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The Strenuous Life Podcast with Stephan Kesting / Grapplearts Radio

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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.

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.

Location:

Canada

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Contact:

604-818-2787


Episodes

292 - Is It Safe to Train BJJ During Covid Yet? A Nuanced Answer...

10/23/2020
Is it safe to train BJJ in a pandemic? I wish it were a simple yes or no answer, but as I discuss in this episode (which is also available on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjyivFxPJMU&feature=youtu.be) it depends on a number of factors including... If you're interested in more information about BJJ training pods check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSG3zsC-WwM If you want to see some evidence that masks help prevent transmission of Covid-19 please read ...

Duration:00:27:06

291 - Yoga, Meditation, and... Conspiracy Theory? With Derek Beres from the Conspirituality Podcast

10/20/2020
Only aligning your chakras can save you from the satanist deep state... Derek Beres is an author and former reporter who cohosts the Conspirituality podcast which investigates the convergence of left-wing spirituality in Yoga and wellness culture with feverish right-wing conspiracy theorists. I wish this podcast could have been a light hearted traipse down the kookier aspects of Yoga and spiritual utopianism but in a time when rampant conspiracy thinking on social media spreads mistruths,...

Duration:01:24:15

290 - Cult Behaviour in Jiu-Jitsu, with Steve Kwan from BJJ Mental Models

10/14/2020
Steve Kwan from BJJ Mental Models comes onto the podcast to discuss cult behaviour in BJJ, good and bad club cultures, and the big picture behind effective jiu-jitsu training. "I consider cults to be any organization that uses unscrupulous tactics to manipulate the members for the benefit of the founders or the people higher up in the chain." "People always tell you that jiu-jitsu builds character and makes you a better person. That is not true. Jiu-jitsu gives you confidence and makes...

Duration:01:37:14

289 - The Psychology of Jiu-Jitsu, with David Ley, Clinical Psychologist and BJJ Black Belt

10/12/2020
I talk with clinical psychologist and BJJ black belt David Ley about the psychology of jiu-jitsu, recent advances in psychology, the neurochemicals released when grappling, recovered memories, the prevalence of conspiracy theories in the martial arts, and much more. If you want to focus on the jiu-jitsu specific portion of the podcast listen to the intro then jump to the 45 minute mark. Dr David Ley is a clinical psychologist who runs a large mental health clinic in Albuquerque, New...

Duration:01:09:54

288 - Find a Way to Win, with Brandon 'Wolverine' Mullins

10/5/2020
Today I talk with BJJ black belt world champion Brandon 'Wolverine' Mullins about finding a way to win in difficult situations, and why you need to have a long range guard. Check out our brand new bestselling book Nonstop Jiu-Jitsu on Amazon, links at https://www.grapplearts.com/nonstop-jiu-jitsu-book/

Duration:00:34:43

287 - A Formula for the Butterfly Guard | Black Belt World Champion Brandon Mullins

10/2/2020
How to organise your strategies, techniques and tactics in the butterfly guard so you alway know what you should do next. A highly applicable podcast with black belt jiu-jitsu world champion Brandon 'Wolverine' Mullins. Check out our bestselling book 'Nonstop Jiu-Jitsu' here: https://www.grapplearts.com/nonstop-jiu-jitsu-book/

Duration:00:29:58

286 - The Fundamental Movements At The Core of Every Jiu-Jitsu Technique, with Brandon 'Wolverine' Mullins

9/29/2020
Black belt world champion Brandon Mullins and I talk about the fundamental movements of jiu-jitsu and their advanced applications in almost every technique you'll ever use on the mat. Check out our bestselling book, 'Nonstop Jiu-Jitsu' on Amazon.com https://amzn.to/3kwkHRH or go here to get the links if you live in Canada, the UK, Japan, Italy or Germany: https://www.grapplearts.com/nonstop-jiu-jitsu-book/ This is the BJJ book of the decade! Stephan Kesting

Duration:00:25:07

285 - Covid-19 Ground Zero in NYC with Medical Doctor and BJJ Black Belt Nicholas Tyau,

9/23/2020
Dr Nicholas Tyau is an internal medicine specialist who was working at a hospital in the Bronx, the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic in North America, during the spring of 2020. He's also a BJJ black belt, so he's no stranger to training and adversity! In this podcast we talk about the chaos that the pandemic created in the NY hospitals, the controversy over death certificates, hydroxychloroquine, vaccines, dealing with the second wave, and what it was like when Nicholas himself got...

