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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 Grapplearts.com, 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 Grapplearts.com

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.

Feb 18, 2022

I'll make some new enemies with this one for sure! Thanks to Rob Biernacki for helping witih this project, and to everyone who contributed to the "If armbar deniers used anti-vaxxer and covid-denier logic to “prove” the armbar doesn’t work" thread on my Twitter.

Back to regular programming soon, I...


Jan 25, 2022

My conversation with Troy Schott about martial arts, recovering from back injuries, and living healthy.  In a world full of woo I really appreciate his thoughtful, skeptical and scientifically informed approach to health.

Troy's site is here: https://schottchiropractic.com/

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Jan 17, 2022

Dr Nicholas Tyau is a BJJ Black Belt and an internal medicine specialist who worked in NYC hospitals during Covid Ground Zero in 2020. Today we discuss the Omicron variant, therapeutics, long covid, hospital capacity, vaccine vs infection-induced immunity, booster shots, and whether you should train during the case...


Jan 4, 2022

Ami Palmer has been on the podcast before (ep 325) and I was thrilled to have him back.  He's a wrestler, judoka, jiu-jitsuka and teaches at the University of Texas.  The focus of today's conversation was how to talk to the vaccine hesitant, combat conspiracy theories, and how to figure out who to believe.

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Dec 24, 2021

Steve Kwan from BJJ Mental Models joined me today to share some guidelines that'll immediately improve your jiu-jitsu defensive skills.

Check out the BJJ Mental Models Podcast wherever fine podcasts are distributed https://bjjmentalmodels.com/

And check out my latest instructional, The Omoplata 2.0, which is my complete...