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The Strenuous Life Podcast with Stephan Kesting / Grapplearts Radio

This is the Stephan Kesting's Grapplearts Radio Podcast where we discuss BJJ, Grappling, MMA, and all manner of martial arts training.

Stephan runs, where he has published many hundreds of martial arts videos, articles and tutorials.

His free guide to learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, A Roadmap for BJJ, has been downloaded more than 10,000 times and has become a foundational text for the art. Click here to download that book for free as well.

Stephan has a lengthy career in martial arts, spanning more than 3 decades.  He has dedicated many years to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and you can find his accessible and practical expertise on all BJJ matters at

A black belt in multiple martial art systems, he brings a range of approaches to self defense, and a critical eye for what works in the street.

Stephan has been featured in Black Belt Magazine, Ultimate Grappling, Tapout Magazine and Ultimate Athlete.

He is also a frequent guest on martial arts related podcasts, including The Fightworks Podcast, Atlantic MMA, Combatives Corner, The Warrior’s Den, The Spartan Underground and many more.

Jul 15, 2018

I'm STOKED that Survivorman Les Stroud came on the podcast today!!! We talked adventure, survival skills, navigating in the wilderness, the closest he's come to death while filming, work-life balance, music and more. I hope you enjoy listening to his episode as much as I did recording it for you!
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Jul 7, 2018

This was a neat interview I did with Emily Kwok from Princeton BJJ and star of the first How to Defeat the Bigger, Stronger Opponent series.  We focused on creating positive learning environments in BJJ, looking at the roles played by the students, the teachers, and instructional technology.  We also covered whether I...

Jun 7, 2018

David Brown has spent many decades studying and teaching martial arts, including Muay Thai and Wing Chun.  He's also a clinical neuropsychologist which gives him a unique insight into the mindset at work within martial arts cults.  Then we also went down some major rabbit holes, including the science of sticking...

Jun 5, 2018

In a self defense situation you have to have a high level of environmental awareness to keep track of multiple attackers, improvised weapons, escape routes, etc.  Today I'm joined by classical Japanese Jujutsu practitioner Alex Kask to talk about how this important aspect can be incorporated into your training.  We also...

May 15, 2018

A little trip down memory lane today.  In my twenties I did an 82 day, 1600 mile solo canoe trip across the Canadian north.  This is an account of the last 3 days of that journey, traveling along the dangerous shore of Hudson Bay.  

The written form of this account is available here: