"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
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's review of The Master Text & Their Head-to-Head comparison of The Master Text & Gracie Book!
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belts
"Hi: this is Jacare. I've been training bjj for 35 years and Gene's book is one of the best books on the market. I strongly advise everybody that practices Jiu jitsu to buy it." – Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti, Legendary Jiu-jitsu Black Belt
"To be honest, I learned a trick to two from the material in this book(BJJ Master Text)." -- Michael Jen, BJJ Black Belt under Joe Moreira
"One of my students got your book (The Master Text) and I personally think that is a great book. Very good technique and also good pictures. You are just making it easy for people to learn." -- Gustavo Machado, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belt
"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. So congratulations again mister Simco on another good book for sale, great success! The BJJ Handbook from Gene Simco is great for beginners students who don't have the time to train all the time and no time for private classes. With this book you can take the time to review the pics step by step to see how the positions work - also, what I like a lot about the BOOK is Simco details each technique with great explanation, making each movement easy to understand. This book is even great for advanced students too - just because you think you have been training for few years does not mean you know everything!! Some times you have trouble on in a normal training session with some position and you don't know how to apply correctly (because you saw this technique long time ago and your Instructor never recycled the technique again - well that is your chance take a look at this book, and fix your mistakes.) "If this book was crap, believe I would not make any comments, but because I have the book and saw the good work, I sign my name and I recommend this book." -- Roberto "MAGUILLA" Marques. Carlson Gracie Black Belt
Martial Arts Professionals
“Gene Simco happens to be a very important part of The Pit, our curriculum, and our fight team. Gene is a valuable resource to us, as well as a good friend. He worked Gan McGee's corner in his last Ultimate Fighting Championship fight, Chuck Lidell, Team Quest (Randy Coture, Matt Linland, Dan Henderson), BJ Penn all respect Gene and find his book (The Master Text) a great learning tool.” -- John Hackleman, UFC Trainer
"Gene Simco is one of the most technical jiu jitsu instructors on the east coast. His students are a testament to that statement." "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
"He is, after all, a real Martial Artist." -- OnTheMat.com “ I have been doing martial arts, boxing and wrestling since 1973. Gene Improved my grappling game 200%. He not only has proven himself as a good Grappler on the mats but is an outstanding BJJ coach as well. I recommend anyone to train with gene, no matter what their style or background is. Gene has a keen sense of working around a student’s strengths and weaknesses and giving them a solid realistic fighting game, whether for BJJ , NHB or for the street.” - John "Johnny Bombs" Carlo – Pro Boxer & Founder, American Kickboxing Federation
Military & Law Enforcement
The History Channel's Terry Schappert Talks about Training with Gene Simco "As a Green Beret, every skill that I train for the battlefield must prepare me to fight and win in the worst conditions. Martial Arts training is no exception. What I learn must be practical, simple and effective - but it must be taught in a way that I can understand quickly and incorporate in my skill set.
Gene Simco has trained and searched for most of his life in order to be a better Martial Artist - and he has had much success. Gene was doing Vale Tudo when there were literally No Holds Barred and before MMA became a household word or sanctioned sport. He has also become a very dynamic instructor - intelligent, approachable, and able to convey all the subtleties of his martial art to his students. He is cool, respectful and one of the best instructors I've had; and I've been fortunate to work with some of the best in the world. Not every great fighter makes a great instructor, but the team of trainers at NYMAG are all skilled and accomplished in their disciplines, as well as very effective teachers.
Everyone is welcome to train here. The atmosphere is relaxed but intense. If you want to get in better shape more efficiently, train here; if you want to compete in Jiu Jitsu or Muay Thai, train here. And if you need to learn how to defend yourself and your family in today's world, you BETTER come here, Gene and his Instructors know that the disciplines they teach all come from a need to survive and win on any battlefield -- a dark alley, an MMA cage, or the unforgiving streets of the Middle East. When you train at NYMAG you will have fun, but you will be pushed. You will meet friends who will fight you with all they've got. You will get stronger, faster, tougher and develop skills that make you a better fighter and a better person. That's why I'm here - I don't have time for stuff that doesn't work, so I train with Gene and his staff at NYMAG -- and that's why you should be here too." - Terry Schappert, US Army Special Forces Medic, and host of History Channel's "Warriors with Terry Schappert"
"You made a generous offer to provide training for my team at 5TH Special Forces Group and sent us additional copies of your 1st book. Since then I have encouraged my students and members of my Association to buy and read your books especially the Master Text. I just recently purchased your DVD series "Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Essential Techniques". I wanted to tell you what an excellent training reference I think your DVDs are. The techniques and presentation is excellent and exemplifies the principles we endorse as critical in the military combatives training of our Special Operators." -- Master Sgt. Randy McElwee, Director Special Operations Combative Arts Association "I am a veteran Police Officer with 23 years of experience in a major city in the North east. I am currently assigned to their Emergency Service Unit which performs a SWAT function for the city. I routinely handle high risk warrant service, violent felons, emotionally disturbed persons, barricaded gunmen and hostage takers. I have found that