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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.

Feb 21, 2017

In this 13 minute rant Stephan goes into the 3 essential components that make up every martial art on the planet, a concept he learned from the famous Filipino martial artist (and protege of Bruce Lee) Mr Dan Inosanto!  Lots of examples from Judo, Boxing, Wrestling, BJJ, MMA, Kali, Capoeira, and Kung Fu...

Feb 15, 2017


This is a fun conversation about BJJ, Judo and MMA with Jeff Meszaros, one of the guys I started training with 23 years ago!

  • Self defense applications of BJJ
  • Russian team MMA events
  • Judo, BJJ and the early days of the Uncle Willy's Grappling Association
  • The joys and hazards of learning BJJ in Brazil
  • The evolution of...

Feb 6, 2017

It's way too easy to slack off and get totally out of shape when things get busy in your personal or professional life.  Here are some tips and training methods that'll keep you within striking distance of your optimum fitness level. Something is better than nothing, always!

Feb 1, 2017

Bernardo Faria, 5 x BJJ World Champion, discusses his training and conditioning routine with Stephan Kesting.

We talked about what

  • Exactly what his day to day training regimen looks like,
  • Who he spars with
  • How he's balancing his training as he gets older,
  • How his training regimen changes as he gets closer...