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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.
    183 - Canoeing Wild Rivers with Cliff Jacobson12/14/2018
    59:53
  2. 2.
    182 - Training and Rehab for Stretching the Envelope with Dr Mark Cheng12/12/2018
    1:08:13
  3. 3.
    181 - Why is Sparring so Hard, and How Can You Do It Safely?12/08/2018
    41:46
  4. 4.
    180 - When Should MMA Fighters Retire?12/02/2018
    16:34
  5. 5.
    179 - Dietary Experiments Gone Bad, and Near Death on the Ketogenic Diet11/25/2018
    10:21
  6. 6.
    178 - The 5 Ranges Every Martial Artist Should Be Familiar With11/19/2018
    8:10
  7. 7.
    177 - Mental and Physical Training for Championship Wrestling, with Nick Ugoalah11/15/2018
    1:24:28
  8. 8.
    176 - Guard Passing Strategies in BJJ with Stephan Kesting and Rob Biernacki11/12/2018
    15:28
  1. 9.
    175 - That Technique Used to Work Great, So Why Did You Stop Using It?11/06/2018
    7:54
  2. 10.
    174 - Why Jiu-Jitsu is Best for Self Defense: Stephan on The Great Flip Podcast11/04/2018
    1:01:43
  3. 11.
    173 - Self Experimentation, Ketosis and Crazy Chicks10/28/2018
    9:56
  4. 12.
    172 - Martial Arts Frauds and Other Buffoons with McDojoLife10/19/2018
    1:06:37
  5. 13.
    171 - The Best Way to Train Those Super-Deadly Techniques for Self Defense10/16/2018
    10:46
  6. 14.
    170 - Why People Want to Believe Crazy Things, with the Genetically Modified Skeptic.10/06/2018
    1:24:28
  7. 15.
    169 - Kata Is Useless for Combat, Prove Me Wrong, with Iain Abernathy09/30/2018
    1:11:31
  8. 16.
    168 - Leadership When All Hell is Breaking Loose09/28/2018
    20:07
  9. 17.
    167 - Navy Seal Sniper JP Dinnell on Taking Action and Making It Happen09/19/2018
    1:04:04
  10. 18.
    165 - How to Deal with Fear and Doubt with Ando Mierzwa09/13/2018
    1:08:45
  11. 19.
    164 - Ice Climbing Niagara Falls in Winter with Will Gadd09/10/2018
    1:03:15
  12. 20.
    163 - How to Cut Weight Safely with Ben Zhuang08/30/2018
    1:29:57
  13. 21.
    162 - Broken Bones, Concussions and Full Contact Jousting with Shane Adams08/25/2018
    22:01
  14. 22.
    161 - Sim Go and the Legacy of the Renegade 'Cobra Kai' Club in BJJ08/20/2018
    48:41
  15. 23.
    160 - Old School BJJ in the Early Days of the UFC with Andreh Anderson08/01/2018
    1:01:22
  16. 24.
    159 - Seph Smith on BJJ, Combat Sambo, and Competition Mindset07/27/2018
    55:10
  17. 25.
    158 - Are Kung Fu Forms and Karate Kata Useful for Fighting?07/23/2018
    12:17
  18. 26.
    157 - My Single Biggest Problem with Crossfit07/20/2018
    19:41
  19. 27.
    156 - Survivorman Les Stroud07/15/2018
    48:48
  20. 28.
    155 - Walking the Tightrope Between Training and Recovery07/10/2018
    21:02
  21. 29.
    154 - What Makes Good Students, Teachers and BJJ Schools? Interview with Emily Kwok07/07/2018
    1:18:48
  22. 30.
    153 - Microdrilling to Improve Your BJJ Almost Instantly07/04/2018
    6:36
  23. 31.
    152 - Controlling the Adrenaline Dump with Shane Fazen from Fight Tips06/27/2018
    12:47
  24. 32.
    151 - Concept of "What's the Score" to Know When and How to Attack!06/21/2018
    13:56
  25. 33.
    150 - Sparring to Win; How to Train Effectively with Smaller People So You BOTH Benefit!06/16/2018
    8:13
  26. 34.
    149 - Martial Artist and Clinical Neuropsychologist David Brown06/07/2018
    1:14:53
  27. 35.
    148 - Environmental Awareness and Dirty Fighting with Alex Kask06/05/2018
    18:26
  28. 36.
    147 - Why Your Game Needs to Change Every 10 Years05/22/2018
    5:08
  29. 37.
