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The Strenuous Life Podcast with Stephan Kesting / Grapplearts Radio

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 7, 2020

Zach Hughes was a US Special Forces Green Beret who served in Afghanistan until he was injured by an RPG during an attack.

In this episode we go deep into the selection and training process that special forces soldiers have to endure, with a special emphasis on mental toughness.

01:16 - The decision making process to become a Green Beret
04:55 - The differences between the Green Berets, the Seals, the Rangers and Delta Force
09:01 - The capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden
13:11 - The Green Beret selection process
29:25 - What happens in the 2 year Green Beret course
38:20 - Physical training to prepare for special forces
44:02 - How do you prepare for the lack of sleep
48:26 - The Afghanistan deployment 
52:56 - Getting hit by an RPG during an attack
56:34 - Transitioning out of special forces to civilian life
01:02:38 - The advice Zack most often gives to people
01:05:57 - How to find and contact Zack

Zack is currently the COO of Elite Meet, a networking company dedicated to matching former special forces soldiers and fighter pilots with prospective employers.

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