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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.

Dec 3, 2020

01:32 - Qualifications of epidemiologists Dr Katrine Wallace and Madeline Lewis
04:42 - Is COVID-19 actually 99.5% survivable?
06:33 - What are the current best estimates of the COVID-19 infection fatality rate and case fatality rates?
10:00 - How important are IFR and CFR in the policy decisions?
10:50 - Is COVID-19 no more deadly than the flu?
13:55 - Problems with comparing Covid to the seasonal flu
15:18 - Are scientists under-reporting the flu and/or counting every case or the flu as covid?
22:05 - Do scientists and the CDC want everyone to lock down forever?
23:57 - Did lockdowns work in other countries?
26:28 - Would less intrusive measures work to control COVID-19?
28:54 - Where are the deaths, is this a casedemic, and are there only more cases because of more testing?
31:40 - How long does it take to go from infected, to getting sick, going to the hospital, and dying?
32:56 - When will we see the cases and deaths peak from 2020 Thanksgiving celebrations in the USA?
36:16 - How many people are going to die per day this winter?
37:11 - How infectious is COVID-19 (comparing the R0 value of covid to that of the flu)?
40:08 - Why are the CDC and the WHO changing their stories and the advice they give?
44:31 - Is Hydroxychloroquine as a treatment being suppressed by big pharma?
50:02 - Judging the quality of evidence and data in disease research
55:39 - Are scientists coordinating their findings and suppressing inconvenient findings?
59:33 - Do hospitals get paid more to count deaths as COVID-19?
1:05:38 - Are COVID-19deaths being overcounted or undercounted in the USA?
1:08:24 - Do cloth masks and surgical masks work?
1:13:56 - Are masks enough to stop the pandemic?
1:15:48 - Car accidents deaths vs COVID-19 deaths
1:17:50 - The minimum infectious dose, or will you automatically get sick if you're exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus?
1:19:23 - How can we have confidence that the vaccine will be safe?
1:29:57 - What about herd immunity, the Swedish approach and the Great Barrington Declaration?
1:37:50 - Potential longterm health effects of COVID-19
1:38:57 - Are personal sacrifices and limitations necessary to deal with the pandemic?
1:42:14 - How can one convince vaccine skeptics?
1:45:24 - Gyms and fitness facilities during the COVID-19
1:51:51 - False dichotomies and false choices in the jiu-jitsu community
1:56:40 - The difference between case numbers and test positivity rates
1:59:45 - How do epidemiologists stay sane in 2020?

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Take care,

Stephan Kesting