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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.

    Jiu-Jitsu in a Time of Omicron

    Jiu-Jitsu in a Time of Omicron

    Dr Nicholas Tyau is a BJJ Black Belt and an internal medicine specialist who worked in NYC hospitals during Covid Ground Zero in 2020. Today we discuss the Omicron variant, therapeutics, long covid, hospital capacity, vaccine vs infection-induced immunity, booster shots, and whether you should train during the case spike.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    How to Talk to the Vaccine Hesitant, with Ami Palmer

    How to Talk to the Vaccine Hesitant, with Ami Palmer

    Ami Palmer has been on the podcast before (ep 325) and I was thrilled to have him back.  He's a wrestler, judoka, jiu-jitsuka and teaches at the University of Texas.  The focus of today's conversation was how to talk to the vaccine hesitant, combat conspiracy theories, and how to figure out who to believe.

    Check out Ami's site at https://wrestling-with-philosophy.com/

    Thanks

    Stephan

    • 1 hr 23 min
    350 - "Don't Call Me Professor", Why I Don't Like Fancy Titles in Jiu-Jitsu and Martial Arts

    350 - "Don't Call Me Professor", Why I Don't Like Fancy Titles in Jiu-Jitsu and Martial Arts

    I know people mean well but here's why I don't like them calling me 'Professor' or 'Sifu' or 'Sensei' or 'Guru' or 'Master' or
    'Shihan' or 'Kru' or 'Sabom' Or 'Kwisatz Haderach'...

    So if we ever meet please call me 'Stephan'!

    There's an inherent danger when lofty titles are used to amplify an already reflexive obedience towards the instructor in a martial arts setting, which is often a hierarchical environment with pseudo-spiritual overtones.

    Remember, everybody poops!

    • 12 min
    Three Ways to Immediately Improve Your Jiu-Jitsu Defense, with Steve Kwan

    Three Ways to Immediately Improve Your Jiu-Jitsu Defense, with Steve Kwan

    Steve Kwan from BJJ Mental Models joined me today to share some guidelines that'll immediately improve your jiu-jitsu defensive skills.

    Check out the BJJ Mental Models Podcast wherever fine podcasts are distributed https://bjjmentalmodels.com/

    And check out my latest instructional, The Omoplata 2.0, which is my complete system for mastering the most versatile submission in jiu-jitsu.  https://www.grapplearts.com/omloplata

    Take care!

    Stephan

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Nate 'The Rock' Quarry on MMA, the UFC, and Being Raised in a Cult

    Nate 'The Rock' Quarry on MMA, the UFC, and Being Raised in a Cult

    I was thrilled to have MMA fighter Nate 'The Rock' Quarry on the podcast where we talked about being raised in a cult, his comeback to the UFC after a serious back surgery, his biggest loss in MMA, the UFC monopoly, and staying in shape after retirement.  Nate is active on Twitter where he can be found @NateRockQuarry; please let him know if you enjoyed our conversation!


    Check out my BRAND NEW step-by-step guide to the most versatile submission in jiu-jitsu at https://www.grapplearts.com/omoplata. 

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Pressure Testing BJJ Against Knives, Guns and Sticks (with Burton Richardson from JKD Unlimited)

    Pressure Testing BJJ Against Knives, Guns and Sticks (with Burton Richardson from JKD Unlimited)

    Burton Richardson is BJJ black belt and has an incredible lineage in the Filipino Martial Arts as well, having trained with many of the top instructors in the world.  I was thrilled to have him on the podcast to talk about pressure tested self defense in the real world.

    Please check out my step-by-step guide to the Omoplata, the most versatile submission in jiu-jitsu at https://www.grapplearts.com/omoplata

    • 1 hr 21 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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