for me Gene Simco's No Rules BJJ: Street Effective Groundfighting series is a practical, pragmatic approach to functionalizing your bjj skills for non-mat friendly environments. The organization and presentation of the material is clear and progressive, easily assimilated by both the beginner and advanced practitioner looking to transition his or her skills from the mat to the street. Focus is also given to developing a street guard as well as beating the guard which presents a sizable amount of problems for the uninitiated. The dvd set offers any level practitioner enough variation, detail and ideas that can be successfully integrated into their own every day practice. I know you get a lot of emails so I will keep it short and to the point. I received the Master Text today. I think it should instead be called the Master Piece! And a double thank you for the discount!! I will convince my friends too buy it, if they don't they're nuts!!!: - Jim Barnes, Detective – NYC ESU
“I recently had the pleasure of having Gene Simco teach a BJJ class to a group of Army officers and United States Military Academy cadets. I am currently in my sixth year as a practitioner of BJJ. I have served as a combatives instructor at the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia and currently I am teaching combatives at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Gene organized a quick drill to quickly access the level of proficiency of each fighter in the room, and then began to teach. Gene has the unique ability to simplify the simple and get you focused on the importance of the basics. He personally worked with every fighter in the room, and at the end of two hours every student had improved their ground fighting game. For the next three days, we drilled the techniques taught by Gene, and our ability to pass the guard has improved drastically. Many folks that I have trained with always want the high end “flying arm-bar” type of instruction. Gene quickly showed us where we were sloppy with our basics. Within seconds of listening to Gene, watching him teach and move on the ground, you realize that he is world class and worth listening to. Gene has a professional but personable style and is able to speak and teach at the appropriate level to each student. I would recommend learning from Gene personally or through the use of his books and videos to anyone wanting to improve their military/police combatives, sport BJJ, MMA, or self defense skills.” - MAJ Chuck P. – Combatives Instructor, United States Military Academy
I recently had the opportunity to train with Gene Simco while I was in New York visiting. As a beginner in the art, Gene dramatically improved my skills with his vast knowledge and easy to understand teaching style. Gene was sensitive to my job as a Police Officer and incorporated skills that would help me on the street. Gene is a great teacher and an asset to all students under his instruction. Thanks. – Officer Chris Irsa, SWAT Team, Portage Police, Indiana
"Gene, on behalf of myself and my students here at "Camp Justice", I want to thank you for publishing such a wonderful training tool as the "Master Text"! I also enjoyed the interview and history lesson you included as well. Everything about your book is professional and high quality and deserves a place among the top book releases in the martial arts! Thanks again!" -- Bryan Smith, SSgt USAF, Full Blast Performance Systems
“I've studied with Gene for over six years and in that time I've seen a few things. I've used his BJJ in both self defense and in tournament matches. It works, and it works well. His teachings are lessons that I will carry with me forever and they continue to be useful.
Due to personal reasons, I had to take a break from training. I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where I just recently returned from Iraq. While I was deployed in a forward position in the Al-Anbar province Gene's grappling techniques were helpful in handling insurgents. I was able to restrain, manipulate, and maneuver enemy combatants with ease.
On the boat ride home from the desert I began training again with some Force Reconnaissance Marines. I am intimate with both the Marine Martial Arts program and the various individual arts that the special forces Marines brought to the gym. Through all of the training, BJJ was at the forefront. Through working with superior professional warriors, men who train to fight because their lives depend on it, I began to realize just how incredible the training Gene gave me really was. I earned the Recon Marines' respect through my proficiency in fighting, even after I'd been out of daily training for almost two years. It's tough business I'm in and there is no place for empty talk, respect is all about who can deliver. Gene's teaching helped me earn the respect of my fellow Marines as well as get the job done in combat.” - Juan Morales, USMC “After four years of Army combatives at the United States Military Academy at West Point, it's been Gene Simco's online teaching tools that have taken my abilities to the next level. The detailed instruction in his videos are an invaluable resource for any Martial Artist to improve the technical aspects of their fight, especially on the ground. I also had the privilege of working with Gene in person on two occasions, and his expertise as a coach is second to none., it's been Gene Simco's online teaching tools that have taken my abilities to the next level. The detailed instruction in his videos are an invaluable resource for any Martial Artist to improve the technical aspects of their fight, especially on the ground. I also had the privilege of working with Gene in person on two occasions, and his expertise as a coach is second to none.” - Chase Baker, CDT Lieutenant, Armor United States Military Academy
