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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.

Jun 22, 2020

Dr Moriarty is a medical doctor and had a long fierce career as a BJJ competitor who previously published guidelines for reopening BJJ academies during the Covid-19 pandemic (

In this followup episode we look at the current state of the epidemic, implications for training, and how to figure out whether cases truly are going up or down in your area.

00:32 - Intro to Doctor Chris Moriarty, BJJ black belt.

02:43 - Where is the USA and the rest of the world at with Covid?

11:50 - Are cases going up just because of an increase in testing?

14:39 - Memorial day, protests, and other reasons that states may be experiencing a rise in Covid infections.

22:90 - Masks and prevention of coronavirus transmission.

25:46 - Is now safe to train BJJ?

33:18 - What about training BJJ with just one partner?

36:27 - On lighting campfires in dry grasslands and taking risks for other people.

38:09 - Signs of hope.

44:34 - The politicisation of mask wearing.

49:37 - Modes of transmission.

51:25 - Final words.