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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.

Mar 17, 2022

Kevin Bass has a background in medical anthropology, is both a medical and a PhD student, a grappler, and a weightlifter who has been deep in the trenches of the diet wars.  In this episode we discuss the evidence for keto and carnivore diets, the seed oil controversy, and a tentative protocol to help minimize brain...

Mar 14, 2022

I really enjoyed talking with Tyson Larone today.  He's a badass Jiu-jitsu black belt who also teaches Muay Thai and is a certified strength and conditioning coach.  
We went deep into effective training methods, how to avoid injury, which experts we should listen to, training against resistance, and how to build a...

Mar 8, 2022

Multiple time World and European champion Margot Ciccarelli joins us take us through travelling and training at different gyms while competing at the highest level, how to feel invincible on the mats, tempo changes, transitioning through different guards, and learning faster vs staying in your comfort zone.


Mar 3, 2022

Lowering the cost of failure in your training is the best way to get more reps in against a resisting opponent.  And getting more reps in against a resisting opponent is the best way to get better faster!

Check out the Nonstop Jiu-Jitsu book published by Brandon 'Wolverine' Mullins and myself, now available on...