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The Strenuous Life Podcast with Stephan Kesting
92 minutes | 13 days ago
306 - How to Talk to a Covid Denialist
Daniel Goldberg is a medical historian, a public health ethicist, a lawyer and has practiced BJJ for 8 years. It was great to have him on the podcast to talk about the course of the Covid-19 pandemic and when we might be able to get back to normal. 00:50 - Introduction to Daniel Goldberg 06:09 - On the difficulty of persuading the unpersuadable 08:02 - How the current pandemic has many historical precedents 12:20 - Vaccine distribution in the USA 19:30 - What happens when everyone make individual choices during a pandemic 22:30 - Why have black, indigenous and latino communities have been rampaged with the virus? 27:45 - Covid-19 vs the Spanish flu 36:15 - Conspiracy theories about Covid-19 and where does distrust of experts come from 44:40 - How to talk to a covid denialist 1:00:20 - Politicians jumping to the front of the vaccination line 1:05:20 - Long term effects of Covid-19 1:12:30 - The BJJ community and Covid-19 1:17:10 - Would paying people to stay home really have worked? 1:25:00 - When might we all return to jiu-jitsu?
18 minutes | 15 days ago
305 - 7 Mental Hacks I'm Using to Maintain Motivation in 2021
2020 has been a hell of a year, but better times are coming soon, so it's time to get our collective asses into gear. In today's podcast I'll take you through the 7 mental hacks I've successfully used to punch on through to the other side and that I'm going to develop and keep my momentum in 2021 as well! The second half of today's podcast was recorded during my 1000 mile solo in the arctic (go to https://www.grapplearts.com/solo to see my notes from the field for that trip). If you found today's episode useful then please share it with one person who might benefit from it as well. Take good care, Stephan Kesting
60 minutes | a month ago
304 - The Role of Intuition in BJJ and How to Refine It with Rob Biernacki
How to get better at predicting what your opponent is going to do, develop faster reactions and train your intuition with Rob Biernacki. Check out Rob's Submission Formula instructional in which you'll learn how to make all your chokes, armlocks and leglocks much tighter and much more effective: https://www.grapplearts.com/submissionformula
80 minutes | a month ago
303 - Everything You Wanted to Know About Professional Wresting But Were Afraid to Ask, with Tad Lincoln Murphy
Today I talk with pro-wrestler Tad Lincoln Murphy about catch wrestling in early American circuses, the development of luta livre in Brazil, Shootwrestling in Japan, and how one trains to becomes a pro wrestler in the first place! Follow Tad the wrestler on Instagram at @tadwrestler or in his customer success career at @lincolnmurphy And if you could find it in your black little heart to leave a rating or a review of The Strenuous Life Podcast on Apple Podcasts I would be forever indebted to you! Stephan Kesting
128 minutes | a month ago
302- Debunking the Covid Myths, with Epidemiologists Dr Katrine Wallace and Madeline Lewis
01:32 - Qualifications of epidemiologists Dr Katrine Wallace and Madeline Lewis 04:42 - Is COVID-19 actually 99.5% survivable? 06:33 - What are the current best estimates of the COVID-19 infection fatality rate and case fatality rates? 10:00 - How important are IFR and CFR in the policy decisions? 10:50 - Is COVID-19 no more deadly than the flu? 13:55 - Problems with comparing Covid to the seasonal flu 15:18 - Are scientists under-reporting the flu and/or counting every case or the flu as covid? 22:05 - Do scientists and the CDC want everyone to lock down forever? 23:57 - Did lockdowns work in other countries? 26:28 - Would less intrusive measures work to control COVID-19? 28:54 - Where are the deaths, is this a casedemic, and are there only more cases because of more testing? 31:40 - How long does it take to go from infected, to getting sick, going to the hospital, and dying? 32:56 - When will we see the cases and deaths peak from 2020 Thanksgiving celebrations in the USA? 36:16 - How many people are going to die per day this winter? 37:11 - How infectious is COVID-19 (comparing the R0 value of covid to that of the flu)? 40:08 - Why are the CDC and the WHO changing their stories and the advice they give? 44:31 - Is Hydroxychloroquine as a treatment being suppressed by big pharma? 