My name is Stephan Kesting. I’m a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt and a submission wrestling instructor. I operate Grapplearts.com. The goal of these sites is to help people just like you improve their BJJ and submission grappling skills as quickly as possible.
You might also know me from my main site at Grapplearts.com, my Youtube videos (61 million), or or the 20+ articles I’ve published in magazines like Black Belt, TapOut, Ultimate MMA and Grappling, or the times I’ve been interviewed on The Fightworks Podcast, This Week in BJJ, and many other grappling and martial arts podcasts.
Along the way I’ve also produced over 50 instructional DVDs and 19 instructional apps for iOS, Android and Kindle devices.
But it wasn’t always like this. Especially in the beginning my BJJ progress was slow and difficult.
And that’s mostly because I was focused on the wrong things: techniques.
Techniques are essential to grappling of course, but focusing on them and ignoring the underlying concepts that actually make them work can really slow your progress down.
Real progress in the art of grappling comes from going DEEPER than technique. Once you get behind the curtain things will just start ‘clicking’, you’ll start making connections, and start making progress much, much faster!
Concepts are much more important than specific techniques. The bottom line is thatif you approach grappling from a concepts-based point of view then you’ll be able to…
- Learn New Techniques Much Quicker. It’s much easier to remember a few core concepts than it is to remember hundreds of techniques with thousands of steps and details. Prioritising concepts over techniques allows you to learn the material faster and also make it much easier to remember it all.
- Become Faster and Improve Your Reaction Times. Understanding what really makes a technique work makes it much easier to figure out which technique to use in which situation. Concepts will make you faster by simplifying your decision-making process on the mats!
- Have Stronger, More Effective Techniques.The difference between white belt and black belt grappling is mostly the many little adjustments that black belts do without thinking to their techniques. Concepts make those adjustments instinctive and automatic, which then exponentially amplifies the power of your techniques.
- Increase Your Confidence On the Mat. There are only so many ways to move your body on the ground, and that means the same fundamental concepts apply in gi-based BJJ, no-gi submission wrestling, and even in MMA. Having a good grasp of these fundamental concepts allows you to be confident of your skills regardless of who you’re facing or what the rules are.
- Have Solutions to New Situations. Grappling and BJJ like Jazz; you have to be able to improvise, because new and unusual situations come up all the time. Understanding the concepts of grappling allows you to create, combine and adapt techniques on the fly. This will allow you quickly and confidently know what to do in almost every situation on the mats.
Read on to find out more…