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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 30, 2017

In this rant I go off about the importance of critical thinking, and include examples from the martial arts, business and life.  Somehow I try to wrap things up by bringing the Heaven's Gate cult and the biggest mass suicide on US soil into the discussion.  Let me know if this podcast worked on you on Twitter (where I'm...

Oct 24, 2017

I love this episode where I talked with historian Daniele Bolelli.  In it we talked about a huge number of topics including...

  • His process of researching and producing History on Fire, one of the leading history podcasts
  • How to get rid of weight cutting in mixed martial arts competition
  • The evidence for and against an...

Oct 18, 2017

It's amazing how many high level entrepreneurs also enjoy the challenge of jiu-jitsu!  In this episode Jack Wilkinson and I explore this connection, as well as going down many other rabbit holes...

00:25 - Jiujitsu and entrepreneurship parallels
05:12 - Dealing with tough guys
09:20 - Toxic people
12:56 - Story time

Oct 16, 2017

In this episode I argue that you should start by teaching and learning the most effective, most proven, highest percentage techniques first.  And I share a useful thought experiment that should quickly allow you to identify what those techniques might be (hint: it involves a hypothetical death match).

Oct 12, 2017

In this episode I talk with the amazing Clinton Davies, the blind wrestler who is a 10 time New Zealand national champion who competes against sighted opponents.  Clinton has also had a very successful submission grappling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu competition career, and has travelled the world.  Listen to this episode...