50:02 - Judging the quality of evidence and data in disease research 55:39 - Are scientists coordinating their findings and suppressing inconvenient findings? 59:33 - Do hospitals get paid more to count deaths as COVID-19? 1:05:38 - Are COVID-19deaths being overcounted or undercounted in the USA? 1:08:24 - Do cloth masks and surgical masks work? 1:13:56 - Are masks enough to stop the pandemic? 1:15:48 - Car accidents deaths vs COVID-19 deaths 1:17:50 - The minimum infectious dose, or will you automatically get sick if you're exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus? 1:19:23 - How can we have confidence that the vaccine will be safe? 1:29:57 - What about herd immunity, the Swedish approach and the Great Barrington Declaration? 1:37:50 - Potential longterm health effects of COVID-19 1:38:57 - Are personal sacrifices and limitations necessary to deal with the pandemic? 1:42:14 - How can one convince vaccine skeptics? 1:45:24 - Gyms and fitness facilities during the COVID-19 1:51:51 - False dichotomies and false choices in the jiu-jitsu community 1:56:40 - The difference between case numbers and test positivity rates 1:59:45 - How do epidemiologists stay sane in 2020? Please share this podcast episode my friends - it may be one of the most important ones I've ever done. The video version of it is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpgxjZRBV38&feature=youtu.be Follow Dr Katrine Wallace on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/epidemiologistkat/?hl=en and on Tiktok https://www.tiktok.com/@epidemiologistkat Follow Madeline Wallace on Tiktok https://firstname.lastname@example.org Take care, Stephan Kesting
73 minutes | 2 months ago
Back Pain in Sport and How to Fix It, with Dr Stuart McGill
Back pain is incredibly common in sport, including all combative sports like jiu-jitsu, MMA, boxing and judo. That is why I was thrilled to talk to Dr Stuart McGill, one of the world's leading experts on back pain. Dr McGill spent 30 years researching and teaching spinal mechanics at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He has published more than 300 scientific papers, written 3 textbooks, and has worked to improve sports performance with countless athletes from almost every sport. His book, "Back Mechanic: The Step-by-Step McGill Method to Fix Back Pain" has become a classic manual for living a painfree life and "Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance" is a guide for many coaches to bring their athletes up to the next level of performance while avoiding a debilitating back injury. Here is just a little of what we covered today... 00:42 - How to become a world class expert in spinal mechanics and back pain 08:16 - Studying spines in the lab and what that tells you about spines in athletes 14:08 - Disc herniations and back pain 19:42 - Dr McGill's work with Olympians and elite athletes 24:00 - The athleticism of MMA fighter George St. Pierre 29:55 - Principles for avoiding back pain injury 34:40 - The power of the neutral spine 45:24 - The advantages and dangers of developing power through spinal rotation 51:04 - How elite strikers hit so hard 54:28 - Posture and spinal position in jiu-jitsu 1:01:07 - Hip morphology and leg flexibility of great jiu-jitsu fighters 1:06:07 - Books and other resources by Dr McGill Injury is the enemy, and avoiding injury is the key to a long and successful athletic career, so I hope you enjoy this episode! Cheers, Stephan Kesting P.S. If you get the chance a rating or a review of this podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your audio would be HUGELY appreciated.
27 minutes | 2 months ago
300 - 5 Principles for Taking Risks
Here are 5 principles that I use on a daily basis for evaluating risk, along with concrete examples from martial arts training, fire fighting, white water kayaking, and behavior during a pandemic. I hope you find this useful! The single best way to stay in touch with what's going on with the podcast, grapplearts, and everything else is still my newsletter. Sign up for free at https://www.grapplearts.com/newsletter Cheers! Stephan Kesting
47 minutes | 2 months ago
299 - Division in the BJJ Community with Jamie Kilstein
Division in BJJ community, angry people on the internet and the rise of conspirituality with comic and BJJ practitioner Jamie Kilstein. Jamie is the cohost of both Rear Naked Radio and A Fuckup's Guide to Self Help and has a new comedy album coming out soon!
