BJJ Book Club: Drill To Win by Andre Galvao and Kevin Howell

BJJ Book Club: Drill To Win by Andre Galvao and Kevin Howell

Andre Galvao is a second degree BJJ black belt under Osvaldo Alves whose lineage dates back to Carlos Gracie and Mitsuyo Maeda. He is a founding member of Team Atos which has gyms all around the world and is recognized as one of the top BJJ teams around. At the age of 31 years old, Galvao is seen as one of the best BJJ practitioners the world has seen. This is evident with his 2011ADCC wins at absolute and -88kg weight classes where he picked wins over Rousimar Palhares and Pablo Popovitch. So, when he writes a book about how to improve your BJJ game the BJJ community takes notice.

The full title of the book is called Drill to Win: 12 Months to Better Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which makes sense considering the book takes you on a journey that will last a full year. There are other plans in the book as well for short term goals, but the message is clear, if you want the best BJJ game you could hope to have then do everything this book tells you to. This book mostly focuses on the drills you should do to help your game outside of your regular training. It does need to be mentioned that this book is for the dedicated BJJ practitioner and not someone that rolls twice a week.

The plans are broken down to four weeks for each month with each week having five days in it. On those days, you will be doing about 1-2 drills. The first few months focus on your strength, conditioning, and balance. It is working on the idea that it is molding you out of clay. Some drills will be actual BJJ moves and submissions while others are more for building muscle. Depending on how much you have trained and how heavy or light you are some moves may need to be modified to give you a good workout.

The breakdowns are good with multiple pictures with arrows showing you the sequence of a move and makes it easy to follow. Also, the book covers diet which is another important part of the game. Once you get into the later half of the book, there are drills for takedowns, grip fighting, escapes, passes, and every other BJJ move under the sun. So, if you get this book do not get tired of the drills in the first few months, because once you are halfway through the year you will be working on all kinds of moves and upping your game every day.

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