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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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Podcast Episode 94 – Coach Rodney King on Survival in South Africa

WARNING: This episode contains graphic descriptions of violence and is definitely not suitable for children.

In this episode I talk with boxing and BJJ coach Rodney King about the epidemic of violence in modern day South Africa, how training helps you prepare for confrontations, and how dangerous a ‘romantic’ notion of fighting is.

Some of the topics we covered include:

00:17 – Who is Rodney King? 01:16 – Growing up in South Africa 08:47 – Bouncing at nightclubs 13:57 – Johannesburg today 26:42 – Some reasons for the South African crime epidemic 33:10 – How much does training help? 40:09 – Prevalence of techniques 46:52 – Self defence and conflict de-escalation 54:21 – Training vs real life 64:03 – Ventures outside martial arts

You can listen to this as Episode 94 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

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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.

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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

 

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Podcast Episode 113 – A Close Call, and Avoiding Injuries!

The other day I almost tore a partner’s ACL off the bone, which would have required him to have surgery and many months of rehabilitation.

What happened exactly?

I was more experienced and a bit bigger than my training partner that day and we were doing some no gi sparring.

Because of the experience discrepancy I was hyper-focusing on a couple of very specific positions, namely Ashi Garami and the 411.

(This is a form of Targeted Sparring which is a great tool to use when you’re going against less experienced training partners – by limiting myself to only a couple positions and one submission it makes the match more even and better training for both of us.)

So we’re rolling, carefully and respectfully… I’ve tapped my training partner out a few times with heel hooks, all applied in slow motion…  He’s beginning to defend the leglocks more intelligently and I’m having to work a little harder to get them…

Everything is going the way it’s supposed to.

Then it almost ended very badly.

I had the Ashi Garami firmly in place, and was just finishing the dig part of the heel hook (where you get your wrist under his heel in preparation for finishing the lock).

And 99% of the time when I’m sparring that’s as far as I’ll go – no need to actually apply the heel hook.  At that point my partner typically knows he’s caught and will tap out.

But this new training partner didn’t know when to quit.  He tried to escape by spinning.

And, to make matters MUCH worse, he spun the wrong way!

Spinning or rotating can be part of an effective heel hook defense, BUT NOT WHEN YOU GO IN THE WRONG DIRECTION!!

Instead of relieving the pressure, spinning into the dig amplifies the power of the submission exponentially!

If I had remained still, not moving, his wrong-way-spin would have slammed his heel into my forearm.

He would have full power heel hooked himself, which can tear all sorts of ligaments in the knee, the foot and the ankle.

Fortunately I saw what was about to happen and completely released my grips without a second to spare.

The submission evaporated, he spun safely and ‘escaped.’

Then I sat him down and we had a good little chat about the dangers of spinning out of leglock if you don’t know which way to spin.

Now I’m » Continue Reading.

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Podcast Episode 112 – Live Q&A with Stephan Kesting

Today’s episode comes from a Q&A session I did on Instagram live (@stephan_kesting) and gave the answers to a ton of BJJ and training topics including…

05:00 – When I started training BJJ 06:56 – Is BJJ ever going to make it into the Olympics 08:04 – Advice for remote learners without access to a school 12:33 – Teaching seminars? 13:19 – Grappling and submissions when there’s a weapon involved 17:51 – Grapplearts leglock videos 19:01 – The leglock positional hierarchy 20:39 – Dealing with cauliflower ear 23:28 – What does my training look like? 24:51 – How powerful is the ankle lock, and what’s the best leglock? 27:35 – Big man game vs small man jiu-jitsu 29:34 – Is it Ok to train at multiple schools? 31:38 – Is catch wrestling any good and do I use it? 33:39 – Custom rash gaurds 34:02 – What makes someone’s game world class? 37:38 – Tips for facing larger opponents 39:55 – Strategies for people with bad knees 41:23 – Neck strengthening exercises 43:47 – Mapping out a training schedule

Hope you enjoy this and also make sure to follow me on Instagram where I’m @stephan_kesting

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Podcast Episode 109 – the KISS Principle in Self Defense

What would the boxer Vasyl Lomachenko do if he caught you macking on his girlfriend? Well, I don’t think it would involve any elaborate footwork or strategies… It’s fun to make things complicated in training, to use setups, fakes, and elaborate combinations to beat your training partners.  But when it comes to street self defense you should keep things really, really simple. KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid.

For more of my self defense material check out my second website at selfdefensetutorials.com and my second YouTube channel at YouTube.com/selfdefensetutorials

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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 99 – How to Get Motivated!

In this episode I share one of my best tips to get your butt on the mat or in the gym, indicators for when it’s NOT time to push, as well as a cautionary tale of when an MMA training session went too far and I ended up bleeding from the kidneys!

Also, I’ve got some really interesting podcasts coming up in the near future, and if you subscribe then you won’t miss them!

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Podcast Episode 98 – Why Don’t More Gyms Teach Take-Downs?

Are take-downs important even though so few BJJ gyms teach them, and can you get away with never training them if your focus is competition?  And what about self defense?  This are questions I answered during an recent Instagram Live Q&A session – follow me on Instagram @stephan_kesting and maybe next time I’ll be answering YOUR question!

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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!

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Podcast Episode 84 – 3 Steps To Overcoming Training Plateaus

In this short episode we talk about why training plateaus are actually more frustrating than training slumps, plus I share 3 concrete steps to bust out of a plateau and get back to getting better!

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