Jun 24, 2009

Stephan Kesting's BeginningBJJ.com

Today, I'll talk about one of the best free resources available to beginners I've come across: beginningbjj.com

I've been meaning to write the review for some time now, and apologies to Mr. Kesting for not doing so sooner.

As many of you know, Stephan Kesting is a grappling expert who runs http://www.grapplearts.com, and he made a website aimed specifically at those of you just beginning or thinking about starting your BJJ journey.

You should go ahead and download the "Roadmap for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu," (free with just writing down your email address, which he won't sell to anyone.) I could go ahead and review this booklet for you, or I could just copy/paste the gleaming review I wrote that's already on his page:

"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."

Now, it would seem kind of silly for me to be writing all this for just a free ebook, and so, I'm going to try to sell those of you with a little spending cash who read the ebook and liked it on buying his beginner's package, which can be found here: http://www.beginningbjj.com/package/

As someone who's helped work on pricing for a home shopping network, I'd be lying if I said that the little thing about having the package be "worth $1075.90" wasn't a little bit of an exaggeration, but it's sure worth the actual $197 price tag in my humble opinion. Why? Basically, if you're a beginner, you're getting about 5-10 private session's worth of information for the price of 1 or 2. I've personally re-watched the DVDs about 4 times now and the poster that comes with it is proudly taped on my bedroom door.

I might actually also suggest that BJJ schools and clubs carry this on hand as "required study" for newcomers, because I know that in small clubs, it's often frustrating to reteach the basics over and over again every time someone new comes in.

So, please check it out. :)


PS- if you buy Stephan's stuff, feel free to leave me a donation as well :)

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