Martial Artist Testimonials

Ritchie Yip, BJJ Brown Belt and Martial Arts instructorStephan does a fantastic job of explaining why BJJ seems so complex and frustrating at first, and clarifies that those are also the same factors that make BJJ so interesting, so fascinating, and ultimately so much fun. The Roadmap For Grappling is an extraordinarily clear and logical resource, showing martial arts students that there is an answer to this complexity! Stephan also dispels some of the common fears associated with first learning BJJ and lets beginners know that they are not alone when they don’t “get it” right away.

This book is now required reading for all of my students.

Ritchie Yip
BJJ Brown Belt
Head Instructor, InFighting MMA

Loki Jorgenson, Martial Artist, Stickfighter & now GrapplerMy name is Loki and I fight full contact, no-rules with weapons under what is called "Dog Brothers rules" . Stick-fighting is dangerous - any Dog Brother can attest to that. But a lack of grappling skills almost guarantees that the fight will end badly, even for a top-notch stick fighter.

Unfortunately I'm no ground-fighter and I'm too busy training weapons to spend much time developing that aspect of my sport. Stephan's Roadmap has been hugely helpful. The minimal grappling that I had immediately made more sense. And the Roadmap helped me figure out where were the critical gaps in my skills and what I needed to fill them. With a much improved positioning game, my submissions with the stick work better, faster.... now that's useful!

Loki Jorgenson
25 years in the Martial Arts
Head Instructor, Maelstrom Martial Arts

Stephan Kesting of Grapple Arts just launched an awesome new BJJ resource, Beginning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (

Signing up for the e-course gets you a free e-book, A Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. After reading it, my first thought was “I wish I’d had this when I started.” It’s a superb starting reference, presenting the right lessons and concepts for a beginner. The e-mails that come with the e-course are the same great quality all of Stephan’s work is.

If you run a gym, this would be a perfect to give to new students. I’m thinking of printing out a copy and bring it into the gym and telling the beginners to check it out. It presents the right mindset for learning and improving as a beginner.


Andreh Anderson on RightThe single best resource for beginners!

When you are new at something, you naturally have a lot of questions. In the old days, due to a lack of more advanced students to model yourself after, and often a language barrier between you and the instructor, getting started in jiujitsu was all about trial and error...and a whole lot of frustration. I know that I made many missteps on the path.

Things eventually got better, as teachers became more organized in their approach and older students took on the responsibility of helping along the new ones, but until now there hasn't been a comprehensive resource for the beginner to use as he takes his early steps in the martial art/sport.

Stephan Kesting has put together a great... GREAT... eBook for white belts that will definitely help them avoid wasting time and effort in the wrong direction. I would say that the best part is that it's free, but the best part is actually the information itself...and as a side benefit, it's FREE.

Andreh Anderson
BJJ Black Belt

Roy DeanThere is no better time to learn the art of BJJ, and a great way to jump ahead of the pack is by reading Stephan Kestings excellent resource at   Check it out!

Roy Dean
BJJ Black Belt
Also a Black Belt in Judo, Aikido, and Seibukan Jujutsu.

I have been doing various martial arts on and off for around 6 years and I have some grappling experience from Judo and MMA. Stephan taught us a seminar based on the Roadmap to BJJ book, and this really helped improve my BJJ. I have incorporated various techniques and principles that he taught into my game. Also, I successfully used the submission combination that he taught to win my division in a tournament. Thank you for the great instruction!

Vancouver BC

Martial Artist and BJJ PractionerI was fortunate to have come across Stephan's awesome instructional DVDs, but now I'm enjoying his newest project:

After seeing his completely free Beginning BJJ e-book I was absolutely blown away and almost jealous that I didn't come up with the idea first. The information in this manual is sure to help you get started on the right track in your Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training, not only if you're a beginner but even if you're experienced.

Stephan's articles, newsletters, and products have always been top notch and I would never second guess anything he comes out with. I've learned a ton of things from Stephan and I guarantee that you will too.

Jason Scully
BJJ Brown Belt
Creator of

BJJ is an incredibly complex martial art, and at the beginning of one's training in it, learning even those basic positions can be a daunting task, not to mention the transitions and flow of one position to another. As a MMA and BJJ Blogger as well as a BJJ practitioner, I have seen failed attempts in many pricey instructional books and videos on breaking down the basic positions of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for beginners.

Mr. Kesting's BJJ Roadmap is one of the best readings on jiu jitsu I have come across in a very long time, and not only does it break down the positions carefully and simply, it's free! I have already recommended it to many of my readers as well as my friends who are just starting out in BJJ, and I will definitely continue to do so.

Yoon Chang

Shane Jacobson
Judo Instructor (18 years in Judo)

Thank you very much for your kindness in sending this eBook. It's hard to find genuine good people in this day and age. I run a BJJ school in Ephrata, PA, and this book will come in very helpful to my new students. It's an excellent way to illustrate the art of BJJ to my new students.

Brian Fisher
RGDA-Ephrata Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Ephrata, PA

Hey Stephan, as a 15 year practitionner of BJJ I can honestly say that your ebook, A Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu should be a dream come true for those just starting out. It would have been great to have a resource like this when I was starting out, and a FREE one at that.

It goes into outstanding detail, while keeping things simple enough not to overwhelm the person thinking of starting BJJ or the beginner with a few months training. I will pass it around to all those starting out as a valuable resource that it is and would highly recommend all those thinking about or who have recently begun training in BJJ to download and study it as having such a clear cut vision of the BJJ game WILL make a difference in speeding their progress.

Kosta Megas

I just wanted to say thanks for all of the valuable information you have to give on your website, and
through these emails. I have been doing BJJ for a little over a year now and I can't express how helpful your articles have been. Keep up the great work!

Marc Scherer
Los Angeles. CA

Just wanted to say thank you for the hard work you put in with the newsletter/blog. I always look forward to reading it and it has helped both my coaching and training.

Nathan Leverton

Stephan Kesting has recently launched a new site (, a new eCourse (the Beginning BJJ newsletter), and a new eBook ("A Roadmap For Brazilian Jiu-jitsu"). The focus of the book, the site and the eCourse is to quickly orient the new BJJ student, and give him the tools he needs to figure out how and what to learn in BJJ.

When Kesting wrote this material, he says he tried to think of all the false starts and dead ends of the early part of his BJJ career (and how much time he would have saved if someone had just spelled it out).

The free eBook, "A Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu", can be downloaded from the site, and the site itself is clear and educational. It focuses on the aspects of technique, repetition, sparring, conditioning and strategy. Kesting is a BJJ Black Belt who has been published in Black Belt Magazine, Ultimate Grappling Magazine and is a certified instructor under legendary Martial Artist Dan Inosanto.

Mark Richards