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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 23, 2019

Switching to no gi grappling can be difficult. Here are 5 steps that will make it easier... 1) Accept that No Gi is an inherently faster style of grappling and be prepared to push the pace harder at times, 2) Change your grips so that they aren't gi dependent, 3) Get rid of your gi dependent guards and start developing guards that work in no gi, 4) Learn how to take the back, maintain the back and submit from the back because it's the best position in no gi grappling, 5) Develop your leglock and guillotine choke submissions because those are much more prevalent in no gi than in gi.

If you would like some more help developing your gi and no gi games then here are a couple of FREE resources for you...

Grab my free app for iOS and Android devices that comes with more than 457 minutes of technique taught by BJJ black belts. More info here:

Download a free copy of my book, A Roadmap to BJJ, which will take you through the most important positions and transitions on the ground. Get that here:

Some of the resources mentioned in todays video include:

Switching from Gi to No Gi (VIDEO)

What is Pressure Passing (VIDEO)

A No Gi Butterfly Guard Gripping Strategy (VIDEO)

The No Gi de la Riva Guard Formula (VIDEO)

How to control someone in Rearmount (VIDEO)

Hidden Legwork Techniques for Maintaining Rearmount (VIDEO)

The Ultimate Guide to the Guillotine Choke (MEGA ARTICLE)


Modern Leglocking Positions {PDF}

The BJJ Formula, including the Back Control Formula, (GRAPPLEARTS INSTRUCTIONAL)

Good luck with your training
Stephan Kesting