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Podcast Episode 156 with Survivorman Les Stroud

This conversation with Survivorman Les Stroud  might be one of my favourite Strenuous Life Podcast episodes ever!

Les Stroud has produced many survival-themed shows for The Discovery Channel, The Science Channel, The Outdoor Life Network, and YTV.  In these shows he usually goes out into very challenging wilderness situations and tries to survive using only the materials at hand and minimal equipment.

He’s done this again and again in places like the Rocky Mountains, Kalahari Desert, Amazon Jungle, Arctic Tundra, Australian Outback, and many other wild and remote locations.

Dealing with hunger, thirst, heat, cold, animals and terrible conditions would be difficult enough for most people.  But unlike other survival experts (who go out there with their own film crews and helicopter back to plush hotels for the night) Les does all the filming himself and actually stays out there.

So it’s gritty, difficult and very, very real.

He’s also a talented musician who has found some incredibly innovative ways to combine cinematography, storytelling and music to create compelling narratives.

Les Stroud  combines his incredible skills with great mental toughness to exemplify the strenuous life!

In this 46 minute episode Les and I talked adventure, survival skills, navigating in the wilderness, the closest he’s come to death while filming, work-life balance, music and more.

I hope you enjoy listening to his episode as much as I did recording it for you!

How to Listen to this Episode with Les Stroud

This conversation with Les Stroud was episode 156 of my show, which is called ‘The Strenuous Life Podcast’.

You can subscribe to the podcast on your phone, tablet or computer by using your favourite podcasting app and/or going to the appropriate feed below:

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Alternately you can listen to episode 156 on the embedded audio player right here…

Or you can watch the same conversation in the embedded video below (direct link the Youtube video here)…

How to Help Create More Podcast Episodes

I really want to avoid having ads on the podcast!  And you probably don’t want to hear me singing the praises of mattress companies, web design services, or microfibre underwear either.

To keep it ad free I’ve created an option where you can support this podcast through Patreon.com. For the price of a cup of coffee you can help us create more podcasts, ask questions for our Q&A epidodes, » Continue Reading.

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Setting Up and Finishing the Single Leg Takedown in BJJ with the Gi

The single leg takedown is one of the main moves in freestyle wrestling, but it becomes considerably harder to pull off when you put the gi on.

That’s because with the gi  your opponent usually just grabs your lapel and sleeve, stiff-arms away, and makes it hard to get at his legs. This can be very frustrating for people looking for single and double leg wrestling takedowns in BJJ.

Now judo players have an easier time dismantling this sort of defense since gripfighting is so integral to their sport.

Does that mean that you should learn Judo?  I started doing Judo when I was 11 and think it’s a beautiful art, but the sad truth is that most judo throws take a very long time and thousands of repetitions to develop.

Also many Judo throws don’t translate well to no gi and MMA type scenarios.

But if you want to stick with a wrestling approach then you absolutely CAN adapt the single leg to work with the gi!

The key is setting up your grips.

In a previous article I showed my own favourite gripping sequence in the gi.  It’s centered around first getting the ‘across the back’ grip and then using your opponent’s reactions to take him down (and the single leg takedown was one of those techniques covered).

But today we’re looking at another sequence to secure the single leg takedown in the gi.  The sequence consists of the following steps:

Open your opponent’s left lapel with your left hand and then back away Now insert your right hand low on his right lapel and slide it up as high as you can comfortably get Pull your opponent forward so that he steps his right leg forward and postures up and backwards Step forward and off balance him backwards by pushing his chest with your face/forehead Pick up his lead (right) leg, which should now be light, with your left hand and drive forward Keep his leg elevated, pull down on his lapel, and circle to your right to take him down

This sequence, taught by Rob Biernacki, is a lot easier to understand if you check out the video below.

Hope this helps!

Stephan

More Easy Takedowns

A lot of people have asked me about throws and takedowns over the years so I’ve actually written about this topic numerous times on my blog.  If you’re » Continue Reading.

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Emily Kwok Interviews Me About BJJ School Culture and More – Podcast Episode 154

This was a neat interview I did with Emily Kwok from Princeton BJJ and star of the first How to Defeat the Bigger, Stronger Opponent series.

We focused on creating positive learning environments in BJJ, looking at the roles played by the students, the teachers, and instructional technology.