I've know Gene for over two years now, not only as a teacher of jiu-jitsu but as a friend. He is extremely knowledgeable and skilled in his craft. Gene is able to teach in a way that is easy to understand and allows me to apply it in real life situations. As a NYS Trooper there have been several instances where I've had to physically subdue criminals. Gene's teachings have made me better prepared both mentally and physically for these unfortunate situations. I thank Gene for allowing me to be safer and stronger in my career.- Mark Conway, NYS Trooper I teach correctional officers, police officers, and SWAT team members. All of the people I teach have used Gene Simco's Jiu-jitsu techniques in real life situations and have proven their effectiveness. I spent 5 years as a bouncer, 7 years working in the Department of Corrections, and 2 years working in the Department of Juvenile Justice. To this day I still use Gene Simco's Master Text and Jiu-jitsu DVDs. I have not only used these techniques on the street but I have also used them to tap out Jiu-jitsu instructors. I can't say enough about how good all of Gene Simco's products are. If you really want to understand Jiu-jitsu, or plan on surviving a fight in today’s harsh world, then you need to know Gene Simco's Jiu-jitsu techniques. Thank you Gene for everything you have done for me, my fellow law enforcement officer's, and the Jiu-jitsu community. - Jason Richards, Diesel Mixed Martial Arts
Students, Champions & More …
“Gene Simco has an excellent system for teaching BJJ that has helped my game continue to grow. 3.5 years of training under Gene and I’m a Purple Belt World Champion! ‘Nuff Said!” - Steven Olivier, Pan American BJJ Champion, World BJJ Champion
" I am a Law Enforcement Officer and I've been training under Gene Simco since February 2007. I received my blue belt in August 2008 and decided to test my skills in the PAN AMERICAN JIU-JITSU NO-GI CHAMPIONSHIP on October 4th 2008 in NYC and came in first place. Gene's techniques and his simple ways of teaching has made me a Gold Medalist. The skills that I have learned has prepared me to defeat my opponents on the mat and in the streets." - Robin Duran, LEO, Pan Am Champion "My Name is Dave Edwards. I have been a student at Gene Simco's/NYMAG for 5 months. I entered as a white belt and after 5 months of training, earned my blue, then only two weeks later, won the Pan Ams, No Gi (Gold Medal) and a Bronze in Gi. Gene is a Real-Deal technician." - David Edwards, Pan Am Gold and Bronze Medalist
"It is unfortunate that many skilled martial artists lack the ability to convey their knowledge to others. Teaching martial arts requires a skill bank that only a few talented individuals possess. Gene Simco is one of those rare individuals. After watching Gene Simco's Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Basics DVD, I knew that he was more than a skilled practitioner. Gene's DVDs provide definitive instruction that incorporates effective researched based teaching principles. In addition, he makes the viewer feel comfortable and and quite capable of learning the material he demonstrates. His sound detailed explanations reinforce the techniques that he describes. It is quite apparent that Gene cares about the the quality of his product and you the viewer/student. As a school district administrator and a martial arts instructor with over thirty years of experience, it is a pleasure to recommend Gene Simco's DVDs to all martial artists that want to enhance their understanding of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. - George Kattouf, Director of Special Education Altoona Area School District, 8 Years of BJJ, Jin Pal Hapkido Martial Arts Instructor
"I am a great fan of the really informative website called www.jiujitsu.net and I have been a member of this site for many years now, this is because I’m truly so impressed with this online resource centre for the learning of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, because of the vast information and tuition available on the site, so because of this I shall continue to tell all of my students, friends, and all other keen practitioners of Brazilian Jiu jitsu, all about this excellent BJJ website. I started my martial arts training as a young child in 1974, and since that time, my quest for combat knowledge has lead me to understand that a true combative martial artist must incorporate the fine skills and techniques of this Brazilian Jiu Jitsu into their training routine, because not only is it really important to know how to kick and punch, but it is also very important to learn how to apply throws and takedowns, and to have the rite positional control techniques to be able to apply the correct effective ground fighting techniques, especially in a real fight. This is the true way of training for a modern day warrior of this millennium, so I always encourage students to use the www.jiujitsu.net website as a reference point for BJJ resources that are available on this informative website, this way they can learn the skills of how to bridge the distance between themself and any violent opponent, and they learn how to get into a body clinch, apply a takedown or throw, and take their opponent to the ground where they can make use of a any BJJ control position, then once the dominant position has been established, they will know how to apply a joint lock or choke submission to end the fight. I really like the way Professor Gene Simco teaches the techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, because he has a fantastic ability on how to break the techniques down into components so that these students fully understand the whole mechanics behind the the technique, and by teaching the skills like this, it is so much easier to also teach the students how to apply the many counters to these same attacking techniques. I am a student of Supreme Grand Master Cacoy Canete of the Philippines, and he teaches me the Filipino Stickfighting art called Cacoy Doce Pares Eskrima Filipino Stick and Knife Fighting, he also teaches me the empty hand martial art style called Cacoy Pangamot Filipino Jiu Jitsu, actually he developed both of these styles over his 85 years of martial arts training, actually he is 91 years of age now, and he is a very big fan of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well. I have used the www.jiujitsu.net as my guide to learn more about the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu style, and I have done this for more than 10 years now, because I have’nt always had access to a good BJJ Instructor over the years, so I am so proud of the hard work that Professor Gene Simco has done to make his site one of the best resources on the internet for great information about the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and he has also produced some excellent books and DVDs about the subject. As a matter of fact, he has now included the online BJJ training resource to his website as well, so please take a look for yourself, and I am sure you will enjoy it! Well done to you Professor Gene Simco, what a fantastic effort you have put into this Brazilian Jiu Jitsu website! Thank You."
