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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 • 84 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.

    Ten Guru Warning Signs with Dr Dr Chris Kavanagh

    Ten Guru Warning Signs with Dr Dr Chris Kavanagh

    Dr Dr Chris Kavanagh is an Oxford trained evolutionary & cognitive anthropologist who co-hosts the 'Decoding the Gurus' podcast with Mathew Browne. They tackle the secular gurus propagating their ideas, grievances, and conspiracies on the internet.

    We look at the 10 factors that go into the 'gurometer' to determine where someone is on the guru scale

    From Jordan Peterson, JP Sears, to Brett and Eric Weinstein, we give lots of examples and pull no punches.  

    • 2 hrs 5 min
    Sometimes to Win the Fight You Have to Move the Fight

    Sometimes to Win the Fight You Have to Move the Fight

    From the cheekiest triangle choke counter I've ever used to Khabib slamming the crap out of his opponents in the UFC, here's a short episode about the times you simply have to move the fight to a new location!  Hope you enjoy this, and if you do then a review or rating on the podcast platform of your choice would be super appreciated!

    Stephan

    • 8 min
    Trolling Anti-Vaxx Rallies, with Walter Masterson

    Trolling Anti-Vaxx Rallies, with Walter Masterson

    Walter Masterson trolls anti-vaxx and pro-conspiracy rallies. He's brave, funny and insightful, and I was honored to have him as a guest on episode 332 of The Strenuous Life Podcast.

    Follow Walter on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/user/waltermasterson

    On TikTok at https://www.tiktok.com/@waltermasterson

    On Twitter at https://twitter.com/waltermasterson

    On Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/waltermasterson/

    Cheers, Stephan Kesting

    • 1 hr 26 min
    A Gameplan for the Closed Guard with Jon Thomas

    A Gameplan for the Closed Guard with Jon Thomas

    Jon Thomas is a BJJ master strategician with an uncanny ability to connect grips, sweeps, submissions and positions together to create a seamless attack gameplan.  In this episode we do a deep dive into the closed guard position and I think your jiu-jitsu will definitely improve if you implement his suggestions.

    Check out The Closed Guard System in video format at https://www.grapplearts.com/closedguard

    • 49 min
    Beating BJJ Instructional Overwhelm, with Sonny Brown

    Beating BJJ Instructional Overwhelm, with Sonny Brown

    How to learn from instructionals, avoid bad seminars, improve BJJ training methods, the Australian MMA scene, trends in grappling, and much more with the eloquent Sonny Brown from the Sonny Brown Breakdown!


    And check out the latest Grapplearts instructional on the Closed Guard at https://www.grapplearts.com/closedguard

    • 1 hr 17 min
    How to Break into Stuntwork from Martial Arts with Steve Koepfer

    How to Break into Stuntwork from Martial Arts with Steve Koepfer

    Steve Koepfer is a Master of Sport in Russian Sambo, and has translated his skills on the mat into a busy career as a stuntman appearing in the John Wick movies, Ray Donovan, The Blacklist, The Punisher and more.  In this conversation we go into depth about what doing stuntwork is really like, how fight scenes get choreographed, and Steve's best advice for people wanting to step into the industry.

    Also check out The Strenuous Life Podcast episode 328 to find out more about training Sambo.

    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 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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