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Top 35+ Books About Jiu Jitsu (Must Read BJJ Books)

Brazilian Jiu jitsu Books that you should read

In Brazilian jiu jitsu those who know more win, so why not optimize your training and learning with some of the best bjj books out there.



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First, regularly attending training sessions is essential and cannot be replaced for any martial artist.

However, if you are looking to compliment your training, a bjj book or instructional can help better structure your jiu jitsu training and provide insights into techniques, principles, philosophies of the martial art.

In this post, we have broken down our top recommended bjj books into the below categories:

  • Technique Focused Bjj Books
  • BJJ Books on Philosophy, Motivation, and Insight
  • Jiu Jitsu History and Biographies
  • Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Books

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Jiu Jitsu Books For Beginners:

1. Mastering Jujitsu by Renzo Gracie and John Danaher

Mastering Jujitsu by Renzo Gracie and John Danaher

Written by Renzo Gracie, champion of multiple grappling and mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions and a well-known instructor and one of his students, John Danaher, Mastering Jiu Jitsu, is an excellent book for starters. 

Great for:
White Belt Students
Blue Belt Students

Experience the Gracies’ influence on jujitsu and understand everything from this martial art’s history and origin to the basic techniques they’ve created with this comprehensive guide.

You’ll learn the fundamentals of Gracie Jiu Jitsu which eventually went on to, ultimately, become Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and the most effective methods for gaining an advantage at each phase of a fight through an abundance of training tips and basic techniques.

In addition, it provides profiles and studies of the fighting styles of some of the world’s most well-known fighters. 

This book will teach you all the combat techniques, approaches, and practices in great detail.


2. Jiu-Jitsu Unleashed: A Comprehensive Guide To The World’s Hottest Martial Arts Discipline By Eddie Bravo

Jiu-Jitsu Unleashed: A Comprehensive Guide To The World’s Hottest Martial Arts Discipline By Eddie Bravo

Jiu-Jitsu Unleashed is where you can learn the techniques he pulled to win a fight over the unbeaten Royler Gracie from Jiu-Jitsu veteran Eddie Bravo.

Great for:
White Belt Students
Blue Belt Students
Those interested in learning the basics of 10th Planet System

The book Jiu-Jitsu Unleashed presents its readers with the history of the advancement of Jiu-Jitsu, techniques in grappling and submissions, needed gears and equipment, and a rundown of workout routines and programs for all, especially for beginners. 

It also includes photographs of Joe Rogan, host of “Fear Factor,” who demonstrated both primary and intermediate skills.


3. Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro

Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro
Great for:
All BJJ students from white belt to black belt
Provides structure guide in what you should focus on during each belt
Structure your own learning

Yes, I get it reading a book about bjj may be the last thing that jiu jitsu mat rats want to do, but if you are new to jiu jitsu and want to see what’s our there in terms of you training and what you should focus on at each belt, then I can’t recommend this book enough.

This is probably the most popular technique based bjj book and the one that I bought years ago when I first started.

I really enjoyed how it broke down techniques into a structure and the chapters by belt levels. The images and descriptions were clear and it helped me understand what’s ahead for me on my bjj journey.

Saulo Ribeiro, who won six gold medals at the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships, authored Jiu-Jitsu University to share his excellent and practical techniques.

This book outlines grappling methods to help you raise your rank from white to black belts.

It also focuses on survival, self-defense, reversals, escapes, and submissions.

 At the same time, it brings light to common mistakes in Jiu-Jitsu, then demonstrates effective solutions. It is a must-have book for beginners.


4. 5 Rules for White Belts by Chris Matakas

5 Rules For White Belts by Chris Matakas
Great for:
White Belts
Blue Belts
Those looking to understand the principles behind jiu jitsu*

This book helped me immensely when I was frustrated in the beginning. It helped me frame my attitude and training in a way to better learn and understand jiu jitsu. We all know bjj can be frustrating and very humbly in the beginning, but this book helped me step back and better focus on what’s important with bjj.

And for me that was understanding the fundamentals and why they worked then focusing on learning one position, concept, or technique at a time then building off of it.

“5 Rules for White Belts” by Chris Matakas is a concise guide for beginner practitioners of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The book offers five simple rules to help white belts make the most of their training and progress quickly in the sport. The author, a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, draws on his own experiences and insights to provide practical advice for new students.