GRAND MASTER VINCE PALUMBO 10th Degree Black Belt Cacoy Doce Pares Eskrima World Federation 9th Degree Black Belt Cacoy Pangamot Filipino Jiu Jitsu World Federation
20x World Full Contact Stickfighting Champion 2008 South Pacific Full Contact Stickfighting Champion 2004 IKBBF Middleweight World Pro-Boxing Champion 2003 IKBBF South Pacific Pro-Boxing Champion 2002 APBA South Australian Pro-Boxing Champion
I have been in schools where the top dogs always had to be sure you knew they were on top. Usually by causing undue pain and suffering. Your school is not such a place. You are blessed with some real practitioners who know their stuff and can certainly walk the line if necessary. Not only do they have a command of the material but a confidence that allows them to roll with anyone without a threat and fear of real injury. Both you and they are to be thanked for bringing that to your students. As you know I teach as well and try to provide the same but still to have as many guys as you do and maintain is a real testament. My congrats and respect. - Joe Liggera, Second Degree Black Belt Ken Zen Ichii
"New York Martial Arts Gym is great. With excellent instructors, world class athletes, and awesome students, NYMAG is by far the best gym I have ever trained at. The gym is always clean, the staff is very friendly, and with two locations!! how can you beat that? Gene Simco is excellent teacher and a solid black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I would personally recommend NYMAG to anyone who interested in a great school with great instruction. Jiu Jitsu is your playground." - Corey Bourassa
Hey, Gene! Thank you so much for your No Rules Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu video set! The instruction contained therein is top-notch and very professional. We would highly recommend this video set to anyone just getting into BJJ and/or anyone who wants to expand their current skill-set. Keep up the great work! We look forward to reviewing more of your material! - Martial Law Magazine
The essence of a great Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor lies in his/her ability to communicate both the theory and practice of the art. Mr. Gene Simco embodies both; weaving both BJJ philosophy and application in to all his teachings. Since 2005, I have thrived at the New York Martial Arts Gym (NYMAG) under his guidance and instruction. From formalized lectures and demonstrations- to friendly stories and talks - I have learned a great deal from Mr.Simco. He is humble, yet extremely knowledgeable; qualities that are rare in current BJJ practice. Like many of the old masters of BJJ, he is respectful of his students and is not afraid to share his knowledge and expertise. I am proud to say that I am a NYMAG student. NYMAG provides a safe and comfortable environment to learn. Not to mention, a great place to network with experienced BJJ students, competitors, and professionals. At NYMAG I am afforded the opportunity to meet some of the best and brightest in the field. One of my fondest memories was when I met Marcelo Nigue during Mr. Simco’s promotion to Black belt. I acted as translator. As far as a BJJ instructor, I couldn’t ask for anything more. Mr. Simco is not only a mentor, but also a friend. His character is second to none. Not to mention, his is a great business man and entrepreneur. Mr. Simco understands the sprit of BJJ. Having followed BJJ legends such as Roleta, Feitosa, Leozino, Fabio Gurgel, Amary Bitteche, Roberta Altala since 1997, I feel confident in saying that I am a good judge of BJJ technique and instruction. During my time at NYMAG I have always been treated with respect and dignity. At NYMAG I have learned that you can’t always be the strongest, but you can strive to be the most technical; something I will continue to aspire to under Mr. Simco’s leadership. - Mr. JR Avilez
Over the past six years that I have been training jiu-jitsu I have been greatly influenced by the instruction that I have received from Gene Simco. He has played an instrumental role in shaping me as an instructor, BJJ competitor, MMA fighter, and in general as a warrior. Gene has always been willing to go out of his way to hone not only my technical skills but also my fighting strategy. When I am hungry for the answers of what really makes techniques work in order to win Gene always has a detailed and concise response. When I have a problem handling group dynamic as growing teacher Gene has a new perspective to clear my way and reestablish growth for me and my students. I very much appreciate Gene’s openness and lack of ego when it comes to jiu-jitsu. I have been shown that with an open mind I can learn from all that I encounter. Gene has also been very open and patient with my transient ways of traveling about the country to train. Aside from the training environment, Gene is just a really nice guy that I like to hang out with; I feel comfortable just being myself with Gene and the guys at NYMAG. I really like that Gene has not lost his perspective of jiu-jitsu as a combative art and not just a sport. This is where training with Gene early has given me a solid foundation to apply my skills in a sport tournament, an MMA fight, a self-defense situation, or even in a spur of the moment challenge match. - John Kessler - BJJ & MMA Competitor
On behalf of the Middle School, I want to thank you for participating in this year’s Rainbow Arts. We hope enjoyed the experience as much as we enjoyed meeting and learning from you. The students who participated in your workshop thoroughly enjoyed the experience that you provided. – Fox Lane Middle School
"Gene's a great guy...Amicable, and trustworthy. He's been, and continues to be, a great teacher and friend. Not only is he a skilled Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor, but also a talented, multi faceted artist. What ever he's doing, he's always giving it his all!" - Nicholas Guccione
"My name is Captain Anthony L. Butler and I am the Company Commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company 3-15th Infantry of the 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division. My Battalion 3-15 IN was the first conventional force into Iraq and into Baghdad. My company occupied what was left of Uday's palace and I lived in his sister's house. I taught several lessons to my guys straight from the text and we rolled in her back yard. I got pictures of me with the text at Saddam's presidential palace where our Brigade HQ occupied and with some of the guys I train with. I am in Kuwait right now and the internet is too slow to post the pics but in the next week or so I will post them on here for you. And you will be able to proclaim to the world your books are truly international in scope :)" -- Captain Anthony L. Butler. Iraq
"I have to say right off the bat, that this is one excellent resource. This book contains over 320 pages and is jammed full of information..." "...If I could give this a higher rating than five stars, I would. This is a reference manual that you'll use again and again. Well done Gene "Aranha" Simco! It was a pleasure to review this work." -- MartialDirect.com's review of The Master Text, by Kip Brockett.
