Keeping in mind that www.bestjudo.com is a website dedicated to Judoka, I am reviewing this book in relation to it's usefulness to a Judoka. To a submission fighter, this book would certainly have rated five stars, rather than four, since much more of the book would be immediately useable.
Coming in a 3 ring binder, The Fighters Notebook contains over 800 techniques, and over 3500 photos. Unfortunately, they count each small variation as a "technique", so this is misleading from a Judoka's point of view, but that's a petty detail. I found this to be a fascinating collection of techniques, much of which is perfectly useable in Judo. Many pages have nine b/w photos, so this is a very pictorial description of submission fighting techniques. The almost excruciating detail provided on all the techniques, showing both offense, defense, and combinations... make this a joy to browse through. Many moves will be completely familiar, and many moves will prove to be unknown. The standup information included was for the most part elementary, but well balanced by the superb information on ground skills. I suspect that diligent study and practice of movements found here will improve any Judoka's ground skills. The price is somewhat steep, but considering what you are getting, cheap at the price.
Contents The Standing Stance A-3 The Clinch Position A-6 (Head to Chest) A-7 (Head Behind) Clinching A-8 Closing the Distance A-10 With a Kick A-12 Clinching Against a Jab A-12 ...Against a Round House A-12 ...Against a Southpaw A-14 Training Takedowns A-16 starting Positions A-18 Switching Tie-Ups Takedowns from Outside A-20 Double Leg Takedown A-28 Single Leg Takedowns Overcoming His Sprawl A-32 Go to Back A-32 Go to Guard A-32 Sit Out High Tie Up A-34 Training A-34 With Strikes Takedowns From the High Tie Up A-36 Leg Throw (Outer Reaping) A-36 Elevator Throw A-36 Drop into Guard A-38 Guillotine (Entry #1 & #2) A-38 Guillotine Drop A-40 Flying Arm Bar A-40 Flying Triangle A-42 Rolling Leg Bar A-42 Training for the Leg Bar Low Tie Up A-44 Training A-44 With Strikes Takedowns from the Low Tie Up A-46 Drop Seio-Nage A-46 0 Goshi A-46 Harai Goshi Tie Up on the Wall A-48 Driving to the Wall A-48 Striking on the Wall Takedowns from Tie Up on the Wall A-50 Snatch Double Leg A-50 Single Leg A-50 Foot Sweep Takedown from Head to Chest Clinch A-52 Hip Throw A-52 Near leg Sweep A-54 Practicing the Throw by Lifting Throw by Lifting A-56 The Lift A-56 Sideways A-56 Souplesse A-56 "Suplex" Takedown from Head Behind A-58 Bear Hug (With Sweep) A-58 Throw from Behind (By Sitting) A-58 Leg Throw Takedown from Fully Behind A-60 Working Behind A-60 Throw By Lifting A-60 Double Ankle Pick Hitting A-63 Ranges Hitting (Long Range) A-64 Round Kick A-64 Side Kick A-64 Hook Kick A-66 Step A-66 Shuffle A-66 Skip A-68 Front Kick A-68 Rear Leg Front A-70 Rear Leg Side A-70 Rear Leg Hook A-70 Rear Leg Axe A-72 Rear Leg Round (Karate) A-72 Rear Leg Round (Thai) A-74 Te Set Ups A-76 Spinning Side A-76 Spinning Rear A-76 Spinning Hook Hitting (Medium range) A-78 Step Drag A-78 Jab A-80 Straight Right A-8O Left Hook A-82 Uppercuts A-82 Overhand Right A-84 Palm Heeling A-86 Wrapping A-88 Lunge A-88 Backfist A-88 Reverse Punch Hitting (Close range) A-90 Head Butt A-92 Forward Elbow A-92 