My name is Stephan Kesting. I’m a BJJ Black Belt and have created a ton of highly reviewed instructional products including apps, videos, DVDs, and books.
If you’re interested in self defense in the modern era then it’s absolutely essential to have at least some BJJ skills.
While no one wants to start a fight on the ground, the fact is that ground happens.
A larger opponent could tackle you to the ground…
A wannabe tough guy who has watched too many UFC fights might take you down…
You could get your legs kicked out from under you…
Someone could clinch you and without a referee to break you up the clinch often leads to the ground…
Or you could just slip and fall…
If you don’t know what to do on the ground then you’re pretty much easy pickings for someone on top of you.
Understanding how you can defend yourself in this position can be the difference between life and death in a streetfight.
You may already know how important this is, but do you find yourself lost and frustrated when it comes to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and other grappling systems? For example…
- Do you feel overwhelmed by all the different techniques and submissions in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu?
- Do you worry about approaching your instructor (or fellow students) with questions that might make you look ‘stupid’?
- When you see two people grappling on the ground, does it often just look like a giant tangle of arms, legs and bodies?
- Do you have no clue what you should do next to get better at grappling?
- Do you get frustrated when someone shows you a cool technique, but then you can’t – for the life of you – get it work in a real sparring situation?
The good news is that there’s a way to get BJJ right, right from the start!
Here’s how to save yourself months, even years, of frustration when learning BJJ!
I’ve been training in the martial arts for more than 35 years, always with an eye towards what’s actually going to work in a real self defense situation.
The jiu-jitsu part of that journey has been interesting, but I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my training. And I’ve seen beginners make countless more mistakes.
Some of these mistakes could result in injury. Other mistakes lead to months of wasted time and effort, as you do the wrong thing again and again.
Keep in mind that it’s easy to make mistakes in grappling, or come to the wrong conclusions about a technique or a principle.
That’s because BJJ is complicated – which is also one of the things that keeps it so interesting, even after years of training. (And, if you can come to grips and understand this complexity it can give you a HUGE advantage on the ground in a self defense situation. That’s because you’ll know what’s going on, and your opponent won’t have the first clue).
When you’re starting to learn BJJ you want to make sure that you have rock solid basics. If your fundamentals are strong then you’ll go a lot further and progress a lot faster. Strong basics ensure that there aren’t huge holes in your defense that can be exploited by a smart opponent!
Brazilian jiu-jitsu can, and should, make sense!
That’s why I’ve put together what I feel is the perfect resource for getting BJJ right, including the strategies, tactics, techniques and training methods you need to quickly learn how to grapple correctly.
Introducing the Online Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Gold Package
This is a comprehensive instructional package teaching you the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with instant digital access, anywhere in the world!
Here’s what you’ll get in this instructional package:
1) Instant Access to The Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
This volume goes through my system for learning BJJ. It introduces, builds on and expands the Roadmap concept so that you get the complete big picture of the art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (along with the concepts, techniques and strategies used by almost every advanced player).
Plus you’ll then learn the most important techniques of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, so that you can develop some proficiency on the ground.
I want you to know the ‘why, where, when, who and what’ of everything you learn, which is why in this section we cover:
- Why certain techniques work better than others.
- Where your arms and legs MUST be to avoid giving your opponent an easy submission!
- When is the best time for trying specific moves?
- Who is best suited for certain positions and submissions?
- What the critical take-home details are, without which your technique just won’t work!
If you’re new to BJJ the information on this volume will make sure that you start your grappling journey out right!
2) The ‘Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Book GOLD Edition’ (Instant Download)
This reference book is the vastly expanded version of the Roadmap for BJJ book that I give away for free on some of my sites.
This version has step-by-step instructions and photographs for all the main techniques you need to learn before you can call yourself a competent grappler (blue belt and above).
In this downloadable book I show you the underlying strategies and hidden concepts that make Brazilian Jiu-jitsu such an effective martial art. I’ve made a lot of discoveries (and mistakes) on the road to black belt in BJJ. The ‘Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Book” shares those discoveries with you, which will save you tons of time and jumpstart your skills on the mats.
This reference has hundreds of photos, checklists and techniques broken down step-by-step to give you the high percentage stuff that make Brazilian Jiu-jitsu such an effective martial art.
The book is downloadable to your computer immediately after purchase. You can read it on your computer, print it out, or upload it to a mobile reader like a Kindle or an iPad so that you can take it with you anywhere.
3) Step-by-Step Submissions
This instructional is designed to quickly teach you the most common submissions from each of the most important positions in BJJ.
Do you want a quick reminder of the steps to apply a triangle choke? Are you sure you know the key details of the Kimura?
Well now you’ll be able to quickly access the steps and the details for these and many other techniques.
This volume covers 42 step-by-step entries for the the most powerful chokes, armlocks and leglocks in BJJ that work with and without the gi.
4) Step-by-Step Guard Sweeps
Guard sweeps are one of the most important parts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
If you’re on the bottom, fighting an opponent who is on the top, you’re going to be using your guard.
Yes, you have submissions from there. But sometimes the better tactical option will be to sweep your opponent, which means using specific techniques to reverse the position and get on top yourself.
From the top you can advance your position, finish him with strikes or submissions, or disengage and run away which would have been much more difficult to do if you’re still on the bottom underneath your opponent.
BJJ has has hundreds of guard sweeps, from all kinds of crazy positions. In Step by Step Guard Sweeps section you’ll get the 24 most powerful, most versatile, and easiest to pull off guard sweeps and broken them down for you.
It takes the guess work out of it. If you train these sweeps you’ll have a really good, super solid grounding with techniques that you can use for your entire jiu-jitsu journey if you choose to continue, or simply the top techniques that you need to know if you’re just trying to develop a minimum competency on the ground.
The bottom line is this: if you’re going to fight on the ground you’ll need a detailed understanding of guard sweeps, which is why we included this instructional in the Online Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu package.
Just to make this a total no-brainer for you (and to give you material you can refer back to for years) I’m ALSO adding these additional items to the Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gold Package…
Bonus #1: Effective No-Gi Grappling in 5 Lessons (a $150 value)
I teach very few seminars – I’m just too busy. But on those rare occasions when I make the time to do a workshop or seminar I always have a blast. And I do my very best to make sure that everyone learns a ton.
This module contains a series of 5 seminars that I taught because of a special request from my friend, Loki Jorgenson (who I’ve known for more than 20 years).
Loki approached me to teach a small group of his students a crash course on groundfighting. He felt that this was important because he and his student compete in full contact ‘Dog Brothers’ style stickfighting, where everything is legal, including taking your opponent to the ground then beating them with your stick; like I said, they’re hardcore.
Loki wanted to make sure that despite limited training time his students had a strong ground game. The goal was to make sure that they could well in these matches if the fight hits the ground, as it often does.
In five separate workshops I gave the participants a tailored combination of concepts, drills and techniques that gave them a strong practical knowledge of the ground game. With this training it soon looked like they’d been grappling for months, not just a few evenings.
One guy even entered a local grappling tournament and won his division using a combination of submissions I taught in this seminar series.
We filmed these closed-door sessions for documentation purposes. We used a good camera, of course, but didn’t spend a lot of time making the set look ‘pretty.’ It was only after I saw how much ground was covered and how much the students learned that I decided to release this material.
It would have cost you $150 plus 5 evenings of your time to be there, but now you can get this information as a bonus when you order the Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Package.
Bonus #2: The book ‘Unlocking BJJ’ as an instant download (a $36 value)
At a certain point in your BJJ Journey you’ll have to make the jump to the next level. In ‘Unlocking BJJ’ I’m joined by twelve other experts who want to share their secrets of improving fast.
