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

03/20/2017 18:53:53 PM

You may recall my post almost four years ago about Austin Texas jiu jitsu instructor Paul Saucido, convicted of two counts of indecent exposure and one of unlawful restraint, stemming from twice sexually penetrating a nonconsenting woman in ...

Rigan Machado knowingly promoted a rapist to black belt

03/19/2017 13:45:42 PM

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 ...

Griddled oatcakes

08/16/2016 07:43:00 AM

From Epicurious:INGREDIENTS3 1/2 cups (or more) water1 3/4 cups steel-cut oats1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 cup whipping cream2 tablespoons pure maple syrup plus additional for serving1 tablespoon (packed) dark brown sugar1 tablespoon vanilla extractMelted ...

Feedback wanted on post-surgery interaction

08/03/2016 10:57:00 AM

From a friend of mine sharing something he was sent by his friend.-- All opinions and viewpoints are welcome and appreciated. I guess he's trying to figure out if he is overreacting. Female whitebelt helping boyfriend bluebelt after rotator ...

Instructional review: Flow Jitsu by Mike Bidwell

08/01/2016 19:03:00 PM

I was really tickled to get an advance peek at an instructional by Mike Bidwell called Flow Jitsu. I'm enjoying BJJ in my forties but I am really working on being less rigid and smashy, more fluid and crafty what with all these young twenty ...

Texas jiu jitsu instructor convicted of sexual assault of student

07/31/2016 19:53:00 PM

Former owner of BQuick Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Stephenville, Texas has been found guilty on July 27, 2016 of sexually assaulting a student who was 14 years old at the time. The jury had reached the verdict in less than an hour in Erath County.Samuel ...

Spartan Fit book coming out soon! Plus discount on Spartan races!

06/27/2016 16:26:00 PM

Joe DeSena’s new book "Spartan Fit!" comes out this summer. I have lots of jiu jitsu friends and sambo friends who do tough mudder and Spartan-type races. This book is a great training and motivational tool. All of the info including the first ...

Enormous jiu jitsu class makes it into the Guinness Book!

05/17/2016 06:58:00 AM

I found an article about the top ten coolest martial arts records in the Guinness book, and one of them dealt with jiu jitsu-- the largest BJJ class ever.

Brown butter ginger snap cookies

04/22/2016 04:48:00 AM

I'm going to experiment with this cookie which I just found on Pinterest. I think it can be made softer and richer, and I'm going to try my chocolate chip cookie technique of using more, melted butter, two eggs and two egg yolks, and more brown ...

Eddie Bravo Invitational 6-- free livestream!

04/19/2016 17:14:00 PM

I just heard about FITE, a free mobile app dedicated to fighting sports.

Visiting another jiu jitsu academy-- part 2

03/23/2016 22:09:00 PM

Are you ready to step on the mat? Check out part 2 by Faisao, a purple belt champion competitor.PART 2: What Happens After You Step on the MatsIf you’ve read the first part of this article, you are ready to step on the mats at a host academy. ...

How to be a good jiu jitsu visitor... Part One.

03/14/2016 12:09:00 PM

A dear friend, talented purple belt, avid competitor and killer training partner, who now lives a little bit aways from me, wrote this lovely two-part post with some very useful advice.

Making time pass..

01/05/2016 08:03:00 AM

I don't often get broken up with. Usually, it's mutual, and peaceful, and something of a predictable relief. Occasionally it's my idea and makes them substantially unhappier than it makes me. I can only think of one breakup that was one-sided, ...

The heartbreak diet.

01/04/2016 14:10:00 PM

After months of gradually growing closer and closer... slowly trusting more... falling in love... and the best Christmas holiday I could have dreamt...Yup. Got dumped New Year's Eve morning.Can I just say right here that if you are one of my ...

Happy Thanksgiving recipes and love for you :)

11/23/2015 16:33:00 PM

Hi Lovelies!

Colorful Greek Quinoa Salad

10/15/2015 15:28:00 PM

This is great for lunches especially if you like to pre-pack at the start of the week.

Train with Jiu-Jitsu Champions. Star in your own documentary. Return home from Brazil.

10/13/2015 11:08:00 AM

A guest post by Kate Carsella about BJJ4Change, an amazing opportunity to support the favela kids, a documentary, and a very impressive training camp in Brazil...Grief and tragedy are known quantities in every community. It is an unfortunate ...

What I learned from refereeing...

10/12/2015 11:19:00 AM

I have reffed at in-house tournaments briefly, but this past weekend I got to experience "real" refereeing at a "real" tournament for the first time.