The five rules presented in the book include concepts such as embracing the journey, focusing on fundamentals, and cultivating a growth mindset. Each rule is explained in detail, with examples and exercises to help readers apply them in their own training. Overall, “5 Rules for White Belts” is a useful resource for anyone just starting out in Jiu-Jitsu, and provides a solid foundation for future growth and development in the sport.


5. The Beginner’s Guide to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Principles and Strategies

Great for:
Learning the basics of Brazilian jiu jitsu
As well as some other helpful tips for beginners in terms of training, workouts, and breathing techniques

This 118 page book covers the fundamentals of BJJ and offers strategies on how to get started.

It also provides detailed explanations on various techniques and key principles that will help you become more comfortable with the art. With illustrations included to further explain concepts,

The Beginner’s Guide to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will quickly become your go-to source for all things BJJ. Furthermore, it’s written in a way that helps readers avoid common frustrations that are often associated with learning jiu jitsu.


6. The Grappler’s Handbook Gi and No-Gi Techniques

Great for:
Learning bjj techniques for both gi and no gi
Securing and controlling dominant positions and learning the most effective submissions

The Grappler’s Handbook Gi and No-Gi Techniques is an essential resource for anyone looking to learn more bjj techniques.

Written by Jean Jacques Machado, a pioneer of the art, this book provides detailed instructions and high-quality photos of a wide range of techniques.

With chapters on everything from attacking from the guard, passing the guard and attacks from the top, The Grappler’s Handbook Gi and No-Gi Techniques has something for everyone regardless of their experience level.

This book also includes advice on how to build strength, endurance and speed to help you maximize your potential especially during sparing. Whether you’re just getting started or an experienced grappler, The Grappler’s Handbook Gi and No-Gi Techniques is an invaluable resource that no serious student should be without.


7. Gracie Submission Essentials: Grandmaster and Master Secrets of Finishing a Fight by Helio Gracie

Great for:
People wanting to learn classic Gracie techniques and submission (gi focused)
Those who have a partner or grappling dummy to drill techniques and positions at home

Gracie Submission Essentials written by one of the pioneers of the sport, this book offers 278 pages of invaluable knowledge on finishing a fight. It includes techniques, strategies, and tactics to help you end a match quickly and decisively.

You’ll also learn how to set up submissions properly, as well as tips on how to defend against various submissions.


8. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique

Great for:
People who find bjj frustrating in the beginning and want to better structure their learning
Those who want actual technical details and practical guides

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique, written by Renzo and Royler Gracie is a 255 page book is packed with color photos that cover all of the basic positions and techniques of jiu jitsu. It’s organized by belt rank, so you can easily find out which techniques are appropriate for your level.

This comprehensive guide will help you avoid common frustrations often associated with learning jiu jitsu.


Jiu Jitsu Books for Beginners to Advanced

1. Non-Stop JiuJitsu

Great for:
People interested in learning mastering more bjj techniques
Better learning fundamentals to learn new effective bjj habits (and break bad ones)

Non-Stop JiuJitsu by Brandon Mullins is a 275 page book details is a technique and fundamentals focuses book and great option to compliment your training.

The step-by-step instructions in this book guide you through the fundamentals, offensive and defensive techniques, as well as mind games and traps that are essential to mastering BJJ.


2. Advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Techniques by Marcelo Garcia

Advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Techniques by Marcelo Garcia
Great for:
All students from blue belt to black belt
Looking to dive deeper into advanced techniques and submissions

Marcelo Garcia is regarded as the best pound-for-pound Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, a five-time BJJ World Champion and a four-time ADCC Submission Grappling World Champion.

The book explains a different approach to grappling that he developed and various other good tactics that led to his wins.

Garcia illustrates the large variety of grappling and other fighting tactics. Using more than a thousand images depicting step-by-step instructions and explanations, everyone can use them in gi and no-gi competitions. 


3. The Black Belt Blueprint: An Intelligent Approach to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Great for:
Those looking to optimize their learning and improve faster
Interested in the conceptual aspects of BJJ

Interested in maximizing your BJJ training, then look no further than Roger Gracie’s first Black Belt, Nicolas Gregoriades.

I’m all about optimizing learning and training and this book helped me do just that. It gave me structure and plan for success in bjj over time. This book is still something that I’ll read over and reference when it comes to training and coaching.

