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The Strenuous Life Podcast with Stephan Kesting / Grapplearts Radio

By Stephan Kesting

This podcast is dedicated to helping you achieve the highest levels of success, fulfillment and character. Regardless of where you’ve come from, to become the best version of yourself you must persevere, face challenges and conquer your fears. Victory is better than comfort or compromise. The host, Stephan Kesting, is a lifelong martial artist, BJJ black belt, and career firefighter. On the podcast he talks to fighters, competitors, coaches, firefighters, trainers and other people living the strenuous life. Stephan also runs Grapplearts.com, 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. 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.

  1. 1.
    171 - The Best Way to Train Those Super-Deadly Techniques for Self Defense16 October 2018
    10:46
  2. 2.
    170 - Why People Want to Believe Crazy Things, with the Genetically Modified Skeptic.6 October 2018
    1:24:28
  3. 3.
    169 - Kata Is Useless for Combat, Prove Me Wrong, with Iain Abernathy30 September 2018
    1:11:31
  4. 4.
    168 - Leadership When All Hell is Breaking Loose28 September 2018
    20:07
  5. 5.
    167 - Navy Seal Sniper JP Dinnell on Taking Action and Making It Happen19 September 2018
    1:04:04
  6. 6.
    165 - How to Deal with Fear and Doubt with Ando Mierzwa13 September 2018
    1:08:45
  7. 7.
    164 - Ice Climbing Niagara Falls in Winter with Will Gadd10 September 2018
    1:03:15
  8. 8.
    163 - How to Cut Weight Safely with Ben Zhuang30 August 2018
    1:29:57
  1. 9.
    162 - Broken Bones, Concussions and Full Contact Jousting with Shane Adams25 August 2018
    22:01
  2. 10.
    161 - Sim Go and the Legacy of the Renegade 'Cobra Kai' Club in BJJ20 August 2018
    48:41
  3. 11.
    160 - Old School BJJ in the Early Days of the UFC with Andreh Anderson1 August 2018
    1:01:22
  4. 12.
    159 - Seph Smith on BJJ, Combat Sambo, and Competition Mindset27 July 2018
    55:10
  5. 13.
    158 - Are Kung Fu Forms and Karate Kata Useful for Fighting?23 July 2018
    12:17
  6. 14.
    157 - My Single Biggest Problem with Crossfit20 July 2018
    19:41
  7. 15.
    156 - Survivorman Les Stroud15 July 2018
    48:48
  8. 16.
    155 - Walking the Tightrope Between Training and Recovery10 July 2018
    21:02
  9. 17.
    154 - What Makes Good Students, Teachers and BJJ Schools? Interview with Emily Kwok7 July 2018
    1:18:48
  10. 18.
    153 - Microdrilling to Improve Your BJJ Almost Instantly4 July 2018
    6:36
  11. 19.
    152 - Controlling the Adrenaline Dump with Shane Fazen from Fight Tips27 June 2018
    12:47
  12. 20.
    151 - Concept of "What's the Score" to Know When and How to Attack!21 June 2018
    13:56
  13. 21.
    150 - Sparring to Win; How to Train Effectively with Smaller People So You BOTH Benefit!16 June 2018
    8:13
  14. 22.
    149 - Martial Artist and Clinical Neuropsychologist David Brown7 June 2018
    1:14:53
  15. 23.
    148 - Environmental Awareness and Dirty Fighting with Alex Kask5 June 2018
    18:26
  16. 24.
    147 - Why Your Game Needs to Change Every 10 Years22 May 2018
    5:08
  17. 25.
    146 - Dodging Polar Bears and Offshore Tides on Hudson Bay15 May 2018
    17:19
  18. 26.
    145 - What Really Happens When Traditional Martial Artists Spar for the First Time?9 May 2018
    10:11
  19. 27.
    144 - The Battle to Make Aikido Functional with Rokas Leonavicius4 May 2018
    1:03:48
  20. 28.
    143 - Can You Still Train If You're Dealing with Knee Injury?26 April 2018
    5:29
  21. 29.
    142, Self Defense and MMA Controversies with John Hacklemann23 April 2018
    1:08:09
  22. 30.
    141 - What Getting Smashed in Kiteboarding Taught Me About Learning BJJ16 April 2018
    12:28
  23. 31.