Salted chocolate pecan tart

10/07/2015 06:54:00 AM

Yup, it's starting to get towards the holidays, though I can hardly believe how fast this year has flown.

Thinking about reffing...

09/28/2015 08:21:00 AM

So... I've been a purple belt about a year, training mostly on since September 2008. I have reffed some in-house tournament matches, and I've probably watched at least 500 IBJJF matches from the score table, and

Please donate gis and cash to Moldova's oldest BJJ team!!!

09/20/2015 17:33:00 PM

Hi Everyone from Bobby McMasters!My organization, Pride Moldova is currently running a gi drive to help benefit Team Burlacu BJJ, Moldova's oldest BJJ team. If you happen to have a new or used gi that is still in good shape (i.e. still has 2-3 ...

Guest review by Matt Corley (Jiu Jitsu Magazine): the Lanky FG gi

09/05/2015 12:18:00 PM

IntroI’m starting this review with a slight tangent.

Chinese analgesic balms effective at pain relief

08/03/2015 07:04:00 AM

I received some samples from Solstice Medicine Company in Los Angeles... One is called Zheng Gu Shui, and the other is"Hoe Hin White Flower" balm. They're described as "an external analgesic lotion used by martial artists for many years to heal ...

Update on Joao Pierini.... some good news, some bad

07/11/2015 18:52:00 PM

Joao Pierini (aka Joao Marcos) is the convicted felon, child molester, registered sex offender who was recently promoted to sixth degree BJJ blackbelt under Joe Moreira-- as I posted here.First the good news-- I'm told that the academy heads ...

Joao Pierini aka Joao Marcos, convicted pedophile, promoted to 6th degree bb by Joe Moreira

07/09/2015 00:07:00 AM

Joe Moreira recently promoted Joao Marco Pierini to sixth degree blackbelt in Mexico. Pierini is a convicted pedophile and registered sex offender in the United States. Read along with me....In 2006, Pierini assaulted teenage boys in Half Moon ...

IBJJF takes a stand to protect .... what exactly?

06/18/2015 21:37:00 PM

Here's an email exchange I had with IBJJF staff. Read from the bottom up. On Jun 17, 2015 6:49 PM, Rebecca Silva wrote:Hi Georgette,we never had a problem with you at the event. You are definately right about that. You were always professional ...

Interview with BJJPIX photographer William Burkhardt

06/09/2015 15:42:00 PM

William Burkhardt is the photographer behind BJJPIX, and has more than once dipped his toe into a sea of controversy.

Rener Gracie "super seminar" review-- drinking from the firehose!

06/01/2015 10:48:00 AM

Rener Gracie +114 jiu jitsu students +eight hours +a giant high school wrestling room in Bellevue WA (just outside Seattle) =almost too much of a good thing. But really, there's no such thing as too much jiu jitsu, right?Rener's super seminar ...

I wish Brazilian jiu jitsu wasn't being used the way it is.

05/25/2015 11:38:00 AM

Sexualization of women in jiu jitsu is nothing new... it's been covered pretty thoroughly.

Gracie Barra blackbelt Cristiano Oliviera pleads on child rape

05/21/2015 23:32:00 PM

Today Cristiano Oliviera, blackbelt and former head instructor at Gracie Barra Yakima, WA, pled no contest (technically known as an Alford plea) to two charges of rape of a child. Sentencing will take place in July. He faces approximately three ...

Twenty-plus gis--- which one do I like best?

05/16/2015 21:45:00 PM

Yep, over twenty gis. (And that's just how many I have right now, obviously. I have no idea how many more I've owned over time.)The two most common questions I get-- why, and which one is best.Why is easy: I train 6-7 days a week, often twice ...

Quick mini review of a Fenom gi

05/15/2015 01:02:00 AM

Sorry for the informal nature of this review! I bought this gi instead of receiving it from a manufacturer for review, so I feel somewhat better about this quick and dirty go over ;)This is a pearl weave 550g jacket in white with deep magenta ...

More future judo reference

05/10/2015 00:55:00 AM


Judo combination for future reference

05/10/2015 00:47:00 AM


Boycott sponsor Jesus Didn't Tap

05/09/2015 01:23:00 AM

MMA fighter Mike "The Greek" Bronzoulis out of Revolution in Houston just won the Legacy championship there. I'm guessing he's sponsored by Jesus Didn't Tap because that's all over his shorts.He's also a convicted and registered sex offender ...

Eben Kaneshiro, apparent suicide...