The Black Belt Blueprint by Nicolas Gregoriades is a comprehensive guide to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, focusing on building a strong foundation for long-term success in the art. The book covers a range of topics, from the fundamentals to advanced techniques and strategies, and provides insights into Gregoriades’ training philosophy and approach to coaching.

With a focus on taking a systematic and intelligent approach, the book includes detailed explanations and illustrations of techniques, as well as tips on how to avoid common mistakes and accelerate progress. The Black Belt Blueprint is an excellent resource for anyone interested in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or martial arts, providing valuable insights into the mind of a world-class practitioner and coach, and offering a roadmap for success in the art.


4. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: The Ultimate Guide to Dominating Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Combat by Alexandre Paiva

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: The Ultimate Guide to Dominating Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Combat by Alexandre Paiva
Great for:
All BJJ students from white belt to black belt
Those looking for Brazilian jiu jitsu techniques that are effective in mma and in self defense scenarios

Alexandre Paiva, a World Champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a BJJ veteran, has compiled a guide to the most efficient and effective techniques in popular martial arts in this book.

You will be taught the different methods in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts competitions. 

These techniques include locks, take downs, guards, and controls, with over a thousand images explaining the various movements.

It also consists of gi and no gi techniques for all to learn and use.


5. Drill to Win: 12 Months to Better Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Great for:
All BJJ students looking for a 1 year structure to get better at jiu jitsu
Those who are looking for a “building block” methodology to learning more bjj techniques

Drill to Win: 12 Months to Better Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the ultimate guidebook for improving your BJJ skills.

Written by multiple-time world champion Andre Galvao, this book provides a year-long program that will help you dramatically improve your jiu-jitsu game. This comprehensive guide outlines specific drills and techniques that allow you to practice and perfect your moves, as well as improve your overall understanding of the sport.

With over 1,000 full-color photos illustrating each move, plus chapters covering everything from basic s such as gripping, passing guards, submitting opponents and more – Drill To Win is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to take their BJJ game to the next level.


6. BJJ Techniques to Defeat Bigger and Stronger Opponents

Great for:
All BJJ students from white belt to black belt
Those looking to get a further grasp on a variety of submissions

Coach Dan Faggella guides the reader through various Jiu-Jitsu concepts, tactics, and practices used in jiu jitsu. While its a shorter read it will give you an overall grasp on the basics of the martial arts and what to focus on in the beginning of your journey.

This book delves into this martial art style’s origins, development, and training.

It covers a wide range of submission techniques, from arm locks to chokes to leg locks, with over a thousand images and detailed descriptions.


7. Strategic Guard: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Details and Techniques by Joe Moreira and Ed Beneville

Great for:
Technique focused info on playing guard in bjj
Better learning fundamentals to learn new effective bjj habits (and break bad ones)

This book is part of a 3 part series that focuses specifically on playing an effective defensive and offensive guard in jiu jitsu. While this book is older, if prefer a to learn from a book and to have it compliment your training, this is a solid option (again specifically focused on the guard position).

Written by Joe Moreira, an 8th-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, this 259 page book explores the fundamentals of the guard position and provides detailed step-by-step instructions on various techniques.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique

1. Jiu Jitsu Training Secrets: 101 Tips & Tricks Every BJJ Player Should Know

Great for:
Finding those couple tips that give you those “ah ha” moments for beginners
Getting right to the point with practical tips to help your training

Written by Nic Gregoriades, black belt under Roger Gracie, this book offers valuable insight into both the mental and physical aspects of training.

It covers topics such as developing effective strategy, mastering guard passing techniques, increasing your strength, improving your mobility and increasing your endurance. Each section provides concise explanations along with visual examples to maximize your understanding. From learning the basics to delving into more advanced concepts, this is a solid read for anyone looking to help fill in those holes in your bjj game.


2. Zen Jiu Jitsu – White to Blue

Great for:
Those looking for perspective and background of jiu jitsu (not heavily technique focused)
Conceptual guidelines for learning and live sparring

This manual aims to help white belt students become competent blue belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu quickly.

Zen Jiu-Jitsu simplifies the various concepts and philosophies in the art to make them easy to understand. It covers fundamental principles, drilling techniques, tactical considerations, and motivational strategies to keep students on track.
It also provides answers to common questions, such as specific position breakdowns like:

  • how to utilize the guard
  • what options are available from guard
  • how to attain and maintain the mount position

It includes technique maps for specific training or sparring. This guide is useful for anyone starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, traditional Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, or grappling.