    140 - BJJ Specific Exercises, Supplements and Conditioning Routines with Ben Zhuang15 April 2018
    1:35:28
  24. 32.
    139 - BJJ is a Martial Art First and a Martial Sport Second!12 April 2018
    11:18
  25. 33.
    138 - National Football League Yoga Instructor Jessica Huneycutt10 April 2018
    58:11
  26. 34.
    137 - Riccardo Ammedolia, BJJ Analyst Extraordinaire6 April 2018
    58:58
  27. 35.
    136 - The Differences between 'Sport' and 'Self Defense' BJJ4 April 2018
    8:25
  28. 36.
    135 - How Muay Thai Fighters, Karateka and Boxers Make Themselves More Powerful3 April 2018
    9:45
  29. 37.
    134 - Conditioning for Combat Sports with Jason Kapnick30 March 2018
    1:06:54
  30. 38.
    133 - Can You Learn from Seminars?27 March 2018
    9:31
  31. 39.
    132 - Twelve BJJ Black Belts Give Their Best Advice for People Starting Jiu-Jitsu25 March 2018
    19:55
  32. 40.
    131 - Kirik Jenness of The Underground Forum19 March 2018
    59:08
  33. 41.
    130 - Pro-tip: How to Improve Your Chokes in Just 10 Seconds17 March 2018
    5:41
  34. 42.
    129 - Training with Dan Severn, Saving Jiu-Jitsu, and Training Around the World with Dan 'The Wolfman' Theodore15 March 2018
    1:06:25
  35. 43.
    128 - Can Kung Fu, BJJ and MMA Coexist? A conversation with mantis boxer Randy Brown.11 March 2018
    56:48
  36. 44.
    127 - Why Techniques Never Work on the Day They're Shown (and How to Fix That)10 March 2018
    8:55
  37. 45.
    126 - Killer Waves and Night Time Rescues with Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Donald Lipscomb8 March 2018
    54:15
  38. 46.
    125 - Reilly Bodycomb on Sambo, Leglocks and Competition5 March 2018
    1:06:00
  39. 47.
    124 - My Interview on the Cody Jitsu Podcast3 March 2018
    1:12:18
  40. 48.
    123 - What To Do When You're On the Bottom, Getting Crushed, and Unable to Breathe...2 March 2018
    9:44
  41. 49.
    122 - How to Blast Through Physical Setbacks When Your Training Gets Stalled28 February 2018
    8:53
  42. 50.
    121 - Police Combatives with Lt Kevin Dillon (ret) - Survival27 February 2018
    1:08:57
  43. 51.
    120 - Nick 'Chewy' Albin from Chewjitsu on BJJ, Wrestling, MMA and More23 February 2018
    1:00:48
  44. 52.
    119 - A Trick for Beating Exhaustion When You Roll or Compete22 February 2018
    4:35
  45. 53.
    118 - Tips for Minimising Injuries and Maximising Recovery17 February 2018
    11:38
  46. 54.
    117 - The Huge Difference Between Knowing a Technique and Being Able to Execute It Against Resistance16 February 2018
    7:43
  47. 55.
    116 - Should You Pull Guard in BJJ Competition or Not?12 February 2018
    13:57
  48. 56.
    115 - Stephan Talks With 8th Degree Black Belt Carlos Machado9 February 2018
    35:33
  49. 57.
    114 - Should You Stretch Before or After a Workout, a Controversial Topic!8 February 2018
    5:41
  50. 58.
    113 - A Close Call on the Mat, and 3 Takeaways for Avoiding Injuries!5 February 2018
    17:00
  51. 59.
    112 - A Live Q&A Session with Stephan Kesting23 January 2018
    48:12
  52. 60.
    111 - Kettlebell Conditioning with Jason C Brown20 January 2018
    38:52
  53. 61.
    110 - Training with World Champions, with Rob Biernacki17 January 2018
    1:01:41
  54. 62.
    109 - Keep It Simple Stupid! The KISS Principle in Self Defense...14 January 2018
    5:41
  55. 63.
    108 - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu vs Traditional Japanese Jujutsu with Alex Kask10 January 2018
    1:11:14
  56. 64.
    107 - Extreme Kiteboarder Jack Rieder3 January 2018
    46:25
  57. 65.
    106 - Top Five Martial Arts Nutrition Tips for the New Year27 December 2017
    11:43
  58. 66.