04/26/2015 15:41:00 PM

This just in....http://www.mycentraloregon.com/2015/04/26/suicide-suspected-in-deschutes-county-jail-death/

Norman, OK Jiu Jitsu coach charged with attempted rape, lewd acts

04/24/2015 23:52:00 PM

Looks like another one.... Cleon Quentin Self, 38, of Moore, was charged Friday in Cleveland County District Court with attempted rape, forcible sodomy and two counts of lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16. The arrest affidavit containing ...

Why did I soft-pedal Alvis Solis?

04/23/2015 18:51:00 PM

Listened to a podcast recently in which I was accused of covering up "one of the biggest sex scandals in Texas" because of racism.

Q&A about the surveillance camera video, part two.

04/23/2015 18:37:00 PM

I titled my previous post on this subject "part one" and didn't get around to writing part two until later.

Another rash of allegations of sexual abuse by BJJ instructors...

04/21/2015 23:45:00 PM

First in Texas-- the well-known third-degree Carlos Machado blackbelt, Alvis Solis... my initial article about it here on Bullshido is very tame, because I had no other facts I could verify and report without exposing myself and Bullshido to ...

Rashguard review: Detales longsleeve ranked rashie

04/15/2015 18:46:00 PM

This is the second rashie I've reviewed for Detales (my other posts about their gear can be found here and here.) Once again they hit it out of the park for comfort, fit, and workmanship, with one hardly noticeable bobble on the tag.


04/06/2015 23:39:00 PM

worth all caps.I am an inveterate list-maker.

Help if you want to train in Brazil...

04/06/2015 11:03:00 AM

I just wanted to invite you to check out the site Train In Brazil Group. Anyone interested in training in Brazil (either BJJ or MMA) can use their services for a hassle-free trip. Everything is organized and taken care of before you reach beautiful ...

Trust your jiu jitsu...

04/03/2015 00:43:00 AM

Tonight I observed (and semi-participated) in some events which probably happen all the time anywhere in any jiu jitsu academy around the world. But it was the FIRST time for me!Forgive me for possibly telling too many details, in advance.I ...

Please chip in to help a self-defense program for teens in Florida!

03/31/2015 01:46:00 AM

My name is Joshua Franzke and I am currently a high school teacher in Cape Coral, FL.In 2009, I started a Brazilian jiu jitsu club at Ida S. Baker High School after several students showed an interest in martial arts.

Rockin' Green athletic laundry detergent: a review.

03/25/2015 09:15:00 AM

I tried out a new laundry soap recently and want to tell you about it...It's called Rockin' Green and it was created by this lady Kim.

So excited about my Aesthetic Zero gi...

03/20/2015 11:03:00 AM

Disclaimer-- this is not a traditional review, I couldn't wait to wash and wear this sucker, so I didn't take shrinkage measurements, sorry!Most of the time I don't buy gis unless they're vintage/used on ebay or facebook.

Redline BJJ instructor jailed in Oklahoma for child sex offenses

02/13/2015 10:49:00 AM

Whitney Fetters, a BJJ instructor at Redline BJJ in Edmond Oklahoma, faces charges for soliciting sexual contact with a minor among others. I wrote an article about it for Bloody Elbow today.Yesterday, Redline BJJ made this statement on their ...

Rolling with cups...

02/03/2015 09:27:00 AM

Paul posted a question as a comment and I thought it merited its own post:"I've got a weird question for you.What are your thoughts on men wearing cups?I was rolling tonight and I noticed my partners cup as I went to pass his guard. Like, ...

What's up...

01/25/2015 19:59:00 PM

Well, my academy up here in Edmonds just hosted Darren Branch (aka Keebler) for a few days of training.. what a great experience.

When your student/teammate is assaulted by another in your school/team... how will you react?

01/16/2015 18:46:00 PM

Review: BJJ Globetrotter travel gi

01/15/2015 02:38:00 AM

So this is the BJJGlobetrotter travel gi I was given to review by that master traveller, Carlson black belt Christian Graugart.

Issues with background check policies

01/12/2015 22:23:00 PM

Two years after the New Year's Eve 2013 rape, in the wake of the Team Lloyd Irvin rape and cult scandals, the Yakima rape, the Aldo Batista rape, the Daryell Xavier rape/murder, the Gregorio Rivera charges, and others, the IBJJF recently announced ...

"Level Ground" campaign to help underprivileged kids in Boston

01/04/2015 11:56:00 AM

Alexandra Fuller in Boston is the founder and Executive Director of Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts.