82 minutes | 2 months ago
298 - Efficient Training for Competition with Brandon 'Wolverine' Mullins
Today I chat with Black belt no gi world champion Brandon 'Wolverine' Mullins about how the most efficient training methods to master the highly complex world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Lots of great takeaways in this one!! 02:18 - Learning technique only vs learning technique and theory 05:42 - Fundamental movements in BJJ 09:24 - Advanced applications of fundamental movements 14:48 - Winning by achieving depth in a technique 25:40 - Successfully setting up guard submissions 37:22 - Off speed pitches and surprising your opponent in BJJ 44:03 - Starting at step 3 52:19 - Top tips for training 1:01:39 - Safe techniques 1:11:03 - IBJJF legalising reaping and heel hooks in nogi Check out the 265 page full color book we wrote together at https://www.grapplearts.com/nonstop-jiu-jitsu-book/ - it's the best BJJ book of the year for sure! Cheers Stephan Kesting
61 minutes | 2 months ago
297 - Cults, Prophecies and Deprogramming Your Friends with Matthew Remski from Conspirituality.net
I was thrilled to talk to Matthew Remski, a cult researcher and cohost of the Conspirituality Podcast who has written extensively about the pervasive cultism and abuse in Yoga, spirituality, and wellness culture. The parallels to what's happening in BJJ are obvious. Here are some highlights... 01:48 - Matthew's own time in cults 05:39 - Conspiracy theories 08:02 - What are cults? 28:45 - Online cults 41:39 - What happens when cult prophecies fail to occur? 50:21 - How to help friends and family members in cults
81 minutes | 2 months ago
296 - A People's History of BJJ, with Robert Drysdale
Multiple time world champion Robert Drysdale comes onto the podcast to share his discoveries about the history of BJJ. Here's just some of what we talked about... 00:52 - Opening Closed Guard, the Book 06:16 - The first japanese martial artists in Brazil 16:51 - Who was Mitsyuo Maeda? 19:27 - The role of the circus in the development of BJJ 23:20 - Early lineages of jiu-jitsu in Brazil 31:02 - The development and role of Vale Tudo fighting 33:08 - Why jiu-jitsu became so ground oriented 43:41 - George Gracie 45:47 - Helio's early fights 47:58 - The period of decline in jiu-jitsu 52:36 - BJJ andmarks between the 1950's and 1990's 1:02:26 - The role of jiu-jitsu federations 1:09:07 - Effects of legalizing heel hooks 1:15:16 - BJJ in the Olympics
63 minutes | 2 months ago
295 - How to Do Long Wilderness Expeditions on the Cheap, with Frank Wolf
Today I talk with Mr Frank Wolf, a member of first two person team to paddle across Canada in a single season. He has undertaken amazing expeditions throughout North America both in the summer and the winter, and has some amazing tips for getting out into the deep wilderness on the cheap. I guess you could call him a wilderness travel hacker who is willing to share his secrets! On an entirely different note, sign up for the Single Leg X Guard Crash Course that I'm giving out - it's entirely free and it's the fastest way to make you competent at one of the most powerful and versatile of guard positions! https://www.grapplearts.com/slxcourse/
9 minutes | 3 months ago
294 - The Biggest Clue That It's Time to Quit Competing in Full Contact Martial Arts Like MMA, Boxing and Kickboxing
Full contact fighting is inherently risky, especially when you consider the traumatic brain damage that's so common in boxing, kickboxing and MMA. And competing in sports where head shots and brain trauma are abundant ramps those risks up exponentially. While I totally support your right to take risks (and have taken many myself) there comes a point when the risk outweighs the reward. So what is that point? In this episode I discuss the number one indicator that I think tells you when you should quit competing in contact sports... Check out my Single Leg X Guard Crash Course, available for free at https://www.grapplearts.com/slxcourse And please share this episode with one person in your social circle who might enjoy it! Cheers, Stephan Kesting
69 minutes | 3 months ago
293 - My Kung Fu Training Days...
On today's episode I'm interviewed by Randy Brown on his podcast about my journey through Kung Fu and how I found jiu-jitsu. Lots of nuggets about training safely and effectively in this one! Follow Randy at https://www.youtube.com/c/Mantisboxers/videos https://www.instagram.com/randybrownmantisboxer/ https://randybrownmantisboxing.com/ Tweet me: @StephanKesting Check out my Instagram: @Stephan_Kesting And get on my email newsletter - I use it to put out a TON of good training information: grapplearts.com/newsletter Cheers! Stephan
27 minutes | 3 months ago
292 - Is It Safe to Train BJJ During Covid Yet? A Nuanced Answer...
