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What is it that allows some people to push themselves beyond their limitations? Why can some people survive situations others do not? On this podcast we try to find out the answers. Stephan Kesting, is a lifelong martial artist, BJJ black belt, career firefighter, and outdoorsman. Join us as he talks to fighters, adventurers, 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.

The Strenuous Life Podcast with Stephan Kesting Stephan Kesting

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    • 4.8 • 86 Ratings

What is it that allows some people to push themselves beyond their limitations? Why can some people survive situations others do not? On this podcast we try to find out the answers. Stephan Kesting, is a lifelong martial artist, BJJ black belt, career firefighter, and outdoorsman. Join us as he talks to fighters, adventurers, 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.

    406 - Goodbye - I Am Out of Here!

    406 - Goodbye - I Am Out of Here!

    This podcast episode covers all the details and preparations for a long solo trip in the Arctic that I'm starting today! After 30 hours of driving and a 2 hour bush plane flight to Nueltin Lake I'll be heading north of the treeline direct into the Barren Lands of the Arctic.
    Once there, I'll be completely alone and out of touch for 30 days. The only written description of the river is a few pages in a book written by a missionary in the late 1800's.
    The trip spans the Thlewiaza, The-Tinne, Kognak and Tha-Anne rivers and will probably include caribou and bear encounters, whitewater and giant ice-covered lakes, and insanely complex navigational challenges.
    Once the trip is underway, I'll be sharing a few photos from the field a small satellite device So if you're interested in adventure and how well jiu-jitsu works against giant Hudson Bay Polar Bears then follow along!
    The best place to stay current is probably on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/essentialwilderness/), although this page on Essential Wilderness (https://tinyurl.com/nunavutsolo) should have a map that updates with my location once I'm on the water 
    I believe that pictures from this trip will also get cross-posted on
    Threads (https://www.threads.net/@stephan_kesting)
    Tiktok (https://www.tiktok.com/@essentialwilderness), and
     Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/@essentialwilderness/community)
    I'll be back to the world and jiu-jitsu in late July. Hopefully!
    Cheers, Stephan
    P.S. I'm telling my publisher that this is my official book tour, so if you haven't yet pre-ordered Perseverance, Life and Death in the Subarctic (the story of another trip I did up there) then please help me out!
    You can grab it at Amazon 
    https://www.amazon.com/Perseverance-Death-Subarctic-Stephan-Kesting/dp/1639368612/
    https://www.amazon.ca/Perseverance-Death-Subarctic-Stephan-Kesting/dp/1639368612/
    Barnes and Noble
    https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/perseverance-stephan-kesting/1145682384
    And Indigo. https://www.indigo.ca/en-ca/perseverance-life-and-death-in-the-subarctic/9781639368617.html 
     

    • 33 min
    405 - Three Ways that Training for MMA Fights Has Changed Since the Early UFC

    405 - Three Ways that Training for MMA Fights Has Changed Since the Early UFC

    Short episode today with my friend Denis Kang sharing three ways that fighters have improved their training methods to get ready for MMA fights.
    Denis fought for the first time in 1998 (in an event without gloves) and went on to fight a total of 55 times in events like the UFC, PRIDE, DREAM, Impact FC, M-1 Global, K-1 HERO'S, ROAD FC, and Pancrase.
    Denis currently teaches MMA at Pinnacle Martial Arts in Richmond, BC.

    • 7 min
    404 - What the Hell Happened to MMA?

    404 - What the Hell Happened to MMA?

    Luke Thomas is one of the most influential MMA analysts in the game and the host of The Morning Kombat Podcast. I was delighted to talk to him today about
    How the sport of MMA has changed The rise of Eastern European fighters Why is terrible behaviour of MMA fighters tolerated Can other MMA organisations ever rival the UFC Drug testing in the UFC Fighter unions and the Ali Expansion Act What Jake Paul vs Mike Tyson means for combat sports And more! Check out Luke Thomas's Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/ @LukeThomas  
    And, if you have a second, please follow my two outdoor adventure accounts to make my book publisher happy! https://www.youtube.com/@essentialwilderness and https://www.instagram.com/essentialwilderness should do the trick!
    Thanks ever so much,
    Stephan Kesting

    • 1 hr 9 min
    403 - Is Bear Spray Better than Guns vs Aggressive Bears? Here's What the Data from 352 Bear Encounters Says...

    403 - Is Bear Spray Better than Guns vs Aggressive Bears? Here's What the Data from 352 Bear Encounters Says...

    In this episode I put on my adventurer hat and use my biology background to look at four studies and 352 aggressive bear encounters in Alaska to see whether bear spray or firearms was more effective at deterring aggressive black, grizzly and polar bear behaviour. The results may surprise you, but data doesn't care about your feelings! 
    TIMESTAMPS
    01:28 - Introduction to bears spray vs guns
    04:08 - Analysis of the first report, Bear Spray vs Bullets, Which Offers Better Protection, by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
    04:30 - Analysis of second report, Bear Spray or Bullets, by Lynn Dickerson 
    08:57 - Analysis of third report, Efficacy of Bear Deterrent Spray in Alaska, by Smith et al.
    16:48 Analysis of fourth report, Efficacy of Firearms for Bear Deterrence in Alaska, by Smith et al. 
    23:27 Summary and personal opinions 
    MORE OUTDOOR STUFF BY STEPHAN KESTING
    Please like this video and subscribe to my Essential Wilderness Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCujEWgySgpTa76dw__i_UAw
    Check out my Essential Wilderness site at https://www.essentialwilderness.com
    Follow my outdoors Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/essentialwilderness/
    Sign up to get notified about my upcoming book, Perseverance, Life and Death in the Subarctic at https://www.essentialwilderness.com/book
    Thanks so much,
    Stephan Kesting
     

    • 27 min
    402 - A BJJ Concept to Help You Through the Tough Times in Life

    402 - A BJJ Concept to Help You Through the Tough Times in Life

    There are times when it feels like life has you trapped on the bottom of mount against a vastly heavier, more experienced opponent intent on mauling you.  The steps to deal with these two situations are the same.  

    Pass this on to someone you think it might help,
    Stephan Kesting
    P.S.  I made one little mistake in this podcast: Epictetus was a Greek (not Roman) stoic philosopher who lived in Rome for much of his youth serving the Emperor Nero, so he doubtless knew all about suffering.

    • 7 min
    401 - Modifying BJJ for Self Defense, with Rachel Honeyman

    401 - Modifying BJJ for Self Defense, with Rachel Honeyman

    I really enjoyed talking with Rachel Honeyman about modifying BJJ for self defense, which techniques to focus on and which positions to avoid.  Rachel has trained in BJJ, the Filipino Martial Arts, Muay Thai, and many other martial arts and runs https://www.fearlessfemmes.com/

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

Joygernaut ,

My favourite BJJ podcast

Stephan has great practical information, and also seems to have genuine concern and caring for his community.

AdamBarbary ,

Great BJJ/overall podcast

I’ve been following Stephan Kesting for a few years now and everything about this podcast makes sense. It’s intellectual, rather than a few dudes getting high in mom’s basement talking about what they think is deep. Especially recently, I’m finding Stephan is always on the logical side of things and his guests tend to be just the same. This podcast has opened my eyes to a lot of perspectives I never even saw before, and for that I am grateful. Five stars absolutely deserved.

The Canadian Smear ,

This used to be fun and informative

I was an avid listener but I tire of being
told I’m a moron. My time and money
will go elsewhere.
Update: although I despise supporting a member of the woke church of the virus
The grip fighting instructional cannot be ignored

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