3. Master Jiu-Jitsu Master Life: How To Create An Extraordinary Life Through Jiu-Jitsu

Great for:
Learning and applying jiu jitsu principles to your everyday life
Those who are captivated with jiu jitsu and learning

Master Jiu-Jitsu Master Life: How To Create An Extraordinary Life Through Jiu-Jitsu is an inspiring and invaluable guide for anyone interested in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

This book takes readers on an enlightening journey that provides insight into the principles of self-improvement, discipline, and visualization. It’s packed with practical advice on technique and training regimens as well as inspiring stories from some of the biggest names in BJJ such as Roger Gracie, Marcelo Garcia and John Danaher.

Some principles and topics it explores are:

– How Roger Gracie became one of the most dominant jiu-jitsu competitors of all time.

– How John Danaher transformed himself from a philosophy student at Columbia University to full-time legendary jiu-jitsu coach and originator of many modern jiu-jitsu sequences.

– How Joe Rogan became a comedian, television host, podcaster, health enthusiast, UFC commentator, and a jiu-jitsu black belt.

With its 22 chapters exploring different success principles, this book offers a unique approach to becoming a master of the martial art. For anyone looking to take their jiu jitsu practice to the next level, Master Jiu-Jitsu Master Life is a must-read.


Jiu Jitsu Books on Philosophy Motivation and Journey

1. The Danaher Diaries: Over 100 of John Danaher’s Musings on Jiu-Jitsu, Kaizen, Training, and Living

Great for:
Bjj practitioners who are entranced by John Danaher’s teachings and musings
A not so quick read which is mostly a compilation of Danaher’s Instagram posts

I enjoyed this book for what it is. A simply compilation of John Danaher’s thoughts of jiu jitsu, training, self improvement, and learning. It is one volume of a three part collection.

While most of these are composed from his Instagram posts, there is definitely gold in there when it comes to BJJ theory, fundamentals, and philosophy.

The Danaher Diaries is a book that provides an insight into the mind of one of the most respected coaches in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, John Danaher. The book is a compilation of over 100 of Danaher’s musings on various topics related to Jiu-Jitsu, training, and life. The book covers a range of topics, from the fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu to advanced techniques and strategies, as well as insights into Danaher’s training philosophy, his approach to coaching, and his thoughts on life in general. The book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or martial arts and provides valuable insights into the mind of a world-class coach.

The Danaher Diaries is an engaging and thought-provoking book that challenges readers to think critically about their approach to training and life. The book emphasizes the importance of continuous learning, self-improvement, and a growth mindset, all of which are essential to success in Jiu-Jitsu and life. Danaher’s writing style is engaging and informative, and his insights are sure to inspire and motivate readers to push themselves to be their best. Overall, The Danaher Diaries is a must-read for anyone interested in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, martial arts, or personal growth and development.


2. Motivation: Stories on Life and Success From Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts by Chuck Rylant

Motivation: Stories on Life and Success From Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts by Chuck Rylant
Great for:
All BJJ students from white belt to black belt
Those looking for insight into how Brazilian Jiu Jitsu influences your life

The book consists of the shared thoughts of the twelve Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black on what motivates them to train hard.

They talked about their inspiring and interesting life stories and experiences of overcoming challenges to succeed in Jiu-Jitsu.

This book covers the lessons that each of them acquired in their journey to help you keep practicing and motivated and discover what there is more to Jiu-Jitsu for you.  


3. On Jiu-Jitsu by Chris Matakas

On Jiu-Jitsu by Chris Matakas
Great for:
All BJJ students from white belt to black belt
Those who are looking for the mental benefits and inspiration in training bjj

Chris Matakas, a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and the author of the book shows how training in the discipline of Jiu-Jitsu can enrich a person’s character.

This book aims to tell how Jiu-Jitsu may help cultivate virtue in us and inspire practitioners to use Jiu-Jitsu and their training for personal growth and advancement.

By outlining these benefits, it hopes to encourage all readers to continue to use Jiu-Jitsu for a good cause.


4. Mastering the 21 Immutable Principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Paulo Guillobel

Mastering the 21 Immutable Principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Paulo Guillobel
Great for:
All BJJ students from white belt to black belt
Those looking to break jiu jitsu down into principles to better structure their learning

What I really liked about this book was that it broke down jiu jitsu into easy to digest principles. So instead of learning a random, single technique in each class, it gave me a way to organize these techniques and why they worked based on certain principles.

