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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.

May 31, 2019

Scotty Nelson is one of the original gangsters of North American BJJ.  From training at the Ralph Gracie Academy back in the day, to training jiu-jitsu in Brazil, to developing one of the first online BJJ technique resources, to his adventures in Pakistan sourcing gi's for On The Mat, Scotty shares some incredible...

May 18, 2019

TEDx speaker Brett Piperni joins us on The Strenuous Life Podcast to talk about discipline, decision making, and deliberately putting yourself into situations where you have no options other than going forward.

Brett was a nationally ranked Taekwondo competitor who was diagnosed with an illness that crippled him which...

May 13, 2019

I'm just getting over an injury that was completely, utterly, absolutely my own fault.  The fastest way to stall your BJJ progress is to get injured.  It's true that some injuries are unavoidable, but so many of them can be avoided by KEEPING YOUR EGO IN CHECK!

Also, have you downloaded my free BJJ Master App yet? ...

May 5, 2019

Vanessa Wexler is a BJJ black belt and a multiple no-gi world champion, PanAm champion, and Masters champion.  I caught up with her shortly after she won Gold in the Pan Ams competing with a completely destroyed ankle.  We talked dealing with injuries, pre-competition visualisation, how running a school does NOT...

May 4, 2019

Knuckle conditioning is a two-edged sword in martial arts.  On the one hand hard knuckles and a conditioned fist make for a much more powerful punch in a streetfight and make it less likely you'll break your hand or sprain your wrist. On the other hand it increases the risk of arthritis and non-functional hands as you...