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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.

May 7, 2021

Ami Palmer is a wrestler, judoka, and an adjunct professor of philosophy at Ohio Northern University.  The topics he researches include how widespread conspiracism and science denialism affect democratic policy making. I was thrilled to have him on the podcast and I think it's a very important conversation!
00:51 - Introduction
02:17 - Wrestling, judo and philosophy
11:15 - Why the BJJ community is so prone to conspiracy theories
20:17 - When is it rational to defer to an expert, and how do you know who to defer to?
32:22 - How do people discern claims from different experts
34:53 - The Great Barrington declaration
38:48 - Commonly used propaganda tools and how to recognise them
48:34 - Brandolini's bullshit asymmetry principle
57:15 - Conspiracies in social media
1:03:19 - The university environment post Covid
11:09:44 - Difference between vaccine refusers and vaccine hesitants
1:11:28 - Training pods
1:16:47 - How to get in touch with Ami