About Matt Kirtley
I am a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with over 15 years of experience as a teacher. I write about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with a focus on teaching, how to maximize learning potential, the science of skill acquisition, how to stay healthy over a lifetime of hard training, and how to survive as a struggling white belt. I also shoot lots of BJJ instructional videos.
Aesopian.com is one of the longest running BJJ blogs. I started it in 2006 as a blue belt. My 2011 survey of the BJJ gi market was the first big one of its kind. These days, I mainly write for Inverted Gear, and you can read my most recent articles here.
I’m originally from FL, but I live in Bethlehem, PA these days and teach and train at Zombie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in nearby Allentown. Let me know if you’ll be in town and want to train together.
I hold certifications in Functional Range Conditioning and the Functional Range Assessment. You can learn more about FRC and what it has to offer here.
I am available for private BJJ lessons or FRC training sessions in the Lehigh Valley. I am also available to teach seminars on BJJ or joint mobility anywhere in the US or worldwide. You can contact me here or through my Aesopian BJJ Facebook Page.