I’ve put this 100+ page resource into downloadable eBook form so that you can get your hands on it and start using it even before the rest of your Package arrives. It includes:
- Five Tips for Martial Artists Crossing Over to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, by Roy Dean
- The Beginning of Your Journey in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, by Roy Harris
- Seven Supercoach Strategies, Share Your BJJ More Effectively, by John Will
- Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in the Real World, by Marcus Soares & Stephan Kesting
- Hoist Up Your Sail! How to Challenge the Mind to Release the Body, by Martin Rooney
- A New and Conceptual Approach to Strength and Conditioning for Combat Athletes, by Peter Roberts and Krista Scott-Dixon
- A Glossary of the Guards: Closed Guard, Open Guard & Half Guard, by Stephan Kesting & Elliott Bayev
- Roberto Leitao’s Ten Principles of Grappling, by Ed Beneville
- Tactical BJJ; How to Adapt Grappling for Self Defence, by John B Will
- A BJJ Beginner’s Guide To Overcoming A Bigger Opponent, by Elliott Bayev
- How To Win The BJJ ‘Arms Race’, by Stephan Kesting
- Focused Training, by Roy Harris
- 168 Ways to Improve Your Jiu-jitsu, by Matt Kirtley
- 5 Common Mistakes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, by Ritchie Yip
- The 100 Word Key to Unlocking ANY Technique, by Stephan Kesting
You can ONLY get this book as part of the Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Package. And you can download it within minutes of your purchase, so there is NO WAITING.
All together you’ll get over 9 hours of video training in the Online Roadmap for BJJ package…
Who am I and why should you believe what I say?
From a martial arts point of view I’ve been practicing for over 35 years, and have studied under and been certified to teach by some of the most reputable instructors in the industry including 8th degree BJJ black belt Marcus Soares, Dan Inosanto, Philip Gelinas and Erik Paulson.
When it comes to the business end of things I’ve been in the instructional video business since 2002 and am now an established figure in the BJJ and grappling world. I’ve sold more than 10,000 instructional grappling DVD’s, and thousands of apps and downloadable instructionals to some very satisfied customers.
Here’s a small selection of the DVDs and other instructional materials that I’ve created so far (not including the Roadmap for BJJ Package).
The reason I’m talking about this is to prove to you that I’m not some fly-by-night operator. If I was a fraud then people would have caught on by now. Instead people know that I stand for quality products, and I’m not going to ruin my reputation by releasing a bunch of garbage just to make a quick buck.
A short list of my other accomplishments include
- Black Belt in BJJ
- Instructor in Combat Submission Wrestling under Erik Paulson
- Black Belt in Kajukenbo Karate
- Certified Instructor in Dan Inosanto’s Filipino Martial Arts, Majaphait Silat and Jun Fan / Jeet Kune Do
- Author of more than 20 articles, published in martial arts magazines like Black Belt, Tap Out and Ultimate Grappling
- Creating the Grapplearts Series of instructional videos, covering a range of topics from guard sweeps, to leglocks, to grappling drills.
It’s embarrassing to admit now, but when I started grappling I didn’t even know whether it was better to be on top or on bottom in a real fight!
Simple facts like this are taken by for granted by many Black Belt Instructors – in fact, many important things are so ‘obvious’ to them that they don’t bother to pass them on to their students. Other instructors may know these things intuitively, but have never thought about how to verbalize them and pass them on to their students.
Either way, if these concepts, strategies and tactics get laid out for you in a clear, concise and interesting manner (instead of you having to figure it all out through trial and error) then your skills will literally jump to a new level overnight.
I’ve pulled several months worth of all-nighters getting this material ready for you, and making sure that it’s up to snuff, both in terms of quantity, and quality. I take a lot of pride in my work, and I want to be sure that this is the ultimate get-you-started-in-the-right-direction resource for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
Who Will Benefit from the Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Package?
The target audience for this Instructional Package includes:
- Anyone who wants to improve their self defense skills. You do everything you can to avoid hitting the ground, but you’ll want to know what to do if it hits you. If you slip, get rushed, or tackled from behind and you end up on the ground, you want to know what to do.
- Anyone who worries about dealing with a bigger, stronger opponent. BJJ is all about using techniques and leverage to allow a smaller person to defeat a larger attacker.
- Practitioners of other martial arts. If your training does not include a good amount of ground work– or even if it does– the concepts and strategies taught here will give you the tools you need to dominate your opposition.
