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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.

Dec 8, 2017

Loved doing this massive Q&A!  What I did was take the time to more fully answer questions that I had first addressed in 140 characters on my first Twitter AMA (Ask Me Anything).  Follow me on Twitter where I'm @stephankesting so you can get in on the next Q&A session!  Here's what I talked about... 
My cryotherapy experiment update - 01:13
The 3 most essential submissions (and why) - 07:09
Grappling dummies and should you use them - 09:59
Bad hygiene and etiquette on the mats - 13:23
Are there techniques big guys should avoid - 16:15
Should you do a takedown or pull guard? - 18:00
Essential training for beginners - 19:51
Gracie combatives - 24:15
Worst handicap I've seen someone overcome in training - 26:33
Making starting out in jiu-jitsu easier - 27:48
Red flags and problem people at gyms - 29:06
Should belt promotions cost money? - 30:11
Dealing with strong closed guards - 31:20
The types of guard for punch defense - 32:22
Easing pressure on the spine during guillotine submissions - 33:20
Are new rules hurting BJJ? - 34:49
Game changing concepts - 37:14
How to finish single leg takedowns - 38:57
Squats and deadlifts - 40:55
Eating before training; what and how long? - 42:16
Making the most of limited rolling time - 43:04
Best BJJ techniques for self defence - 44:19
BJJ and firefighting - 45:31
Toe holds vs heel hooks - 47:18
Opinions on cross-training - 49:00
Training at different schools - 50:31