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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.

Nov 29, 2021

In this episode Steve Kwan from the BJJ Mental Models podcast grills me about the omoplata, the most versatile submission in all of jiu-jitsu.

Check out my latest instructional, Omoplata 2.0, at 


Stephan Kesting

Nov 27, 2021

00:37: Richard Bejtlich's background in martial arts
08:39: Where does fascination with martial arts history comes from
18:08: What research on historical martial arts looks like
20:10: Preservation of antiquated methods in the present martial arts
26:15: The Ninja myth!!!
33:22: Cybersecurity
37:47: How hackers attack...

Nov 17, 2021

Averi is a BJJ brown belt who has written extensively for the Jiu-Jitsu Times.  Together we go deep into why jiu-jitsu is popular for women, coming back from injuries, some recent high profile sexual assault cases in the sport, and much more.  
Follow Averi on Instagram @bjjaveri, on Twitter @BJJaveri, and/or at the

Nov 14, 2021

I had a hip replacement to fix a joint worn out by 40 years of martial arts training, conditioning and fitness activities. This video details the first 4 weeks of my recovery, going from barely being able to stand up to climbing a mountain.

As they say, this presentation contains powerful visuals, so if you're...

Nov 9, 2021

Canadian explorer Adam Shoalts is back to talk about some of his recent expeditions, including a search for a mythical beast in the wilds of Northern Labrador.  We also discussed balancing family and adventure, the early explorers, his approach to selecting gear, food and travelling companions, and much more!
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