Book Review: Drill To Win by Andre Galvao

Drill To Win: 12 Months to Better BJJ

Drill To Win: 12 Months to Better BJJ

If you don’t know who Andre Galvao is, you clearly haven’t been keeping up with the Grappling scene as much as you should!Andre Galvao is a world renowned Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner and professional Mixed Martial Artist. He has won countless grappling tournaments ranging from the Pan Americans to ADCC!

He has always attributed his success to the countless hours he spends on the mat drilling techniques, movements, and more so that they become as natural as walking! The idea behind Drill To Win is that you can do the drills provided in the text during warmups, Open Mat or free time other than regular training in your academy and make leaps and bounds in your game! THIS BOOK IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR LEARNING FROM YOUR INSTRUCTOR AND TRAINING WITH PARTNERS!!!

The book has a very unique layout because it is not simply a list of different movements and exercises for BJJ/ Submission Grappling. Rather, it is a mix of partner and solo drills laid out in a 12 month format, so that the book can give you “1 Year to Better Jiu Jitsu!”

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Now, I must admit, after picking up this book, I immediately decided I would not be following the year plan provided. Why? Because the year is divided into different parts of the game. For example, Month Seven is based on Passing the Guard. But I am working on my Guard passes now, why should I wait to do those drills? Also, this book assumes that you will be drilling these movements five days out of the week. I don’t know about you guys, but I have some of the best training partners in the world but I don’t know if I could get someone to drill movements with me five days a week at least.

So, instead, according to different things I have been training over the months, I have found different workouts throughout the book and used them on certain days. On days where I was too sore to roll, open mat, etc. I would use my book to pick out a workout and do my drills.

After several months of using this book, I felt a dramatic increase in strength, flexibility, but more importantly, mat and body awareness. I felt my bridges get stronger, shrimp escapes faster, and more!

I highly recommend Drill To Win because of the unique layout, great description of each drill with a purpose and pictures included! It doesn’t just say “Shrimp Escapes,” but rather Shrimp Escapes 3 sets of 20 reps and explains why that movement is so important and fundamental.

So, if you really want to step your game up, pick up Drill to Win and get to drilling! Track your progress and you’ll be amazed at how much your game improves!


4 thoughts on “Book Review: Drill To Win by Andre Galvao

  1. RBradfordJiuJitsu

    Drill to win is one of my favorite Jiu Jitsu books. At first I really didn’t like it because it wasn’t full of cool submissions. When I really started to look at it closer though I noticed how awesome all of the drills were that Galvao laid out. His guard recovery drills really helped me personally. What drills did you like Gabe?


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