We also covered whether I would do anything different if I was starting my BJJ training all over again, competition vs training, and breaking through plateaus.  I hope you find this interesting!

You can listen to this interview (episode 154) of The Strenuous Life Podcast on iTunesStitcherSoundcloudGoogle Play and other podcasting platforms.

There’s also an embedded player at the bottom of this post if you just want to stream it through this site.

If you like what you hear then a rating or a review of the podcast would be super-crazy helpful!

Thanks

Stephan

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How to Manage Fear and Adrenaline in Competition

My friend Shane Fazen has fought Muay Thai in Thailand, competed in boxing, and has even challenged himself in some MMA smokers.

In this conversation he and I talk about how to manage fear and adrenaline when you’re competing or in a fight.

Specific topics include

What happens to your body when you experience the  fight or flight reflex, How to use an adrenaline dump to your advantage, What you can expect in your few competitions, Why people get tired so quickly in competition, Exactly how to use visualisation and meditation to lower your heart rate and stay calm, Steps to actually fight the way you train, And more…

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – stuff like this is incredibly important for self defense too! Your most important tool in a real life situation is your brain; you need to keep on thinking and evaluating, and not just have everything go black.

This is why doing a few competitions and getting used to dealing with fear and adrenaline in a relatively safe context is such a useful tool for getting you ready for self defense in the real world.

You can listen to my talk with Shane in the video below, or in podcast form (scroll down below the video for those links)…

Managing Fear and Adrenaline in Podcast Form

You can also listen to this as Episode 152 of my podcast, The Strenuous Life, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

Thanks for reading, watching and listening!

Stephan

Find out more about Shane Fazen at http://fighttips.com or on his youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/fighttips

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Standing Guillotine Choke Escapes

Standing guillotine chokes are really tough to escape, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to get out!

I recently met up with my friend Ando Mierzwa, and we shot something on the topic of guillotine prevention and escape for his martial arts oriented Youtube channel.

It’s a video in 3 parts…

The first part of the video is about guillotine prevention.  

It’s always easier to prevent a submission in the first place than it is to defend it once it’s applied, and this choke is no different. And to prevent the guillotine you need to have good posture.  You want to have your head upright and be looking at your opponent.  If your head is down and you’re looking at the floor then it’s child’s play for your opponent to slap on the guillotine (or snap you down, or apply the front headlock, or just kick you in the face)!

The second part is about escaping the guillotine as it’s being applied and before it’s fully locked on.

The key here is awareness.  As you feel your opponent looping his arm around your neck you want to look up, up, up. Literally arch your neck backwards and point your face to the sky.

If you do the right timing here then you actually get a clear route to your opponent’s back – it’s a lot like doing the ‘duck under’ in wrestling.  You’ve taken a potentially devastating situation and turned it around in your favour.

The third part is about survival once the guillotine is fully locked on.

I’m not gonna lie…  A fully applied guillotine choke is a terrible thing.

If he’s skilled with this attack then you’re probably going to tap out. But you want to rage, rage against the dying of the light, so try to defend it and maybe you’ll get out.

The initial defense in this part of the video is the classic BJJ arm-over-the-shoulder position, but you might not be familiar with the next part, which is a counter-guillotine takedown which works extremely well.

Don’t miss the outtake at the end; we were rehearsing the opening and I screwed up and managed to chip a tooth pretty good on the concrete pool deck where we were filming.

Oh, the things I do for the love of jiu-jitsu!

Enjoy!

P.S. Click here to download my free PDF checklist to the positions and » Continue Reading.

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Podcast Episode 116 – To Pull Guard in BJJ Competition, or Not?

Should you pull guard in BJJ competition or fight doggedly for the takedown.  You’ll get some answers to this perennial question in my  conversation about pulling guard with BJJ black belt Rob Biernacki.

You can also listen to this as Episode 116 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

 

As always, a review or rating is always appreciated!

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Podcast Episode 82 – Chat with Rob Biernacki About Visiting Students Training for Free

In this episode I talk with BJJ black belt Rob Biernacki about gratitude and how that has shaped his visiting student program where people can train with him for free.  And, because it’s Rob and I, we go off on some major tangents including the weirdos who have hit us up on the internet, how to identify fake martial arts, and why it’s sometimes good to be the dumbest guy in the room.

