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Podcast Episode 102: Ken Johnson on What He Learned in 34 Years of Firefighting

In this episode of The Strenuous Life Podcast I sat down with Ken Johnson, retired Battalion Chief of Training, to talk shop. We covered,

Managing emergency scenes, Staying calm under pressure, Training for boxing and making sure that you’re always in shape, Recent breakthroughs in firefighting tactics, How to do your best in difficult situations, The critical importance of your team, The fun side of firefighting, Whether someone should become a firefighter or not, How to increase the chances of getting signed on, Plus we talked ironworking, boxing, and a lot more.

There’s a lot here for everyone, including non-firefighters, because many of the principles and ideas shared by Chief Johnson are universal.

Find out more about Chief Johnson on his Career Firefighter site where he helps aspiring firefighters get hired and do their best at their new jobs.

You can listen to this episode (number 102) on the player below but it’d be even better if you subscribed to my Strenuous Life Podcast which is available on iTunes, Google Play, Soundcloud, or Stitcher because then you can check out the previous podcasts and not miss the future ones!

Let me know what you think about this interview on Twitter, Facebook or in the comments below, OK?

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Hywel Teague Sets Record Straight on Red Belts Doc.

Hywel Teague one of the most prominent journalists in jiu-jitsu, first via his work with BJJ Hacks and later with FloGrappling. Currently many questions about …

Joao Pedro ‘Bisnaga’, Parana’s Rising Star

Interview with featherweight prospect Joao Bisnaga, one of the most talented competitors in the coloured belt divisions of Brazilian jiu jitsu. Find about Bisnaga’s path in the sport, his conquests and the struggles of a super talented 3x IBJJF world c…

Improving Recovery, Rehabbing Injuries, and Training Smart in BJJ

Hey, we’ve made it to episode 100 of the Strenuous Life Podcast!!!  Thanks to everyone for downloading, rating, reviewing and sharing it – I really appreciate it!

If you don’t already have one then first go and download a podcast app for your iPhone or your android phone.  Honestly, listening to podcasts has changed my life because it allows me to stimulate my brain while commuting, doing cardio, etc.  The ability to turn downtime into learning time could be a gamechanger for you too!

You can listen to episode 100 on the player below but it’d be even better if you subscribed to my Strenuous Life Podcast which is available on iTunes, Google Play, Soundcloud, or Stitcher.

For today’s episode I talk to BJJ black belt Sean McHugh.  I’ve known him and trained with him for 16 years, so I was super-stoked to have him on the podcast.  We covered a lot of important material including

How to train your training partners so that they can help you get better as fast as possible Strategies for optimal post workout recovery  BJJ injury prevention and rehabilitation How the teaching of BJJ has evolved since the art was introduced to North America Beginner’s teaching progressions, and should you let people spar on the first day of class? The dark side of MMA, including concussions, addictions, and lack of options after leaving the sport How to continue training when life is kicking the crap out of you And much more…

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New Podcast with Historian Daniele Bolelli: How Violent Was Our Past, Really?

Daniele Bolelli is a martial artist, historian and the creator of the History on Fire podcast. But this time I managed to get him for a return visit to my own Strenuous Life Podcast (Click here for information about our first podcast together).

You can listen to this podcast in Episode 092 of my Strenuous Life Podcast, which is available on iTunes, Google Play, Soundcloud, or Stitcher.

You can also listen to the podcast on Youtube in the video at the bottom of this post!

Here’s just a bit of what we covered…

The evidence for and against an ultra-violent human past vs a peaceful noble savage model of our hunter-gatherer past The rise of MMA in Asia.His process of researching and producing History on Fire, one of the leading history podcasts How to get rid of weight cutting in mixed martial arts competition Daniele’s proposed ‘Gladiators for World Peace’ program and how it’s going to get him the Nobel Peace Prize His return to Italy as a tourist Is it too soon to tell whether we’re moving towards a more peaceful future? Ötzi the iceman, Neanderthal DNA in our genomes, and a mass murder that occurred 430,000 years ago And much more!

