Stephan Kesting’s three most important Jiu-Jitsu moves for self-defense

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Although these days most people would associate Brazilian Jiujitsu in a sporting context such as grappling tournaments or mixed martial art competition, it is first and foremost a self-defense system that has always prided itself on being able to defeat the largest and most aggressive of adversaries with correct technique and leverage.

But how do you figure out which moves to take from your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu game and add into your self-defense arsenal?

In the following tutorial video, founder and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Stephan Kesting goes through what he feels are the three most important submission techniques for self-defense.

The first choke Stephan goes through is the standing guillotine choke, which is perfectly suited to responding to a tackle attempt which is commonly employed in street fights. Given that these “takedowns” are employed by untrained people, their necks are completely exposed resulting in a high success rate for the standing guillotine.

Check out the full demonstration below where Stephan also breaks down another choke as well as a joint lock to defend yourself with.

Stephan Kesting is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and has been doing martial arts for over 30 years. He is also 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, and many other martial arts systems.

He is the owner and operator of and Beginning and you can also follow him on his YouTube channel for regular updates.

Author: Nic is a designer and illustrator alongside being a martial arts enthusiast. You can find some of his illustrative work for purchase here.

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