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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.

Jan 31, 2019

Red Sullivan is a strength and conditioning expert who has worked with athletes in many different sports to help them realise their athletic potential.  In this podcast we go deep into skill vs physical attributes,  how body types influence sport, insane underwater workouts with Laird Hamilton, and the difference...

Jan 29, 2019

Are you flailing around in your guard, trying to react to your opponent, without a clear plan of what to do?  If so then this episode is for you!  In it Rob Biernacki and I talk about the 3 step order of operations to make sure that you're dominating the guard battle every step of the way.

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Jan 28, 2019

Daniel Strauss (aka The Raspberry Ape) is a BJJ black belt under 10x World Champion Roger Gracie.  But he's also a very serious advocate of strongman training including the development of crazy levels of grip strength. 

In today's podcast we start with Daniel's victory over Olympic gold medalist Satoshi Ishii at Polaris...

Jan 22, 2019

Rosi Sexton is a true renaissance woman. She fought in BodogFight, EliteXC, Cage Warriors and was the first British Woman to fight in the UFC.  But she's also Cambridge educated with a PhD in Theoretical Computer Science, a musician, a writer and a physical therapist.

So she knows a thing or two...

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Jan 18, 2019

Does training with grappling dummies actually work to improve your skills?  And what else can you do to get better when training time is limited and it's difficult to make it to class as often as you like?

This podcast rant is also available in written and video form as an in-depth blog post at