Rising Elbow A-92 0verhead Elbow A-93 Spin Elbow A-93 Jumping Elbow A-94 Knees A-96 Stomping Defense against Strikes B-3 Conditioning B-4 The Stance B-5 Distance B-6 Head Movement B-8 Footwork B-10 Blocking (Lower Body) B-12 Blocking (Upper Body) B-14 Shell Defense against Leg Takedowns B-16 Snap Down B-18 Sprawl & Crossface (Choke) B-19 Sprawl & Crossface (Go to Back) B-20 Guillotine B-20 Guillotine from Guard B-22 Guard B-22 Guard (with Elevator Sideways) B-22 Guard (with Elevator Over Top) B-24 Pancake (into Scarf) B-24 Pancake (into Crucifix) B-26 Raised Single Leg Defense Defense Against Hip Throws B-28 Defense Against "Suplexes" Back B-30 Break Top Grip & Step Out B-32 Shoulder Lock B-32 Toss B-32 Flip Front B-34 Sag and Push B-34 Lift B-36 Trap Headlock B-38 Upright B-40 Bent Over Against Guillotine B-42 Protect B-42 Slam B-42 Drop Training B-44 A Side Control Positions C-3 Stabilizing the Positions C-4 Scarf Hold C-6 Basic Side Control C-8 Kata Gatame C-10 Both Hands Past C-12 Cross Side Mount C-14 Four Corner C-16 Knee on Stomach Switching Side Control Positions C-18 Overview C-20 Switching C-24 Getting Knee on Stomach C-26 Circling Getting Mount C-28 vs. Roll C-28 Leg Over C-30 Knee Across C-30 Forearm Pop C-30 Slam C-32 Pop Foot C-32 Foot Sneak Finishes vs. Side Mount Defense C-34 Toe Hold (& Reverse) C-34 Heel Hook C-34 Hip Lock Finishes from Scarf Hold C-36 Neck Crank C-36 Straight Arm Bar (Leg) C-36 Coil Arm Lock Finishes from Modified Scarf Hold C-38 Near Arm Bar C-38 Figure Four to Head C-38 Far High Key Lock Finishes from Cross Side C-40 Choke C-40 Coil Arm Lock (Far Arm) C-40 Straight Arm Bar (Far Arm) Finishes from Four Corner C-42 Shoulder Lock C-42 Neck Crank #1 C-42 Neck Crank #2 Follow ups to Neck Crank C-44 Get Back C-44 Straight Arm Bar C-44 Choke Finishes from Knee Hold Down C-46 Near Straight Arm Bar C-46 Far Straight Arm Bar C-48 Coil Arm Lock C-48 Across Straight Arm Bar C-48 Forearm Lock C-50 Knee Bar C-50 Toe Hold Striking from the Side C-52 Basic C-52 Both Arms Past C-54 Knee on Stomach C-54 Kata Gatame C-54 Four Corner C-56 Scarf Defensive Positions D-3 Scarf Hold 0-4 Cross Body D-5 Knee on Stomach Headlock D-6 Basic Defense D-6 Grip Won't Release D-8 Chin Tight D-1O Chin Tight/Leg In D-1O Chin Tight/Leg In Scarf Hold Down D-8 Hook Leg D-l2 Get to Knees D-12 Hook Leg D-13 Roll D-14 vs Leg Over Mount Attempt Basic Side Control D-14 Warning D-14 vs. Knee Across Mount Attempt D-16 Go to Back D-16 Guard D-16 Arm Bar Kata Gatame D-18 Avoiding Kata Gatame D-18 0pen Guard D-18 Block Both Arms Past 0-20 Closed Guard D-20 0pen Guard D-22 Go to Back Cradle D-22 Triangle Cross Body D-24 Arm Bar D-24 Get to Knees D-24 Half Guard D-25 Guard Four Corner D-26 Roll D-26 Swing to Guard D-28 Back Door Escape D-28 Switch Base D-28 Push Head Knee on Stomach D-30 Sweep 0-30 Half Guard D-30 Guard The Mounted Position E-3 Stabilize the Mount E-4 Pushing Chest E-4 Pushing Stomach E-4 Pushing Knees E-6 He Sits Up E-6 He Bear Hugs You E-6 He Grabs Powerfully E-8 He Rolls E-8 He is Huge E-10 He Bridges E-10 He Tries the Elbow Escape E-10 Pushes your pelvis E-12 He Traps your Leg E-12 Complete Hold Down Striking E-14 Naked Chokes E-16 Kata Gatame E-16 Scissor Choke E-16 Fist Choke Gi Chokes E-l6 Scissor Choke (with Sleeve) E-18 