5 Rules for White Belts

    369 ratings

    Chris Matakas summarizes some first principles that a beginner in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu could build their foundation on. In short, it is with the help of guidelines in mindset, training habits, and fundamentals that Matakas tries to help white belts develop more quickly to implant some of the core concepts in their heads right from the beginning of their BJJ journey.

  8. Worth Defending

    336 ratings

    Richard Bresler and Scott Burr do a pretty good job of breaking down the profound philosophy behind Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to show how mental components such as mindset, strategy, and problem-solving make it effective. This paper attempts to arrive at a conceptual framework for practical applications in BJJ for self-defense and martial arts training.

  9. The Complete Guide for Jiu-Jitsu

    131 ratings

    Ryan Villalobos, therefore, wants to be able to help guide every enthusiast by giving a pathway to attaining the fundamental development of skills with a holistic curriculum. The guide encompasses everything from critical positions and submissions to mindsets and approaches to training for white to black belt levels.

  10. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    43 ratings

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is an extremely effective martial art and combat sport. Clint Sharp leads one through all basic techniques, methodologies of training, mindsets, and strategies that are necessary for developing a complete skill set used for self-defense, competition, and lifelong practice in this grappling art.


  • What are the best Jiu Jitsu books ever written?

    These are the top 10 best books Brazilian BJJ of all time and for this year (2024) sorted by rating:

    1. "Jiu-Jitsu University" by Saulo Ribeiro and Kevin Howell
    2. "The Bible of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu" by Renzo Gracie and Royler Gracie
    3. "Mastering Jujitsu" by Renzo Gracie and John Danaher
    4. "The Grappler's Handbook" by Jean Jacques Machado and Jay Zeballos
    5. "Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu" by Renzo Gracie and Royler Gracie
    6. "The Black Belt Blueprint" by Nic Gregoriades
    7. "The Cauliflower Chronicles" by Marshal Carper
    8. "Drill to Win" by Andre Galvao
    9. "Jiu-Jitsu Unleashed: A Comprehensive Guide to the World's Hottest Martial Arts Discipline" by Eddie Bravo
    10. "The Way of the Fight" by Georges St-Pierre.
  • What are the most popular authors of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu books?

    Here are authors of good books about BJJ books for white belts:

    • Renzo Gracie and Royler Gracie ("Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu," "Mastering Jujitsu")
    • John Danaher ("Mastering Jujitsu," co-authored with Renzo Gracie)
    • Saulo Ribeiro and Kevin Howell ("Jiu-Jitsu University," "Drill to Win")
    • Eddie Bravo ("Mastering the Rubber Guard," "Mastering the Twister")
    • Marcelo Garcia ("Advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Techniques")
    • Fábio Gurgel ("Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Basic Fundamentals," "Winning on the Ground")
    • Andre Galvao ("Drill to Win")
    • Stephan Kesting ("The Guard")
    • Kid Peligro and Ricardo Cavalcanti ("The Essential Guard")
  • What book should you start with to explore the topic of BJJ?

    List of must read Brazilian JiuJitsu books for beginners:

    1. "Jiu-Jitsu University" by Saulo Ribeiro and Kevin Howell
    2. "Mastering Jujitsu" by Renzo Gracie and John Danaher
    3. "The Ultimate Guide to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu" by Sarah Dzida and Greg Jackson.