Introducing the Grappler’s Secret Weapon…
The Black Belt Concepts Course
by Stephan Kesting and Grapplearts.com
Who Am I and What’s Going On?
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 that if 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…
Some magazines containing my articles on BJJ, Submission Grappling and MMA…
First, Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Discover
In The Black Belt Grappling Concepts Course…
The Black Belt Grappling Concepts Course is my flagship instructional product in which I share my very best material.
It consists of 26 core video lessons. Each lesson will teach you a different concept that’s absolutely fundamental to all effective grappling using drills, exercises, tricks and techniques you can incorporate into your game right away.
On the right you can see what one single lesson (with an almost 25 minute long video, and a 16 minute bonus video) looks like ========>
IN THE COURSE THERE ARE 26 LESSONS LIKE THIS!!
There is an absolute TON of information in this course, including concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics.
Each and every concept is illustrated with lots of concrete examples, insider tips, and high percentage techniques that you can easily incorporate into your game right away.
Have you ever heard the wise saying: “if you give a man a fish then you feed him for a day, but if you teach him how to fish then you feed him for life.“
Well, in this course I’m teaching you ‘how to fish’ when it comes to grappling.
Once you understand the concepts of your sport or martial art then learning, applying and improving your techniques becomes much easier!
This is the Distillation of More than 40 Years of Martial Arts Training and 35+ Years of Grappling.
The material you’ll be learning comes directly from my own personal R&D: I’ve really tested and used this stuff in my own training.
You probably know that I’ve made many instructional grappling DVDs and apps. Since I’ve sold over 20,000 of them somebody out there must like them! When I’m teaching a technique – either in person or via my videos – I try to cover all aspects of that technique. This means that I show setups, entries, variations, finishes, and counters.
But in those instructionals I also make sure to cover the underlying concepts… And this is the stuff that really make the techniques ‘tick.’
The very best feedback about my DVDs and apps from fans and customers hasn’t been about the techniques themselves. People have always learned the most when I share the underlying concepts and principles with them. If anything, it’s this approach that sets my material apart from the vast majority of other instructional products on the market today.
These are the very same concepts that I use with great success in my own training every time I step on the mat. I stand by everything I’m going to teach you because I know it works!
This 26 lesson course is full of brand new, never before seen material. Using these 26 tutorials I’ll brain dump the results of my own personal grappling exploration and research directly into your head so you can achieve your goals much faster than if you were doing it alone!
Here’s how I recently summed up this approach to a friend of mine…
“If a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, Then a Concept is Worth a Thousand Techniques!“
The big picture (the concepts and principles) are WAY more important and more powerful than individual techniques. These principles are virtually the same whether you train with or without the gi. They apply to submission grappling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, MMA training and other grappling arts like Sambo, Judo.
These concepts are straightforward enough to learn quickly, but powerful enough to apply on the mat in your very next grappling session. These ideas will provide you with a fresh and lively way to improve your skills… far beyond ANY existing method. And it’s not dry theoretical material either – to make sure that you learn, absorb and incorporate the concepts I show you lots of techniques to illustrate these concepts.
Very few people teach this stuff, and it’s never been this conveniently packaged and easy to learn. I’m not sure why this material isn’t taught more often. Maybe some instructors don’t know how to teach this way…
The thing is that discovering the underlying concepts and principles makes it MUCH easier for a student to learn on his own. Now the student isn’t as dependent on the instructor to get better, and frankly some instructors find this threatening.
These are the very same concepts that I use with great success in my own training every time I step on the mat. I stand by everything I’m going to teach you because I know it works!
This 26 lesson course is full of brand new, never before seen material. Using these weekly tutorials I’ll brain dump the results of my own personal grappling exploration and research directly into your head so you can achieve your goals much faster than if you were doing it alone!
Everything Is In An Easy-to-Learn Format
I’ve formatted every lesson in this 26 lesson course to give you the principles and concepts that are central to ALL effective grappling. Altogether you’ll get over 20 hours of immediately useful content.
So there’s a LOT of stuff…
And that’s why ALL the material is downloadable in four formats. This way you can learn on your own terms and at your own speed!
- Streaming Video, so you can instantly start viewing each lesson in video format on your special access web portal,
- Downloadable Video, so you can easily download the video lessons permanently to your computer,
- Audio Files, so you can get the lessons as mp3 files to listen to on your mobile device,
- PDF Files, so you can download and print the illustrated step-by-step summaries I’ve specially created for each of the 26 core lessons.
Although you’re more than welcome to study each lesson on your special web access portal that I’ll be giving you full access to, I don’t want you to be dependent on me or always have access to a fast internet connection. So that’s another reason why each and every part of the course is downloadable.
Once it’s on your computer it’s yours forever, and previous students say they really appreciate being put the material onto their phones and tablets so they can review it on the go…
Plus, I’m Throwing In Lots Of Extra Bonuses!
Offering this course is a big deal for me. After all, it took me an entire year of all-out effort to research, write, film and edit this material. So why am I adding in lots of other stuff? It’s quite simple really…
I want you to have the very best experience in this course, and become a convert to ‘concept-based grappling.’
The inclusion of these bonuses almost doubles the amount of information you’ll be getting, and I guarantee you’ll have enough material to frustrate your training partners for a long, long time. (Check out the testimonials near the bottom of this page if you don’t believe me!)
Bonus #1: Online Bonuses
It’s always fun to get extra stuff, and that’s why I’ve sprinkled the course with over 10 surprise bonuses.
Most of these bonuses are in video form, and one of those bonuses is even an entire seminar I taught! I’m also giving you an entire downloadable book not available anywhere else as part of one of the lessons!
Once again, all this material is downloadable to your computer so that you can have permanent access to it. Many previous students have loaded these videos onto their iPods and video-enabled phones so that they can improve their grappling skills anywhere, even riding on the bus or waiting in line at the bank.
Here’s some of the bonus materials you’ll get with the regular lessons…
Bonus #2: “Thirteen Techniques
You Can Use On The Mat Today” DVD
Recently I was preparing an advanced seminar to a group of grapplers. I wanted to share the techniques and concepts that I’ve recently developed and added to my own game.
It’s essential when you’re teaching advanced material to first make sure that everyone is on the same page with the fundamentals, or the basics. That’s why I invited seminar participants to2 hour long ‘pre-seminar’ before the actual advanced workshop. In this session I covered some really important topics that every serious grappler should know.
I was initially worried that this material would be too basic for some of the more advanced participants. But afterwards several purple and brown belts told me that while they already knew some of the techniques I showed at the pre-seminar, that it was a great reminder about some important details they’d forgotten.
Here are just some of the topics we covered and that are now on this bonus DVD:
- How can you use your opponent’s jiu-jitsu skills against him? (The better he is, the easier it is to set him up with this trick).
- What to do when your opponent has almost got your back? (This technique won me a gold match in the US Open Tournament!)
- What’s the secret to prevent your opponent from escaping your omo plata armlock attacks?
- How do you sweep a stronger and heavier opponent? (Watching people’s faces light up when I showed this detail was a personal highlight when we filmed this DVD.)
- What’s the MISSING ELEMENT that allows people to escape your leglock attacks? Fix this and it will triple the effectiveness of your kneebar and ankle lock submission.
- What’s a Jedi mind trick to give your opponent the illusion of control, right before you sweep him from the guard?
- What’s the easiest escape when you’re pinned in half guard and your opponent is trying to pop your head off?
- And a whole lot more!
These are really powerful techniques. They work for me and – more importantly – they work for the people I’ve taught!
If you want to discover these techniques, then order the Grappling Concepts Course. You’ll get instant access to the course material, and I’ll ship the physical DVDs to you entirely for free.
All the bonus DVDs are professionally filmed and edited, and then factory duplicated on high quality discs.
Regular price $247, ON SALE FROM $147!
Bonus #3: “Advanced Techniques & Tactics”
An Exclusive 4 DVD Set
Quick Summary of Bonus #3: “Advanced Techniques and Tactics” 4 DVD Set
I’m putting this third bonus in just to make your decision about the Grappling Concepts Course a total no-brainer for you!
When you sign up for Black Belt Grappling Concepts Course I’ll also send you this 4 DVD Set right away, completely for free. It’s an awesome resource with TONS of advanced techniques, tricks and strategies that will change the way you approach groundfighting.
This is the very latest stuff I’ve been working on, and I’m sure you’ll love it.
‘Advanced Techniques and Tactics’ is a 4 DVD set covering my personal favourite techniques, drills and training methods. From the Deep Half Guard, to ultra-powerful Omo plata finishes, to advanced Butterfly Guard strategies, it’s all here just waiting for you to reach out and incorporate it into your game.
Most of this material has never been seen on any other DVDs, my own included! This means there’s a lot of stuff on these DVDs that will be new to your opponents and catch them completely by surprise!
But while there’s an undeniable advantage to having an arsenal of cutting-edge techniques at your fingertips, that’s not the main thing…
You see, it’s super important to me that people actually use the material I teach them!
And the absolute best way I know to do that is by sharing my knowledge in the Grappling Concepts course. By the end of that course you should have a whole new way of looking at grappling. And at this point you should be able to incorporate this material into your repertoire fairly easily.
In fact, combining the concepts with the cutting edge techniques has a synergistic effect.
It’s when you start with concepts and principles, and combine them with great technique, that you get some real magic happening on the mat.
You’ll be able to combine the concepts and principles from the course, with the cutting edge techniques on these 4 DVDs, and your level will really start accelerating!
Please note that THESE DVD’S ARE NOT FOR SALE (please don’t ask)! The ONLY way you can get your hands on them is by me shipping them to you as a gift when you sign up for the ‘Black Belt Grappling Concepts Course.’
Here’s Some Praise For The Material in
THE GRAPPLING CONCEPTS COURSE!
“I can say without hesitation that Stephan Kesting’s Grappling Concepts videos and DVDs are amongst the finest I have ever seen in terms of teaching quality. Stephan’s immaculate attention to detail are unmatched and anyone who grapples would benefit from his instruction. There are lots of free videos available online by star grapplers and I would still recommend paying Stephan for his videos. They are unmatched in terms of finer detail.”
Michael Zenga (black gi), BJJ Brown Belt, Pan Jiu Jitsu Gold Medalist, 2010
“I was a bit worried that the material would be too advanced for me, but it was so well taught (including breaking and diving into further details mid drill etc.) that it was not an issue. I definitely felt that I was able to pick up the material relatively quick based on my expectations and minimal level of experience.”
“If you are serious about getting better at grappling then I would highly recommend Stephan Kesting’s online grappling course. I found the concepts very easy to understand and applicable to my grappling immediately. As a white belt they are especially helpful because they allowed me to organize all the information that was coming at me and understand how all the pieces fit together which has accelerated my learning.
More importantly, my training partners have recently commented on how I give them ‘the most trouble of any white belt’ in our school, which of course I take as a great compliment.”
Nathan Smith, Orangeville, Ontario
“The material helped a lot. The Deep Half Guard is something I use in grappling all the time and was glad to see it refined. Also, I now realize that I’ve been doing the armbar escape you showed wrong this whole time.
The positions you covered were done so in great detail. If anything, it makes me more confident in those positions, especially knowing that I have multiple options.”
Ken Po, Vancouver BC
“I just wanted to let you know what an incredible boost the course gave my BJJ. I had been feeling a bit of a slump in my game, and this course broke me out of it big time. At first I was not sure if the material would be too basic for me. But as the weeks went by and the lessons kept adding up, I could see my game changing on an ongoing basis. A few months in, I was giving fits on the mats to brownbelts who had previously been crushing me. And I really felt like I had the tools to solve problems for myself on the mat.
The mix of techniques and principals really worked for me, and took my BJJ to a new place. And being fed a new lesson each week really worked me – I was able to absorb each “class” and start applying things on the mat.
Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks again. The work put in for generating that huge quantity of material – videos, audio lessons, pdf’s and bonus lessons really paid off for this student.”