Gracie Barra 6th degree blackbelt Nelson Monteiro accused of felony domestic violence

12/30/2014 00:05:00 AM

This is Danielle Martin, a new black belt and longtime instructor out at Gracie Barra Encinitas (California.) Like many instructors, she is an ambassador for her academy and the sport, teaching groups from Girl Scout troops to corporate seminars, ...

Gear review: Deus Fight

12/19/2014 09:06:00 AM

Well, I meant to write this review before I left for the holidays, and failed.

Aldo Batista convicted on all counts

12/16/2014 05:55:00 AM


New Hampshire BJJ instructor on trial...

12/12/2014 12:51:00 PM

Aldo Batista dos Santos' first trial ended in mistrial when his victim's relative shouted at him.

The elf on a shelf....

12/05/2014 16:51:00 PM

I never personally participated in an "elf on a shelf" tradition but I think it's cute. Here's an idea for those of you who do...

What you should make, now that you're not cutting weight...

11/29/2014 18:40:00 PM

Gingerbread snack cake and hot buttered rum, of course.

Black Friday BUY EVERYTHING!!!!

11/28/2014 12:50:00 PM

FIRST, happy Thanksgiving and happy holidays :)My first stop for holiday gifting is Detales, because I love their womens' short sleeve rashguard and spats... They're offering 15% off with this code, too, through December 15: #givingthanks. Second ...

Jack Taufer gold.

11/07/2014 11:30:00 AM

Up here in Edmonds (Washington, just north of Seattle) we were blessed with a visit from Jack Taufer recently.

$1000 Women-Only Submission-Only!!!

11/01/2014 23:03:00 PM

Ladies, finally, a big cash prize for women only... plus, double elim, gi, sub-only!

Less frustrated :)

10/30/2014 01:36:00 AM

Still training a ton.

A nifty wristlock...

10/22/2014 01:28:00 AM

My buddy Anthony Argyros, a blackbelt under Carlos Catania (Sergio Penha lineage) and NAGA Grappler of the Decade, 2000-2009, has a "technique of the week" channel on Youtube now, and his guard passing drill is sweet.

World Jiu Jitsu Expo Seminars

10/20/2014 19:04:00 PM

The many layers of frustration...

10/15/2014 01:22:00 AM

So here's why I'm whining...1.

About time to get back to blogging...

10/08/2014 10:26:00 AM

It's been a while, but I'm back... back to training every day, back to thinking about Jiu jitsu and back to lots of parts of my life that kind of got back burner'd for a while.Just wanted to show off my latest indulgence... this Mizuno gi, the ...

Gregorio Rivera, BJJ instructor in Claremont CA, arrested on sex charges

09/14/2014 11:44:00 AM

Thanks to the person who brought this to my attention.Someone with inside information posted a thread a few weeks ago on mma.tv about a BJJ instructor in California arrested for “child sexual assault.”At the time there were technically no ...

Lloyd Irvin is starting an after-school how-to?

09/11/2014 17:10:00 PM

I couldn't even listen more than a few seconds.

Why is Dateline filming a piece about Lloyd Irvin?

08/21/2014 23:02:00 PM

I'm told by a good source that Dateline NBC was filming at Lloyd Irvin's this week and they'll be back in September.

Aldo Batista trial begins 8/25

08/11/2014 10:12:00 AM

New Hampshire jiu jitsu instructor Aldo Batista's rape trial begins August 25.

Crispy cool summer salad

08/08/2014 15:57:00 PM

Lots of changes in my life these days and been really busy, but I wanted to share something yummy that requires no cooking...Chinese Cucumber Salad (from SewPetiteGal)Prep Time: ~10 minutesMarinating Time: ~30 minutesIngredients:1 English cucumber ...

Ruth's Dissent in Hobby Lobby

07/31/2014 09:15:00 AM

Wonderful interview with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about her dissent in Hobby Lobby.

Review: Ladies' rashguard and spats by Detales

07/30/2014 14:24:00 PM

I'm so excited to review this rashie and spats for you ladies!

listening to...

07/28/2014 09:54:00 AM

I have three new gis, one of which was used and no longer made, from ebay, and one of which is sold out.. but I plan on posting a brief review of all three here...Right now I'm working on big answer at work and here's what I'm listening to right ...

Spicy sesame noodles, for Bobby :)

07/21/2014 13:59:00 PM

I made these for the academy potluck which was held immediately following the big promotion... wow, they turned out really good and super easy.

