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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.

Feb 7, 2020

Zach Hughes was a US Special Forces Green Beret who served in Afghanistan until he was injured by an RPG during an attack.

In this episode we go deep into the selection and training process that special forces soldiers have to endure, with a special emphasis on mental toughness.

01:16 - The decision making process to...

Jan 29, 2020

A deep dive into designing and running MMA fight camps, how to mix striking with wrestling and jiu-jitsu, conditioning for fights, and much more with Greg Nelson.  Greg has trained many MMA and UFC fighters including Brock Lesnar, Dave Menne, Sean Sherk and Thug Rose Namajunas.  I really enjoyed this conversation and...

Jan 6, 2020

Rory is a corrections officer with a ton of experience in other branches of law enforcement.  He's also a very skilled BJJ black belt at Island Top Team under Rob Biernacki.  In this chat we go into depth about how BJJ can be applied in law enforcement situations as well as talking about Rory's latest BJJ instructional,...

Dec 14, 2019

The days of learning from just one instructor if you're a serious martial artist are over.  Nowadays you need at least four different coaches...

Check out my latest BJJ instructional, The Guard Retention Formula, at

Dec 2, 2019

This was a fascinating conversation with Nick Hiebert who has done a ton of research into the nutrient density of different foods.  In this talk we look at the all time greatest, most nutrient dense foods, the ketogenic diet, fats vs carbs vs proteins, and much more.

Check out Nick's blog at