Bjorn Weeks, BJJ Purple Belt, Santiago, Chile
“I can’t believe how much material you actually covered, yet even for someone with only a few weeks of grappling training I managed to work with my partner and really pick up most of the techniques and transitions in a way that feels natural to me.
I now have the basics of a game plan allowing me to transition without thinking between Butterfly, X guard, and the Deep Half Guard which will really open up my sparring sessions at my school. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned!”
Andy Precious, Washington State, USA
“The material covered was fantastic. The Deep Half Guard to X guard drills, and the sweeps and submissions from X Guard were revelations. I have always struggled with Half Guard as an offensive position, I only ever really worked to regain my full guard, or occasionally try a sweep, the seminar gave me so many options and ideas that I felt would really suit me.
In addition I felt that the X-guard material had some excellent combative uses, and that is always an area of interest to me. It really gave me a lot to work on and think about that I had not seen before.”
Toby Taplin, MMA & BJJ Student, Vancouver BC
I just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I’ve enjoyed and got out of the course. Like you said there’s a ton of stuff and I’ve probably not even absorbed 10% of it yet, so I’m re-watching them and picking up details I missed at my first look.
This course has taught me so much, but one of the best things is how it’s shown me to observe myself and my partners when we roll. I’ll be benefitting from your knowledge for years thanks to these lessons. I’m so glad I got involved. Worth every penny!
People at my club have commented on how much I’ve improved recently, and I always put anyone who asks onto your material. So massive thanks to you for the excellent tuition.
It will be strange not having new lessons to look forward to when they finally end, and the bonus episodes will be really welcome and enjoyed!
Like I said though, most of the knowledge in the videos hasn’t sunk in yet and I’ll be returning to this encyclopaedia often over my grappling journey.
I got my DVDs earlier this week and watched a couple while I had breakfast, these are gratefully received too. I’m going to focus the x-guard one first I think.
I’ll continue to visit your site and follow your sharings in the future, but for now I just wanted to let you know what an impact your knowledge has had on my jiu-jitsu. I’m a completely different grappler.”
Joe Butler, Bristol, England
Stephan Kesting’s online course Grappling Concepts is fantastic! Clearly Stephan is one of the best grapplers in the sport, but that is not why you want to get his course. He’s is a great fighter, but that is not why you want to get this course. He has more experience in grappling than most grapplers out there, but that is not why you want to get this course.
I am a full time martial artist and promoter of Muay Thai, and I am also a former educator. I have seen a lot of educational material in my 33+ years as a martial artist and I am generally pretty critical (and cynical) as to their value. Stephan is one of the rare individuals in martial arts who is a real martial artist and an outstanding teacher. And that is why you want to get this course.
Stephan has the intelligence to put together, organize, and communicate his years of experience. Grappling Concepts is put together in a well thought out manner that is easy to follow and easy to learn from. Everything is demonstrated clearly from all angles and all explanations are concise and clear and easy to understand. This is a great educational tool.
A lot of thought has gone into the progression and content of this course. This is not a style specific course: anyone can use it whether they are a beginning grappler or an advanced grappling veteran. By focusing on concepts rather than style you really can get the most out of this course.
In short, you can start using and applying tools, drills, and tricks right out of the box. And it is packed with information. I haven’t seen any other single book or DVD series on grappling that is as in depth or as useful as Grappling Concepts.
I can honestly say with out exaggeration, that Stephan’s work is some of the BEST I have ever seen. You hit a home run with this one Kesting!
David Neal Brown
Head Instructor, Total Confidence Martial Arts, Bellingham, WA
“I recently subscribed to Stephan Kestings course on Grappling Concepts. It just finished and some of the concepts I have never put the ideas together (it likely would have taken me years into being a BB to figure them all out). It has made my understanding of the game clearer.
I have yet to finish, incorporate and cement all of the concepts SK has taught, but I am impressed by his commitment to his business, putting out quality material, willingness to go the extra step for the customer and so much more.
I’d highly suggest purchasing Stephen Kestings material in the future to anyone commited to improving their ground game.
Daniel Kawika Bennett – Kahuna Dog (DogBros), Aiea, Hawaii”