    105 - Matt Thornton on Conor McGregor, Skepticism and Aliveness in the Martial Arts23 December 2017
    1:26:38
  59. 67.
    104 - Why You Have To Grapple (And How To Get Good At It As Fast As Possible)21 December 2017
    10:16
  60. 68.
    103 - Forget New Year's Eve Resolutions; If It's The Right Thing to Do Then Do It Now!14 December 2017
    9:42
  61. 69.
    102 - Becoming a Firefighter with Battalion Chief Ken Johnson, 34 Year Fire Veteran11 December 2017
    2:12:02
  62. 70.
    101 - My Twitter Q&A: Talking Cryotherapy, Self Defense, Heel Hooks and More!8 December 2017
    54:03
  63. 71.
    100 - Optimal BJJ Training and Recovery with Sean McHugh30 November 2017
    52:44
  64. 72.
    099 - How to Motivate Yourself to Train22 November 2017
    8:59
  65. 73.
    098 - Why Do So Few BJJ Gyms Teach Takedowns?17 November 2017
    3:08
  66. 74.
    097 - A Q&A About Training BJJ for Older Grapplers12 November 2017
    34:39
  67. 75.
    096 - Lessons Learned from 19 Different World Champions, with Mike Zenga9 November 2017
    37:27
  68. 76.
    095 - Increasing Mobility for Jiu-Jitsu6 November 2017
    2:35
  69. 77.
    094 - Carnage and Survival in South Africa with Coach Rodney King1 November 2017
    1:08:42
  70. 78.
    093 - Testing Techniques and Avoiding Cults; The Critical Concept of Testability30 October 2017
    13:27
  71. 79.
    092 - How Violent Was Our History, Really? A Conversation with Daniele Bolelli24 October 2017
    48:57
  72. 80.
    091 - The Strange Connection Between Business, Entrepreneurship & Jiu-Jitsu with Jack Wilkinson18 October 2017
    49:24
  73. 81.
    090 - Finding the Most Effective Techniques with the 80/20 Principle16 October 2017
    18:02
  74. 82.
    089 - Clinton Davies, the Blind Wrestler and Grappler Who Takes on the World12 October 2017
    42:08
  75. 83.
    088 - Three time Judo Olympian and BJJ Black Belt Travis Stevens6 October 2017
    56:01
  76. 84.
    087 - The Brazilian jiu-jitsu Question and Answer Episode2 October 2017
    1:09:10
  77. 85.
    086 - BJJ World Champion Bernardo Faria on Surviving Adversity & Kidnapping27 September 2017
    57:10
  78. 86.
    085 - Tips and Tricks for Transitioning from Gi to No Gi with Ritchie Yip22 September 2017
    12:56
  79. 87.
    084 - Three Steps to Overcoming Training Plateaus18 September 2017
    7:15
  80. 88.
    083 - The World's Fastest Firefighter Jamie McGarva and His Training Routine13 September 2017
    1:04:28
  81. 89.
    082 - A BJJ School Where Visiting Students Can Train For Free?9 September 2017
    46:09
  82. 90.
    081 - Post Deathmarch Breakdown and Analysis with Eva Schubert6 September 2017
    32:25
  83. 91.
    080 - When In Your Training Should You Start Learning Leglocks?2 September 2017
    3:32
  84. 92.
    079 - What's the Best Steel for a Knife with Zoltan Schubert31 August 2017
    33:52
  85. 93.
    078 - Ueli Steck, the Best Mountaineer in the World, and Launch of The Strenuous Life Podcast25 August 2017
    32:44
  86. 94.
    077 - Should You Train When You're Really Tired?14 August 2017
    13:02
  87. 95.
    076 - Mayweather vs McGregor, Don't Waste Your Money!31 July 2017
    13:09
  88. 96.
    075 - How to Train When There's No School Close to You25 July 2017
    9:34
  89. 97.
    074 - Rob Biernacki and an 80/20 Analysis of the Leglock Game in Modern Competition22 July 2017
    48:58
  90. 98.
    EP 073 - What's Better for Self Defense: Striking or Grappling?20 July 2017
    3:14
  91. 99.
    072 "Roadhouse never happens," Bouncer Chad Skands on Managing Chaos at the Door18 July 2017
    24:13
  92. 100.