Is it safe to train BJJ in a pandemic? I wish it were a simple yes or no answer, but as I discuss in this episode (which is also available on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjyivFxPJMU&feature=youtu.be) it depends on a number of factors including... Your age, health, pre-existing conditions Your tolerance for personal risk The age and health status of your family Your health insurance situation, Your willingness to put other people in society at risk, Whether you're taking precautions in the rest of your life What the local Covid test positivity rates are The precautions your club is taking Whether you're in a training pod The precautions your training partners are taking And more. If you're interested in more information about BJJ training pods check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSG3zsC-WwM If you want to see some evidence that masks help prevent transmission of Covid-19 please read https://www.grapplearts.com/do-masks-and-face-coverings-work-to-prevent-coronavirus-transmission/ If you want to find Covid-safeish training partners check out https://downtoroll.com/ And if you want to see the latest guidelines by Dr Chris Moriarty for reopening BJJ schools check out https://www.grapplearts.com/openingupbjj Stay safe and, almost more importantly, please give a crap about other people! Stephan Kesting
82 minutes | 3 months ago
291 - Yoga, Meditation, and... Conspiracy Theory? With Derek Beres from the Conspirituality Podcast
Only aligning your chakras can save you from the satanist deep state... Derek Beres is an author and former reporter who cohosts the Conspirituality podcast which investigates the convergence of left-wing spirituality in Yoga and wellness culture with feverish right-wing conspiracy theorists. I wish this podcast could have been a light hearted traipse down the kookier aspects of Yoga and spiritual utopianism but in a time when rampant conspiracy thinking on social media spreads mistruths, disinformation and 'alternative facts' this is a deadly serious issue. Follow the Conspirituality Podcast here: https://conspirituality.net/ - it's very good! Stephan Kesting
95 minutes | 3 months ago
290 - Cult Behaviour in Jiu-Jitsu, with Steve Kwan from BJJ Mental Models
Steve Kwan from BJJ Mental Models comes onto the podcast to discuss cult behaviour in BJJ, good and bad club cultures, and the big picture behind effective jiu-jitsu training. "I consider cults to be any organization that uses unscrupulous tactics to manipulate the members for the benefit of the founders or the people higher up in the chain." "People always tell you that jiu-jitsu builds character and makes you a better person. That is not true. Jiu-jitsu gives you confidence and makes you a bolder, more assertive version of the person that you already are. And whether that’s a good person or a bad person is up to you." "In a time when things are as uncertain as they have ever been in our lives, we crave certainty. If someone can promise you certainty in an uncertain time especially if they can confirm what deep down you've always believed to be true, you're going to gravitate towards them and it shuts off part of your brain."
69 minutes | 3 months ago
289 - The Psychology of Jiu-Jitsu, with David Ley, Clinical Psychologist and BJJ Black Belt
I talk with clinical psychologist and BJJ black belt David Ley about the psychology of jiu-jitsu, recent advances in psychology, the neurochemicals released when grappling, recovered memories, the prevalence of conspiracy theories in the martial arts, and much more. If you want to focus on the jiu-jitsu specific portion of the podcast listen to the intro then jump to the 45 minute mark. Dr David Ley is a clinical psychologist who runs a large mental health clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has been featured on the Anderson Cooper Show, the Dr. Phil Show, in the London Telegraph, The New York Post, Salon, and the Huffington Post. He wrote The Myth of Sex Addiction (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012), and Insatiable Wives: Women Who Stray and the Men Who Love Them (Rowman& Littlefield, 2009).
34 minutes | 3 months ago
288 - Find a Way to Win, with Brandon 'Wolverine' Mullins
Today I talk with BJJ black belt world champion Brandon 'Wolverine' Mullins about finding a way to win in difficult situations, and why you need to have a long range guard. Check out our brand new bestselling book Nonstop Jiu-Jitsu on Amazon, links at https://www.grapplearts.com/nonstop-jiu-jitsu-book/
30 minutes | 3 months ago
287 - A Formula for the Butterfly Guard | Black Belt World Champion Brandon Mullins
How to organise your strategies, techniques and tactics in the butterfly guard so you alway know what you should do next. A highly applicable podcast with black belt jiu-jitsu world champion Brandon 'Wolverine' Mullins. Check out our bestselling book 'Nonstop Jiu-Jitsu' here: https://www.grapplearts.com/nonstop-jiu-jitsu-book/
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