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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.

Jan 23, 2018

Today's episode comes from a Q&A session I did on Instagram live (@stephan_kesting) and gave the answers to a ton of BJJ and training topics including...

05:00 - When I started training BJJ
06:56 - Is BJJ ever going to make it into the Olympics
08:04 - Advice for remote learners without access to a school
12:33 - Teaching seminars?
13:19 - Grappling and submissions when there's a weapon involved
17:51 - Grapplearts leglock videos
19:01 - The leglock positional hierarchy
20:39 - Dealing with cauliflower ear
23:28 - What does my training look like?
24:51 - How powerful is the ankle lock, and what's the best leglock?
27:35 - Big man game vs small man jiu-jitsu
29:34 - Is it Ok to train at multiple schools?
31:38 - Is catch wrestling any good and do I use it?
33:39 - Custom rash gaurds
34:02 - What makes someone's game world class?
37:38 - Tips for facing larger opponents
39:55 - Strategies for people with bad knees
41:23 - Neck strengthening exercises
43:47 - Mapping out a training schedule

Hope you enjoy this and also make sure to follow me on Instagram where I'm @stephan_kesting