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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.

Jun 27, 2018

This is an important episode because it's all about managing the adrenaline dump and the fight or flight reflex.  Shane Fazen from Fight Tips and I talk about what fight or flight feels like, what you can expect in your first few competitions, how to use adrenaline to your advantage, exactly how to use visualisation...

Jun 21, 2018

How do you know when to attack?  It's actually pretty simple math!!

In this episode I share the "what's the score" concept that I learned  from Rob Biernacki.

At any given point in time both you and your opponent have a score, determined from your base, posture and structure.  The relative score tells you whether an...

Jun 16, 2018

In this short rant I talk about 3 or 4 training methods you can use when sparring someone significantly smaller than you so that you BOTH come out winners! These methods also apply, to some degree, to sparring people who are less experienced and not as good as you are.  Training time is a limited commodity wo you really...

Jun 7, 2018

David Brown has spent many decades studying and teaching martial arts, including Muay Thai and Wing Chun.  He's also a clinical neuropsychologist which gives him a unique insight into the mindset at work within martial arts cults.  Then we also went down some major rabbit holes, including the science of sticking...

Jun 5, 2018

In a self defense situation you have to have a high level of environmental awareness to keep track of multiple attackers, improvised weapons, escape routes, etc.  Today I'm joined by classical Japanese Jujutsu practitioner Alex Kask to talk about how this important aspect can be incorporated into your training.  We also...