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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.

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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.

    274 - Train Often, Test Rarely, with Stephan Kesting

    274 - Train Often, Test Rarely, with Stephan Kesting

    The difference between improving every day and setting a personal best every day in sport, training, and martial arts...

    Notes and pictures from my 1000 mile solo arctic in 2019: https://www.grapplearts.com/solo

    My in-depth discussion with endurance athlete Mike McCastle: https://www.grapplearts.com/pain-is-a-universal-language-with-endurance-athlete-mike-mccastle/

    • 7 min
    273 - The State of the BJJ-Covid Union with Dr Chris Moriarty

    273 - The State of the BJJ-Covid Union with Dr Chris Moriarty

    Dr Moriarty is a medical doctor and had a long fierce career as a BJJ competitor who previously published guidelines for reopening BJJ academies during the Covid-19 pandemic (grapplearts.com/openingupbjj).

    In this followup episode we look at the current state of the epidemic, implications for training, and how to figure out whether cases truly are going up or down in your area.

    • 52 min
    272 - How to Deal with Technique Overwhelm in BJJ

    272 - How to Deal with Technique Overwhelm in BJJ

    There are so many techniques to master and so many different areas in BJJ to get good at that jiu-jitsu can seem totally overwhelming.  Here's how to use an 80/20 approach to figuring out what to work on next.

    Also grab my detailed breakdown of the basic positions of BJJ for free here: https://www.grapplearts.com/book

    Good luck with everything!

    Stephan

    • 13 min
    271 - Division and Conspiracy Theory in the Jiu-Jitsu Community, with Thomas Nadelhoffer

    271 - Division and Conspiracy Theory in the Jiu-Jitsu Community, with Thomas Nadelhoffer

    Today I'm joined by Thomas Nadelhoffer an associate professor in the philosophy department at the College of Charleston, an affiliate faculty member in psychology and neuroscience, and a BJJ brown belt.  We focus our conversation on the tribalism and rampant conspiracy theory acceptance in the BJJ community during this time of crisis.

    • 1 hr 52 min
    270 - Oleg Taktarov, the Sambo OG of the UFC

    270 - Oleg Taktarov, the Sambo OG of the UFC

    I'm absolutely thrilled to welcome Oleg Taktarov to the podcast.  Oleg used his Sambo skills to win UFC 6, beat Dolph Lungren in a widely publicised boxing match, and fought at the infamous Pentagon Combat event which ended in a riot and got MMA banned in Rio de Janeiro.  

    Oleg is also a great teacher - I personally use techniques and concepts I learned from him more than 20 years ago almost every day that I step onto the mats.

    • 57 min
    269 - My BJJ Manifesto in 100 Words

    269 - My BJJ Manifesto in 100 Words

    Learn a technique and study all its aspects including set-ups, grips, body position, timing, balance, counters and recounters. Get help from your instructor, class-mates, the internet and instructional media.

    Repetition makes you smooth. Smooth makes you fast.

    Isolate the technique in sparring. Start with the smallest,least experienced person in the club. When the technique works consistently, move on and try it on the second smallest or second least experienced person. Repeat.

    In grappling....

    • 18 min

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