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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.

Feb 23, 2020

Peter Drucker, the godfather of modern business management, once said, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.

Now I don’t think that Peter Drucker did Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (or any other form of martial arts) but the idea of measuring things in order to improve them applies to every field of...

Feb 20, 2020

In this conversation BJJ black belt Jon Thomas and I go deep into training and drilling methodologies that give you results as fast as possible.

Jon is originally from the US but teaches at a school in Sweden. He still competes at a high level, so he has had to take extreme ownership over his results using...

Feb 14, 2020

Rory Van Vliet and I go deep into the 12 most important concepts to make your guard very hard to pass.  Counterintuitively these concepts will also help your guard passing, because now you'll understand what your opponent is doing to try and stop your pass.  Grab our Guard Retention Formula in DVD, online streaming, and...

Feb 5, 2020

There’s an old saying that goes…

“Don’t do what’s best for you.  Instead do what’s worst for your opponent.”

There’s a lot of truth there.  In a competition your odds of victory go way up if you can prevent your opponent doing the things that he is best at.

Optimal Sparring Strategy

Rolling in training...