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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 24, 2022

How to find the high percentage techniques in jiu-jitsu, false positives and standards of jiu-jitsu evidence, MMA vs gi BJJ vs submission grappling, attribute based techniques, and how to know what the next big thing is in jiu-jitsu, with Rob Biernacki.
Check out Rob's amazing and highly detailed 'Arm Drag...

Feb 18, 2022

I'll make some new enemies with this one for sure! Thanks to Rob Biernacki for helping witih this project, and to everyone who contributed to the "If armbar deniers used anti-vaxxer and covid-denier logic to “prove” the armbar doesn’t work" thread on my Twitter.

Back to regular programming soon, I...

Feb 16, 2022

Paul Mason is one of Canada's foremost whitewater instructors and the son of Paul Mason, the man who introduced canoeing to the world with the "Path of the Paddle" films and book. I was thrilled to talk to him about  extreme bigwater canoeing, steep creeking, quantifiable repeated practice, the most common whitewater...

Feb 3, 2022

Mikaela Ferguson has been introducing people to the outdoors for years with her guiding and with her writing.  In this episode we cover how to get started in the outdoors, paddling safety, dealing with bears, gear choice, surviving thunderstorms and more! Check out Mikaela's blog as...