If you are into bjj theory, this should be your go to book hands down.

“Mastering the 21 Immutable Principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu” by Paulo Guillobel is a comprehensive guide to the fundamental principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The book offers a detailed exploration of 21 key concepts that underpin the sport, providing readers with a deeper understanding of how to train effectively and perform at their best. The author, a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, draws on his extensive experience as a competitor and coach to provide insights and strategies for practitioners of all levels.

The 21 principles covered in the book include concepts such as balance, leverage, and timing, as well as mental and emotional factors such as patience and resilience. Each principle is explained in detail, with practical examples and exercises to help readers develop their skills and improve their performance. Overall, “Mastering the 21 Immutable Principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu” is a valuable resource for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of the sport and enhance their training and competition strategies.


5. Jiu-Jitsu on the Brain by Mark Johnson

Great for:
Getting a general overview of bjj principles/philosophy/techniques in a shorter read

Jiu-Jitsu on the Brain by Mark Johnson is a quick and easy read that gives a solid overview of Brazilian jiu jitsu.

It covers various topics such as the history of BJJ, its ethics and principles, and how to apply it in everyday life. The book also includes helpful advice on physical conditioning, mental training and drills, as well as detailed instructions on effective techniques.


6. The Jiu Jitsu Answer Man Roy Harris

Great for:
Those looking for inspiration and ways to get more out of training
Finding the best ways to train effectively as you get older

The Jiu Jitsu Answer Man by Roy Harris is a comprehensive guide to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that provides answers to common questions about the art. Harris, a black belt under Joe Moreira, shares his insights and expertise through a series of Q&A sessions, covering topics such as technique, training, competition, and strategy.

The book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, providing valuable insights into the art and the mind of a seasoned practitioner. The Jiu Jitsu Answer Man offers a wealth of knowledge and experience, making it a valuable addition to the library of any BJJ enthusiast.


7. Jiu Jitsu: Training Journal and Log Book

Logging what you are learning in bjj class has proven to be very effective many world class jiu jitsu instructors and athletes such as John Danaher and Eddie Cummings. If writing and logging your bjj learning and sparring sessions appeal to you then this is a solid bjj journal for you:

Books on Sports Psychology and Mental Performance for BJJ

1. With Winning in Mind by Lanny R. Bassham

Great for:
Good for those who struggle with competition anxiety
How to mentally prepare and train for competition

If you’re looking for a book to help you perform under pressure and reach the highest level of your BJJ potential, “With Winning in Mind” is the perfect choice.

Written by Olympic Gold medalist sports shooter Lanny Bassham, this book focuses on teaching readers his Mental Management system.

This system is based on three parts: the conscious mind, subconscious mind, and self-image.

By growing these three areas of your mind, you can become unstoppable on the mat no matter what pressure you face. Competition anxiety is all too common in bjj especially if you haven’t competed in a full contact sport in your younger years.

We strongly recommend considering reading this book by Lanny Bassham if you wish to compete in BJJ struggle with competition anxiety. This book helped me immensely. I believe competing in bjj gets you better faster, but I would always be afraid of embarrassing myself, getting injured, or being beaten.

Now though books like “With Winning in Mind”, those thoughts are still there, but I’m able to quiet them and still get out and compete.


2. Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success

Great for:
People who want to increase productivity and have more success while optimizing rest
Anyone who’s looking to adapt new methods from high achievers to their life and bjj training

Peak Performance is a book co-authored by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness that explores the science of human performance and provides insights into achieving sustained success while avoiding burnout. The authors analyze the practices and principles that drive peak performance, regardless of the field or task at hand. The book combines inspiring stories of top performers in various domains with the latest scientific research into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance.

Peak Performance emphasizes the importance of optimizing rest and work periods, priming the mind and body for productivity, and developing a self-transcending purpose as crucial components of enhanced performance.

The authors argue that applying these practices can lead to significant performance gains and help individuals achieve success in their chosen fields. The book aims to coach readers on how to leverage the science of peak performance and the stories of successful performers to achieve their own success.


3. 10-Minute Toughness: The Mental Training Program for Winning Before the Game Begins

Great for:
People who struggle with those pre bjj competition nerves
Gaining practical info to perform your best on the mats

10-Minute Toughness is a book by Jason Selk that outlines a mental training program for athletes to achieve optimal performance. Selk, who has worked with professional athletes and sports teams, emphasizes the importance of mental toughness in achieving success.