    146 - Dodging Polar Bears and Offshore Tides on Hudson Bay05/15/2018
    17:19
  30. 38.
    145 - What Really Happens When Traditional Martial Artists Spar for the First Time?05/09/2018
    10:11
  31. 39.
    144 - The Battle to Make Aikido Functional with Rokas Leonavicius05/04/2018
    1:03:48
  32. 40.
    143 - Can You Still Train If You're Dealing with Knee Injury?04/26/2018
    5:29
  33. 41.
    142, Self Defense and MMA Controversies with John Hacklemann04/23/2018
    1:08:09
  34. 42.
    141 - What Getting Smashed in Kiteboarding Taught Me About Learning BJJ04/16/2018
    12:28
  35. 43.
    140 - BJJ Specific Exercises, Supplements and Conditioning Routines with Ben Zhuang04/15/2018
    1:35:28
  36. 44.
    139 - BJJ is a Martial Art First and a Martial Sport Second!04/12/2018
    11:18
  37. 45.
    138 - National Football League Yoga Instructor Jessica Huneycutt04/10/2018
    58:11
  38. 46.
    137 - Riccardo Ammedolia, BJJ Analyst Extraordinaire04/06/2018
    58:58
  39. 47.
    136 - The Differences between 'Sport' and 'Self Defense' BJJ04/04/2018
    8:25
  40. 48.
    135 - How Muay Thai Fighters, Karateka and Boxers Make Themselves More Powerful04/03/2018
    9:45
  41. 49.
    134 - Conditioning for Combat Sports with Jason Kapnick03/30/2018
    1:06:54
  42. 50.
    133 - Can You Learn from Seminars?03/27/2018
    9:31
  43. 51.
    132 - Twelve BJJ Black Belts Give Their Best Advice for People Starting Jiu-Jitsu03/25/2018
    19:55
  44. 52.
    131 - Kirik Jenness of The Underground Forum03/19/2018
    59:08
  45. 53.
    130 - Pro-tip: How to Improve Your Chokes in Just 10 Seconds03/17/2018
    5:41
  46. 54.
    129 - Training with Dan Severn, Saving Jiu-Jitsu, and Training Around the World with Dan 'The Wolfman' Theodore03/15/2018
    1:06:25
  47. 55.
    128 - Can Kung Fu, BJJ and MMA Coexist? A conversation with mantis boxer Randy Brown.03/11/2018
    56:48
  48. 56.
    127 - Why Techniques Never Work on the Day They're Shown (and How to Fix That)03/10/2018
    8:55
  49. 57.
    126 - Killer Waves and Night Time Rescues with Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Donald Lipscomb03/08/2018
    54:15
  50. 58.
    125 - Reilly Bodycomb on Sambo, Leglocks and Competition03/05/2018
    1:06:00
  51. 59.
    124 - My Interview on the Cody Jitsu Podcast03/03/2018
    1:12:18
  52. 60.
    123 - What To Do When You're On the Bottom, Getting Crushed, and Unable to Breathe...03/02/2018
    9:44
  53. 61.
    122 - How to Blast Through Physical Setbacks When Your Training Gets Stalled02/28/2018
    8:53
  54. 62.
    121 - Police Combatives with Lt Kevin Dillon (ret) - Survival02/27/2018
    1:08:57
  55. 63.
    120 - Nick 'Chewy' Albin from Chewjitsu on BJJ, Wrestling, MMA and More02/23/2018
    1:00:48
  56. 64.
    119 - A Trick for Beating Exhaustion When You Roll or Compete02/22/2018
    4:35
  57. 65.
    118 - Tips for Minimising Injuries and Maximising Recovery02/17/2018
    11:38
  58. 66.
    117 - The Huge Difference Between Knowing a Technique and Being Able to Execute It Against Resistance02/16/2018
    7:43
  59. 67.
    116 - Should You Pull Guard in BJJ Competition or Not?02/12/2018
    13:57
  60. 68.
    115 - Stephan Talks With 8th Degree Black Belt Carlos Machado02/09/2018
    35:33
  61. 69.
    114 - Should You Stretch Before or After a Workout, a Controversial Topic!02/08/2018
    5:41
  62. 70.
    113 - A Close Call on the Mat, and 3 Takeaways for Avoiding Injuries!02/05/2018
    17:00
  63. 71.
    112 - A Live Q&A Session with Stephan Kesting01/23/2018
    48:12
  64. 72.
    111 - Kettlebell Conditioning with Jason C Brown01/20/2018
    38:52
  65. 73.