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Podcast with Clint Davies, the 10 x New Zealand Wrestling Champion Who is Also Legally Blind

Clint Davies is an amazing human being.

Legally blind since age 2, he is also a 10 time New Zealand national champion who competes against sighted opponents.  He also has multiple Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu national championships under his belt and has competed in the world championships.

His goal is to be the craziest blind guy you’ve ever met, and this podcast may just convince you of this!

You can listen to my interview with him in podcast 089 of my Strenuous Life Podcast, which is available on iTunes, Google Play, Soundcloud, or Stitcher.

Or if you don’t use any podcast players (and you should) then you can listen to it here by clicking on the player below.

P.S. It would be hugely appreciated if you were to subscribe to and give this podcast a rating if you find it useful. That sort of support is really helping us produce more episodes!

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Craig Jones Interview – ” I did believe that my nogi focused game would work well against Lo”

While sat on a sun bed, in Italy, I witnessed a star being born. On my phone, I watched Australian grappler Craig Jones face Leandro Lo in the first round of the ADCC and what happened next made me make some very unusual faces in public. Craig Jones went on to shock the world by […]

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New Strenuous Life Podcast Episode with 5 x BJJ World Champion Bernardo Faria

I’ve just released a KILLER new podcast episode with 5 x BJJ World Champion on my Strenuous Life Podcast.

(This is episode 086 of the podcast for anyone keeping track.)

In this episode we talk about

Bernardo’s ‘kidnapping’ in the Philippines two years ago His thoughts on the results of ADCC 2017 The toughest guys he has ever rolled with Whether you can get your BJJ black belt without competing The connection between jiu-jitsu and entrepreneurship Whether North America will ever catch up to Brazil in jiu-jitsu And much more, so check it out!

Click here to get this podcast in iTunes or search your podcast provider for “The Strenuous Life Podcast”

Also if you get the chance, subscribe to the podcast.  I’ve got a TON of interesting guests and topics lined up for the near future…

Cheers, Stephan

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Espen Mathiesen: “The Moment I Stopped Believing in Talent Was Crucial”

This weekend (August 12, 2017) Copa Pódio’s Middleweight Grand Prix will host not one, but three of the most anticipated black belt debuts of …

Lloyd Cooper Polaris 5 Interview “The promoters wanted NOGI, the fans wanted NOGI – AJ wanted different”

Hi Lloyd, thanks for doing the interview. For our readers who don’t know who you are, please can introduce yourself? Hi I’m Lloyd Cooper AKA “The Yorkshire Gripper” a Blackbelt from team Combat Base, an Unapologetic Yorkshireman, with a particular penchant for Footsie when I compete. I am humbled to be supported by Scramble, Yoga […]

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Bibiano Fernandes Interview: “I Would Accept a BJJ Superfight in a Heartbeat”

Interview with Bibiano Fernandes, a legendary BJJ World Champion and a star in the MMA promotion ONE Fc, regarding jiu jitsu today, his ideas on the future of his MMA career and the prospect of his return to grappling.

MMA Weight Cutting with UFC Fighter Alan Belcher (And More)

 

I just released a new interview with UFC star Alan Belcher who has had some of the most exciting, edge-of-your-seat fights in the UFC.

In our chat Alan shares lessons learned from 26 MMA fights including…

The details of cutting major amounts of weight before an MMA fight His mindset while fighting Rousimar Palhares, one of the dirtiest and scariest fighter in MMA Lifting weights as physical therapy to hold his body together Exactly how he structured his UFC training camps and when you should be doing your heaviest training before a competition Tricks to use and mistakes to avoid when cutting weight Preventing overtraining by modulating the intensity and volume of your training sessions How dieting and cardio prevented him from actually training correctly How he prepared specifically to face a leglock expert in the UFC The crazy treatments he did to repair his detached retina And really quite a  bit more!

To listen to or watch this interview you have a couple of different options!  You can either

Click here to subscribe to the Grapplearts Podcast in iTunes (or Google Play, or Stitcher) – the Alan Belcher episode is number 63! Or you can click play on the Youtube video below

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