- BJJ Beginners with one year (or less) of continuous training. It’s not too late to get off to a good start, and lay the foundation for years of continuous improvement.
- People thinking about starting Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Not only will this material knock your socks off and get you all motivated to train, it will also give you the background you need to evaluate and choose the right BJJ school.
- Intermediate level players who want strong basics. One blue belt commented: “I’ve never thought about jiu-jitsu in this way before”, and other blue belts have told me that there was lots of entirely new material for them in the package.
- Instructors and coaches who are looking for new ways to teach the material that is already in their curriculum. If your students learn faster, they’ll be happier and they’ll stick around longer.
A Note About Pricing
Of course my program isn’t the only way you can get a functional understanding and ability in Brazilian jujitsu. In two or three years of regular training at a good BJJ school you could probably get the same knowledge.
But BJJ classes are expensive!
Most jiu-jitsu schools charge between 100 and 200 dollars a month, So if you multiply the cost per month by 24 to 36 months then you’re talking about somewhere between $2400 and $7,200 worth of knowledge
The cost of the complete Online Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program, with all the modules and bonuses and over 9 hours of step by step guidance and training, is only $147.
Finally, if you’re concerned about the price, consider that I’m giving you ONE YEAR to check the material out, RISK FREE (see the guarantee in the section below).
My Take-It-To-The-Mats Guarantee
I’m really not about ‘tricking’ people into buying my product, and I stand behind what I say 100%. If you don’t like the materials for any reason, or if you decide that they just aren’t right for you, then simply return them for a full refund.
No hoops. No hassle. No risk.
The bottom line is that if after you go through all the materials you don’t think that it took months off of your BJJ learning curve then I don’t deserve your money.
And it’s a no-questions-asked policy; just return the materials to me and I’ll happily refund your payment. This takes all the risk off of you and puts it back onto me, which is exactly how it should be!
Some Feedback from Satisfied Customer
I’ve had the benefit of checking out Stephan Kesting’s new package, “A Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu”, including the high-definition videos, book and multimedia files associated with this package.
As a practitioner and instructor of Classical Ju-jutsu I was impressed with Stephan’s analytical and humble approach to teaching this complex topic.Stephan has done an admirable job of taking away the mystery and confusion associated with assimilation of core grappling principles.The course that he has created is an easy-to-understand yet thorough analysis of the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.As the title suggests, this work provides the reader/viewer with a conceptual matrix from which to consider individual techniques and prioritize appropriate responses in the “heat of battle”.
I was particularly impressed by how Stephan approached the subject with a critical mind-set that addresses tactical issues not only from the perspective of sport jiu-jitsu, but also Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and street self-defence. This course is a must-read, must-watch not only for individuals commencing their study of close-quarter systems but also serious fans of MMA and those who may have been schooled in other approaches to grappling.
Alexander DC Kask
Head Instructor Shofukan Dojo Canada (Shofukan.ca)
Author “Japanese in the Martial Arts”
I could say a lot of great things about the A Roadmap to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu package that Stephan Kesting has put together, but I’ll avoid the obvious of what makes this package great. What I believe makes this package worth acquiring is the effect that it has on your way of thinking regarding your ground game.
After a single time of going through the material I had so many answers to previous questions running through my head that I had to hit the mats! Even if you have been training for a long period of time I can guarantee you that there will be something in this package, whether it be entirely new to you or not, that will cause a spark in your mind that will lead you to eventually evolve in your ground game. This I believe is a greater lesson than any technique that you can learn. Teach a man to fish…
Stephan Kestings ‘A Road Map to Brazilan Ju Jitsu’ is a great tool for any level practitioner, whether completely new to the art, looking to learn more complex moves, or simply wanting a clear framework for your current skills. The key to Stephan’s success is the multiple tools he provides. With all this information Stephan has created a comprehensive, choose your own adventure of BJJ that lets you decide what you want to achieve and how.
Stephan’s training style is very clear, concise, and academic in how he explains the purpose, method, and place of each move within the system, and he comments on everything from the theory and training to competition and the street. This formidable teaching style and the different tools he provides is what makes ‘A Road Map to Brazilan Ju Jitsu’ a cut above the rest.
