BOOKS BY CHRIS MATAKAS
On Jiu Jitsu (best seller)
While I was away on my trip, I came to the realization that the life I had been leading, serving through Jiu Jitsu, was my path. Upon returning, I sat down to right a treatise on the value of using Jiu Jitsu as a vehicle for personal development, specifically through the acquisition of Virtue and removal of Vice. In essence, this was my attempt to justify devoting my life to sharing Jiu Jitsu with others.
Worth noting: This is the most popular of my books and yet has the least to do with the technical application of Jiu Jitsu.
IMPROVE: Grow As If Your Life Depends On It
This books explores the need for -- and process of -- personal development. We all seek growth. Whether in our relationships, professions, or passions, there is something inside us that strives for continued advancement. Though our progress comes in as many shapes and sizes as we do, the constituent elements of growth are constant. This book explores these foundational truths.
Jiu Jitsu Kids: Roman Redefines Winning
Jiu Jitsu is a vehicle for personal development. Through their experiences on the mat, Jiu Jitsu Kids learn to face challenges, overcome obstacles, and develop a growth mindset that leads to success on and off the mat.
The Tao of Jiu Jitsu
In the summer of 2016, a year after being awarded my black belt from Professor Almeida, I went on a solo road trip to visit our national parks and reconnect with myself, revisiting the purpose of my life, as I wondered if Jiu Jitsu was still my path. Unsure of what my future would hold, this book was an attempt to codify all that I had learned on and off the mats up until this point.
5 Rules for White Belts
Inspired by a private lesson I had with a new student, these are the 5 principles I believe should guide the beginning student to maximize their development on and off the mat. This is the second most popular book, behind On Jiu Jitsu.
The Daily Martial Artist
In this daily reader you get 366 Meditations on the Philosophy, Routines, and Training of the Successful Martial Artist. This is currently Chris Matakas' fastest growing book.
My Mastery: Learning to Live Through Jiu Jitsu
Shortly after becoming the lead instructor at Professor Ricardo Almeida's academy, this was the first book I wrote to help guide our students through a conceptual understanding of their focus at each belt level.
My Mastery: Continued Education Through Jiu Jitsu
A much deeper and introspective look into using Jiu Jitsu as a vehicle for personal development, this second edition in the My Mastery series explores the specific strategies and tactics of mastering Jiu Jitsu.
12 Rules for Jiu Jitsu
Jordan Peterson has influenced my education in the past few years more than any other thinker. Like many of us, I cannot help but study academia and apply these lessons to our experiences on the mat. This book is, to my knowledge, the first Jiu Jitsu book report, in which I explore the lessons from Peterson's 12 Rules for Life and their applicability to Jiu Jitsu.
Hero: The Path Through Jiu Jitsu and Life
Heavily influenced by the works of Jordan Peterson and Carl Jung, this is an exploration on the idea that the best path forward through Jiu Jitsu and Life is to embrace the role of the archetypal hero, as we pay attention, confront the dragon, and embrace death and rebirth.