    110 - Training with World Champions, with Rob Biernacki01/17/2018
    1:01:41
  66. 74.
    109 - Keep It Simple Stupid! The KISS Principle in Self Defense...01/14/2018
    5:41
  67. 75.
    108 - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu vs Traditional Japanese Jujutsu with Alex Kask01/10/2018
    1:11:14
  68. 76.
    107 - Extreme Kiteboarder Jack Rieder01/03/2018
    46:25
  69. 77.
    106 - Top Five Martial Arts Nutrition Tips for the New Year12/27/2017
    11:43
  70. 78.
    105 - Matt Thornton on Conor McGregor, Skepticism and Aliveness in the Martial Arts12/23/2017
    1:26:38
  71. 79.
    104 - Why You Have To Grapple (And How To Get Good At It As Fast As Possible)12/21/2017
    10:16
  72. 80.
    103 - Forget New Year's Eve Resolutions; If It's The Right Thing to Do Then Do It Now!12/14/2017
    9:42
  73. 81.
    102 - Becoming a Firefighter with Battalion Chief Ken Johnson, 34 Year Fire Veteran12/11/2017
    2:12:02
  74. 82.
    101 - My Twitter Q&A: Talking Cryotherapy, Self Defense, Heel Hooks and More!12/08/2017
    54:03
  75. 83.
    100 - Optimal BJJ Training and Recovery with Sean McHugh11/30/2017
    52:44
  76. 84.
    099 - How to Motivate Yourself to Train11/22/2017
    8:59
  77. 85.
    098 - Why Do So Few BJJ Gyms Teach Takedowns?11/17/2017
    3:08
  78. 86.
    097 - A Q&A About Training BJJ for Older Grapplers11/12/2017
    34:39
  79. 87.
    096 - Lessons Learned from 19 Different World Champions, with Mike Zenga11/09/2017
    37:27
  80. 88.
    095 - Increasing Mobility for Jiu-Jitsu11/06/2017
    2:35
  81. 89.
    094 - Carnage and Survival in South Africa with Coach Rodney King11/01/2017
    1:08:42
  82. 90.
    093 - Testing Techniques and Avoiding Cults; The Critical Concept of Testability10/30/2017
    13:27
  83. 91.
    092 - How Violent Was Our History, Really? A Conversation with Daniele Bolelli10/24/2017
    48:57
  84. 92.
    091 - The Strange Connection Between Business, Entrepreneurship & Jiu-Jitsu with Jack Wilkinson10/18/2017
    49:24
  85. 93.
    090 - Finding the Most Effective Techniques with the 80/20 Principle10/16/2017
    18:02
  86. 94.
    089 - Clinton Davies, the Blind Wrestler and Grappler Who Takes on the World10/12/2017
    42:08
  87. 95.
    088 - Three time Judo Olympian and BJJ Black Belt Travis Stevens10/06/2017
    56:01
  88. 96.
    087 - The Brazilian jiu-jitsu Question and Answer Episode10/02/2017
    1:09:10
  89. 97.
    086 - BJJ World Champion Bernardo Faria on Surviving Adversity & Kidnapping09/27/2017
    57:10
  90. 98.
    085 - Tips and Tricks for Transitioning from Gi to No Gi with Ritchie Yip09/22/2017
    12:56
  91. 99.
    084 - Three Steps to Overcoming Training Plateaus09/18/2017
    7:15
  92. 100.
    083 - The World's Fastest Firefighter Jamie McGarva and His Training Routine09/13/2017
    1:04:28
  93. 101.
    082 - A BJJ School Where Visiting Students Can Train For Free?09/09/2017
    46:09
  94. 102.
    081 - Post Deathmarch Breakdown and Analysis with Eva Schubert09/06/2017
    32:25
  95. 103.
    080 - When In Your Training Should You Start Learning Leglocks?09/02/2017
    3:32
  96. 104.
    079 - What's the Best Steel for a Knife with Zoltan Schubert08/31/2017
    33:52
  97. 105.
    078 - Ueli Steck, the Best Mountaineer in the World, and Launch of The Strenuous Life Podcast08/25/2017
    32:44
  98. 106.
    077 - Should You Train When You're Really Tired?08/14/2017
    13:02
  99. 107.
    076 - Mayweather vs McGregor, Don't Waste Your Money!07/31/2017
    13:09
  100. 108.
    075 - How to Train When There's No School Close to You07/25/2017
    9:34
  101. 109.
