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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.

Sep 16, 2022

00:29 - Is technique enough by itself?
04:47 - Is Jiu-jitsu for everybody?
09:59 - Skill vs athleticism vs rank
22:43 - The resurgence of guard passing 
25:34 - Intensity in training and belt promotion
32:43 - Hobbyist vs competitor training.
37:47 - The most effective takedowns for jiu-jitsu
39:12 - Training strengths vs working on weaknesses
Check out the latest Grapplearts instructional featuring Stephan Kesting and Rob Biernacki here:
Good luck with your training,