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Why People Believe Crazy Things

My guest is a science advocate generally known as The Genetically Modified Skeptic.

In this hard-hitting (and likely controversial) discussion Drew discusses magical thinking in the martial arts, essential oils, alternative medicine, cult leaders, Jordan Peterson, religion, the anti-vaccine movement, fake cancer cures and much more.  I hope you find it interesting and though provoking.

Go grab episode 170 with Drew on the podcast player that you already have on your phone

For example, if you have an iPhone then it’s the purple app with the antenna-like thing in it; just click the Apple Podcasts link below to go to the right place and hit ‘subscribe’.

Here are the links to find the podcast on various players – the episode with Drew on skepticism and why people believe crazy things is number 170

Apple Podcasts (the purple app on your iPhone) Google Podcasts (the new google podcast app) Spotify (it’s free) StitcherSoundcloudGoogle Play 

Or you can stream the audio here:

If you enjoyed this podcast you may also enjoy the one I did with Jeff Westfall called “Skepticism and the Martial Arts.

Also check out Drew’s popular Youtube channel, support him on Patreon, chat with him on Discord, and/or follow him on Facebook.

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Full Contact Jousting with Shane Adams

Shane Adams is the star of Full Metal Jousting and has been featured in the New York Times because is the godfather of modern full contact jousting.

In full contact jousting two knights wearing 150 lbs of armour ride on charging horses and try to unhorse each other using 11 foot long solid wooden lances that deliver 2,000 lbs of force.

Yes, this is an actual sport: there are rules, competitions, champions and a point system.  For example you get 1 point for hitting the opponent with your lance tip, 5 points for breaking your lance during that hit, and 10 points for unhorsing the opponent (i.e. if he falls to the ground)

But thousands of pounds of human, horse and armour colliding creates quite a bit of an impact, so broken bones, concussions and impacts that feel like you’re being hit in the chest with a sledge hammer are not uncommon.

Oh, did I mention that dodging, ducking, parrying, and blocking your opponent’s lance is NOT allowed?  You have to sit there and take it. This is definitely NOT a choreographed Vegas dinner show…

 

Doubles EVERYWHERE!! #pne #vancouver #knightsofvalour #knightsofmayhem #jousting#extreme#bc#horses#dirt

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I caught up with Shane shortly after one of his live shows at the Pacific National Exhibition this year where full contact jousting had quickly become one of the favorite events of the event.

Shane and I talked about the physical and mental aspects of jousting, and what really distinguishes people who manage to survive the training and stick with the sport.

I really enjoyed the part where he talks about balancing on the knife’s edge between the aggression required to do this insane sport, and the zen state of mind you need to properly plan and aim your shot.

Here’s the video version of that chat (the audio and free podcast version is like to below)…

The problem with just watching the video » Continue Reading.

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Sim Go and the Legacy of Cobra Kai

Simpson (Sim) Go is a BJJ blackbelt and owner of Cobra Kai Jiu-Jitsu in Las Vegas.

He is also a 14 time Grappler’s Quest champion and competed at ADCC 2007, so he know his jiu-jitsu inside-out!

In this podcast we chatted about many things, including

00:54 – How they decided to use the name ‘Cobra Kai’ for a jiu-jitsu school 06:16 – The influence and training of Marc Laimon 08:20 – How anyone can actually teach and train in Vegas 10:44 – Sim’s competition career 16:46 – The trials of transitioning from a competitor to becoming an instructor and school owner 20:27 – How to introduce a new student to Jiu Jitsu 26:28 – Point system and different grappling rule sets 35:08 – Teaching competitors vs recreational players 35:45 – How to structure a class 38:00 – Inversions and ‘modern’ jiu-jitsu

To listen to this conversation you could press play on the embedded audio player below, but then you might miss out on future episodes, wouldn’t you?

So the best thing to do is to subscribe to The Strenuous Life Podcast using the podcast player that you almost certainly already have on your phone!

(For example, if you have an iPhone then it’s the purple app with the antenna-like thing in it. Just click the Apple Podcasts link below and it should open up that app for you.)

Here are the links to find the podcast on various players (Sim’s episode is #161)…

Apple Podcasts (the purple app on your iPhone) Google Podcasts (the new google podcast app) Spotify (it’s free) StitcherSoundcloudGoogle Play 

Or you can listen here:

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Gabi Fechter, A Unique Brown Belt Paving The Way For Women’s Jiu Jitsu

In a male dominated sport such as jiu jitsu it is uncommon to see females in leading roles and when considering the odds of …

Immigration in Jiu Jitsu, Paulo Santana’s Success Story

Immigration is one of the hottest topics in today’s America, particularly that of migrants from south of the US border. This contentious issue is …

Seph Smith on Sambo, BJJ, and Performing Under Pressure

In this episode of The Strenuous Life Podcast I was thrilled to talk with the articulate and knowledgable Seph Smith.

Seph is a prolific competitor, was awarded his BJJ black belt by UFC fighter Ryan Hall, and has a black belt in Combat Sambo.

He has competed with and without the gi and in MMA as well.

We covered many topics including

How to train leglocks safely, Competing in Judo and Sambo, Opening his own school and how to be a good teacher, Making instructional products, Dealing with potentially career-ending injuries, Future evolution of BJJ How to have a well rounded game, How to perform well under pressure, And much more.

To listen to this conversation you could press play on the embedded audio player below, but then you might miss out on future episodes, wouldn’t you?

So the best thing to do is to subscribe to The Strenuous Life Podcast using the podcast player that you almost certainly already have on your phone!

(For example, if you have an iPhone then it’s the purple app with the antenna-like thing in it. Just click the Apple Podcasts link below and it should open up that app for you.)

Here are the links to find the podcast on various players (Seph’s episode is #159)…

Apple Podcasts (the purple app on your iPhone) Google Podcasts (the new google podcast app) Spotify (it’s free) StitcherSoundcloudGoogle Play 

Or you can listen here:

Finally, if you enjoyed this episode the single best thing you can do to help is to go and subscribe to the podcast right now.  I can’t tell you how much that moves the needle.

And if you’ve already done that then a rating and review of the podcast would be super-appreciated.  It may seem silly but it REALLY helps!

Thank you so much

Stephan

More Seph Here

Check out Seph’s school, Upstream BJJ, in Richmond VA…

and/or click here to find out more about Seph’s BJJ mini-courses…

and/or follow Seph on Instagram at @sephwillkillyou

 

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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:

iTunes StitcherSoundcloudGoogle Play 

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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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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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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