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The Importance of Humility and Respect

At its highest levels, respect is becoming a dinosaur in combat sports. Athletes are going to greater and greater extremes to promote themselves and the matches they’re in. If you’re not saying you’re the best to ever walk the face of the earth, and that your opponent is a filthy rat, then you’re probably not […]

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The most exciting new British stars in the UFC

Ever since the sport of MMA exploded in popularity under its prized league UFC, the sport has struck a chord with fighters and fans all across the world. Many now see the octagon as not only an opportunity to make a lot of money but the chance to dominate the league like superstars Matt Hughes […]

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The Filthy Lie Of Fundamental Techniques

What do you define as a fundamental grappling technique? For most BJJ practitioners this usually includes the arm bar, the kimura, and the triangle, usually all from guard and followed by side control. We learn these from the outset, sometimes throwing up fifty or so in a warm up. We consider these to be fundamentals, […]

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BREAKING – Khabib Nurmagomedov faces Conor McGregor at UFC 227

There had been hints that the champ champ would return to the octagon and now the wait is over. Conor McGregor is back. This time the Notorious one will be facing his toughest opponent yet, Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. The announcement was made at the special 25th anniversary press conference with Dana White. The announcement […]

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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 105 – Interview With Matt Thornton

Matt Thornton is the founder of Straight Blast Gym, the organisation that produced Conor McGregor.  He’s also a skeptic with many harsh words for traditional martial arts and traditional training methods.  Don’t listen if you’re easily offended! 00:51 – Matt’s martial arts background 10:26 – The concept of “Aliveness” 20:41 – The “I” method of teaching and training martial arts 26:14 – John Kavanagh and Conor McGregor 32:37 – Where did fantasy martial arts come from? 42:55 – The evolution of martial arts 65:54 – False positives and negatives 73:26 – Skepticism

 

You can listen to this as Episode 105 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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Five Triangle Chokes You Should Know

This video and article was inspired after a run of triangle chokes in MMA in 2010, including those used by Fabricio Werdum against Fedor Emelianenko, Chris Lytle against Matt Brown, and Brock Lesnar against Shane Carwin.

But the term ‘triangle choke’ can be used for several different submissions, and this can be confusing to the novice or intermediate-level grappler. So to make sense of the five major types of triangles check out my latest Youtube video.  I’ve put some really good stuff in here!

The triangle chokes shown include

The forward triangle, definitely the most common triangle choke in BJJ, also known as “mae-sankaku-jime” in Judo The rear triangle which you usually set up from rear mount, also known as “ushiro-sankaku-jime” in Judo The side triangle (“yoko-sankaku-jime” in Judo), used more in Judo than in BJJ because it’s such an effective attack against the turtle position, but I really like applying it from an armbar position. The upside down triangle which I was first shown by Erik Paulson.  If it has a name in Judo I am unaware of it! The arm triangle (“kata gatame” in Judo) in which you use your arms and not your legs to close the loop around your opponent’s head and arm.

To view the same Triangle Chokes video on YouTube, click here.

Article updated May 19, 2018

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Podcast Episode 144 – Aikido vs MMA, the Full Story with Rokas

Have you seen the “Aikido vs MMA” video that went viral within the martial arts community?

In 2017 Aikido black belt Rokas Leonavicius called up a local MMA gym and explained that he wanted to test out his Aikido against a trained mixed martial arts fighter.

The results of the resulting sparring session were predictable; despite 13 years of serious Aikido training he was unable to get his techniques to work against a skilled and resisting opponent.

What wasn’t predictable is that Rokas then shared the video of that sparring session with the world. And that video was followed by many others detailing his attempts to make Aikido functional against resisting opponents.

We went into the background of that first match and the rest of his journey through Aikido, BJJ, Aikido and Boxing. It’s a fascinating episode.

To listen go look for The Strenuous Life podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud and Google Play. and then listen to episode 144 with Rokas.

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

Alternately  you can listen to the discussion in the embedded player here:

Here’s some of what we covered in today’s podcast…

02:05 – Rokas’s background in Aikido 04:21 – Wrestling in Eastern Europe 05:43 – What attracted him to Aikido? 14:20 – How long should you train before Aikido is applicable? 20:20 – Testing Aikido on Youtube 23:55 – The Aikido vs MMA video 26:23 – Functionalizing Aikido 38:18 – How did Aikido take off? 40:59 – Real life consequences of the Aikido vs MMA video 48:43 – Elements of Aikido that carry over into other arts 61:53 – Where can we find Rokas?

Here is the video of that first sparring session in May of 2017…

And here is the video of their next sparring session, 1 year later, after Rokas had spent some time boxing, wrestling and grappling on the ground!

Check out Rokas’s Youtube channel by clicking here and his website at Rokasleo.com

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Ronda Rousey Takedown Study: Judo in MMA

Ronda Rousey is an Elite Judoka Being the first woman from the US to ever medal at the Olympics is no small feat. Even as a pure judoka, her technique was very good.  The mechanics of her main throws are perfect with no errors and she was not a crude “leg grabber”/wrestler type of judo […]

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Podcast Episode 131 – Kirik Jenness of The Underground Forum, the Fighter’s Notebook and More

In this episode I have a great talk with Kirik Jenness who is mayor for life of the underground forum at http://mixedmartialarts.com, the author of The Fighter’s Notebook, the official records keeper for mixed martial arts, and has “done every job in MMA except for being a ring girl.

This man is one of the founding fathers of MMA in North America and had a TON to share!

Here’s just some of what we covered…

01:27 – Kirik’s martial arts beginnings 06:15 – The origins of the Underground Forum and MixedMartialArts.com 10:21 – The Fighter’s Notebook 19:55 – Participating in early MMA 24:49 – Organized crime and combat sports 29:11 – Was Pride the golden era of mixed martial arts? 32:37 – Officiating early MMA events 37:06 – Octagons, rings, and other crazy fighting areas 46:26 – Creating ranks for fighters in MMA and boxing 51:48 – Craziest moves in MMA

 

The best way to listen to this podcast is to go to your favourite podcasting platform, subscribe to ‘The Strenuous Life’ Podcast, and then look for episode 131. You can find it on most podcast platforms, including…

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/strenuous-life-podcast-stephan-kesting-grapplearts/id320705565?mt=2

Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen?authuser&u=0#/ps/I3qvbtkdb74xrpv6ozbzie2ca4e

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-993426357

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/stephan-kesting/grapplearts-radio-podcast

You can also listen to interview on the embedded player below…

 

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Podcast Episode 128: Can Kung Fu and BJJ Coexist, a Conversation with Randy Brown from Mantis Boxing.

Can Kung Fu, BJJ and MMA coexist?  Maybe they can, and maybe they can even learn from each other.

This is a conversation I had with with Kung Fu stylist (and BJJ brown belt) Randy Brown in which we touched on  the history of Chinese martial arts and what made them less effective over time, what traditional martial arts look like when you start training them with resistance, and much more.  I think you’ll like this one!

The best way to listen to this podcast is to go to your favourite podcasting platform, subscribe to ‘The Strenuous Life’ Podcast, and then look for episode 128. You can find it on most podcast platforms, including…

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/strenuous-life-podcast-stephan-kesting-grapplearts/id320705565?mt=2

Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen?authuser&u=0#/ps/I3qvbtkdb74xrpv6ozbzie2ca4e

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-993426357

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/stephan-kesting/grapplearts-radio-podcast

You can also listen to interview on the embedded player below…

Find out more about Randy Brown at http://randybrownmantisboxing.com/ and follow how he’s blending Kung Fu, BJJ, kickboxing and MMA on his Youtube channel too.

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