Machado family

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Current region United States

Carlos Machado
Roger Machado
Rigan Machado
Jean Jacques Machado

John Machado
Connected families Gracie
Traditions Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

The Machado Family—also known as the Machado Brothers—are a family of Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners, mixed martial artists and grapplers. They are the founders of RCJ Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and are cousins to the Gracie family. Their familial ties to the Gracie family are through their mother's sister, who was married to Carlos Gracie the founder of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Along with their cousins the Gracie family, the Machados are pioneers of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the United States. They are according to age, Carlos Machado, Roger Machado, Rigan Machado, Jean Jacques Machado and John Machado. The Machados have opened Brazilian jiu-jitsu schools throughout the United States.

The Machados were taught mainly by Carlos Gracie Jr., Rolls Gracie and Carlos Gracie. The Machados also trained with Helio Gracie, Carlson Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Crolin Gracie and Rilion Gracie. From there the Machados would develop a Brazilian jiu-jitsu that would be called RCJ Machado Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Carlos opened up schools in Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Philadelphia, North Carolina, New York, Rhode Island, Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia, England, France, Australia, Mexico and Michigan. Jean Jacques Machado, Roger Machado, and Rigan Machado currently run schools in California. John Machado left California in 2014 and opened a school in Allen, Texas that same year.[1]

As a family they have held titles in every Jiu-Jitsu competition they have entered. They are known for their success in Pan American Games, ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Brazilian jiu-jitsu American Championships, and Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championships. The most recent family champions have been Rigan Machado, Jean Jacques Machado and Carlos Machado. The most successful Machados in Brazilian jiu-jitsu Competition are Rigan Machado and Jean Jacques Machado, who is a multiple time ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship medalist (Gold, Silver(X2)).[2]

The family now trains BJJ competitors and mixed martial arts fighters in organizations such as UFC, WEC, and Strikeforce. As a family, they have trained numerous BJJ competition champions. Carlos currently trains UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson [3] and has awarded black belts to former UFC Middleweight Contender Travis Lutter and BJJ Champion Rafael Lovato Jr..[4] Rigan has awarded black belts to notable students Erik Paulson, Dan Inosanto, Josh Barnett (2nd Degree) [5] Jair Muniz and Chuck Norris. Additionally, Rigan Machado was one of the original teachers in Rorion Gracie's garage in Torrance, CA in the early days of Brazilian jiu-jitsu in America [6] and has awarded black belts to 6 of the original "dirty dozen" (the first 12 non-Brazilian students to receive black belts in the art).[7] These notable members of the "Dirty Dozen" include John Will, Bob Bass, Chris Haueter, IBJJF Senior Division/Pan American Champion David Meyer, Rick Williams and Rick Minter. Jean-Jacques had also helped in awarding black belts to John Will and Dan Inosanto with Rigan, and has also awarded black belts to No Gi proponent Eddie Bravo, Comedian & UFC Commentator Joe Rogan, Women's World champion Felicia Oh, and former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez.

Instructor lineage[edit]

Jigoro KanoTsunejiro TomitaMitsuyo MaedaCarlos GracieHelio GracieRolls GracieCarlos Gracie Jr. → Machado family

Family members[edit]

  • Carlos Machado - 8th Degree Red & Black belt. Oldest of the five brothers.
  • Roger Machado- 6th Degree Black Belt. Second oldest among the brothers. Roger is an avid yoga practitioner and considered to be the "zen master" of the family.
  • Rigan Machado - 8th Degree Red & Black Belt. Third oldest of the five brothers. From the age of 14 through 21, Rigan won the Brazilian National Championships every year and in every belt division.
  • Jean Jacques Machado - 7th Degree Red & Black Belt. Fourth oldest of the five brothers. He held the Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championships Cruiser Weight Champion and Brazilian jiu-jitsu National Championships Cruiser Weight Champion from 1982 to 1992 .He is a multiple time ADCC Champion.
  • John Machado - 6th Degree Black Belt. Youngest of the five brothers. From 1993-1994 Pan American Games Sambo champion.

Movies & Television[edit]

For the past several years each of the brothers has worked in the film and television industry acting and choreographing fight scenes. In 2003 all five brothers starred together in the straight to video release "Brazilian Brawl".[8][9] In addition, the Machado brothers have helped train notable actors Ashton Kutcher and Keanu Reeves.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Machado Brothers". BJJ Heroes BJJ Fighter Database. March 26, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Jean Jacques Machado". ADCC Submission Fighting World Championship Results. March 26, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson". MMA Junkie. May 23, 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Carlos Machado". BJJ Heroes BJJ Fighter Database. March 26, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Technique Talk with Josh Barnett". MMA Fighting. September 7, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Rigan Machado". BJJ Heroes BJJ Fighter Database. March 26, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Old School: The "Dirty Dozen", the First 12 Non-Brazilian Black Belts". Eastern European BJJ. September 1, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ IMDB >> Brazilian Brawl. URL accessed on April 4, 2010.
  9. ^ Brazilian Brawl Movie Trailer. URL accessed on April 4, 2010.

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