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Freestyle Judo – The Way Judo Ought To Be?

There is a growing contingent of Judoka who are dissatisfied with the direction the sport has been moving over the past few decades. They don’t like the elimination of leg grabs, and the growing list of disallowed techniques and behaviors that push competitors to gravitate to a very small set of techniques. They are concerned […]

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Mat Time Is Important But Real Progress in BJJ Comes From Something Deeper

“It’s not about the number of hours you practice, it’s about the number of hours your mind is present for the practice.” – Kobe Bryant The number one answer to most people’s question of “how do I get better at jiu-jitsu?” is to show up to train more. This is an undeniable fact. More mat […]

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Podcast Episode 96 – Mike Zenga on Lessons Learned

In this episode BJJ and Judo black belt Mike Zenga shares some of the lessons, commonalities, and differences he’s seen from working one-on-one with 19 BJJ, Judo and ADCC world champions.  Do they all train the same way?  Eat healthy food or junk?  Drill, spar or do lots of conditioning?  Listen and find out!

In addition we also talk about CTE and brain damage in the combat sports, MMA, boxing and grappling betting tips, the toughest guy that Mike has ever rolled with, the differences in BJJ training between Brazil and North America, whether the USA can ever catch up in BJJ, and Mike’s secret plan for building a future world champion!

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did – it was a lot of fun with lots of great information.

You can listen to this as Episode 96 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

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Podcast Episode 106 – Top 5 Nutrition Tips for Martial Arts

The Christmas binge is over and it’s time to take control of your diet again!  In this short episode I give you my top five pieces of advice for cleaning up your diet and not sabotaging your training with crappy nutrition. You can listen to this as Episode 106 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

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Podcast Episode 95 – Increasing Mobility for BJJ

Some quick thoughts about improving the different forms of ‘mobility’ for jiu-jitsu, both in terms of movement on the ground, and joint mobility, from a recent Instagram Live Q&A. You can find me on Instagram at @stephan_kesting and I’d be thrilled if you followed me because I’m releasing pics and videos there all the time!

You can listen to this as Episode 95 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

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Podcast Episode 55 – Interview with James Foster on the Spartan Underground

I really enjoyed being on James ‘300’ Foster’s podcast where we talked about figuring out grappling from scratch, why fighters fight injured, PEDs in the MMA, how jiu-jitsu will always be there for you after a long layoff, and a lot more!  I hope you enjoy it too!

Check out Jame’s podcast on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-spartan-underground/id1070092297?mt=2

You can listen to this as Episode 55 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

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

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Jiu Jitsu LEGEND Jeff Glover Has Settled Down At A New BJJ Academy :)

In case you haven’t heard the wicked nasty awesome news… Jeff Glover, the BJJ legend, the super cool surfer dude, and the all-around incredible guy… Has decided to set up shop over at Goodland BJJ, check it out! Website coming soon @ GoodlandBJJ.com

Sweep the Leg!

Watch the first part of the video  a few times and think about it for a bit. Is that good Jiu Jitsu? The video has been making the rounds of Facebook for a bit and the debate has started. Old school Jiu Jitsu players look on in disgust. Young tournament players say “what’s the big […]

Mark Hunt isn’t Sorry… For Calling Dana White A “Bald C***sucker”

The “Super Samoan” Mark Hunt is fighting Curtis Blaydes in Perth, Australia at UFC 221… Hunt, while thankful to be fighting again… Was still upset, wishing that he was instead allowed to fight in the UFC event in Sydney last year, which he was pulled from due to brain-related injuries. Being pulled from that Sydney […]

Rener Gracie Speaks Out On Sex Offender Rickson Gracie Black Belts

We’ve already talked about this extremely ugly topic enough so we’ll just pass this over Rener as soon as possible… What it comes down to at the end of the day is that Rener Gracie, one of the younger, but probably the most popular of the newer generation of the Gracie family, recently made a […]

Pro Female MMA Fighter VS. Internet “Troll…” How It Went Down

Depending on how up-to-date you keep yourself on the BJJ/MMA world, you may or ay not know about the hyped-up fight between pro female MMA fighter VS. Kris Zylinski, who’s sorta kinda an internet troll, it (the fight) was all in good fun though, here it is, after all the hype, we hope you enjoy.

Uhhh… BJJ Instructor Convicted Of Sexual Assault is Back On Youtube

Soooo… Yeah… Do you know who Josh Robinson is? If you do, it’s probably from one of two things. Either from his Bane impersonation, or the fact that he was sentenced to four years in jail for sexual assaulting two teenagers. Whether or not you’ve heard of him, we’ve got some bad news, he’s back […]

Are You A Woman? You HAVE To Know These 8 Chokes

Just a note, these chokes are great for ANYONE’S self-defense, however some of these particular chokes are sorta situational for women… So, whether your a man, woman, or something in between, you’ll enjoy this video and get a lot out of it, enjoy! Oh yeah… Rener Gracie is still just as friggin’ awesome as ever.

Closed Guard Bottom Fundamentals

I am in love with closed guard! This is a big transformation for me. For many years I have been telling students to not play too much closed guard. My fear was that it would lead to a poor open guard. Open guard is so complex that I wanted students to practice it a lot […]

Guess Who’s Back? Chuck ‘The Iceman’ Liddell! Training BJJ!

Everyone’s favorite iceman, Chuck Liddell, was recently spotted on the mat in a new instagram post. Nice to see him back, after what was quite a long break. Finally back on the mat after a long hiatus thanks to @gabrielarges @gbnorthridge A post shared by Chuck Liddell (@chuckliddell) on Jan 9, 2018 at 2:33pm PST

Legendary Ralph Gracie Speaks On What Jiu Jitsu USED To Be

Brazilian jiu jitsu has aged over the years, like anything else… Some parts of it have obviously aged better than others, it’s growing bigger than ever before, and will continue to. But, legends like Ralph Gracie, remember the days before berimbolos, before BJJ was even out of Brazil yet. In a recent Tatame interview, he […]

Cutting Through All the Noise: Triangle Escapes

An interesting video popped up in my Facebook feed this week. It was an unusual triangle choke escape. I had never seen anything like it. I watched it a few times and every time I watched I found a new problem with the technique. After a few watches I came to the conclusion that anyone […]