“I recommend this Sumo for Mixed Martial Arts book to those who want to improve their grappling.”

Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida, Former UFC LHW Champion

“A valuable addition to the library of anyone with an interest in either sumo or MMA – or both.”

Mark A. Buckton, Japan Times sumo writer

“Andrew Zerling has done us all a service by taking what has been commonly regarded as a compartmentalized martial sport, Sumo, and allowing us a peek inside its history and principles and giving us the opportunity to see how rich this vein of information can be to inform the modern incarnation of MMA.”

Mark Hatmaker, Bestselling author of 13 titles including the No Holds Barred Fighting Series

“I am so pleased that Andrew Zerling has written his outstanding book, Sumo For MMA. Anyone interested in combative sports or self-defense would be wise to explore the methods of sumo, and Mr. Zerling’s book is the perfect entrée. Sumo For MMA will expand your understanding of close range combat, including throws, open hand strikes, and takedown defense. I highly recommend Mr. Zerling’s book.”

Burton Richardson

Black Belt Magazine Self-Defense Instructor of the Year 2015, Black Belt Hall of Fame

“I find the correlation, comparisons, and similarities between grappling styles and cultural origins fascinating. This is a captivating book, well researched and thought out, truly enlightening for all who love the grappling arts.”

Chris Haueter, 5th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

“The ancient art of Sumo isn’t about 400-pound mountains of flesh smashing into one another but rather a sophisticated fighting art based on precise timing and well-honed techniques. Andrew Zerling’s unique and information crammed Sumo for Mixed Martial Arts uses high-quality pics and easy to follow instruction guaranteed to take your up-close-and-personal fighting skill to the next level.”

Loren W. Christensen, author and veteran martial artist



This innovative book demonstrates how the study of sumo wrestling techniques can benefit practitioners of modern mixed martial arts (MMA), as well as other grappling arts. Sumo, Japan’s ancient martial art, has its own particular variations of MMA-style body locks, throws, and trips, among other techniques.

MMA competitors know their sport grew with the evolution of jujitsu, but many do not realize sumo can be seen as the root of jujitsu. Sumo uses distraction, angles, and leverage to steal an opponent’s balance and take him down.

Sumo for Mixed Martial Arts focuses on kimarite, or winning moves. Knowledge of these techniques can allow competitors to catch their opponents off guard with unorthodox clinches, takedowns, and tactics. The author places special emphasis on how smaller players can defeat larger adversaries.
This book features

  • In-depth demonstrations of 48 sumo kimarite (winning moves) with step-by-step instructions
  • Over 300 photos
  • Case studies of famous rikishi (sumo wrestlers)
  • Discussion of sumo’s development, rules, and training, as well as recent changes in sumo techniques

The author provides analysis of the three basic types of fighters in MMA and how sumo techniques and tactics can enhance their skills. He examines the fighting style of former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, who made highly effective use of sumo wrestling in MMA competition.

In Sumo for Mixed Martial Arts Andrew Zerling casts an ancient martial art in new light. He combines his decades of training with a passion for research. MMA competitors, grapplers, wrestlers, and fans of sumo will appreciate the author’s analysis and attention to detail. They will also come away with a wealth of new techniques.

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