Rigan Machado knowingly promoted a rapist to black belt

Andrew Raynor You may recall my post almost four years ago about Austin Texas jiu jitsu instructor Paul Saucido, convicted of sexual assault and registered sex offender… at the time he was a brown belt under Rigan Machado and was trying to teach women’s self defense seminars at his new school in East Austin. I also […]

If you’ve missed me, check Panda Nation

Updates to Aesopian.com has been glacial slow in recent years, but that’s not to say I haven’t been busy. Since the beginning of 2016, I have written over 20 articles for the Inverted Gear blog, created over 65 (and counting) White Belt Wednesday videos with Hillary and Nelson, and I may or may not have been […]

Gettin’ footloose

Andrew Raynor   Andrew Raynor Often our problems can start at our feet. When any part of the body is injured, our movement is either halted or limited to some extent in that area, or even well beyond it, and sometimes right throughout the body. In these circumstances, the focus of both brain and body […]

Gettin’ footloose

Andrew Raynor   Andrew Raynor Often our problems can start at our feet. When any part of the body is injured, our movement is either halted or limited to some extent in that area, or even well beyond it, and sometimes right throughout the body. In these circumstances, the focus of both brain and body […]

Gettin’ footloose

Andrew Raynor   Andrew Raynor Often our problems can start at our feet. When any part of the body is injured, our movement is either halted or limited to some extent in that area, or even well beyond it, and sometimes right throughout the body. In these circumstances, the focus of both brain and body […]

Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood – Grappling & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Videos and Techniques

Andrew Raynor Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood – Grappling & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Videos and TechniquesCutting Weight for Jiu Jitsu Competitions: The Ultimate GuideTypes of Grappling Martial Arts6 Concepts for Effective Guard-Passing in Jiu JitsuBJJ and Back PainThe Importance of Footwork in Jiu JitsuFamily Jiu-JitsuThe Rules of BJJ & Grappling CompetitionsUsing the Kimura to Sweep, Control and SubmitFinding […]

Types of Grappling Martial Arts

Andrew Raynor This excerpt from Daniele Bolelli’s book ‘On the Warrior’s Path’ describes the different styles of grappling martial arts. Grappling systems are those Combat Sports that focus on throws and takedowns, and/or on ground-fighting (which depending on the system includes pins and/or chokes and/or leverages.) Examples of these arts are Kodokan Judo, Sumo, Brazilian […]

6 Concepts for Effective Guard-Passing in Jiu Jitsu

Andrew Raynor photo credit: Jiu Jitsu Style Magazine I consider passing the guard to be one of the most difficult of all aspects of Brazilian jiu jitsu, but also one of the most rewarding. Because we spend so much mat-time fighting from this position, it makes sense to place an emphasis on improving our ability from […]