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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 Grapplearts.com, 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 Grapplearts.com

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.

May 13, 2019

I'm just getting over an injury that was completely, utterly, absolutely my own fault.  The fastest way to stall your BJJ progress is to get injured.  It's true that some injuries are unavoidable, but so many of them can be avoided by KEEPING YOUR EGO IN CHECK!

Also, have you downloaded my free BJJ Master App yet? ...


May 5, 2019

Vanessa Wexler is a BJJ black belt and a multiple no-gi world champion, PanAm champion, and Masters champion.  I caught up with her shortly after she won Gold in the Pan Ams competing with a completely destroyed ankle.  We talked dealing with injuries, pre-competition visualisation, how running a school does NOT...


Apr 23, 2019

Monty Collier is a black belt Judoka who worked with Keanu Reeves to get him ready for the amazing fight sequences in the movie John Wick 3 Parabellum.  This conversation was a fun one and we started with how Judo has evolved from combat art to Olympic sport, how he taught Keanu highly technical moves, breakfalling on...


Apr 10, 2019

Jess Munster was born with a severe brachial plexus injury which left her with only one functional arm. But this disability hasn't stopped her from training BJJ, competing against able-bodied fighters, and travelling the world to compete in para-athletic championships!

In this episode I talk with Jess about what drives...


Apr 8, 2019

Lethwei is an incredibly intense full contact combat sport from Burma that allows punches, kicks, elbows, knees and headbutts. And did I mention that the fighters don't wear gloves and only have a thin layer of gauze over their knuckles?

Today's guest is Patrick Marcil who combined Muay Thai, Sanshou, and JKD in order...