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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 27, 2022

By limiting what you do during training and drilling you become much more precise and will improve much faster in jiu-jitsu.

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May 10, 2022

To celebrate the launch of the new BJJ for Old F***s instructional (available at here are some of the most important takeaways for the older grappler.

In this episode Rob Biernacki (age 46) and I (age 52) discuss...

  • The two things that change most about your training as you get older
  • How to...

Apr 21, 2022

Lance Gibson Sr made a HUGE impression on me when he KO'd Jermaine Andre in the UFC while partially blind in one eye. That fight was a masterclass in both grit and strategy, so I was thrilled to have him on the podcast.
We talked at length about how training for MMA has changed since the early days, whether you can...

Mar 14, 2022

I really enjoyed talking with Tyson Larone today.  He's a badass Jiu-jitsu black belt who also teaches Muay Thai and is a certified strength and conditioning coach.  
We went deep into effective training methods, how to avoid injury, which experts we should listen to, training against resistance, and how to build a...

Mar 8, 2022

Multiple time World and European champion Margot Ciccarelli joins us take us through travelling and training at different gyms while competing at the highest level, how to feel invincible on the mats, tempo changes, transitioning through different guards, and learning faster vs staying in your comfort zone.