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John Lindsey
8th October 2002, 04:23
Taken from http://www.grapplingarts.net/About/about.html

Q: What is this book about?

A: As the title indicates, the emphasis of the book is on passing the guard. Instead of trying to address all things jiu-jitsu, the subject matter is focused on things incidental to passing the guard (which indeed is more than enough to fill a book).

Q: Does the book cover submissions?

A: Yes. The book covers attacks from the guard (because you have to know them to defend them), submission without passing (these are exceptions to the general rule that you have to pass before attacking), and submissions against the turtle position.

Q: Why is the turtle position included?

A: Jiu-jitsu players end up in the turtle position as a defense to having their guards passed. In Judo, players go to the turtle position to avoid mat work. So, you need answers for the turtle position. There is a complete chapter dedicated to the turtle position.

Q: How is this book any different from other martial arts books?A: Download the sample pages and see for yourself. We have attempted to improve on typical martial arts books across the board. To often martial arts books are hard to follow: you have to know the techniques already to understand how the models got from position A to position B, the text is seperated from the picture to which it corresponds, and the descriptions are sparse and cryptic. Passing the Guard, by contrast, shows you how to get from A to B (by including more photos), the text is next to the pictures, and the descriptions are detailed. In addition, this book shows lots of the little details that are crucial to success.Q: What aspects of BJJ are covered (sport/vale tudo/street)?

A: Passing the Guard is geared towards Brazilian Sport Jiu-Jitsu. The information is very relevant to Judo and Sambo. Some of it is good for street fighting and self-defense. And more of it is good for no gi wrestling. All of it is good for Brazilian Sport Jiu-Jitsu.

Q: How much is the book?
A: $36.95 U.S.
Q: What are your credentials?A:Tim Cartmell began his martial arts training with the Chinese styles, including ten years of training in China. He has been practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 1995, and is currently a brown belt under Cleber Luciano. Tim is an Asian Full-Contact tournament champion, and has won several Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments, including the Copa Pacifica at the blue, purple and brown belt levels. Tim is also a submissions grappling tournament winner. Tim Cartmell presently runs the Shen Wu School of Martial Arts in Garden Grove, California.
Ed Beneville is a Brown Belt under sixth degree black belt, Joe Moreira, and has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 1996. Ed has entered and won many BJJ tournaments, hi-lights include triple crown (three division) victories purple belt at the Grappling Games, Las Vegas, 2001, and at the Grappling Games, Los Angeles, 2001. Ed is an attorney practicing business and contract law in Southern California.
Both were purple belts when the pictures were taken.
Q: Do you guys plan on making more books?
A: That depends on how many people but this one. We would like to.Q: Where can I get my hands on this bad boy?A: Initially the book will be available through this site and via mail and phone order.Q: I must have it! When can I get it?A: It is now available 24/7 right here or by phone.