Review “The Black Belt Blueprint” by Nicolas Gregoriades

“The Black Belt Blueprint” by Nicolas Gregoriades is a comprehensive guide to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) that covers a wide range of topics, from basic techniques to advanced strategies for competition. The book is aimed at practitioners of all levels, from white belt to black belt, and offers a unique perspective on the art of BJJ that reflects the author’s personal experience and philosophy.


Overview of the author and his approach to BJJ

Nicolas Gregoriades is a BJJ black belt under Roger Gracie and one of the founding members of the Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood, a global community of BJJ practitioners. Gregoriades has been practicing BJJ for over 20 years and has competed in numerous tournaments, including the prestigious Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) championships. In “The Black Belt Blueprint”, he shares his insights and techniques for achieving success in BJJ, as well as his thoughts on the philosophy and lifestyle of the sport.


Main content of the book

The book is divided into five main sections:


      • Foundations: covers the basic principles and techniques of BJJ, including warm-up exercises, movements, and positions.

      • Techniques: introduces more advanced techniques and strategies for both gi and no-gi grappling, such as sweeps, submissions, and transitions.

      • Competition: focuses on preparation, mindset, and strategies for competing in BJJ tournaments, including weight cutting, game planning, and mental preparation.

      • Philosophy: explores the philosophical aspects of BJJ, such as the importance of discipline, humility, and respect, as well as the benefits of practicing BJJ for personal growth and development.

      • Lifestyle: offers practical advice on nutrition, recovery, and lifestyle habits for optimal performance in BJJ and life.


    Each section includes detailed explanations, step-by-step instructions, and high-quality photos and illustrations that make the techniques and concepts easy to understand and apply.


    Strengths of “The Black Belt Blueprint”

    One of the main strengths of “The Black Belt Blueprint” is its comprehensive and holistic approach to BJJ. The book covers not only the technical aspects of the sport, but also the mental, philosophical, and lifestyle components that are essential for success in BJJ and life. Gregoriades’ writing style is clear and concise, and he uses real-world examples and personal anecdotes to illustrate his points and make the content engaging and relatable.

    Another strength of the book is its practicality. The techniques and strategies presented in “The Black Belt Blueprint” are tried and tested, having been developed and refined through years of training and competition. The book provides a systematic and structured approach to learning and practicing BJJ, which can help practitioners of all levels to progress more effectively and efficiently.


    Criticisms and limitations

    One potential criticism of “The Black Belt Blueprint” is that it may not be suitable for absolute beginners who have no prior experience with BJJ. While the book does cover the basic principles and techniques of the sport, it assumes a certain level of familiarity with the terminology and concepts of BJJ. Additionally, some readers may find the philosophical and lifestyle sections of the book to be too esoteric or unrelated to their personal goals and interests.

    Another limitation of the book is that it is primarily focused on gi grappling, which may not be relevant or applicable to practitioners who train exclusively in no-gi or MMA contexts. However, the principles and techniques presented in the book can be adapted and modified to suit different training environments and goals.