Faixa Roxa 7.12.14

07/14/2014 12:22:00 PM

I started training jiu jitsu inadvertently, because I began training in kajukenbo before I got married in the spring of 2008 and jiu jitsu and judo were part of the curriculum.

Advice for people training jiu jitsu about when it's paranoia and when it's not....

07/09/2014 11:06:00 AM

I received an incredibly disturbing email telling me a story about a relationship in an academy.

Nick Schultz trial update

07/06/2014 15:35:00 PM

I will add to this post as I obtain more information next week:Just checked on the DC Courts website and here's what I see. A few explanations: I don't have contact with the misdemeanor prosecutors so I can't ask questions yet (it's Sunday folks) ...

Bulging disc...

07/05/2014 10:56:00 AM

April 20, I had an injury during a roll.

Raising my own consciousness

06/02/2014 15:30:00 PM

I read a good article on Slate titled "Why It's So Hard for Men to See Misogyny."

Worm Guard

05/29/2014 05:08:00 AM

If you haven't already, you really must clear your calendar and watch everything BJJScout posts on his site.BUT... his latest series of additions just came to my attention.

So much sexism, so much male entitlement...

05/28/2014 06:20:00 AM

I begin this post with a confession and an apology; towards the end, a repost of some scary shit from Ronda Rousey's mom about martial arts and sexual abuse.I Facebook way, way more than I blog.

Combat Skin spats and rashguard review

05/27/2014 10:31:00 AM

I'm a big fan of the "Combat Warrior" rashie and spats, designed by Meerkatsu and made by Combat Skin.I'll start by saying I wore the rashguard and spats in a lot of nogi classes as well as under my gi, for a few months.

Detales grappling gear specially for women...

05/22/2014 15:30:00 PM

Detales Clothing just opened their online store.

July 26, Naturally Fit grappling tourney in Austin

05/01/2014 15:50:00 PM

Check out a great tournament hosted by the Machado family, in Austin July 26th.

Update on Aldo Batista child rape prosecution

04/29/2014 22:18:00 PM

Aldo Batista Dos Santos, a 37 year-old Brazilian jiu jitsu instructor in New Hampshire, was arrested May 17 by Nashua (NH) Police, charged with several rapes. He was then arrested in Hudson on similar charges. Today, the Hillsborough Southern ...

Let's play the Rape Culture Game!

04/28/2014 22:30:00 PM

Rape culture:

How to prevent and deal with rape in your academy.

04/24/2014 16:39:00 PM

This will be an evolving work as I receive suggestions and input (welcomed from all)... Sexual assault in the BJJ community is certainly a hot topic right now, and has been for at least the last year or so.

Oh yes more rape in the BJJ community

04/24/2014 12:18:00 PM

I'm so tired of posting about this stuff.

Rape culture, education, prevention, and mansplaining.

04/21/2014 22:47:00 PM

On facebook the other day I posted this picture, which comes from here:It started getting comments like this: ** Teaching women how to protect themselves works. Teaching predators not to be predators doesn't. That's why they're called predators.** ...

Guest Review: Drysdale's Cradle nogi instructional

04/15/2014 13:22:00 PM

My buddy Pete (in the red shorts) has been training for six years, predominantly nogi, and currently trains at BETA Academy in DC under Nakapan Phungephorn, a Pedro Sauer bb.

Review: Q5 supplements for performance

04/02/2014 15:34:00 PM

I don't usually review supplements, because I don't take them, honestly.

Maybe the horse can fly...

03/31/2014 17:09:00 PM

There are always possibilities available to us in life. Whatever the world throws at us, we should never lose hope. Our circumstances will improve if we keep pursuing our desires.There’s an old Sufi legend about a man named Mullah Nasrudin. ...

Victory and loss.

03/30/2014 22:46:00 PM

Won my division Saturday.Best friend died of cancer Sunday.Heather, I'll never forget you, I'll always miss your smile and loving kindness.

Out of the Pan, into the fire...

03/28/2014 09:19:00 AM

Sorry I haven't been around in a while... it's been busy.

Interview with Leo Negao!

03/20/2014 11:27:00 AM

GymTalk just did a cool interview with Leo Negao, thought you might enjoy it.

Pan 2014!

03/10/2014 14:34:00 PM

I'm leaving this evening for Santa Ana CA and I'm pretty excited about working the Pan!

IBJJF adds 2 new weight classes for women!

03/07/2014 15:13:00 PM

Starting with the 2014 Worlds, IBJJF has now added Rooster and Super Heavy weightclasses for women.http://ibjjf.org/2014/03/new-female-weight-divisions/