Did Rigan Machado knowingly promote a sexual predator to black belt? if not, who did?

Andrew Raynor

You may recall my post almost four years ago about Austin Texas jiu jitsu instructor Paul Saucido, convicted of a sexual offense against a nonconsenting woman 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 posted about it on MMAUnderground.

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/metv_producer_faces_sex_assault_charges was the original link.  It’s so old, it’s down, but still preserved on the Wayback Machine here:
https://web.archive.org/web/20111101073146/http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/metv_producer_faces_sex_assault_charges

http://austinvida.com/city-culture/2011/saucid-probation-sex-offender/
Wayback version: https://web.archive.org/web/20160917124303/http://www.austinvida.com/city-culture/2011/saucid-probation-sex-offender/

And the Texas state website: https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/SexOffender/PublicSite/Application/Search/Individual.aspx?IND_IDN=12321661

In my original  post I was happy to share that his instructor and former employer Rigan Machado was disavowing any connection with Paul, not teaching seminars for him and generally distancing himself from this inserter-of-a-penis-into-a-woman’s-sex-organ-without-her-effective-consent (for those apologists who objected to me calling him a rapist since the offenses he plead guilty to were unlawful restraint and indecent exposure.)

But until this afternoon, Paul bragged that Rigan promoted him to black belt.  Here’s a screen grab from the morning of March 20, 2017. Second sentence.

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Wait… this was Rigan’s stance at the time:

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This was Carlos’ position:

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Fortunately both Carlos and Rigan reacted promptly to my original version of this blog post. Whatever they did, by afternoon, Paul’s website was changed:

http://www.zenfitaustin.com/instructors/bio/id/169

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My understanding is that Carlos Machado has no affiliation with either Paul or Rigan, according to Lindsay Machado, Carlos’ wife and a written signed statement by Carlos. I am also told that Rigan is preparing a public statement officially denying having promoted Paul.  It seems, and I hope, that Paul was lying for the obvious credibility boost of being a Rigan Machado blackbelt.

Here’s what I do know.  As a brown belt in July 2014 he was teaching kids classes at his school.

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He’s teaching girls and their moms. Does mom know you’re a registered sex offender? August 2013.

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October 2013.

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February 2014.

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November 2014 with Rigan. No relationship, no ties.

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And here in January 2015, he has his black belt. 

 
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September 2016 he’s promoting students to brown.

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October 2016 he was promoting a Rigan seminar (that link no longer works so I cannot confirm if it was a seminar Paul hosted or just promoted.)

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January 2017 he’s presenting at least two instructors at his academy as Rigan blackbelts.  Maybe visitors? (Screen grab from 3/20/17.)

 

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Why do I care? I have no financial stake in this– I’m not an instructor, don’t own an academy. Don’t even train any more while I recover from some surgeries.  I have no personal animus towards Paul (despite the rumor that we had a relationship, it was never more than casual acquaintanceship, and I think he came and trained at the Relson school in Austin with us once or twice.) Well, other than my disgust that he forced himself on a woman passed out drunk at his own birthday party. When he gave her her panties back in the next days, he told her he thought she wouldn’t want a reminder of that night. I’ll bet.

I care about women (and men) who have survived an assault and come to jiu jitsu seeking safety, empowerment, healing and prevention. I care about people who seek to prevent being assaulted. And I think they should know who their instructor is. If Rigan didn’t promote Paul then who did? and why? why afford such a position of respect and power to a predator?

Let Paul make his living wherever, however… but I want his students to be aware. To have the privilege of knowing consent that his survivor that night in 2011 didn’t.

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