Cross Chokes (Entry #1) E-18 Cross Chokes (Entry #2) Triangle Chokes E-20 From Mount E-20 Roll to Guard Key Locks E-22 High E-22 Low Straight Arm Bars E-24 Swing Around Arm Bar E-24 Practice E-24 Sliding Arm Bar Falling Arm Bar E-26 Far Arm (Flat) E-26 Far Arm (Up) E-26 Near Arm He Resists the Arm Bar E-28 Figure Four E-28 Forearm Lock E-28 Kick E-30 Triangle E-30 Go to Back E-32 Near Squeeze Lock E-32 Far Squeeze Lock E-32 Kicking The Defensive Position F-3 Regaining the Position F-4 His Knees Come Up F-4 He Grapevines F-4 He Crosses Ankles Umpa F-6 Umpa Theory F-8 (Opponent Punching) F-8 (Opponent Choking) F-8 (Opponent Tight) The Elbow Escape F-10 Theory F-10 Heel to Half Guard F-12 Umpa-Elbow F-12 Elbow-Umpa F-12 Elbow-Umpa Grabbing Hips F-14 To Heel Hook F-14 To Open Guard Grabbing Armpits F-16 To Foot Lock F-16 To Heel Hook Total Hold Down F-18 vs, Straight Arm Bar F-20 Pass Leg F-20 Roll F-20 Spin vs. Coil Arm lock F-22 Out F-22 In vs. Scissor Choke F-24 Frame F-24 Hand Traps F-24 Elbow Traps vs. Kata Gatame F-27 Pass Arm F-26 Palm to Palm Wedge F-26 Roll to Guard F-27 Grab Knee The Back Mount Positions G-3 Back Mount Basics G-4 Mount to Back Mount G-4 Inserting Hooks G-4 Back Mount (Facing Floor to Facing Ceiling) Back Mount from Referees Position G-6 Avoid Leg Bar G-6 Insert Hooks G-6 Side Roll G-8 Front Roll G-8 Front Snap G-8 Roll Back Rear Naked G-10 Basic G-10 Facing Floor G-10 Facing Ceiling G-12 One Arm Rear Naked Warning G-12 Overcoming Choke Resistance G-14 His Chin is Tight G-14 He Grabs Wrist G-14 He Grabs Wrist G-16 He Grabs Arm G-16 He Drives Back G-16 He Drives Back Striking G-18 Strategy G-18 Facing Floor G-18 Facing Ceiling Other Finishes G-20 Triangle G-20 Arm Bar Collar Finishes G-22 Collar Choke G-22 Leg Assisted Collar Choke... G-22 ...into Arm Bar Defensive Positions Against Back Mounts H-3 vs. Rear Bear Hug (No Hooks Inserted) H-4 Rolling Knee Bar H-4 Roll to Guard H-4 Roll (He Hugs) vs. Back Mount (Hooks Inserted, On Knees) H-6 Bump Over Top H-6 Bump to the Side H-6 Roll to Half Guard H-8 Scissor to Neutral Position vs. Choke Attempt From Hands and Knees H-10 Trap Arm H-10 & Free Leg vs. Sunk Choke From Hands and Knees H-10 Free Leg to Side vs. Back Mount (You Are Flattened Out) H-12 Getting to Base H-12 To Half Guard H-12 He Has Arched vs. Back Mount (Facing Ceiling) H-14 Trap Arm to Side Control H-14 Arm Bar H-16 Ankle Lock H-16 Force the Lock vs. Back Mount (Facing Ceiling) With Choke H-18 to Half Guard H-18 to Side Control The Guard Position l-4 The Closed Guard l-4 Closed Guard To Classical Guard 1-6 Close Guard (vs. Strikes): Entry #1 l-8 Entry #2 I-8 Entry #3 I-10 Open Guard Positions I-12 Open Guard: General Principles I-14 Principles Cont'd: Movement 1-18 Maintaining Open Guard l-22 Maintaining Closed Guard vs, Knee l-22 vs. Pull Head Pass l-24 vs. Slam l-24 vs. Slam (He Stands) l-24 vs. Elbows to Leg l-26 Rising to Stand Up Naked Chokes and Cranks I-28 Kata Gatame I-28 Guillotine I-30 Neck Crank/Shoulder Lock I-30 Neck Crank I-32 Scissor Choke I-32 Scissor Choke (Arm Included) Collar Chokes I-32 Scissor Choke (w/Gi) I-34 Cross Choke I-34 Arm Behind Head I-36 Arm Around Head I-36 Arm Around Head (Variation) Triangle Chokes I-38 Triangle Choke I-38 Triangle Choke (Grabbing Knee) I-38 Triangle Choke (Open Guard) I-40 Triangle Choke (Re-Triangle) I-40 Counter Counter I-42 Near Arm Bar I-42 Far Arm Bar I-42 Triangle Choke (Roll) I-42 Triangle Choke-Arm Bar Arm Bars I-44 Straight Arm Bar (Hip Lift) I-44 Straight Arm Bars (Hip Spin) I-44 Straight Arm Bars (Hip Spin) I-46 Figure Four Arm Bar I-48 He Comes Around I-48 He Comes Across I-48 He Circles I-48 He Stands I-50 Arm Bar (Two Hands Press)... I-50 ...Into Key Lock Key Lock I-50 Basic Coil Arm Lock I-52 He Sits Back I-52 He Attempts a Guillotine I-52 Shoulder Lock Leg Locks I-54 Heel Hook I-54 Push to Lift Heel I-56 Leg Bar I-56 Squeeze Lock I-56 Ankle Lock (Half Guard) Half Guard I-58 Into Guard (Knee-Elbow) 1-60 Into Back Mount (by Lifting) I-60 Into Side Control (by Lifting) I-60 Into Full Guard (by Lifting) Sweeps & Reversals Opponent on Knees I-62 Go to Back I-62 Chest to Chest I-64 Inserting a Hook I-64 Elevator Opponent on One Knee I-64 Elevator I-66 Scissor Sweep I-66 Warning I-68 Flower I-68 Flower (No leg) I-68 Flower (Standing) I-70 Flower (Kata Gatame) I-72 Follow Up (Arm Bar) I-72 Follow Up (Triangle) I-72 Follow Up (Roll) Opponent Standing I-74 Grab Ankles I-74 Grab Ankle I-76 Feet in Hips I-76 Broom Sweep Striking From Closed Guard I-78 Heel Kicking I-78 Punching I-78 Elbowing I-78 Blocking From Open Guard I-80 Ground Head Kick I-80 Standing Head Kick I-80 Leg Kick I-80 Rising Head Kick Position Against the Guard J-3 Passing the (Far) Open Guard J-4 Passing His Legs J-6 Passing the Closed Guard (Standing) J-8 With Strikes J-10 Follow Ups: Pass to Side J-10 Follow Ups: Standing Heel Hook J-10 Follow Ups: Falling Ankle Lock J-12 Pulling Head J-12 Slam J-14 Passing an Opened Guard: #1 J-14 Knee Pass #2 J-14 Jump J-16 Knee Between Legs J-18 Knee to Ribs J-19 Into Strikes J-18 Into Side Control J-18 Into Toe Hold J-19 Into Leg Bar Passing the Guard (Knees) J-20 Hand to Ground J-22 Elbows J-22 Passing Elevator Passing Half Guard J-24 Post J-24 Push Passing the Head Scissors J-26 Flip J-28 Body Folds J-28 Body Tight Counter to the Triangle J-30 Circle J-32 Straighten Up J-34 Fall back Counter to the Guillotine J-36 Forearm Across Throat J-36 Shoulder to Throat Counters to Other Chokes J-38 Kata Gatame Choke J-38 Scissor J-38 Sleeve Choke J-40 Cross Choke (Swim) J-40 Cross Choke (Trap) J-40 Cross Choke (Counter Choke) Counters to the Arm Bar J-42 Grab Biceps and Stack J-42 Grab Head and Stack J-42 Double Arm Bar Counter Counters to the Key Lock J-45 Grab Him J-44 Roll J-44 Grab Yourself Defense Against Sweeps J-46 Scissor Sweep J-46 Maintain Base J-46 Circle Foot J-48 Raise Hips J-48 Follow Ups: Side Control J-48 Follow Ups: Ankle Lock J-48 Follow Ups: Knee Submission Ankle Lock J-50 Execution vs, Guard J-50 Execution: Scramble J-50 Achilles Lock Counter To The Ankle Lock J-52 Block J-52 Cross Ankle Lock J-52 Inside Heel Hook J-52 Over Knee to Mount J-52 Around Knee to Mount Ankle Lock Counter Counter J-54 Figure Four J-54 Heel Hook J-54 Knee Bar J-54 Knee Elongation Heel Hook J-56 Execution J-56 Counter J-56 Counter Counter Knee Bar Execution J-58 Inside J-58 Outside J-58 Under Arm Knee Bar Counter J-60 Push J-60 Come Up Squeeze Lock Execution J-62 From Guard Pass J-62 From Scramble J-62 vs. Pass Counter Open Guard J-64 Heel Hook J-64 Counter Punching From Inside Guard