About Stephan Kesting

Stephan Kesting

Hi there, and thank you for visiting my site!

My name is Stephan Kesting and I operate BeginningBJJ.com, Grapplearts.com and now Grapplearts.tv. Through my DVDs, articles and newsletters, I have helped tens of thousands of grapplers all over the world improve their Brazilian Jiu-jitsu skills.

Grappling is my passion, and I want to help it become yours too. Whether your goal is to compete, challenge yourself, improve your fitness level, lose weight, or acquire some serious self defense skills I truly think that Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) has a lot to offer you. I'm not kidding when I call it the most sophisticated martial art in the world.

Why should you listen to what I say?

Here's my brief biography and Martial Arts resume:


I am a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt, and have been doing martial arts for over 25 years. I am also a certified instructor in Erik Paulson's Combat Submission Wrestling, a black belt in Kajukenbo Karate, an instructor in Dan Inosanto's Jun Fan JKD, Maphalindo Silat and Filipino Martial Arts program. Additionally I have also studied Japanese Judo, Russian Sambo, various Chinese Kung Fu systems, Brazilian Capoeira, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and many other martial arts.

Here's a 5 minute video where I talk about my martial arts history and training background in more detail:


I have published over 20 articles in magazines like Black Belt, Ultimate Grappling, Tapout Magazine and Ultimate Athlete, and been interviewed by The Fightworks Podcast and Lockflow.com.

In addition to my print articles, I also publish two online newsletters, The Beginning BJJ Newsletter and the Grapplearts Grappling Tips Newsletter. Thousands of grapplers, from rank beginners to advanced black belts, have already subscribed to these newsletters to become better grapplers, better teachers, and better martial artists.

I also have a Masters of Science degree, which may help explain my systematic approach to learning and teaching Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

I have competed successfully in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, submission wrestling and Judo tournaments. I train both with and without the gi, and have been a sparring partner for some top MMA fighters.

Here are some pictures of me training, sparring and competing. Yes, that's still me on the far right, back before I shaved my scalp down to the bone.

No-gi-BJJ-with-Denis-KangBrazilian Jiu-jitsu Spider GuardJudo Tournament