    071 - Stephan Answers BJJ and Training Questions13 July 2017
    29:27
  93. 101.
    070 - How to Pick a Good BJJ School7 July 2017
    10:51
  94. 102.
    069 - Three Techniques for Dealing with Fear in Competition or a Streetlight28 June 2017
    11:56
  95. 103.
    067 - Matt Kwan on the No Gi Competition Landscape19 June 2017
    1:04:51
  96. 104.
    066 - How Do You Make a Technique Functional Against a Real Opponent12 June 2017
    10:53
  97. 105.
    065 - Is Martial Arts Training for Everyone with Sensei Ando Mierzwa7 June 2017
    1:06:00
  98. 106.
    064 - Rant: Your Instructor Does NOT Know Everything!3 June 2017
    4:41
  99. 107.
    063 - UFC Fighter on Alan Belcher on Cutting Weight, Facing the Scariest Fighters, and More29 May 2017
    49:08
  100. 108.
    062 - It's NOT About the Bloody Belt!26 May 2017
    12:51
  101. 109.
    061 - The Steps for Getting Back to Training After an Injury19 May 2017
    8:43
  102. 110.
    060 - Can You Learn Martial Arts with Only One Class Per Week?16 May 2017
    11:39
  103. 111.
    059 - What's The Most Efficient Cardio For When You Have No Time?11 May 2017
    5:29
  104. 112.
    058 - Pshemek Drabczynski on BJJ Sports Specific Strength and Conditioning8 May 2017
    26:32
  105. 113.
    057 - Rant: Great and Horrible Days on the Mat4 May 2017
    4:47
  106. 114.
    056 - Stephan Kesting vs Budo Jake; Training around the World, Advice to Newbies and More...2 May 2017
    44:54
  107. 115.
    055 - Stephan on the 'Spartan Underground' with James 300 Foster27 April 2017
    1:05:49
  108. 116.
    054 - Should You Still Train If You're Getting Sick?21 April 2017
    4:38
  109. 117.
    053 - Daniele Bolelli on Eye Gouging, MMA, and a Jujutsu President10 April 2017
    1:06:03
  110. 118.
    052 - Rant: Why the 'Too Deadly to Spar' Myth is Total B.S.4 April 2017
    12:42
  111. 119.
    051 - BJJ After 50 with the Black Belt Wrassling Rabbi Mordecai Finley30 March 2017
    1:10:28
  112. 120.
    EP 050 - The Real Reason Why You Should Train in Martial Arts22 March 2017
    10:16
  113. 121.
    EP 049: BJJ Masters World Champion James '300' Foster15 March 2017
    1:08:34
  114. 122.
    EP 048: The Filipino Martial Arts, Self Defense and Jarlo Ilano8 March 2017
    45:25
  115. 123.
    EP 047: Rant - 15 Years in Prison for a Single Punch KO?2 March 2017
    4:22
  116. 124.
    EP 046: Rant About The 3 Essential Components of Every Martial Art21 February 2017
    13:32
  117. 125.
    EP 045: Brazil, BJJ, and MMA with Black Belt Jeff Meszaros15 February 2017
    1:14:11
  118. 126.
    EP 044: How to Stay Fit When You're Crazy Busy6 February 2017
    13:06
  119. 127.
    EP 043: The Training and Conditioning Routines of 5 x BJJ World Champion Bernardo Faria1 February 2017
    1:13:50
  120. 128.
    EP 042: Rant About Why Most New BJJ Techniques Won't Work For You23 January 2017
    7:22
  121. 129.
    EP 041: Stephan Rants About Overtraining in the Martial Arts6 January 2017
    11:57
  122. 130.
    040 - Stephan Kesting and Ritchie Yip31 December 2016
    53:21
  123. 131.
    039 - BJJ and Adversity, and What to Do When Your Mind Goes Blank11 December 2016
    43:17
  124. 132.
    038 - Training When You Have No Time to Train5 November 2016
    30:03
  125. 133.
    037 - Does MMA Make You Stupid?27 October 2016
    53:24
  126. 134.
    036 - BJJ Q&A with Rob Biernacki28 September 2016
    1:14:04
  127. 135.
    035 - Kurt Osiander, The Barbarian of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu...16 July 2016
    45:55
  128. 136.
    034 - Rob Biernacki on The Underlying Principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu29 March 2016
    1:19:15
  129. 137.
