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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 29, 2017

You'll really like this sit down I had with UFC star Alan Belcher, a man who has had some of the most exciting, edge-of-your-seat fights in UFC history.  Alan shared lessons learned from his 26 MMA fights including details of cutting major amounts of weight pre-competition, his mindset while fighting Rousimar Palhares...

May 26, 2017

I'm on fire for this one because it really gets under my skin when people focus on the wrong thing in their martial arts training.  Boys and girls, it's about skill acquisition and NOT about the color of your belt.  Get this wrong and it will destroy your relationship to the martial arts!

May 19, 2017

Unfortunately injuries are just part of the game, and getting back to training after recuperating from an injury is always a tricky business.  In this episode I give some of my best advice about exactly how your return to the mats should be structured.  This is advice I've learned the hard way so take my advice - for...

May 16, 2017

This is for everyone - beginner and experienced martial artist - with a very tight schedule who can't train more than once a week.  Can you still make progress?  What are some tips for getting as good as you can when time is limited?  How do you not lose hope, momentum and confidence during these inevitable training...

May 11, 2017

Endurance is the most important physical attribute in combat sport, but it can be time consuming to develop.  In this short episode I talk about some of the most efficient cardio protocols that I've used during periods of my life when I had no time for long, leisurely cardio.