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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.

Nov 30, 2017

I've known and trained with black belt Sean McHugh for 16 years, so I was super-stoked to have him on the podcast.  We covered a lot of important material including 

  • How to train your training partners so that they can help you get better as fast as possible 
  • Strategies for optimal post workout recovery 
  • BJJ injury...

Nov 22, 2017

In this episode I share one of my best tips to get your butt on the mat or in the gym, indicators for when it's NOT time to push, as well as a cautionary tale of when an MMA training session went too far and I ended up bleeding from the kidneys!

Also, I've got some really interesting podcasts coming up in the near...

Nov 17, 2017

Are takedowns important even though so few BJJ gyms teach them, and can you get away with never training them if your focus is competition?  And what about self defense?  This are questions I answered during an recent Instagram Live Q&A session - follow me on Instagram @stephan_kesting and maybe next time I'll be...

Nov 12, 2017

In this episode I answer questions and share some tips and tricks for training in BJJ as an older grappler.  How often should you train?  How can you recover faster?  Should you also do weight training as an older athlete and more!  The questions came from an Instagram Live broadcast I did; follow me on Instagram...

Nov 9, 2017

In this episode BJJ and Judo black belt shares some of the lessons, commonalities, and differences he's seen from working one-on-one with 19 BJJ, Judo and ADCC world champions.  Do they all train the same way?  Eat healthy food or junk?  Drill, spar or do lots of conditioning?  Listen and find out!

In addition we also...