Alternately, you can listen to this as Episode 82 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

As always, a subscription, rating, and review on whatever podcast platform you use is always super appreciated!

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Podcast Episode 79 – Zoltan Schubert Discusses Best Steel for Knives

There is so much information (and misinformation) about knives out there that it’s easy to get confused.  In this episode I talk with metal professional and knife collector Zoltan Schubert and we break down the different types of steel used in knives, optimal Rockwell hardnesses, as well as the characteristics that make knives better for different purposes.

You can listen to this as episode 79 of the Strenuous Life podcast, available on  iTunesStitcherSoundcloud and Google Play.

Or, you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

(A subscription, rating, and review on whatever podcast platform you use is always super appreciated!)

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Podcast Episode 74 – Analysis of Leglock Game with Rob Biernacki

An 80/20 analysis of the leglocking game based on high level no gi competition, leglock safety, how to learn BJJ efficiently, best practises when teaching jiu-jitsu, and a ton more with BJJ black belt Rob Biernacki, my co-author of The Modern Leglock Formula available now at Grapplearts.com/leglocks

You can listen to this as Episode 74 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

Have a listen, and a subscription, rating, and review on whatever podcast platform you use is always super appreciated!

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Podcast Episode #72 – Interview with Chad Skands on Managing Chaos

Longtime bouncer Chad Skands talks about managing multiple attacker scenarios, continuing to think and use your brain in a critical situation, the right way to deescalate situations, and why ripping someone’s throat out Roadhouse-style is frowned upon in the security industry.

Have a watch below:

Alternately, you can listen to this as Episode 72 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

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Podcast Episode # 67 – The No Gi Competition Landscape with Matt Kwan

This is a great conversation I had with no gi competitor Matt Kwan in which we covered everything from domination of leglocks in the modern no gi grappling environment, to the influence of rule sets in determining the expression of a martial art, to balancing training with the rest of life life.  Give it a listen – I think you’ll like it!

 

You can also listen to this as episode 67 of the Strenuous Life podcast, available on  iTunesStitcherSoundcloud and Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

Follow Matt on Instagram @bjj_mattk or visit his school site http://www.www.onguardfc.com

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Podcast Episode #81 – Post Deathmarch Chat with Eva Schubert

In this episode Eva Schubert and I discuss our semi-annual 30 horizontal mile and 3 vertical mile ‘Deathmarch’ through the British Columbia mountains on the ‘Kneeknacker Route’ and why four was just not our magic number this time…

You can listen to this as Episode 81 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

(A subscription, rating, and review on whatever podcast platform you use is always super appreciated!)

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Podcast Episode 83 – World’s Fastest Firefighter Jamie McGarva

I really like this episode because we got the chance to go DEEP into the training routine of the world’s fastest firefighter, Jamie McGarva.  Jamie has held numerous titles for the Firefighter Combat Challenge both in the team and individual category, including breaking the world record twice in two days. Even now he continues to push himself harder in a single workout than most normal human beings do in a month.  Hope you like this and come away inspired for your next training session!

You can listen to this as Episode 83 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

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Podcast Episode 85 – Ritchie Yip Discusses Transitioning from Gi to No Gi

No gi grappling is very popular these days, and a lot of people find making the transition from training with the gi to training without it tricky and difficult.  In this episode Ritchie Yip and I go over some tricks and tips to make this an easier transition and to give you a fighting chance when you can’t grip cloth to control your opponent.

You can listen to this as Episode 85 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

If you get a chance, check out Ritchie’s InFighting page also!

(A subscription, rating, and review on whatever podcast platform you use is always super appreciated!)

 

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Podcast Episode 91 – The Connection Between Business & BJJ with Jack Wilkinson

It’s amazing how many high level entrepreneurs also enjoy the challenge of jiu-jitsu!  In this episode Jack Wilkinson and I explore this connection, as well as going down many other rabbit holes…

00:25 – Jiujitsu and entrepreneurship parallels 05:12 – Dealing with tough guys 09:20 – Toxic people 12:56 – Story time 18:30 – Addiction 23:05 – Adversity 28:29 – Grips 37:24 – Teaching vs testing 41:26 – Marketing BJJ schools

 

You can listen to this as Episode 91 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

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