Duration:01:07:13

284 - Why You Have to Get Super Granular and Specific to Improve

9/13/2020
Deliberate practice: if you try to get good at every aspect of your sport all at once then you’ll get good at nothing. Instead break it down into specific skills, then break those skills down into components, and then refine those components before putting it all back together again. Note: this was recorded outside in the wind, so the message is good but the audio is a bit fuzzy. Sorry about that - I'll pick a spot with less background noise in the future

Duration:00:05:43

283 - UPDATE! How to Train BJJ Safely During Covid with Dr Chris Moriarty

9/10/2020
Medical doctor and famed BJJ competitor Dr Chris Moriarty is back on the podcast with a major update to the protocols for safe training during Covid-19. The biggest changes include the addition of monogamous training pods and class cohorts, and are applicable to just about any form of martial arts training. Check out Dr Moriarty's updated guidelines in written form at https://www.grapplearts.com/openingupbjj And check out my video and article about BJJ training pods here:...

Duration:00:53:48

282 - Disarming Your Limits with Jessica Cox

8/30/2020
Jessica Cox was born without arms but she didn't let that stop her from becoming the first woman to get her pilot's license using her feet to fly the plane. And she has a couple of black belts as well. Check out this episode; I'm sure you'll come away super-inspired and ready to smash your own limits!

Duration:01:02:18

281 - Training BJJ Outside, with Jeff Shaw

8/21/2020
Jeff Shaw and I geeked out about Jiu-Jitsu history at first, but then at about the 27:00 minute mark we pivoted to his school's innovative outdoor classes with dedicated training partners during coronavirus and how we can get back to normal in the sport. I hope you enjoy this episode. Please share it with your friends and training partners who are looking for ideas about how to continue training as safely as possible during the pandemic. Here are the recently updated guidelines for opening...

Duration:01:23:34

280 - The Key Difference Between Training and Competition, with Robert Drysdale

8/12/2020
Robert Drysdale is one of the most highly decorated American grapplers in history. He remains the only person not born in Brazil to win both the IBJJF World Championships with the gi and the ADCC Open Division without the gi. Today we talked about the difference between Jiu-Jitsu in competition and in the gym, his research on the early history of jiu-jitsu in Brazil, and his upcoming documentary called, “Closed Guard: The Origins of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil.” Find out more about the...

Duration:01:10:44

279 - Alone Against The North, With Adam Schoalts

8/6/2020
Adam Shoalts is a professional adventurer and explorer. He has completed a 4,000 km solo trip across the Canadian Arctic, explored unknown rivers in the Hudson Bay Lowlands, and is a fellow in the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. I hope you enjoy his tales of adventure as much as I did! More about Adam at https://adamshoalts.com/ and follow him on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/adam_shoalts/

Duration:01:16:58

278 - BJJ Training Pods and Reasons for Hope During Coronavirus

8/3/2020
Here's how to organize a BJJ training pod to keep yourself and, more importantly, other people safe during the coronavirus pandemic. 1:11 - What is a Training Pod 1:38 - Why Are Training Pods a Good Idea Right Now, and Reasons for Hope 7:51 - How Many People Should Be In Your Pod and Who Do You Choose? 12:20 - When is a Training Pod Appropriate? 14:20 - Where Can Your Train with Your Pod? Articles referenced include Guidelines for Opening Up BJJ Academies During the Covid-19 Pandemic...

Duration:00:20:47

277 - Longevity in the Sport, with Harrison Helterbrand on The Old Rollers Podcast

7/27/2020
I was recently featured on The Old Rollers Podcast hosted by Harrison Helterbrand and we dove deep into maintaining your longevity in the sport, skill development, learning styles and taking charge of your own learning process. Check out The Open Guard System with Jon Thomas at https://www.grapplearts.com/openguard Download The Grapplearts BJJ Master App for free at https://www.grapplearts.com/masterapp Follow The Old Rollers Podcast on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theoldrollers/

Duration:01:13:16

276 - Loyalty, Mental Strength, and Pressure Passing With 4 x World Champion Dominyka Obelenyte

7/20/2020
Dominyka Obelenyte was born in Lithuania, emigrated to the United States at a very young age, and became a 4 time Pan-Am and World Championship gold medalist. In this interview we talk technique, injury recovery, mindset, effective training, the use and misuse of 'loyalty' in the BJJ world, mental resilience and more. I think you'll really like this one. Follow Dominyka on Instagram @domdabomburmom/ Also, check out the brand new Open Guard System that I just released in DVD and...

Duration:01:23:37

275 - Mask Wearing, The Spanish Flu, and the Axis from Totalitarianism to Anarchy

7/12/2020
Did you know that there were 'anti mask leagues' in the USA to protest masks during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic? Neither did I until I started listening to Mitch Lerner. Mitch is a professor of history at Ohio State University who specialises in 20th century American History and in today's episode we look at the history and politics of pandemics in the United States. I learned a lot during this conversation and I hope you do too. Stephan P.S. Here's the article I reference in the...

Duration:01:24:26

274 - Train Often, Test Rarely, with Stephan Kesting

6/29/2020
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/

Duration:00:07:35

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

6/22/2020
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. 00:32 - Intro to Doctor Chris Moriarty, BJJ black belt. 02:43 - Where is the USA and the rest of the world at...

Duration:00:54:02