Fall 2019 in Idaho

Over the last 18 months or so, my family and I traveled from coast to coast. It was quite the adventure for us all, and we made as many stops along the way. Visits to National Parks, Memorials, friends, and family were all on the agenda for the length of our travels. As you travel... Read more

Countering the Lockdown

One good turn deserves another. In a previous post I shared a clip of Master Rigan Machado showing a sweep from lockdown. So, here's a clip of Rigan sharing a technique for countering the lockdown. Thanks to Northwest Fighting Arts for sharing this clip. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/n6UsV65JhNY Master Rigan Machado

Takemusu and BJJ

What is Takemusu? Takemusu is an Aikido-derived term and concept that was developed by Aikido's founder, Morihei Ueshiba. He referred to this as an aikidoka's spontaneous generation of new techniques in reaction to a variety of situations (my words and interpretation). A further explanation may be from a description of what it isn't. That is,... Read more

Tim Martin with Rigan Machado in Tennessee.

Lapel Sweep from Lockdown

Having trained with Rigan several times, I can attest to the fact that he is a wizard at Jiu Jitsu. He was a formidable competitor in his prime, and an all around nice guy on and off the mat. Here's a lapel sweep from the lockdown position that I've had success with over the years.... Read more