Jean Jacques Machado

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Jean-Jacques Machado
Born (1968-02-12) February 12, 1968 (age 56)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, United States
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Teacher(s)Carlos Gracie Jr., Rickson Gracie, Rolls Gracie
Rank7th degree red and black Coral belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1][2]
Notable studentsEddie Bravo, Dan Inosanto, Joe Rogan, Richard Norton, Chris D'Elia, Chuck Norris, Todd White, Mark Mireles, Marcel Santos
Jean Jacques Machado
Medal record
Representing  Brazil
Men's Grappling
ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1999 Abu Dhabi 77 kg
Silver medal – second place 2000 Abu Dhabi 77 kg
Silver medal – second place 2001 Abu Dhabi Absolute

Jean Jacques Machado (born February 12, 1968) is a Brazilian Jiu jitsu practitioner. He is one of the five Machado brothers (Carlos, Roger, Rigan and John). Machado is nephew of BJJ co-founder and Grandmaster Carlos Gracie, and learned the martial art from an early age.[3]

Machado is known for his grappling skills having won ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships in his weight division plus a runner up in the open division in 2001.[4] As a result of his achievements in the sport, he was inducted to the ADCC Hall of Fame as part of the 2024 class.[5]


Machado was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and suffered birth defects resulting from amniotic band syndrome, which left him with only the thumb and the little finger on his left hand. Despite this congenital problem, which directly affects the skill of gripping, he began his Jiu-Jitsu training over thirty years ago and dominated the competitive arena of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in his native country, capturing every major title and competition award from 1982 through 1992.[citation needed]

In 1992, Machado arrived in the United States where he continued competing successfully.

On June 6, 2011 in a private ceremony held at the Rickson Gracie Academy in West Los Angeles, Machado was promoted to a 7th degree red-and-black belt.[1] This prestigious promotion is in recognition of Machado's 25 years as a black belt instructor, competitor and champion.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

Since retiring from competition, Machado has focused his time on coaching students instead. He famously taught both 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu founder Eddie Bravo[7] and podcaster Joe Rogan, along with a number of other celebrities and prominent martial arts figures like Freddie Prinze Jr.[8] and Dan Inosanto.[9]

Machado served as a coach alongside Roger Gracie, Rigan Machado, and Dean Lister on season 6 of the Professional Grappling Federation on April 21 to 26, 2024.[10] Machado led Team X-Martial at the tournament,[11] and they won the team title.[12]

Professional titles[edit]

  • Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championships
Cruiserweight Champion: 11 consecutive years (1982–1992)
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Championships
Cruiserweight Champion: 11 consecutive years (1982–1992)
  • Sambo Wrestling Championships
National and Pan American Cruiserweight Champion
1993 Oklahoma - 1st Place
1994 San Diego, California - 1st Place
  • Grappling Style Challenge Japan
1995 - Champion
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu American Championships
4 consecutive years (1995–1998)
  • Black Belt Super Challenge Championships
1998 - Champion
2000 - Champion
  • Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championships
1999 - 66–76 kg Division Gold Medalist, Most Technical Fighter Award[4]
2000 - 66–76 kg Division Silver Medalist
2001 - Absolute Division Silver Medalist, Best Match Award, Fastest Submission Award
2005 - Superfight Runner Up

Instructor lineage[edit]

Jigoro KanoTomita TsunejirōMitsuyo MaedaCarlos Gracie Sr.Hélio Gracie → Rickson Gracie → Jean Jacques Machado

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
1 match 0 wins 1 loss
By knockout 0 1
By submission 0 0
By decision 0 0
Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0-1 United States Frank Trigg TKO (corner stoppage) VTJ 1998 - Vale Tudo Japan 1998 October 25, 1998 3 0:20 Japan Urayasu, Chiba, Japan

Submission grappling record[edit]

16 Matches, 12 Wins (10 Submissions), 4 Losses
Result Rec. Opponent Method Event Division Date Location
Loss 12-4 United States Dean Lister Points ADCC 2005 Superfight May 29, 2005 United States Los Angeles, CA
Loss 12-3 Brazil Ricardo Arona Points ADCC 2001 Absolute April 13, 2001 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi
Win 12-2 Brazil Ricardo Almeida Points
Win 11-2 Brazil Márcio Cruz Submission (kneebar)
Win 10-2 Japan Tsuyoshi Kohsaka Submission (armbar)
Loss 9-2 United States Matt Serra Penalty –77 kg April 11, 2001
Win 9-1 Russia Serguei Onishuk Submission (rear naked choke)
Loss 8-1 Brazil Renzo Gracie Advantage ADCC 2000 –77 kg March 2, 2000 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi
Win 8-0 Brazil Leo Vieira Points
Win 7-0 United States Mikey Burnett Submission (ezekiel choke) March 1, 2000
Win 6-0 Brazil Marcio Barbosa Submission (rear naked choke)
Win 5-0 Japan Caol Uno Submission (rear naked choke) ADCC 1999 –77 kg February 25, 1999 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi
Win 4-0 Japan Hayato Sakurai Submission (rear naked choke)
Win 3-0 United States Micah Pittman Submission (rear naked choke) February 24, 1999
Win 2-0 United States Ryan Harvey Submission (rear naked choke)
Win 1-0 Japan Yuki Nakai Submission (triangle choke) Shooto: Vale Tudo Perception Superfight September 26, 1995 Japan Tokyo

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "JEAN JACQUES MACHADO PROMOTED - DSTRYRsg". DSTRYRsg. June 8, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
  2. ^ T.P. Grant (June 17, 2011). "Jean-Jacques Machado Receives Red/Black Belt From Rickson Gracie". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
  3. ^ "Oops 404". Archived from the original on September 7, 2009. Retrieved September 5, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "ADCC Results". Official ADCC results. Archived from the original on December 19, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
  5. ^ Jones, Phil. "Jean Jacques Machado Added To ADCC Hall Of Fame For 2024". Jitsmagazine. Retrieved 23 December 2023.
  6. ^ "Destroyer Submission Grappling And Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Jiu Jitsu Is Heritage: Jean Jacques Machado Promoted To Red/Black Belt By Rickson Gracie. The Photos Speak For Themselves". Dstryrsg. 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  7. ^ Blackett, Todd. "Eddie Bravo Promoted To Fourth Degree BJJ Black Belt". Jitsmagazine. Retrieved 9 April 2024.
  8. ^ Rogers, Kian. "Actor Freddie Prinze Jr Receives BJJ Purple Belt From Jean Jacques Machado". Jitsmagazine. Retrieved 9 April 2024.
  9. ^ Jones, Phil. "Dan Inosanto Promoted To Fifth Degree BJJ Black Belt By Jean Jacques Machado". Jitsmagazine. Retrieved 9 April 2024.
  10. ^ de Souza, Diogo. "Four BJJ Legends Confirmed As PGF Season 6 Coaches Lineup Finalized". Jitsmagazine. Retrieved 9 April 2024.
  11. ^ Warrior, Egghead. "Four Jiu-Jitsu Legends Draft Their Teams For PGF World Season 6". Jitsmagazine. Retrieved 27 April 2024.
  12. ^ Warrior, Egghead. "PGF World Season 6: Best Of Day 4". Jitsmagazine. Retrieved 27 April 2024.

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