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The Strenuous Life Podcast with Stephan Kesting / Grapplearts Radio

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 4, 2020

Chris Moriarty is a doctor, a competitor, and a BJJ black belt.  His 6 step procedure for reopening academies is available at

0:00:00 Introduction
0:00:56 Chris Moriarty's Medical and BJJ Background
0:08:24 Is Covid a Fake Pandemic?
0:18:30 The

Mar 14, 2020

Moments ago I recorded a podcast with Raf from The Verbal Tap Podcast about what grapplers and martial artists should do during the coronavirus and COVID 19 outbreak and I'm sharing that with you now.  Based on training in martial arts for 40 years, being a first responder, and also having a master's degree in biology...

Mar 6, 2020

What's your best strategy vs multiple opponents? Can Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu be part of that strategy.

I gave my answer to this during an Instagram and Tiktok live session that I did recently. I'm sure it'll ruffle a few feathers, but then again, every martial artist has an opinion on this including those that have NEVER...

Feb 7, 2020

Zach Hughes was a US Special Forces Green Beret who served in Afghanistan until he was injured by an RPG during an attack.

In this episode we go deep into the selection and training process that special forces soldiers have to endure, with a special emphasis on mental toughness.

01:16 - The decision making process to...

Jan 29, 2020

A deep dive into designing and running MMA fight camps, how to mix striking with wrestling and jiu-jitsu, conditioning for fights, and much more with Greg Nelson.  Greg has trained many MMA and UFC fighters including Brock Lesnar, Dave Menne, Sean Sherk and Thug Rose Namajunas.  I really enjoyed this conversation and...