Longtime BJJ black belt and well-known instructor Stephan Kesting has been an outspoken supporter of science throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Kesting has used his vast social media following to spread information about COVID-19 and the vaccine, encouraging his followers to be vaccinated against the virus.
On Wednesday, September 15, Kesting will speak at a public webinar hosted by Texas Tech University. The webinar will discuss “vaccine hesitancy and science denialism in social media, martial arts and fitness subcultures” according to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Website. The webinar takes place at 12:00 PM CT; registration is available here.
Kesting, with his academic background in biology, will speak alongside Texas Tech Social Epidemiologist Dr. Jeff Dennis. Together, they will discuss topics including science denialism, vaccine hesitancy, and the prevalence of both in the martial arts. As a prominent member of the BJJ community and one with a substantial following, Kesting is well-positioned to speak on these issues, having witnessed them firsthand.