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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.

Jan 30, 2021

How leglocks and leglocking strategy have changed in the last 20 years. As they say for TED Talk Podcasts, this presentation contains powerful visuals and can be viewed at 

I recorded this while editing the Oliver Taza No Gi Leglocks instructional which is now available at

Much of the terminology I use comes from The Modern Leglock Formula with Rob Biernacki

The 12 Positions of Modern Leglocking PDF I talk about in the video can be downloaded for free here:


0:00 Introduction
2:05 Difference #1: Refinement of Control Positions
8:13 Difference #2: Less Variety of Actual Leglock Finishes
13:02 Difference #3: Focus on the Reverse Heel Hook
14:59 Difference #4:Refined Dig Mechanics
18:00 Difference #5: Improved Breaking Mechanics
21:50 Difference #6: Transitions Between the Control Positions
23:52 Difference #7: More Entries from the Bottom