We have just received our copy of the BJJ MASTER TEXT. We ordered the book online a week ago, what great service, we are in England! The book itself is a great reference tool for students and Instructors. Good clear pictures and detailed explanations bring this book ahead of others. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in BJJ, Vale Tudo etc. Well done! -- Keith Gilliland, Gilliland Martial Arts Academy, England
"The Master Text by Gene Simco is easily the best book ever written on the subject of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The book is truly a wealth of knowledge. Not only does the book display an amazing array of techniques, but it also offers incredible insight into the history, development, and philosophies of jiu-jitsu." Rating: A+ -- Brian McLaughlin
"If you thirst for BJJ this is the spring from which to drink. This book covers a complete spectrum of details such as finding a school, belt ranking, injuries, conditioning, drills for strength, speed, and techniques. It also includes a brief history, FAQ, and interviews with highly regarded instructors. No one is left out either. If you are into sport jiu-jitsu, submission grappling, or vale tudo, it is all here. Techniques for positions, throws, sweeps, reversals, and submissions are abundant also and covered for all three styles. What is great about this book is the author will show a technique, then show the counter to it. At 328 pages, it is packed with solid knowledge. Don't expect to find useless information; it is not there. Some might f ind nicer books with nicer pages or more colorful pictures, but to me that is like garnishing on a plate, nice to look at but you can't eat it. If I am paying for a meal don't waste my time or money on garnishing; give me some more steak. If I want pret ty pictures, I'll go to an art gallery. Also unique to this book is when a question arises, the author is able to respond at his website (www.jiu-jitsu.net). Get one before they are gone." Rating: A+ -- Dothan Jiu-jitsu Club
"What really sets this book apart from any other grappling book on the market is the fact that it really represents where mixed martial arts is today. It explains Jiu-jitsu grappling and its different styles better then any other book on the market." - 5 Stars -- Bill Lewis for www.bjj.org "Yesterday I have received the "instructional package", and I must say I'm really impressed: the master text is wonderful, complete and ...encyclopedic ! The best martial arts book I have ever read!! Compliments!" -- Rocco
"I received my copy of the BJJ Master text Friday. I am very impressed with the book. I have been training for over 25 years in combat martial arts, the last 5-6 yrs. I have taken up Combat Submission Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. These arts have grown into a deep passion of mine like no other arts before. I have bought several other books on grappling / BJJ looking for a "guide book". I needed a good guide book because a lot of my training is with a grappling dummy, my wife, and my life long training partner. I also roll with the Brazilian jiu-jitsu club here on campus. But I seem to teach more then train. Neither my wife, or training partner, or the members of the BJJ club have the time in that I do. I drive up to Canada 2 weekends and down to Virginia 1 weekend out of the month for training. I take strong notes during my training sessions, but I needed that book that supplemented my notes. I found that in the BJJ Master Text. So your book is an asset that will help me get more mat time in. I will be purchasing your Basics book after the holidays." -- Timothy A. Lamey
Your BJJ books continue to be a source of hope for the growth of the martial art that I have grown to love. As one of your old customers who purchased the BJJ Handbook, BJJ Handbook Second Edition, BJJ Master Text, and now your new book: BJJ: The Master Text Second Edition is absolutely INCREDIBLE!!! I just got the book from the mail today and I was already amazed with the weight of my package. I opened it up and saw how thick and professionally done the book was. I was already impressed by your first edition, but this book leaves me speechless! This is by far the most complete BJJ book ever produced. I say this because I own the Fighter's Notebook, BJJ Theory and Practice, BJJ Self Defense, BJJ book series by John Will, BJJ by Rigan Machado, Mastering BJJ by Renzo Gracie, and other works and your book by far contains a wealth of info from various aspects of practicing the art (Sport, Submission Grappling, Vale Tudo). In comparison to other martial arts books in the general market, this book fills the void that a lot of BJJ books lack in comparison to well written and technical aspects of martial arts like Kung Fu, Karate, Judo, etc. The second edition covers a good history and theory section as well as the breakdown of the various of manipulations done on the various parts of the body (elbow joint, shoulder, neck, knee, ankle). I also loved how you expanded on the techniques/positional strategy from the various ways to practice the art as well as give detailed captions on how to properly execute them. So in conclusion, this book should be the one that all other BJJ books should be measured from. It will be extremely hard for anyone to match up to the wealth of info, technique, and quality that your second edition possess. I think the only one who can make a book better than the Second Edition is You. You keep coming out with bigger and I mean bigger, better books of BJJ. I wrote a review of your first edition book and appreciate you posting it on your website. Gene keep of the good work and by the way congrats on your promotion to brown belt. With all the good books you came out with and the teaching you have done for your school I am surprised that your not up for black belt already. Best Wishes. A fellow BJJ practioner and fan of your books, -- Edgar D. Hopida. San Diego, CA