5 years of Filipino and Indonesian martial art training
Stephan, I have always found your materials to be very informative and I like your philosophy of when learning something to hit it from all possible angles. I received your Roadmap package last week.
Thus far I’ve only had the opportunity to view the book (an excellent framework resource), the e-book (a superior complilation of helpful articles) and I’ve been watching videos on The Grappler’s Guide. I’ve been involved with martial arts for almost 30 years (let’s say I started young !!!) and IMO I think this resource package should be mandatory for any instructor wishing to implement a grappling program to their curriculum.
Wong’s Karate / Kung-Fu Society
I learned a lot from the Roadmap to BJJ package. Although I have done various martial arts for over 5 years, this package strengthened my grappling foundations. The techniques and principles are presented in an easy to learn and concise way.
Stephan’s BJJ Roadmap helped me become a better grappler because his well thought out and inclusive approach focuses on what he calls “high percentage techniques.” This is a very useful approach for those of us who want to learn grappling but don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to learning every aspect of the art.
I was especially happy to get some great material that works for smaller people, especially since I am often faced with bigger opponents. For example, Stephan suggests that the “rear mount choke” is worth perfecting. He then explains in great details, including how to get into this position from several starting points and how to apply this technique effectively.
20 years of martial arts experience
Head instructor, Mabangis Kali
It’s easy for BJJ beginners to get lost in a maze of seemingly unconnected techniques and distracted by complicated “supermoves”. And even more advanced players sometimes lose sight of the big picture – the ways in which BJJ is an integrated game. They still get to where they’re going by stumbling down the road, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a map that shows you all the routes to your destination before you start your journey?
A Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a resource that caters to various needs and learning styles: written instruction and schematic diagrams in a booklet; audio and video materials that include drills and technique instruction on everything from submissions to basic positions to “what do you do when…?” There’s even a handy poster with tips on some of the most fundamental movements. It’s an astonishing amount of material, all presented in Kesting’s clear, easy-to-follow style.
Krista Scott-Dixon PhD
I recently got my hands on The Roadmap and am working my way through the TON of material you get (one section alone actually has FIVE one hour of seminars on it and is worth the price of the package alone!!). The package strongest point is the framework provided to understand BJJ .
This makes it perfect for the beginner but also very useful for me as a coach. I highly recommend this product
Head Instructor, Leicester Shootfighters
Stephan – I have the pleasure of owning 5 instructionals that you’ve produced. I can honestly say that the production and the contents of these instructionals (as well as the various articles, links and concepts) are by far the best I’ve seen.
All of these resources link and reinforce the concepts of BJJ as well as MMA for those of us who want to really improve our grappling game and enjoy the journey of learning. The Roadmap to BJJ package is another testament to your skill as an instructor to guide newbies as well as some of us who have been around but still “groping in the dark”. Kudos to you and your team.
Learn BJJ Quick!
I want to change the way people learn (and teach) Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. BJJ is normally quite a disorganized art, and most students are left to sink or swim on their own.
By getting this material into the right hands, and by trying to totally overdeliver, I hope to help a lot of new grapplers, and thus do my part in helping the sport continue to expand for a long, long time.
If you’re still on the fence then remember that my unconditional 1 year guarantee takes all the risk off of you and puts it onto me.
Life is short – get good at BJJ quick!
Order now and get instant access to EVERY module and bonus in the Online Roadmap for BJJ Package, now with more than 9 hours of instruction including…
- ‘Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’ video instructional
- ‘Full Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’ reference
- ‘Step-by-Step Submissions’ video instructional
- ‘Step-by-Step Guard Sweeps’ video instructional
- ‘Effective No-Gi Grappling in 5 Lessons’ video instructional
- ‘Unlocking BJJ’ reference
- ‘A Glossary of BJJ Guards’ reference
This package contains all the attacks, defenses, transitions and escapes you need to defend yourself on the ground against an attacker with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, even if that opponent is younger, larger or stronger than you.