    033 - Eddie 'Wolverine' Cummings on Leglocks, Leglocks, Leglocks24 February 2016
    1:12:45
  130. 138.
    032 - BJJ Blackbelt Jeff Rockwell on Self Defense and Training for the Real World1 February 2016
    57:02
  131. 139.
    031 - Gustavo Dantas on BJJ Sports Psychology29 December 2015
    1:08:34
  132. 140.
    030 - The Second-Ever Grapplearts Q&A Podcast with Stephan Kesting29 September 2015
    37:22
  133. 141.
    029 - Jeff Westfall on Skepticism and the Martial Arts13 September 2015
    58:56
  134. 142.
    028 - Bernardo Faria, Double Gold Medallist at the 2015 BJJ Mundials6 July 2015
    47:50
  135. 143.
    027 - UFC Fighter Roxanne Modaferri's MMA Comebacks and Continuing to Improve30 June 2015
    38:42
  136. 144.
    026 - Steve Whittier on SBG's Drills for BJJ Excellence24 March 2015
    1:08:58
  137. 145.
    025 - BJJ Beginner Tips with Ritchie Yip24 January 2015
    55:46
  138. 146.
    024 - Elliott Bayev on BJJ Gameplan Development; from Self Defense to the Spider Guard27 November 2014
    53:42
  139. 147.
    023 - Brandon 'Wolverine' Mullins on Making Your Jiu-Jitsu Smooth: Competition, Gameplans and Transitions28 September 2014
    55:14
  140. 148.
    022 - Adam Singer on The Nitty Gritty of Modern MMA Training & Competition28 July 2014
    1:06:17
  141. 149.
    021 - Scotty Nelson's BJJ Adventures Around the World8 April 2014
    46:01
  142. 150.
    020 - Ritchie Yip on The Art and Science of Teaching Martial Arts4 February 2014
    1:01:54
  143. 151.
    019 - Clark Gracie on Training, Competing and Growing Up Gracie20 December 2013
    36:13
  144. 152.
    018 - John Perreti and The Secrets of MMA Matchmaking3 October 2013
    48:54
  145. 153.
    017 - Rafael Lovato Jr on Training for High Level BJJ Competition2 August 2013
    54:30
  146. 154.
    016 - Philip Gelinas, Black Belt Hall of Fame Member19 July 2013
    1:01:09
  147. 155.
    015 - Burton Richardson on Training and Performing under Pressure22 June 2013
    46:49
  148. 156.
    014 - Keenan Cornelius on training, competition, and a life in BJJ24 April 2013
    43:24
  149. 157.
    013 - Roy Dean on BJJ, Judo, Aikido, and Path of the Martial Artist7 October 2012
    53:47
  150. 158.
    012 - BJJ World Champion Brandon 'Wolverine' Mullins on Training & Competition Strategies for BJJ28 July 2012
    1:01:29
  151. 159.
    011 - Vinicius 'Draculino' Magalhães on Surfing, Beach Fights and the History and Evolution of BJJ20 July 2012
    27:05
  152. 160.
    010 - The Very First Grapplearts Q&A Podcast with Stephan Kesting25 November 2011
    51:24
  153. 161.
    009 - The Intersection Between BJJ, Submission Grappling and MMA with Ryan Hall31 August 2011
    58:47
  154. 162.
    008 - Adrenaline Dumps, Fear Management and Combat Psychology with Tony Blauer1 August 2011
    42:10
  155. 163.
    007 - Female MMA with Sarah Kaufmann24 July 2011
    38:37
  156. 164.
    006 - Judo for BJJ, 2009 Judo Olympian Daniel McCormick in conversation with Stephan Kesting14 June 2011
    38:37
  157. 165.
    005 - A Woman's Perspective on the Journey to Black Belt - Emily Kwok12 May 2011
    39:29
  158. 166.
    004 - Old School BJJ - Marcus Soares on training with Carlson Gracie back in the day3 February 2011
    35:30
  159. 167.
    003 - MMA Training and Coaching - Erik Paulson22 December 2010
    1:05:29
  160. 168.
    002 - Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About BJJ Competition - David Meyer26 August 2009
    1:20:33
  161. 169.
    001 - George St Pierre's MMA Conditioning Coach - John Chaimberg19 June 2009
    49:56

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