Just wanted to tell you that I am enjoying your book. I started reading it from the first page and I see all the effort you put in consolidating a lot of information in one volume. I recognize a lot of material from my own reading which I have forgotten. It is good to see it the information in one book as an one stop reference. I look forward to visiting your school and meeting you. I have family in New Jersey and New York, and once the economy smiles at me again I will probably visit them and your school. Again great job, and I am looking to purchasing more of your material. -- Al
Mr. Simco, I've been practicing jiu-jitsu for several years now and wanted you to know your book (master text 2) is excellent. I've bought many tapes and books on jiu-jitsu over the years and your book is top notch. Great job and thanks for the great products over the years. Look forward to your future products. -- Keith
"Just wanted to let you know that your MASTER TEXT is the best book I've seen on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I especially liked the part of your book that instructs beginning BJJ students to only focus on learning a couple of techniques from both the mount position and the guard. In an art with a seemingly count- less number of techniques, this is GREAT advice! And of course, the rest of the book, with it's history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (and other arts) , diet plans, workouts, warm-ups, and Q and A sections is really interesting. Oh yeah, the awesome techniques are illustrated and explained very nicely! Thanks for the great resource!" -- D. Ramos, Sacramento, CA
“He shows a bunch of different techniques. He doesn’t just show what he’s good at. He shows what works with me and how to improve my game” – Mike Wacker, BJJ Black Belt
"Gene Simco is a very nice guy and a talented teacher, no doubt ... He doesn’t need it [marketing] to sell his books because quite frankly his books speak for themselves, they are excellent." Rob Kahn, Royce Gracie Black Belt (Posted on NHB Gear Forums - October 14, 2003, 01:41:45 PM)
Book Review By Brian Mclaughlin, BJJ Black Belt & Founder of Precision MMA "The Master Text by Gene Simco is easily the best book ever written on the subject of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The book is truly a wealth of knowledge. Not only does the book display an amazing array of techniques, but it also offers incredible insight into the history, development, and philosophies of jiu-jitsu. The book begins with a message from Mr. Simco explaining why he wrote the book and what he hopes to accomplish by doing so. Simco basically states that writing the book is his contribution to the art and he hopes to improve people’s knowledge and understanding of BJJ. Next Simco briefly discusses diet and exercise programs that will benefit a jiu-jitsu practitioner. I found this information to be very insightful and also easy to follow (It is interesting to note that this is the very program Mr. Simco used to transform himself from a skinny 140 lbs to a strong fit 190 lbs). The book then addresses frequently asked questions about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Topics covered include the value of training with the gi, explanation of the belt system, importance of and difference between vale tudo and sport jiu-jitsu, technique vs. size, and what makes jiu-jitsu unique and what sets it apart from other styles. This information is invaluable to the beginner student. The advanced students will enjoy the next section of the book, interviews with top BJJ black belts including Andre Pederneiras, Fernando Sarmento, Rodrigo Gracie, Royce Gracie, and many more. Finally, the best part of the introduction is the history of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This is the most thorough and detailed account of jiu-jitsu’s roots and development that I have ever seen. Finally, we get to the main focus of the book, the technique section. The book covers sport jiu-jitsu, submission grappling, and vale tudo. All sections are well done however the sport jiu-jitsu section is by far the best of the three. In that section Simco covers EVERYTHING! The gi section begins with basic defensive posture and how to break your opponents grip. The book then moves into takedowns, outlining numerous judo throws, standing submissions, and wrestling takedowns adapted for the gi. Simco arranges the book perfectly. First a move is demonstrated, and then on the next page the defense and counter to that move are shown. The pictures are in black and white, but are still high quality. The descriptions are straightforward and easy to follow. The information ranges from very basic moves such as a double leg takedown, to very advanced and intricate techniques such as rolling knee bars, helicopter sweeps, and clock chokes. In the guard section Simcoshows a wide variety of moves from every possible position. Outlined in depth are the closed guard, half guard, hooks guard, Dela Riva guard, and the spider guard. There are sequences and setups here that I have not seen in any other instructional video or book. In the guard passing section Simco shows the proper way to defend and defeat these various positions. Simco does an excellent job of utilizing the gi to its fullest potential showing the reader how to use not only your opponent’s gi, but also your gi as well to set up submissions and sweeps. The submission grappling section shows the reader how they must change and adapt their game when fighting without