Rigan Machado

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Rigan Machado
Born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Style RCJ Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Teacher(s) Carlos Gracie, Rolls Gracie, Carlos Gracie Jr., Rickson Gracie
Rank          8th Degree Coral Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Notable students Dan Inosanto, Erik Paulson, Chuck Norris, John Will, Bob Bass, Chris Haueter, Rick Minter, Cindy Omatsu, Rodney King
Website riganbjjbevhills.com

Rigan Machado (born 2 July 1966 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is an 8th degree red and black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, earning his rank under Carlos Gracie Jr. He is a former Pan American Champion (1996, 1997 weight and absolute) and a veteran medalist of the ADCC.[1] Machado holds a victory over Ron Tripp, the only person to hold a documented victory in competition over Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Rickson Gracie.[2] Rigan Machado currently teaches out of his Beverly Hills California Academy and is instructor to notable students Ashton Kutcher,[3] Vin Diesel and Charlie Hunnam from the television show Sons of Anarchy.[4] In January 2014, Machado converted to Islam.[5]


Rigan is one of five brothers of the Machado family. He began training at the age of 5 with his cousins, "The Gracie Family". In an interview, when asked about his exact relationship with the Gracies, Rigan said "My mother's sister married the founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Carlos Gracie." Like all children he took it more as a game than really as something he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He started to take training and competing more seriously at the age of 14. This is the time where Rigan would start to train everyday on the mat. From the age of 14 through 21, he won the Brazilian National Championships every year and every belt division. He amassed a record of 365 wins and 2 losses in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition. He also created a record by having 19 matches in one day and finishing all of them by submission. He remains unbeaten in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in more than 13 years of competition. His training sessions were all very technical and intensive under the eye of his two instructors Rolls Gracie and Carlos Gracie Jr.

Rigan Machado was awarded the first black belt under Gracie Barra founder Carlos Gracie Jr.[6] and is one of the original teachers who taught in the garage of Rorion Gracie in the early days of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in America.[7] He also trained with his other cousins such Rickson Gracie, Rorion Gracie, Rillion Gracie, his uncle Carlos Gracie Sr, and his brothers.

He is widely regarded as one of the top competitors in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu history. He also competed and won many tournaments in judo, sambo, and wrestling.

Instructor lineage[edit]

Sr. Mitsuyo "Count Koma" Maeda → Carlos Gracie Sr. → Rolls Gracie & Carlos "Carlinhos" Gracie Jr.

Current career[edit]

Rigan Machado currently teaches at his school, "The Academy Beverly Hills", located in Beverly Hills, California. Rigan is sponsored by a sporting goods brand called Sanabul and has an official Rigan Machado product line within the company. He is also the commissioner of Jiu Jitsu World League.

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  1. ^ "Rigan Machado". BJJ Heroes BJJ Fighter Database. March 26, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ashton Kutcher is a BJJ Purple Belt". Fightland by Vice Magazine. December 12, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ashton Kutcher's Jiu Jitsu Workout". Men's Health Magazine. March 26, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Rigan Machado Designs Jiu Jitsu System Without Sparring for Celebrities". Eastern Europe BJJ. March 21, 2015. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Reverts To Islam Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu`Fighter BJJ Rigan Machado". January 7, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Rigan Machado". BJJ Heroes BJJ Fighter Database. March 26, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  7. ^ "MMA Origins: Erik Paulson, Shooto's Forgotten Champion". Bloody Elbow. February 20, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2015.