    074 - Rob Biernacki and an 80/20 Analysis of the Leglock Game in Modern Competition07/22/2017
    48:58
  102. 110.
    EP 073 - What's Better for Self Defense: Striking or Grappling?07/20/2017
    3:14
  103. 111.
    072 "Roadhouse never happens," Bouncer Chad Skands on Managing Chaos at the Door07/18/2017
    24:13
  104. 112.
    071 - Stephan Answers BJJ and Training Questions07/13/2017
    29:27
  105. 113.
    070 - How to Pick a Good BJJ School07/07/2017
    10:51
  106. 114.
    069 - Three Techniques for Dealing with Fear in Competition or a Streetlight06/28/2017
    11:56
  107. 115.
    067 - Matt Kwan on the No Gi Competition Landscape06/19/2017
    1:04:51
  108. 116.
    066 - How Do You Make a Technique Functional Against a Real Opponent06/12/2017
    10:53
  109. 117.
    065 - Is Martial Arts Training for Everyone with Sensei Ando Mierzwa06/07/2017
    1:06:00
  110. 118.
    064 - Rant: Your Instructor Does NOT Know Everything!06/03/2017
    4:41
  111. 119.
    063 - UFC Fighter on Alan Belcher on Cutting Weight, Facing the Scariest Fighters, and More05/29/2017
    49:08
  112. 120.
    062 - It's NOT About the Bloody Belt!05/26/2017
    12:51
  113. 121.
    061 - The Steps for Getting Back to Training After an Injury05/19/2017
    8:43
  114. 122.
    060 - Can You Learn Martial Arts with Only One Class Per Week?05/16/2017
    11:39
  115. 123.
    059 - What's The Most Efficient Cardio For When You Have No Time?05/11/2017
    5:29
  116. 124.
    058 - Pshemek Drabczynski on BJJ Sports Specific Strength and Conditioning05/08/2017
    26:32
  117. 125.
    057 - Rant: Great and Horrible Days on the Mat05/04/2017
    4:47
  118. 126.
    056 - Stephan Kesting vs Budo Jake; Training around the World, Advice to Newbies and More...05/02/2017
    44:54
  119. 127.
    055 - Stephan on the 'Spartan Underground' with James 300 Foster04/27/2017
    1:05:49
  120. 128.
    054 - Should You Still Train If You're Getting Sick?04/21/2017
    4:38
  121. 129.
    053 - Daniele Bolelli on Eye Gouging, MMA, and a Jujutsu President04/10/2017
    1:06:03
  122. 130.
    052 - Rant: Why the 'Too Deadly to Spar' Myth is Total B.S.04/04/2017
    12:42
  123. 131.
    051 - BJJ After 50 with the Black Belt Wrassling Rabbi Mordecai Finley03/30/2017
    1:10:28
  124. 132.
    EP 050 - The Real Reason Why You Should Train in Martial Arts03/22/2017
    10:16
  125. 133.
    EP 049: BJJ Masters World Champion James '300' Foster03/15/2017
    1:08:34
  126. 134.
    EP 048: The Filipino Martial Arts, Self Defense and Jarlo Ilano03/08/2017
    45:25
  127. 135.
    EP 047: Rant - 15 Years in Prison for a Single Punch KO?03/02/2017
    4:22
  128. 136.
    EP 046: Rant About The 3 Essential Components of Every Martial Art02/21/2017
    13:32
  129. 137.
    EP 045: Brazil, BJJ, and MMA with Black Belt Jeff Meszaros02/15/2017
    1:14:11
  130. 138.
    EP 044: How to Stay Fit When You're Crazy Busy02/06/2017
    13:06
  131. 139.
    EP 043: The Training and Conditioning Routines of 5 x BJJ World Champion Bernardo Faria02/01/2017
    1:13:50
  132. 140.
    EP 042: Rant About Why Most New BJJ Techniques Won't Work For You01/23/2017
    7:22
  133. 141.
    EP 041: Stephan Rants About Overtraining in the Martial Arts01/06/2017
    11:57
  134. 142.
    040 - Stephan Kesting and Ritchie Yip12/31/2016
    53:21
  135. 143.
    039 - BJJ and Adversity, and What to Do When Your Mind Goes Blank12/11/2016
    43:17
  136. 144.
    038 - Training When You Have No Time to Train11/05/2016
    30:03
  137. 145.
    037 - Does MMA Make You Stupid?10/27/2016
    53:24
  138. 146.
    036 - BJJ Q&A with Rob Biernacki09/28/2016
    1:14:04
  139. 147.
