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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.

Feb 16, 2021

Today I chat with Dan "TrumpetDan" Lukeheart from Brea Jiu-Jitsu in Orange County about the steps he's taken to keep his school open in a responsible manner during the Covid-19 pandemic, how to improve your BJJ skills during a training layoff, and how to win more matches in tournaments.  Check out Dan's school at

Feb 11, 2021

Your health is like a credit card..

You can definitely put things onto your credit card once in a while.  You can even use a credit card to help bridge the gap when you’re short on funds. But sooner or later you need to pay it off.

But if you keep on making withdrawals against your card without ever putting money back...

Feb 3, 2021

Dr Chris Moriarty is a medical doctor and a former high level black belt BJJ competitor. In this episode we talk about the rapidly evolving situation of covid vaccines, viral variants, and what it means for training jiu-jitsu and martial arts in general.  Dr Moriarty has been instrumental in creating guidelines to make...

Feb 2, 2021

Today I talk with Matt Kirtley, better known to many as 'Aesopian', about
  • Changes to jiu-jitsu culture,
  • Crazy martial arts cults,
  • Channeling of ancient spirits,
  • How we can get more out of drilling,
  • Red flags that you're in a jiu-jitsu cult
  • And much more
I met Matt ages ago when he published step-by-step breakdowns for...