Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Press Release On New MMA Book – “Instinctive Groundfighting”


Stop thinking, start fighting!
“Instinctive Groundfighting” is now available on

Martial Arts is not about learning techniques. It is about reacting adequately to unexpected combat situations without thinking. If you think, you are slower, your focus is too narrow and your movements lack creativity. European Champion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Joris Merks explains in his book “Instinctive Groundfighting” how to train yourself to stop thinking and start fighting.

The philosophy
People tend to break down Martial Arts is mastering a series of techniques. Techniques are given names and sometimes even numbers! Breaking down Martial Arts in a series of techniques is a rational way to look at it. Therefore you introduce thinking in your combat style.
If you always train 100% dynamically, your body learns to merge instinctive reactions into fluent movements. No pre-programmed techniques, but techniques that are invented on the spot in the heat of the moment, with exactly the right form and timing, performed in your own unique way.

The book
Instinctive Groundfighting teaches you how to train for the essential qualities of movement in combat. A 100% Dynamic Training Method is presented, with a focus on Groundfighting in the context of Mixed Martial Arts. Groundfighting has proven itself to be highly effective in Cage Fighting Championships all over the world. Practicioners of all Martial Arts will profit from the universal learnings this book offers.

The author
Joris Merks practiced competitive Judo since the age of six and he studied science of movement at the Free University of Amsterdam. After receiving a black belt in Judo and Aikido he switched to Kick-Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Grappling. In 2002 he became Open German Champion and European Champion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (elite class -91 kilograms). In his book Instinctive Groundfighting he combines scientific knowledge on how body and mind learn new ways of movement and perception with extensive experience in Martial Arts.

“A fight is not a song
that you can practice at home and
perform in the same way on stage.”

“Fighting is improvising.
Fighting is playing Jazz.
Now… let us all play Jazz!”
“Instinctive Groundfighting”
ISBN: 1-4196-3646-4
Language: English
Pages: 119
Price: $ 14,99
Available at (or to be ordered at local bookstore)

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