    035 - Kurt Osiander, The Barbarian of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu...07/16/2016
    45:55
  140. 148.
    034 - Rob Biernacki on The Underlying Principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu03/29/2016
    1:19:15
  141. 149.
    033 - Eddie 'Wolverine' Cummings on Leglocks, Leglocks, Leglocks02/24/2016
    1:12:45
  142. 150.
    032 - BJJ Blackbelt Jeff Rockwell on Self Defense and Training for the Real World02/01/2016
    57:02
  143. 151.
    031 - Gustavo Dantas on BJJ Sports Psychology12/29/2015
    1:08:34
  144. 152.
    030 - The Second-Ever Grapplearts Q&A Podcast with Stephan Kesting09/29/2015
    37:22
  145. 153.
    029 - Jeff Westfall on Skepticism and the Martial Arts09/13/2015
    58:56
  146. 154.
    028 - Bernardo Faria, Double Gold Medallist at the 2015 BJJ Mundials07/06/2015
    47:50
  147. 155.
    027 - UFC Fighter Roxanne Modaferri's MMA Comebacks and Continuing to Improve06/30/2015
    38:42
  148. 156.
    026 - Steve Whittier on SBG's Drills for BJJ Excellence03/24/2015
    1:08:58
  149. 157.
    025 - BJJ Beginner Tips with Ritchie Yip01/24/2015
    55:46
  150. 158.
    024 - Elliott Bayev on BJJ Gameplan Development; from Self Defense to the Spider Guard11/27/2014
    53:42
  151. 159.
    023 - Brandon 'Wolverine' Mullins on Making Your Jiu-Jitsu Smooth: Competition, Gameplans and Transitions09/28/2014
    55:14
  152. 160.
    022 - Adam Singer on The Nitty Gritty of Modern MMA Training & Competition07/28/2014
    1:06:17
  153. 161.
    021 - Scotty Nelson's BJJ Adventures Around the World04/08/2014
    46:01
  154. 162.
    020 - Ritchie Yip on The Art and Science of Teaching Martial Arts02/04/2014
    1:01:54
  155. 163.
    019 - Clark Gracie on Training, Competing and Growing Up Gracie12/20/2013
    36:13
  156. 164.
    018 - John Perreti and The Secrets of MMA Matchmaking10/03/2013
    48:54
  157. 165.
    017 - Rafael Lovato Jr on Training for High Level BJJ Competition08/02/2013
    54:30
  158. 166.
    016 - Philip Gelinas, Black Belt Hall of Fame Member07/19/2013
    1:01:09
  159. 167.
    015 - Burton Richardson on Training and Performing under Pressure06/22/2013
    46:49
  160. 168.
    014 - Keenan Cornelius on training, competition, and a life in BJJ04/24/2013
    43:24
  161. 169.
    013 - Roy Dean on BJJ, Judo, Aikido, and Path of the Martial Artist10/07/2012
    53:47
  162. 170.
    012 - BJJ World Champion Brandon 'Wolverine' Mullins on Training & Competition Strategies for BJJ07/28/2012
    1:01:29
  163. 171.
    011 - Vinicius 'Draculino' Magalhães on Surfing, Beach Fights and the History and Evolution of BJJ07/20/2012
    27:05
  164. 172.
    010 - The Very First Grapplearts Q&A Podcast with Stephan Kesting11/25/2011
    51:24
  165. 173.
    009 - The Intersection Between BJJ, Submission Grappling and MMA with Ryan Hall08/31/2011
    58:47
  166. 174.
    008 - Adrenaline Dumps, Fear Management and Combat Psychology with Tony Blauer08/01/2011
    42:10
  167. 175.
    007 - Female MMA with Sarah Kaufmann07/24/2011
    38:37
  168. 176.
    006 - Judo for BJJ, 2009 Judo Olympian Daniel McCormick in conversation with Stephan Kesting06/14/2011
    38:37
  169. 177.
    005 - A Woman's Perspective on the Journey to Black Belt - Emily Kwok05/12/2011
    39:29
  170. 178.
    004 - Old School BJJ - Marcus Soares on training with Carlson Gracie back in the day02/03/2011
    35:30
  171. 179.
    003 - MMA Training and Coaching - Erik Paulson12/22/2010
    1:05:29
  172. 180.
    002 - Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About BJJ Competition - David Meyer08/26/2009
    1:20:33
  173. 181.
    001 - George St Pierre's MMA Conditioning Coach - John Chaimberg06/19/2009
    49:56

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