Brazilian jiu-jitsu

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A Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, by Stephan Kesting

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A Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Edition 1.3 by Stephan Kesting
You may distribute this e-Book freely to whomever you want without asking me first. You can email it to your training partners, make it mandatory reading for your students, or add it as a download from your website. Theonly restrictions are: 1. It must not be sold, although you can include it as bonus when selling other items. 2. It must be distributed unchanged and unmodified in the current PDF file format.

About the Author
Stephan began his martial arts training in 1981. He currently holds the following ranks and certifications: • Black Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu • Instructor in Erik Paulson's CombatSubmission Wrestling • Black Belt in Kajukenbo Karate • Instructor in Dan Inosanto's Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Martial Arts, and Maphalindo Silat • Years of experience in a wide range of other martial arts including Judo, Muay Thai, Sambo, Kung Fu, and Capoeira Stephan runs and writes two online newsletters: the Beginning BJJ Newsletter ( and the Grappling TipsNewsletter ( He has helped tens of thousands of grapplers improve their skills via his DVD instruction. He has published more than 20 articles in magazines like Black Belt, Ultimate Grappling, Tapout, and Ultimate Athlete. Interviews with Stephan have been featured on The Fightworks Podcast and

I would like to thank my instructors, includingProfessor Marcus Soares, Coach Erik Paulson, Guro Dan Inosanto, and Sifu Philip Gelinas. I am also very grateful to my training partners, without whom my personal development would not have been possible. Also thanks to Jason Parry and Sean McHugh (from for helping with the photos. &

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Note to the reader regarding web links
There are many links throughout this book to relevant tips, articles and tutorials, and you should check them out. If you are using version 7.0 or higher of Adobe Reader then these links should be clickable from your PDF browser. If the links don't work then go to to download a free copy of thelatest Adobe Reader, OR go to to get to a page with all the links mentioned in this book.

What this book is about
This book is part of the materials provided in a FREE e-Course designed for people starting out in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, available at The goal of this book is NOT to teach you specific techniques - you can learn those from yourinstructor, your fellow students, and other resources such as books and DVDs. My goal here is to give you a basic framework to help you make sense of all the different techniques you are learning. In essence I am trying to give you a big picture which functions as a kind of filing system to help you learn more efficiently, and to access the correct technique quickly in the heat of battle.

Why isBrazilian Jiu-jitsu so complicated?
The initial stages of learning Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) can be a confusing, frustrating and overwhelming process. This confusion is understandable: grappling is complex, and it's easy to get lost in the multitude of techniques and details before you ever reach any level of mastery in the sport. Because of this complexity many people quit the art prematurely, andthus never get a chance to experience the joy and excitement of this exciting sport, which is also an incredibly effective martial art. As I just stated, grappling is complex. It is, in fact, MORE complex than most other martial arts. Let's consider boxing for a second, which really only has 5 or 6 different punches (i.e. jab, cross, hook, uppercut, overhand, etc.). Add in a few defenses and a...
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