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Jean Jacques Machado

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).

Jean Jacques Machado Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Jean Jacques Machado

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > 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  while Carlos was an assistant coach at Rolls Gracie‘s 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 (and coaching) men that would later become legends themselves, men such as: Helio ‘Soneca’”, ‘Soca‘, ‘Gordo‘ and many others.

Jean Jacques Machado was awarded his jiu jitsu black belt by Carlos Gracie Junior, some time after this he moved to the United States of America, following his older brother Rigan Machado who came to the country before him having established a small academy in California. Jean Jacques came to the USA with the intent of helping 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 (or Sombo) 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 the ADCC organization, 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’.

JJ Machado Grappling Record

    5 (33%)
    0 (0%)
    9 (60%)
    1 (7%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Mata leao
    4 (57%)
    1 (14%)
    0 (0%)
    1 (14%)
    1 (14%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


JJ Machado Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
73Eduardo JamelaoEduardo JamelaoLRefree DecisionPan AmericanU82kgSemi f.1996
217H. CabelinhoLN/AWorld Champ.U82kg1/4 final1999
333Renzo GracieRenzo GracieLAdvADCCU77kgFinal2000
407Matt SerraMatt SerraLPenADCCU77kg1/4 final2001
454Ricardo AronaRicardo AronaLPts: 3x0ADCCAbsoluteFinal2001
784Dean ListerDean ListerLPointsADCCAbsoluteSuperfight2005
997K. HironakaLPts: 3x0LA Sub-XAbsoluteSuperfight2006
51UnknownWPointsCopa Cantaon/an/a1987
56Marcelo AlonsoWPointsAtlantico SulU82kgSemi f.1991
57Wallid IsmailWallid IsmailWRefree DecisionAtlantico SulU82kgFinal1991
172Roy HarrisWPts: 10x6BB ChallengeAbsoluteSuperfight1998
246Ryan HarveyWMata leaoADCCU77kgRd 11999
247Micah PittmanWMata leaoADCCU77kg1/4 final1999
248Hayato SakuraiWMata leaoADCCU77kgSemi f.1999
249Caol UnoWMata leaoADCCU77kgFinal1999
326Marcio CromadoWMata leaoADCCU77kgRd 12000
330Mikey BurnetWEzekielADCCU77kg1/4 final2000
332Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPts: 9x0ADCCU77kgSemi f.2000
403Serguei OnishukWMata leaoADCCU77kgRd 12001
442Y. KohsakaWArmbarADCCAbsoluteRounds2001
448Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWFootlockADCCAbsolute1/4 final2001
453Ricardo AlmeidaRicardo AlmeidaWPts: 3x0ADCCAbsoluteSemi f.2001

Jean Jacques Machado vs Yuki Nakai

Jean Jacques Machado vs Caol Uno

Jean Jacques Machado vs Ricardo Arona


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  • Drew says:

    "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)."

    This is not entirely true. Trigg timed a perfect knee as Machado tried to shoot in, rocked him, and opened him up . After that, Trigg swarmed him and eventually Machado's corner threw in the towel. Big difference.

  • Craig says:

    Jean Jacques Machado is not a black belt ,he was promoted to Red/Black belt by Rickson Gracie on June 6, 2011.

  • Isaiah says:

    it should definitely be mentioned on here that eddie bravo was a student of his

  • TPJJdominates says:

    Eddie's black belt came from him! Hell ya that should be mentioned!

  • DISE138 says:

    You also forget to mention, that prior to the ibjjf Mundials, all that existed was the was the Brazilian National championships. And that he was a 10 time Brazilian National champion. He Did not lose for 10 years straight in jiu jitsu. He competed in Abu Dhabi at the very end of his career.

  • garfil says:

    i met him not long ago he’s a cool guy

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