The book provides a step-by-step guide for athletes to develop mental toughness through a daily 10-minute routine. The program includes techniques such as visualization, goal-setting, and focusing on the present moment to help athletes achieve peak performance.

Selk’s program emphasizes the importance of mental preparation and provides practical tools for athletes to enhance their mental toughness, making it a useful resource for anyone looking to improve their performance in sports or other areas of life.

This book also covers other topics such as goal setting, self-confidence, focus and concentration, motivation, visualization, and more.

With this program you’ll be able to gain an edge over your opponents before the match even starts! Afremow also provides advice from experts in the field of sports psychology so you can learn from some of the best. If you’re serious about improving your game, 10-Minute Toughness is definitely worth checking out!


4. The Fighter’s Mind: Inside the Mental Game

Great for:
Those interested in the mental discipline required to of an elite fighter and martial artist
Reading about insights from interviews of the most successful fighters

The Fighter’s Mind: Inside the Mental Game is a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the psychological and mental aspects of martial arts.

Written by acclaimed psychologist, Sam Sheridan, this book provides insight into the minds of some of the world’s best fighters.

Drawing on interviews with elite athletes such as UFC champions, Olympic medalists and BJJ black belts, The Fighter’s Mind examines how these top competitors approach their training and think about their opponents.

Through an exploration of topics such as visualization techniques, goal setting, mental toughness and more, this book helps readers understand how they can take control of their own mental game. For anyone looking to gain an edge over their competition on the mat or in the cage, The Fighter’s Mind is essential reading.

Jiu Jitsu History and Biographies

1. Breathe: A Life in Flow by Rickson Gracie

Great for:
An autobiographical, detailed account of the highs and lows of Rickson Gracie
Insights into Brazilian jiu jitsu history

Breathe: A Life in Flow is a book written by Rickson Gracie, one of the most iconic figures in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu history.

Man, this book stuck with me. No matter if you are a modern no gi player or not a fan of classic Gracie bjj, you gotta respect Rickson’s achievements in the sport.

I felt his writing style was very authenticate and the images gave a unique glimpse into his life.

The book covers a range of topics, from Gracie’s training philosophy and techniques to his thoughts on life, family, and spirituality. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, martial arts, or personal growth and development.

Gracie’s writing style is engaging and authentic, and he shares his personal experiences and insights with honesty and humility. The book emphasizes the importance of breath, flow, and intuition in both martial arts and life, and Gracie’s unique perspective is sure to inspire and motivate readers to reach their full potential. The book also includes rare archival photos and illustrations, adding to the overall experience of reading the book. Overall, Breathe: A Life in Flow is a powerful and insightful book that provides a glimpse into the mind of one of the most influential figures in martial arts history.


2. Choque: The Untold Story of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil 1856-1949 

Great for:
Those who are interested in the history of bjj in Brazil

Choque: The Untold Story of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil comes in 3 volumes and is a very interesting read for those interested in the history of bjj and how it came to be in Brazil.

Written by Roberto Pedreira, this comprehensive series is the definitive history of BJJ as it was adapted and developed in Brazil. Through extensive research and interviews with many influential figures in the sport, Pedreira has crafted an authoritative look at the art’s development from its early days up to the present.

Each volume offers detailed accounts of key figures and events that shaped the growth and evolution of BJJ. An essential resource for anyone wanting to learn more about the martial art, Choque: The Untold Story of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil Volumes 1, 2 and 3 is an invaluable addition to any jiu jitsu historian’s library.


3. Worth Defending: How Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Saved My Life

Great for:
Those interested in the history of gracie BJJ
Inspiration and motivation for diving into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Richard Bresler, Rorion Gracie’s first student in LA, is considered the first student of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the USA. This memoir details his more than 40 years of involvement with the Gracie family and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, including his work with Rorion in establishing “Gracie Garages” and founding the Gracie Academy. Richard also invested in the inception of the UFC and was present with Hélio Gracie himself. He provides a firsthand account of the birth of modern MMA.


