Priit Mihkelson has been gaining a lot of traction in the BJJ community over the last few years thanks to his relatively unique approach to training methods. He’s a regular instructor at BJJ Globetrotters camps all over the world and is based out of Estonia, where he is the head coach of 3D Treening in the country’s capital, Tallinn. He’s best-known for his focus on the defensive aspect of Jiu-Jitsu and has released a number of instructionals on both guard retention and vital postures that he uses in order to stay safe and remain active in any traditionally bad position.
Anyone who has been able to train with him over the years has inevitably been frustrated by being given an advantageous position only to find that any actual attacks are virtually impossible. It’s for this reason, coupled with his non-traditional approach to training methods in BJJ that Priit Mihkelson has started to gain something of a cult following in the sport and is routinely cited as someone to pay attention to, particularly when considering the defensive aspect of grappling.
Recently, Mihkelson spent some time with another highly-regarded teacher, Stephan Kesting, in a podcast that was uploaded to Kesting’s official YouTube channel. The pair discussed a whole host of topics relating to the sport of Jiu-Jitsu, including the move away from the more traditional beliefs of how to train, in order to maximise your potential: