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The Strenuous Life Podcast with Stephan Kesting

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.

Oct 24, 2017

I love this episode where I talked with historian Daniele Bolelli.  In it we talked about a huge number of topics including...

  • His process of researching and producing History on Fire, one of the leading history podcasts
  • How to get rid of weight cutting in mixed martial arts competition
  • The evidence for and against an ultra-violent human past vs a peaceful noble savage model of our hunter-gatherer past.
  • The rise of MMA in Asia.
  • Daniele's proposed 'Gladiators for World Peace' program and how it's going to get him the Nobel Peace Prize
  • His return to Italy as a tourist
  • Is it too soon to tell whether we're moving towards a more peaceful future?
  • Ötzi the iceman, Neanderthal DNA in our genomes, and a mass murder that occurred 430,000 years ago (
  • And much more!