4. The Gracie Way: An Illustrated History of the World’s Greatest Martial Arts Family by Kid Peligro

Great for:
Learning about each member of the Gracie family and their impact on the martial art
Reading interviews from Gracie family members

The Gracie Way: An Illustrated History of the World’s Greatest Martial Arts Family is a must-have for any Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fan. Written by Kid Peligro, this book offers a comprehensive overview of the famous Gracie family and their impact on martial arts history. From Helio down to Ryron and Rener, each member of the Gracie family has their own chapter in this insightful work. The book takes readers from the early days of BJJ in Brazil to its modern form, with plenty of fascinating stories along the way. It also features interviews with several members of the extended Gracie family, offering insight into their individual journeys and how they helped shape the sport today. For anyone wanting to know more about the origins of jiu-jitsu, there is no better source than The Gracie Way – it’s an essential read for every BJJ enthusiast

The Gracie Way: An Illustrated History of the World’s Greatest Martial Arts Family is a must-have for any Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fan. Written by Kid Peligro, this book offers a comprehensive overview of the famous Gracie family and their impact on martial arts history. From Helio down to Ryron and Rener, each member of the Gracie family has their own chapter in this insightful work. The book takes readers from the early days of BJJ in Brazil to its modern form, with plenty of fascinating stories along the way. It also features interviews with several members of the extended Gracie family, offering insight into their individual journeys and how they helped shape the sport today. For anyone wanting to know more about the origins of jiu-jitsu, there is no better source than The Gracie Way – it’s an essential read for every BJJ enthusiast.


5. Opening Closed-Guard: The Origins of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil

Great for:
Those who are interested in how jiu jitsu came to Brazil
Finding out how the origin of bjj separates from its Judo influences

If you’re looking to gain a deeper understanding of the origins and history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Opening Closed Guard: The Origins of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil is an excellent resource.

This book was written as a companion piece to the film of the same name.

Written by BJJ legend Robert Drysdale, this book goes beyond the standard history lessons and takes readers on an insightful journey to uncover the founding myths and true history of jiu jitsu.

Through interviews with those who were part of its development and meticulous research in Brazil, Drysdale has crafted a captivating look at the martial art’s early days.


6. Becoming the Black Belt: A BJJ Journey by Roy Dean

Great for:
Learning about one man’s struggles in learning jiu jitsu
Taking lessons learning the author and applying them to your own bjj journey

Becoming the Black Belt by Roy Dean is an essential read for anyone interested in beginning their own jiu jitsu journey.

This book chronicles Roy’s journey to reach the coveted black belt rank, sharing valuable lessons, insights and experiences along the way.

With its practical advice, personal anecdotes and inspiring stories of success, this book provides insight into what it takes to become a true martial artist. From advice on proper technique and training regimens to guidance on handling adversity and mastering self-discipline,

Becoming the Black Belt is a must-read for any aspiring BJJ practitioner. Whether you’re already a black belt or just starting out on your own jiu jitsu journey, this book will provide you with invaluable insight into how to hone your skills and reach your goals.


7. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Globetrotter: The True Story About A Frantic, 140-Day Long, Around-The-World Trip To Train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Great for:
Those looking to get inspired to go out and train bjj and enjoy life

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Globetrotter by Christian Graugart tells the true story of a 140-day, around-the-world journey to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Drawing on his own experiences and lessons learned, Christian shares the highs and lows of his epic quest to explore various styles of jiu-jitsu in different countries. Along the way he encounters incredible people, amazing cultures and unforgettable moments.

What makes this book truly unique is that it provides a firsthand look into the culture, history and philosophy behind jiu-jitsu, giving readers an inside view into how this martial art is practiced around the world.

For anyone looking to add some inspiration and adventure to their BJJ training regimen, The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Globetrotter is an essential read.


Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Books

1. Jiu Jitsu and Me by Robert Wilson

Great for:
Children who are just starting jiu jitsu
Parents who are trying to instill a positive mindset into their children

Jiu Jitsu and Me is an inspiring story about a young boy named Bobby who learns the martial art of jiu jitsu.

After hearing stories from his teacher, Bobby decides to take up the challenge and face his fears.

Along this journey, he finds a newfound confidence and courage that helps him overcome obstacles in his everyday life.

This book is perfect for children who are just starting out with their jiu jitsu training as it teaches important lessons such as trying new things, facing fears, and overcoming obstacles.

It also showcases the importance of having a positive mindset when approaching any task or situation. With inspiring illustrations and an endearing story, Jiu Jitsu and Me is sure to be an enjoyable read for any child interested in learning more about jiu jitsu!


2. Way of the Warrior Kid: From Wimpy to Warrior the Navy SEAL Way by Jocko Willink 

Great for:
Parents who are looking to help their kids gain confidence and resilience
Getting actionable, practical steps for kids to follow

I bought this book for my nephew, and I’m really hoping my sister read it to him. My nephew is at the perfect age to start aiming for goals and getting some structure to help him build confidence

Way of the Warrior Kid is a children’s book written by Jocko Willink, a former Navy SEAL and best-selling author. The book follows the story of Marc, a young boy who is struggling with bullies and lacks confidence. When his uncle Jake, also a former Navy SEAL, comes to visit, he teaches Marc the principles of discipline, hard work, and perseverance, which ultimately transform him into a confident and self-assured young man.

The book is an engaging and inspiring story that teaches children the value of hard work, discipline, and perseverance.

It provides practical advice and actionable steps for children to follow, such as setting goals, developing a positive attitude, and building physical strength through exercise.

The book also emphasizes the importance of respect, kindness, and teamwork, providing valuable lessons for children to learn.

Overall, Way of the Warrior Kid is an excellent resource for parents who want to help their children develop the skills and mindset needed to overcome challenges and achieve success in life.


3. The Shih Tzu Who Knew Jiu-Jitsu

Great for:
A playful, colorful and fun read for kids with themes about learning jiu jitsu to stop bullying

The Shih Tzu Who Knew Jiu-Jitsu is a heartwarming tale of Leo, a young Shih Tzu who learns Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as an effort to combat bullying.

Filled with beautiful illustrations and inspiring messages, this book shows readers how martial arts can help build confidence and resilience in young people. From the basics to the philosophy behind BJJ, The Shih Tzu Who Knew Jiu-Jitsu gives children access to this amazing martial art. Leo’s journey will provide readers of all ages with inspiration and encouragement as they learn that anything is possible when you put your mind to it. It’s a must-read for any fan of BJJ or anyone looking for a captivating story about courage and self-belief!


Finding The Right Jiu Jitsu Book For You

Finding the right Jiu Jitsu book for you depends on your experience level, dedication, and goals in jiu jitsu.

Books may offer information on its history and origin if you’re starting in Jiu Jitsu or even help provide guidance with the mental aspectis of jiu jitsu.

Some even talk about traditions, old techniques, and philosophies, shedding light on concerns, frustrations, and trails of jiu jitsu.

Finding the perfect jiu jitsu book for you will rely on your current understanding of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, . Studying bjj when not training through books and bjj instructionals is highly recommended for any beginner or those looking to increase their knowledge.

Other jiu jitsu books provide detailed instructions on techniques, positions, and submissions.

The techniques and fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu are detailed throughout these works. They offers deepened lessons or tutorials on perfecting a particular move and tips for keeping track of your progress as you work through them.

If you are looking to read a jiu jitsu book to learn techniques it is highly recommended that you drill or practice these techniques with a training partner.

There are more educational BJJ books for you to choose from. It may vary from how to use Jiu Jitsu for self-defense to the details on the several ways in which Jiu Jitsu can improve both your health and your lifestyle.

Can You Learn Jiu Jitsu From A Book?

A picture of a BJJ player reading a book.

Can you learn Jiu Jitsu from a book? Isn’t it all about learning bjj in person at a gym?

Yes, you can learn Jiu Jitsu in books.

A book is a resource for learning Jiu Jitsu’s fundamental ideas, principles, skills, and techniques. 

However, it is strongly recommended that you drill or practice these techniques with a partner and incorporate live sparring of the bi techniques you are trying to learn.

In addition to the methods, variety of skills, and concepts applicable in training, many books on BJJ contain inspirational stories from some of the most accomplished and experienced persons in this field.

Best Jiu Jitsu Books – Conclusion

If you are looking for a perfect book about Jiu Jitsu, there is no shortage of them to choose from. However, with so many different books on the subject it can be difficult to determine which one is right for you. 

The 10 books we have listed provide a variety of perspectives and cover a range of topics related to BJJ.

Our list includes both instructional and autobiographical titles that are sure to interest anyone who wants to learn more about this martial art. 

Whether you are just starting out or have been training for years, there is something for everyone on our list. 

So what are you waiting for? Pick up a copy today and start your journey down the road to jiu jitsu mastery! 

Thanks for reading and see you on to the next one!