Machado family

Machado family

For other uses, see Machado.
Ethnicity Portuguese Brazilian
Current region United States
Notable members

Carlos Machado
Roger Machado
Rigan Machado
Jean Jacques Machado

John Machado
Connected families Gracie
Traditions Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

The Machado family refers to the lineage of Brazilian mixed martial artists and Grapplers. They are known for being the founders of RCJ Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. They are also known for their success in Pan American Games, Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championships, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Championships, The Brazilian National Championship and ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship competitions. As a family, they uphold the tradition of RCJ Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. They are related by marriage to the Gracie family, the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The exact relationship to the Gracies is that Rigan's mother's sister married Carlos Gracie, according to Rigan in an interview with BJJ magazine. As a family they entered tournaments and opened schools around the United States.

Rigan Machado was taught by Carlos Gracie; the other Machados were taught mainly by Carlos Gracie Jr. and Rolls Gracie. The Machados also trained with Helio Gracie, Carlson Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Crolin Gracie and Rilion Gracie, as well themselves. 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, Rigan Machado, and John Machado currently run schools in California.

As a family they have held titles in every competition they have entered. The most recent family champions have been Rigan Machado, Jean Jacques Machado and Carlos Machado. The most successful Machado in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is Rigan Machado with an amazing record of 365 wins and 2 losses. The family now trains mixed martial arts fighters in organizations such as UFC, WEC, and Strikeforce. Rigan has awarded black belts to John Will, Erik Paulson, Dan Inosanto, Jair Muniz and Chuck Norris. Jean-Jacques had also helped in awarding black belts to John Will and Dan Inosanto with Rigan. Jean-Jacques has also awarded black belts to No Gi proponent Eddie Bravo, Women's World champion Felicia Oh, and former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez.

Instructor Lineage

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

Family Members

  • Carlos Machado - 8th Degree Red & Black belt. Oldest of the five brothers.
  • Roger Machado - 7th Degree Red & Black Belt. Second oldest among the brothers.
  • 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. His record stands at 365 wins and 2 losses.
  • 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.
  • John Machado - 6th Degree Black Belt. Youngest of the five brothers. From 1993-1994 Pan American Games Sambo champion.

Movies & Television

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".[1][2]

See also

  • Gracie family
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • List of notable Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners


External links

  • RCJ Machado Jiu-Jitsu Academy (Dallas, TX)
  • RCJ Machado Jiu-Jitsu Academy (Pasadena, CA)
  • RCJ Machado Jiu-Jitsu Academy (West Los Angeles, CA)
  • Jean Jacques Machado Jiu-Jitsu Academy
  • John Machado Jiu-Jitsu Academy