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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 23, 2017

Matt Thornton is the founder of Straight Blast Gym, the organisation that produced Conor McGregor.  He's also a skeptic with many harsh words for traditional martial arts and traditional training methods.  Don't listen if you're easily offended!
00:51 - Matt's martial arts background
10:26 - The concept of "Aliveness"
20:41 - The "I" method of teaching and training martial arts
26:14 - John Kavanagh and Conor McGregor
32:37 - Where did fantasy martial arts come from?
42:55 - The evolution of martial arts
65:54 - False positives and negatives
73:26 - Skepticism