Principles of Martial Arts – Pre-emptive Striking for BJJ and Aikido

Andrew Raynor   Andrew Raynor Australia’s top Yoshinkan aikido instructor, Shihan Joe Thambu, 8th Dan, and Gracie jiu-jitsu Professor David Krstic, 3rd Degree Black-belt, compare each art’s approach to a combat principle that is widely used, but not usually associated with either art: striking pre-emptively before the aggressor can attack. While every martial art or […]

Yoga & its place in martial arts

Andrew Raynor   Andrew Raynor Yoga has become a go-to method of rehab for injured martial artists from many disciplines, including professional fight veterans such as ex-UFC champ Frank Shamrock and founder of DPP Yoga wrestler ‘Diamond’ Dallas Page. Yoga has become a go-to method of rehab for injured martial artists from many disciplines, including […]

Yoga & its place in martial arts

Andrew Raynor   Andrew Raynor Yoga has become a go-to method of rehab for injured martial artists from many disciplines, including professional fight veterans such as ex-UFC champ Frank Shamrock and founder of DPP Yoga wrestler ‘Diamond’ Dallas Page. Yoga has become a go-to method of rehab for injured martial artists from many disciplines, including […]

Helio Gracie’s Perspective on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Andrew Raynor Jiu-Jitsu is for the protection of the individual: the older man, the weak, the child, the lady, and the young woman; anyone who doesn’t have the physical attributes to defend themselves. — Helio Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is for the protection of the individual: the older man, the weak, the child, the lady, and the […]

Roger Gracie Quote on Fighting

Andrew Raynor People perceive fighting in different ways.  One may see the primal nature of fighting, and another the artistic nature of fighting.  I see it as a pure artistic way that a true martial artist can display his art. — Roger Gracie People perceive fighting in different ways. One may see the primal nature […]

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 […]