302 episodes

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.

The Strenuous Life Podcast with Stephan Kesting / Grapplearts Radio Stephan Kesting

    • Wilderness
    • 4.9 • 314 Ratings

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.

    Back Pain in Sport and How to Fix It, with Dr Stuart McGill

    Back Pain in Sport and How to Fix It, with Dr Stuart McGill

    Back pain is incredibly common in sport, including all combative sports like jiu-jitsu, MMA, boxing and judo. That is why I was thrilled to talk to Dr Stuart McGill, one of the world's leading experts on back pain.

    Dr McGill spent 30 years researching and teaching spinal mechanics at the University of Waterloo in Canada.  He has published more than 300 scientific papers, written 3 textbooks, and has worked to improve sports performance with countless athletes from almost every sport.  

    Enjoy!
    SK

    • 1 hr 13 min
    5 Principles for Taking Risks

    5 Principles for Taking Risks

    Here are 5 principles that I use on a daily basis for evaluating risk, along with concrete examples from martial arts training, fire fighting, white water kayaking, and behavior during a pandemic. I hope you find this useful!

    The single best way to stay in touch with what's going on with the podcast, grapplearts, and everything else is still my newsletter.  Sign up for free at https://www.grapplearts.com/newsletter 

    Cheers!

    Stephan Kesting

    • 26 min
    Division in the BJJ Community with Jamie Kilstein

    Division in the BJJ Community with Jamie Kilstein

    Division in BJJ community, angry people on the internet and the rise of conspirituality with comic and BJJ practitioner Jamie Kilstein.  Jamie is the cohost of both Rear Naked Radio and A Fuckup's Guide to Self Help and has a new comedy album coming out soon!

    • 47 min
    Efficient Training for Competition with Brandon Mullins

    Efficient Training for Competition with Brandon Mullins

    I chat with Black belt no gi world champion Brandon 'Wolverine' Mullins about how the most efficient training methods to master the highly complex world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Lots of great takeaways in this one!!

    Check out the 265 page full color book we wrote together at https://www.grapplearts.com/nonstop-jiu-jitsu-book/ - it's the best BJJ book of the year for sure!

    Cheers

    Stephan Kesting

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Cults, Prophecies and Deprogramming Your Friends with Matthew Remski from Conspirituality.net

    Cults, Prophecies and Deprogramming Your Friends with Matthew Remski from Conspirituality.net

    I was thrilled to talk to Matthew Remski, a cult researcher and cohost of the Conspirituality Podcast who has written extensively about the pervasive cultism and abuse in Yoga, spirituality, and wellness culture.  The parallels to what's happening in BJJ are obvious.

    Here are some highlights...

    01:48 - Matthew's own time in cults
    05:39 - Conspiracy theories
    08:02 - What are cults?
    28:45 - Online cults
    41:39 - What happens when cult prophecies fail to occur?
    50:21 - How to help friends in cults

    • 1 hr
    A People's History of BJJ, with Robert Drysdale

    A People's History of BJJ, with Robert Drysdale

    Multiple time world champion Robert Drysdale comes onto the podcast to share his discoveries about the history of BJJ. We cover everything from the first Japanese martial artists in Brazil. Mitsyuo Maeda and the role of the circus in the development of BJJ to the establishment of jiu-jitsu federations and the effects of legalizing heel hooks.

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
314 Ratings

314 Ratings

doknt ,

A varied look at life in general

I started listening to Stephan’s podcast because of Jiu Jitsu. However, his other guests offer a wonderful mix perspectives and experiences.

In this age of covid the bjj community is hurting. Stephan is doing a wonderful job trying to balance the science with safely getting people back to training.

Headmetal Comics ,

Learn, Laugh, Lapel Choke

Listen to Stephan. Get smarter. Go on a canoe trip. Choke your buddy. Change the world.

Gustav_Mauler ,

A voice of reason in a sea of bros

Not only does Professor Kesting consistently have some of the best content related to BJJ, grappling, completion mindset, etc, he also posts great content about the broader context these things exist in with knowledgeable, interesting, and engaging guests.

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