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Jean Jacques Machado is a legendary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) competitor and instructor. Regarded as 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 grappling and mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Wallid Ismail at the Copa Atlantica tournament in Brazil. Jean Jacques Machado continued his good form after he moved to the United States to open his own academy, winning years later 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. > Helio GracieCarlos Gracie Junior > Jean Jacques Machado

Main Achievements 

  • 1st Place ADCC World Championship (1999)
  • 2nd Place ADCC World Championship (2000 / 2001)

Favorite Technique/Position: Rear naked choke & Butterfly Guard.

Team/ Association: Machado Jiu-Jitsu

Jean Jacques Biography

Jean Jacques Machado was born on February 12, 1968, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, which left him without fingers on his left hand, Machado is related to the Gracie family from his mother’s side of the family, given that Lair (Carlos Gracie Junior’s mother) is Jean Jacques aunt.

The Machado brothers started training with their cousin Carlos Gracie Junior during a period when Jr. worked as an assistant instructor at Rolls Gracie‘s academy (an academy shared with Carlson Gracie). After Rolls’ death, “Carlinhos” moved the team to the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, where he formed Gracie Barra, giving a coaching opportunity to Jean Jacques, who became team’s main instructor (though supervised by Carlos). There Machado coached many men who would later become legends of the sport themselves, men such as Helio ‘Soneca’, ‘Soca‘, ‘Gordo‘ and many others.

Soon after Jean Jacques was promoted to black belt by Carlos Gracie Junior, he moved to the United States of America, following his older brother Rigan Machado‘s footsteps. Rigan had opened a small BJJ academy in California and Jean Jacques came to the USA with the intent of helping his brother grow the gym.

In America Jean Jacques and his brothers created a new trend by giving adequate instruction to the “Gringos” (Americans). In Brazil showing foreigners Gracie jiu-jitsu techniques were still seen as a taboo and something that was frowned upon by the majority of jiu-jitsu professors. The Machados received a lot of bad credit in Brazil for training people such as 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 on, 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

17 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    5 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (65%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

11 SUBMISSIONS WINS

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RNC
55
6
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Choke
9
1
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Straight armlock
9
1
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Ezekiel
9
1
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Armbar
9
1
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Footlock
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
7 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (57%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (14%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

JJ Machado Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
75Eduardo JamelaoEduardo JamelaoLReferee DecisionPan American82KGSF1996
283H. CabelinhoLN/AWorld Champ.82KG4F1999
423Renzo GracieRenzo GracieLAdvADCC77KGF2000
511Matt SerraMatt SerraLPenADCC77KG4F2001
567Ricardo AronaRicardo AronaLPts: 3x0ADCCABSF2001
1156Dean ListerDean ListerLPointsADCCABSSPF2005
1480K. HironakaLPts: 3x0LA Sub-XABSSPF2006
50UnknownWPointsCopa CantaoNANA1987
55Marcelo AlonsoMarcelo AlonsoWPointsAtlantico Sul82KGSF1991
56Wallid IsmailWallid IsmailWReferee DecisionAtlantico Sul82KGF1991
133James BoranWChokeJoe Moreira Cup77KGSPF1997
202Roy HarrisWPts: 10x6BB ChallengeABSSPF1998
282RogerinhoWStraight armlockWorld Champ.82KGR11999
312Ryan HarveyWRNCADCC77KGR11999
313Micah PittmanWRNCADCC77KG4F1999
314Hayato SakuraiWRNCADCC77KGSF1999
315Caol UnoWRNCADCC77KGF1999
416Marcio CromadoWRNCADCC77KGR12000
420Mikey BurnetWEzekielADCC77KG4F2000
422Leonardo VieiraLeonardo VieiraWPts: 9x0ADCC77KGSF2000
507Serguei OnishukWRNCADCC77KGR12001
555Y. KohsakaWArmbarADCCABSR12001
561Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWFootlockADCCABS4F2001
566Ricardo AlmeidaRicardo AlmeidaWPts: 3x0ADCCABSSF2001

Jean Jacques Machado vs Caol Uno

Jean Jacques Machado vs Ricardo Arona

 

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8 Comments

  • 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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