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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.

Nov 30, 2017

I've known and trained with black belt Sean McHugh for 16 years, so I was super-stoked to have him on the podcast.  We covered a lot of important material including 

  • How to train your training partners so that they can help you get better as fast as possible 
  • Strategies for optimal post workout recovery 
  • BJJ injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • How the teaching of BJJ has evolved since the art was introduced to North America
  • Beginner's teaching progressions, and should you let people spar on the first day of class?
  • The dark side of MMA, including concussions, addictions, and lack of options after leaving the sport
  • How to continue training when life is kicking the crap out of you
  • And much more...