Jean Jacques Machado

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Jean-Jacques Machado
Born Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Residence California United States Tarzana, California, United States
Style RCJ Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Teacher(s) Carlos Gracie
Rank          7th Degree red-and-black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1][2]
Notable students Eddie Bravo, Dan Inosanto, Joe Rogan, Richard Norton, Chris D'Elia

Jean Jacques Machado is one of the five Machado brothers, including Carlos, Roger, Rigan and John, renowned for their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) skills. Nephews of BJJ co-founder and Master Carlos Gracie, the brothers 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]


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.

In 1992, Machado arrived in the United States to continue his competitive success. Dominating the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu scene both in the US and in international competition, Machado is one of the most admired and respected Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the world today.[5]

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][7]

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 - 66k-76k Division Gold Medalist, Most Technical Fighter Award[4]
2000 - 66k-76k Division Silver Medalist
2001 - Absolute Division Silver Medalist, Best Match Award, Fastest Submission Award
2005 - Superfight Runner Up

Instructor lineage[edit]

Jigoro KanoMitsuyo MaedaCarlos Gracie, Sr.Carlos Gracie, Jr. → Jean Jacques Machado

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

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

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. ^ Carlos Machado Jiu-Jitsu Academy >> About Us.
  4. ^ a b "ADCC Results". Official ADCC results. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ Jean Jacques Machado Jiu-Jitsu Academy >> About
  6. ^ Jean Jacques Machado >> Academy News Accessed on June 7, 2011.
  7. ^ Jean Jacques Machado Promoted to 7th degree >> Online Magazine

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