the gi. The takedown section goes over more wrestling oriented takedowns, but also covers the gravata, and guillotine chokes. Simco also shows a proper sprawl and counter to the sprawl. Simcoshows a variety of sweeps, chokes, arm and leg locks from both the top and bottom position. Also shown are numerous ways to take the back and escapes from bad positions. Once again all moves are immediately followed by their defense and counter and many sequences are shown. Although not as in depth as the sport section this will surely serve the needs of any competitive submission wrestler. The Vale Tudo/Self Defense section is also excellent. Simco explains the BJJ strategy in a street fight and demonstrates how to effectively employ that system. There is extensive coverage on how to clinch against a striker and how to use strikes to produce openings in your opponent. The takedowns are safe high percentage moves. On the ground Simco shows how to use strikes to improve position and setup submissions. The submissions in this section are more damaging, Simco shows twisting leg locks and neck cranks that are illegal in sport competition. Simco addresses things often neglected in other vale tudo series such as defense against guard slamming, escapes from submissions, half guard reversals, and how to use advanced sport techniques (such as omoplata) in street fighting situations. The book finishes with notes on grappling drills and training advice. Simco also states that any questions about the book can be posted on his website www.jiu-jitsu.net under Master Text Q&A and he will answer them to the best of his abilities. That blows me away, not only does Mr. Simco produce the most informative product on BJJ he also offers 24-hour tech support. The Master Text has raised the bar in instructional quality and will surely become the book with which all others will be compared." - Brian McLaughlin
"Mr. Simco, I just received your book a couple of days ago (The Master Text), and have not been able to put it down yet. I own the majority of books out there from Renzo and Roylers to Rigan Machados, and Royce's book as well. Even though as a white belt, I find these books very interesting and working towards techniques to come in the future. But your book is so descriptive, and very very informative. Thank you so much for all the effort you put into it, and making it easy for a lowly white belt like myself to understand what this game is all about. Upon reading this book, I just hopped online to order the BJJ basics book. That way I have the best of both worlds....thank you again....." -- Joe Rico
"Gene, this is John F. Castillo in Wichita Kansas. One of my students purchased your master text book a while ago and I have been reading it, great work man!! You have shown some things that I have not seen before, my other students love the techniques."
"When you get into the training pictures its easy and full of excellent positions. I couldn't put book down at training due to the guys trying to get at it. This book is excellent value for money and I would recommend this book to any beginner looking to start Bjj or someone whos looking to get past that white belt stage. The only thing that could make this book better is colour photo's. I will definately be passing this onto my kids to learn from. -- Alistair
Received the book yesterday which was bloody fast!!! Faster than UK mail most of the time!! My head was well and truly entrenched in the theory (I had a minor car crash yesterday and cannot train for a week!)and it looks amazing - very broad and in depth. I particularly like the advice on the behind the scenes stuff to effective Jiu-Jitsu, increased health and of course the techniques for all the disciplines included look fantastic. The great thing is, that there are a lot of techniques in there - more than enough for an individual arsenal. Great attention to detail. Gene - I cannot wait to train and your book has immediately motivated me!! Any time you visit the UK you will be more than welcome at our Academy & i'm sure a seminar will be a great success! -- Rob Allen
I don't know if you still remember me, the guy who commented before to your previous book who was from the Philippines. I have just received my Brazilian jiu-jitsu the master text. And have gone to the pages I must say your books keep getting better. Another Really! Really! Really! great book. Prior to your last book I must say the explanation and pictures has improved. Your book has not only improved my ground game and also has added to my knowledge of possibilities of attacks and counters to those attacks. Keep up the good work!!! -- Michael
I just received a copy of your book. It is full of excellent information and I especially like the history section. The photos are clear and instructional. I also feel that you are sincere and really care about the sport and art of jiu jitsu. Congratulations on publishing a fine book. It is worth every dollar spent ! -- P.W. Frieday
I've just received my copy of the new "Master Text" book, and to be honest, it's an outstanding catalogue of moves and advice... I'm even more blown away by the fact that it was delivered from New York to London, UK, in under 10 Days! This cost me just a few pence over £43 (sterling), which i understand will fluctuate on a day to day basis due to the exchange rates, and my advice to al other web-surfers in the uk is to ORDER NOW! I think the strength of this book when compared to other publications is how it draws the novice student on from learning the guard pass and onto ever more technical groundwork, movements and technique, building upwards from lessons learned before... There's something in this book for everyone, whatever their ability or jujutsu school.
