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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.

Apr 20, 2020

Yuri Simoes is a two time ADCC World Championship, a two-time IBJJF black belt Absolute No-Gi World Champion, and a two-time Pan American Champion.

In our chat we go deep into developing the motivation required to train at such a high level, the importance of self defense, how he took down a Olympic Judo champion in competition, and much more.

I hope you enjoy it!

00:44: Growing up in Brazil
03:07: Training self defense
05:38: On making BJJ your way of life
10:08: Judo and BJJ cross training
14:40: Yuri's match against Travis Stevens
17:30: On making the switch to no gi grappling
20:42: On coming to North America and training with Caio Terra
27:54: Is it OK to train at different schools?
31:06: New jiu-jitsu vs traditional jiu-jitsu
36:25: On switching from no gi to MMA
38:04: What made Yuri so stubborn?
42:25: Dealing with major injuries
49:50: Biggest adjustments in switching from jiu-jitsu to MMA
51:33: What's a typical week of MMA training?
59:59: Good days and bad days of training
1:02:56: Signing to fight with One FC
1:04:58: Where to follow Yuri

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