Bigger Stronger Series 2 DVD 2
Let’s say that you’ve been training for a while, maybe even for years, and you’re finally beginning to develop some skills. You can hold your own against people your own size. But then some guy who outweighs you by 20, 50, or even 100 pounds steps onto the mat. Your heart goes pitter patter, you start sweating a little bit and your first thought is “A w man… I hope I don’t have to roll with that guy…”
The truth is that almost everybody is worried about facing someone a lot bigger than themselves.
Bigger people can get away with a LOT more on the mat. A big guy’s size can compensate for shoddy technique, he can use his weight to smother you, and his strength allows him to power out of techniques that ‘should’ have worked.
Not to mention that if a big guy freaks out, then his muscle mass and explosiveness can lead to you getting injured.
My name is Stephan Kesting and I’ve been doing martial arts for over 30 years. I’m a BJJ black belt and I’ve run Grapplearts.com since 2002. I’ve published over 500 articles online, and created more than 30 training DVDs and instructional apps.
During this time I’ve corresponded with literally thousands of people and been asked thousands of questions. And, hands down, the most common question I get asked is something like “how can I get technique xyz to work on my bigger sparring partners.”
I do the best that I can to answer these questions, but the truth is that at 6’2″ and 215 lbs I’m one of those big guys myself. And although I too run into people bigger than me on the mats, I’m scarcely the poster-boy for lightweight, smaller grapplers.
This led me to team up with some of the best lightweight grapplers in the world. Those grapplers with impeccable skills on the mat, awesome tournament credentials, and most importantly an ability to teach their material clearly in an easy-to-learn manner.
And this quest led me to Brandon ‘Wolverine’ Mullins…
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