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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

    • Sports
    • 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.

    381 - The Battle Against Disinformation and Information Nihilism, with Brooke Binowski

    381 - The Battle Against Disinformation and Information Nihilism, with Brooke Binowski

    Brooke Binowski is a journalist specialising in debunking disinformation and misinformation.  She has worked for Snopes and is now the managing editor at TruthOrFiction.com. In this episode we talk about Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter, how disinformation campaigns are structured, white supremacists, why the wellness space is so prone to believing conspiracy theories, and how we can know what's actually true and what's not.
    Follow Brooke on Mastadon brooklynmarie@mastodon.lol, on Twitter (for now) @brooklynmarie, and check out what she's working on at truthorfiction.com/author/brooke/.
     
    Finally, check out the video version of the Strenuous Life Podcast on Youtube as well.
     
    Merry Christmas,
    Stephan Kesting

    • 1 hr 9 min
    380 - What Do You Need to Know to Be a BJJ Blue Belt?

    380 - What Do You Need to Know to Be a BJJ Blue Belt?

    BJJ black belt Elliott Bayev and I discuss the minimum knowledge set required to be a competent blue belt, including...
    The 8 basic positions in jiu-jitsu A 3 phase strategy for beating a bigger person  The real purpose of the guard The 2 types of submissions The hierarchy of positions How to stay safe in bad positions...and what to do next. The importance of getting high up on your opponent’s body How do throws and takedowns fit into training Competition vs self defense tactics How many techniques do you actually need Why sparring against real resistance makes jiu-jitsu special When to begin sparring in your progression How long does it take to make bluebelt And more! Click here to get the Roadmap for BJJ, my free PDF breakdown of the basic positions and strategies in jiu-jitsu.
    Elliott runs the Openmat school in Toronto Ontario and also the BJJ101.tv learning site. 
    Check out Elliott's Spider Guard Masterclass, and/or his Self Defense Guard, and/or his 30 Second Fight Finishes instructionals. I've personally worked with him on all 3 of these products and I can say without hesitation that they are incredibly detailed and directly applicable to your training.
    Stephan Kesting
     
     
     

    • 27 min
    379 - A Fascism Checklist, with Professor Daniele Bolleli

    379 - A Fascism Checklist, with Professor Daniele Bolleli

    In episode 379 of The Strenuous Life Podcast I talk with podcaster, martial artist, and history professor Daniele Bolelli about the characteristics of fascism.
    This is a loaded topic for both of us, because both of our families lived in fascist states during World War 2 (mine in Germany, his in Italy).  Which is why I almost went with an alternate title, namely A German and an Italian Walk Into a Bar...
    The terms 'fascism' sure gets thrown around a lot these days. But words have meaning, and so you can't just use it as an insult to describe anything you don't like. S0 what is it?
    As Daniele explains, there isn't a single definition of fascism; instead it's a checklist and the more items an ideology checks off then the closer they are to fascism.  Here are some of the major items for Daniele...
    Nostalgia for a mythic past Reliance on an authority figure who will fix everything Nationalism A cult of masculinity and cracking down on anyone who doesn't embody traditional values A hawkish desire for war against internal and external enemies Strong alliances with traditional power structures like industry and religion Anti-intellectualism and a distrust of expertise Conservative values, Subordination of women, anti-abortion, anti-birth control Anti-democratic values Emphasis on law and order Other things we discuss are Giorgia Meloni (the Prime Minister of Italy), economic situations before the rise of fascism, horseshoe theory and the eventual convergence of extreme left and extreme right, and the danger of fascism in the world right now.
    More Daniele Bolelli... Here are some places you can get more Daniele Bolelli...
    His History on Fire Podcast (highly recommended) His History on Fire Patreon if you want more content and support good work He's on Instagram @daniele_bolelli More Definitions of Fascism Fascism is a tricky word, and many different people have taken stabs at defining it.  Here are a few of my favorites...
    I found Jason Stanley's 10 traits of a fascist movement a very useful starting point.
    Umberto Eco's essay Ur-Fascism, originally published in the New York Review, included a 14 point list of the features of fascism. He identified that, for fascists, the enemy must simultaneously be very weak and very strong, which I found fascinating because I see it so often in the discourse these days.
    British political scientist Roger Griffin has defined the fascistic core as an ultranationalism focused on the idea of rebirth of a people or a nation (or palingenetic ultranationalism).  
    As is so often the case, the Wikipedia article on the definitions of fascism is a useful starting point if you want to go deeper into this topic.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    378 - The 5 Most Common BJJ and Judo Injuries and What to Do About Them, with Joshua Arellano, Pt

    378 - The 5 Most Common BJJ and Judo Injuries and What to Do About Them, with Joshua Arellano, Pt

    Joshua Arellano is a physiotherapist with a black belt in Judo and a brown belt in BJJ. He works with combat athletes on rehab, prehab, and injury prevention, and - since injury is the enemy of progress - I was thrilled to pick his brain on the podcast to help everyone have a healthier grappling career!
     
    00:39 - Judo and jiu-jitsu damage on the body
    09:37 - The 5 most common injuries that you see in judo and jiu-jitsu
    10:43 - Knee injuries
    24:51 - Neck injuries
    40:42 - Elbow injuries
    45:01 - Is Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation outdated?
    59:16 - Shoulder Injuries
    1:03:33 - Learning to fall
    1:05:16 - Small joint injuries
    1:11:55 - How to contact Joshua Arellano, Physiotherapist
     
    Related to this topic are the two volumes in the BJJ for Old F***s series.  If you're worried about or working around an injury consider checking out
     
    1) BJJ for Old F***s, the Guard at https://www.grapplearts.com/oldguard
     
    and 
     
    2) Guard Passing for Old F***s at
    https://www.grapplearts.com/oldpass
     
    Thank you!
    Stephan Kesting

    • 1 hr 15 min
    377 - John Will, Member of BJJ's 'Dirty Dozen' on Sport vs Self Defense Jiu-Jitsu

    377 - John Will, Member of BJJ's 'Dirty Dozen' on Sport vs Self Defense Jiu-Jitsu

    John Will trained in Southern California in the late 80's, was one of the first 12 non-Brazilians to get a BJJ black belt, and then went on to create the largest jiu-jitsu association in Australasia.  
    We talked about how the art has changed, how to be 'centrist' in the sport vs self defense debate, teaching elite military personnel, how to create a curriculum, and much more.
    I'm sure you'll enjoy this conversation
    Stephan Kesting
    P.S. Check out the latest Grapplearts Instructional, Guard Passing for Old F***s, at https://www.grapplearts.com/oldpass
     
     

    • 1 hr 10 min
    376 - Mental and Physical Endurance with James 'The Biking Viking' Benson King

    376 - Mental and Physical Endurance with James 'The Biking Viking' Benson King

    James 'The Biking Viking' Benson King is cycling from Alaska at the very top of North America to Argentina at the very bottom of South America.  He's covered thousands of miles, endured injuries, dealt with bears, and gone deep into the reservoirs of his endurance.  In this episode we talk about his mental and physical preparations for the journey of a lifetime.
    Follow James on instagram @bensonthebikingviking, his youtube channel, and/or his site at bensonthebikingviking.co.uk.

    • 53 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.

Doomy123 ,

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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