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Stephan Kesting
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Attended University of British Columbia
Lives in Vancouver, BC
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When I started doing BJJ the kneemount position kind of confused me... I knew that it was considered to be a good position, and I knew it led to a bunch of submission options, but still, it never really 'clicked' for me. I'd get to the kneemount and wait for those golden submission opportunities that I'd been promised. And wait... And wait... Nothing happened until someone explained to me that the kneemount is all about PRESSURE! Pressure so ...
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Knee on belly (also known as Kneemount) is a super-dominant position in jiu-jitsu. If you're using this position correctly then you're driving down into your opponent with all your weight, making it hard for him to breathe, and forcing him to give you openings for submissions (click here to read 3 Ways to Get a Really Heavy Kneemount on Grapplearts). Most typically the guy on the bottom of knee on belly will open himself up for armbar, Kimura and...
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by Jeff Meszaros Do you like traveling? Of course you do! There’s the food, the music, the culture, the art, and if you’re a martial artist, you can bring along your mouthguard and try the local style of fighting, whatever it may be. Depending on the place, you might also need your shorts, pants, jacket, belt or jug of oil. Because each country has its own distinct style. Wouldn’t it be fun to travel the world to check out the grappling styles of...
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New article on improving your BJJ chokes, from the RNC, to the bow and arrow, to the triangle choke itself
Psst, wanna tap out more people with chokes, including that super-tough guy with the giant neck? Success in choking is all about the details and getting the underlying mechanics correct. Yes, you can get chokes to work with bad technique - people do it all the time. But it's difficult, wastes a lot of energy, and isn't very high percentage. But on the other hand as soon as you get the mechanics right then your chokes become at least twice as eff...
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New article about the three most important concepts in BJJ
The idea that overall body alignment in BJJ can be broken down into 3 components (base, posture and structure) was introduced to me by Rob Biernacki. And I have found these 3 concepts to have hugely practical applications on the mat. There is power in definitions and distinctions because it allows you to clarify your thinking and problem solving processes. So let's take a look at base, posture and structure one by one... (If you would prefer to c...
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Here's the new app!
Rob Biernacki and I have previously released three BJJ instructional apps (Back Attacks Formula, Top and Guard Passing Formula, and Guard and Bottom Game Formula) which have been very well received in the BJJ community. (Judging from the number of 5 star reviews in the app stores they've helped a lot of people kick ass and take names on the mats.) The big news is that the final app in the series - The Core Concepts of BJJ - just launched today! I...
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Stephan Kesting runs www.grapplearts.com and www.beginningbjj.com.  He is known in the grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community for his articles, interviews, iPhone apps and over 20 instructional training DVDs.
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  • University of British Columbia
    Botany, 1989 - 1991
  • McGill University
    Biology, 1982 - 1987
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