Stephan Kesting operates Grapplearts.com and Beginning BJJ.com. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, and has been doing martial arts for over 30 years. He is 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. He has also studied Japanese Judo, Russian Sambo, various Chinese Kung Fu systems, Brazilian Capoeira, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and many other martial arts.
He is the author of over 20 articles that have been published online on USAdojo.com and published in print magazines like Black Belt, Ultimate Grappling, Tapout Magazine and Ultimate Athlete, and he has been interviewed by The Fightworks Podcast and Lockflow.com.
He has also been interviewed many times by blogs, radio shows, podcasts and news organizations.
In the video below, Stephan Kesting discusses his martial arts history and training background in more detail.
Stephan Kesting has a Masters of Science degree from UBC, which may help explain his systematic approach to learning and teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In addition to theory, he also competed successfully in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, submission wrestling and Judo tournaments.
Stephan Kesting trains gi and no gi and has been a sparring partner for some top MMA fighters.