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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.

Oct 23, 2020

Is it safe to train BJJ in a pandemic? I wish it were a simple yes or no answer, but as I discuss in this episode (which is also available on Youtube at it depends on a number of factors including...

  • Your age, health, pre-existing conditions
  • Your tolerance for personal risk
  • The age and health status of your family
  • Your health insurance situation,
  • Your willingness to put other people in society at risk,
  • Whether you're taking precautions in the rest of your life
  • What the local Covid test positivity rates are
  • The precautions your club is taking
  • Whether you're in a training pod
  • The precautions your training partners are taking
  • And more.

If you're interested in more information about BJJ training pods check out

If you want to see some evidence that masks help prevent transmission of Covid-19 please read

If you want to find Covid-safeish training partners check out

And if you want to see the latest guidelines by Dr Chris Moriarty for reopening BJJ schools check out

Stay safe and, almost more importantly, please give a crap about other people!

Stephan Kesting