Jean Jacques Machado is one of the legends of BJJ. This Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt was considered one of Carlos Gracie Junior‘s top students in the 1980′s, a status cemented with his wins over several important grapplers of his generation, including BJJ superstar Wallid Ismail at the Copa Atlantica tournament in Brazil. Jean Jacques Machado continued his good form even after he moved to the United States to open his own academy, winning years later in the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC), the World’s most prestigious Submission Wrestling competition. He was also one of the first BJJ black belts to move to the United States where he was an important factor in the development of Jiu Jitsu.
Jean Jacques Machado Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Jean Jacques Machado
Main Achievements (BJJ/MMA/Grappling)
- ADCC Champion
- ADCC Silver Medalist 2x (once in the absolute)
Famous Fights: in sport Brazilian Jiu Jitsu it was probably his fight against Walid Ismail in Copa Atlantica (Jean Jaques won by judges decision after a draw on points). His other famous fight was against Ricardo Arona at the absolute Division’s Final in ADCC 2001.
Favourite Technique/Position: Rear naked choke.
Team/ Association: Machado Jiu Jitsu
Jean Jacques Biography
Jean Jacques Machado was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, which left him without fingers on his left hand. Jean Jacques is related to the Gracie family through his mother, who is the sister of Lair (Carlos Gracie Junior’s mother). The Machado’s are not Gracie’s by blood, but they are first degree cousins of a Gracie.
The Machado brothers started training with their cousin, Carlinhos Gracie (Carlos Gracie Junior) while Carlos was an assistant coach at the Rolls Gracie academy (an academy shared with Carlson Gracie) they would accompany their cousin when he moved to Barra da Tijuca to form Gracie Barra, where Jean Jacques became an assistant coach, training alongside BJJ legends such as “Soneca”, “Soca”, “Gordo” and many others.
Jean Jacques Machado was awarded his jiu jitsu black belt by Carlinho Gracie. Jean Jacques Machado moved to the United States of America after his older brother Rigan Machado came to the country and established a small BJJ School. He came to the states to help his brother grow the academy. In America Jean Jacques and his brothers created a new trend by giving instruction to the “Gringos” (Americans). In Brazil showing foreigners BJJ techniques was still a Taboo and something that was frowned uppon. The Machados got a lot of bad credit in Brazil for training people like Mark Kerr and Ricco Rodriguez before competitions where they were facing Brazilians. They also taught Enson and Egan Inoe (who later went to Nova Uniao) and movie stars like Chuck Norris and Steven Segal.
When Jean Jacques Machado first arrived at the USA there weren’t any competitions in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu scene for black belts. To keep his competitive flame active and because Jean wanted to try something new, he ventured in Sport Sambo (the Russian Martial Art) where he won a few State Championships and the Pan American Championship in 1993. Before reaching success at the ADCC, Jean Jaques also tried his luck in MMA, against the then undefeated Frank Trigg. He lost a hard fought battle on the 3rd Round due to a cut (knee as he was shooting in for a single leg).
Aside from being one of the best BJJ coaches in the world and a legend of ADCC, Jean Jaques Machado and his brothers were also part of over 20 episodes of Chuck Norris’s Walker Texas Ranger and had their own film called “Bad Boys from Brazil”.
Jean Jacques Machado vs Yuki Nakai
Jean Jacques Machado vs Caol Uno
Jean Jacques Machado vs Ricardo Arona
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