I'd like to take the opportunity to say thank you to everyone who put in the effort to bring this book to life, I'm sure it will become one of my most invaluable training aids. -- Matthew Newstead
"A couple of us had the previous book which I thought was excellent, but this one blows it away. I had bought Renzo's book when it came out and thought, OK, a good book on the basics, nice to have on the shelf, but no family secrets revealed. Your new boo k does an excellent job of instructing the moves. I have been caught in more than one of my buddy Brian's techniques that he pulled out of your book." -- Rob Hemmer
"I used to think there was nothing wrong with the Renzo/Royler book too - that is until i got the Master Text. It is far better. As for the fighters notebook I'd like to get someone's review on that as it applies to BJJ... TTT for Simco and the Master Tex t.... " -- Terminal Preppie
I give this book 5 stars!!! Finally! a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu book that covers ALL of the avenues to which to practice the art. Whether it be for Sport BJJ, Submission Grappling, or Vale Tudo/MMA this book is long overdue! I give Gene Simco much respect and honor for giving us such a u seful manual and guide. Not only does this book cover the history of the art and interviews..it also covers Diet, how to take care of your gi and other stuff not to mention the tons of NEW BJJ techniques! I have bought the first BJJ handbook and also the revised one..and its cool to see my review of the earlier books on your website..thanks for your hard work Gene..I hope you come out with more books on BJJ! -- Edgar Hopida, CA
Your books are a godsend our bible so to speak, the techniques are easy to follow and your way of thinking is in on line with our own. We will persevere and learn and although we are still beginners we love the grappling and has given me a new lease of life and thank you for your wonderful books that have helped us so much and will help us for a long time to come. -- Francie Mahon
I agree totally with the (Bill Lewis) review. In travel 300 miles every Saturday to get in 2 hours of BJJ in the nearest credible class to me. Good books and videos are necessary to me as I have to try and get in some practice with friends during the week. This book will make a real difference to my training. -- Steve Muckle
Thanks so much, I received your book in the mail today. What can I say, after opening the envelope I couldn't put it down until I had switch on the lights because it was getting dark outside. Thank you very much from Germany! -- Jan Wiens (12/2001)
I received your book last Tuesday and I must say that it is worth every penny. I appreciate all of the hasty replys that you have given me in the past regarding the status of the order. -- Christian Schrimpf
I recieved your book, great job. This is a must for all interested in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Thanks for a job well done. -- Shane
I wanted to let you know I received the New BJJ Master Text today in the mail! Absolutely couldn't be more pleased with it. Thanks. See you on the mat! -- Steve (12/2001)
I just received The Master Text a couple days ago and I'm quite pleased. I particularly like the diet and work-out instructions and suggestions (as a supplement to the SPECTACULAR fight techniques). -- Danny
"Coming across like a dose of East Coast sanity, Gene Simco's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu The Student Handbook combines the low tech look of an auto parts manual, with the Internet, and of course, his own experience, to create a personal portrait, work of art, and interactive, question and answer Jiu-Jitsu manual all in one." -- "Dirty Larry". OnTheMat.com (10/2001) Read the whole review
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.
Invaluable to the beginner to intermediate Brazilian jiu-jitsu Student. -- Rafiel Torre, ADCC USA.
Great website, and first two books, I purchased both and will undoubtedly purchase your current one. I have collected a lot of training aids CDs, videos, books, and magazine subscriptions and I must say that your book has done more for me than any. -- Larry Ayers
I am from the philippines and i have receieved "Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Handbook version 2". And i must say its a Really! Really! Really! great book.It really helps me a lot with my training. I can't wait for the "Brazilian Jiujitsu Commplete" to come out. Keep up the good work!!! -- Michael
I applaud your enterprising spirit. No one else has provided so much on BJJ in written form (including the Gracies. I was disappointed with their book). Keep up the good work. -- Jim
Excellent Book and Speedy Service, thanks alot! I shall recommend this to my associates and friends. -- James Hawkins
I write you to say that last week I received your Handbook! I hold a Black Belt in Yoshin Ryu Jiu Jitsu. Since the early 90's and the Gracie Invasion here in the US, I have been fascinated with the graceful ground technique found in BJJ. I have studied every move from every fight I've seen with a BJJ player by playing it in slow motion and analyzing it and adding it to my arsenal. Then you came out with the Student Handbook and that book has become sacred to me. In my workouts with a partner I have completely disregarded everything I have ever learned and have saturated myself in BJJ. I have studied BJJ on my own for three years and I wish there was a school close by that i could train at. The techniques that I have learned in my own personal studies I have began to show close friends. Breaking those techniques down and teaching them has made me even more confident in this style. I appreciate your time and efforts. -- Steven Victory
I write you to say that last week I received your Handbook! ... It's amazing and well written! I hope it may help me lern bjj: I have no chance to learn it in a class, so I will learn it with a friend of mine after Aikido classes. -- Emanuel Carnevale, Italy
Wow, the book arrived today - now that was very, very quick!!! Thank you. Usually things from the States take so long and cost so much for freight that it just isn't worth the effort. Your book was, and I'll really look forward to the next one. -- David Scott, New Zealand
You guys did an excellent job in expanding the book from the original BJJ student handbook (which I purchased a long time ago). Keep up the good work. I'm looking forward to you making bigger and better volumes of the art, maybe a BJJ encyclopedia? I am also an owner of the Fighter's Notebook, John Will's Machado BJJ, and I just ordered the Russian Sambo Encyclopedia. The thing I enjoyed most about your new book (as well as the original version) is the history of BJJ, the lineage, the Sport BJJ rules, and other factors not discussed in some books. I hope you come out with a 500 pp book on BJJ !! -- Edgar Hopida