J-67 Mistakes J-68 Freeing Your Head J-68 Freeing Your Arm J-70 Striking Joint Warm Ups K-4 Wrists, Hands, and Fingers K-6 Elbows K-8 Chest and Shoulders K-8 Neck K-10 Low Back K-10 Torso K-12 Knees K-12 Hips K-14 Ankle, Foot, and Toes K-16 Entire Lower Body Stretch Break K-18 Muscle Warm Up K-20 Push ups (Variations) K-20 Push ups (Standing) K-20 Push ups (Dandh) K-22 Crunches K-22 Low Back Hyperextension K-22 Side Crunch K-24 Hips Lift (Facing Up) K-24 Hips Lift (Facing Down) K-24 Hips Lift (Facing Side) K-26 Standing Guard Sit Ups K-26 Partner Roman Chair Sit Ups K-26 Partner Leg Throwing K-28 Magic Circle K-28 Floor Spins K-28 Tension Squats K-30 Partner Squats K-30 Partner Leg Presses K-32 Squats K-34 High Kicks K-34 Shrimping K-36 Monkey Drill K-36 Bear Drill K-38 Neck (Solo) K-38 Neck (Partner) K-38 Neck (Partner Advanced) Stretching K-40 Upper Body K-42 Torso K-44 Lower Body Break Falling Slapping Out K-50 Backwards from Floor K-50 Backwards from Squat K-50 Backwards from Standing K-52 Forwards from Knees K-52 Forwards from Standing K-52 Sideways Rolling K-54 From Knees K-54 From Standing K-54 From Standing (Roll Through) Being Thrown K-56 Class Structure K-58 Warm-Up K-58 instruction K-58 Drilling K-68 Sparring The Rules Of Submission Fighting 4 The Ring 4 The Officials 5 Restrictions on Grappling 5 Restrictions on Striking 5 Restrictions on Throwing 6 Scoring the Contest 8 Required Protective Equipment ll Attire 12 Length of the Contest 13 Delay of the Contest 13 Weight Divisions 14 Rules Summary 18 Hosting an Event 19 Press Release 20 Bye Chart 22 Fighter's Application 23 Waiver of Liability 23 Event Registration Card
In nature, all land mammals save humans and elephants, die violently. They strike, grab, and bite each other until the younger, tougher, stronger, faster one wins. The other one is literally lunch.
Until recently, men generally fought the same way. They faced off, each open to the other's attack, and the one made tougher, stronger, and faster through training and genetic advantage was the winner.
Things have improved, and the improvement, in two words, is "position and submission". There are certain specific positions that nullify an opponent's attacks. His strikes, kicks, joint locks, and chokes, are no longer effective, Yet from these positions, the superior fighter can launch effective strikes and finishes, or can move to an even more advantageous position.
There is no reasonable way, without a position, to hit another person that does not leave you open to an attack in return. In contrast, all realistic ground positions protect you from your opponent's attack, while you set to the business of finishing him.
These positions are the frame upon which this manual is organized. For each position, one Section is devoted to offense from there, and a second Section is devoted to defense against it.
None of this is to say that a Submission Fighter cannot be defeated. As they said in the Old West, "Never a horse that couldn't be rode, never a rider that couldn't be throwed." It is saying, emphatically, that this is a superior approach to unarmed combat.
A useful introduction to Submission Fighting is to go over the steps in a realistic fight. The frames below show how a trained fighter responds in a real situation.