Who Are The Machado Brothers?

Larry Shealy // Uncategorized


June 15  

The Machado Brothers

It’s rare that I get overly excited, but this week I’m attending a “bucket list” type event that has me pretty fired up!

My BJJ Instructor is Master Rigan Machado.  He and his 4 brothers, all Coral Belts in BJJ, are having a seminar, Gi and No-Gi, this week. I will be there.

As some background on these legends in Jiu Jitsu, I’ve pulled some information straight off of their wiki page:

The Machado Family (also known as the Machado Brothers) are a family of Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners, mixed martial artists and grapplers. They are the founders of RCJ Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and are cousins to members of the Gracie family.

MachadoCurrent regionUnited StatesMembersCarlos Machado
Roger Machado
Rigan Machado
Jean Jacques Machado
John MachadoConnected familiesGracieTraditionsBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Family connection to Gracie family

Their familial ties to the Gracies are through their mother’s sister Layr, who was married to Carlos Gracie, making them first cousins to Carlos Gracie, Jr.and his siblings, and affinal cousins to the rest of the second generation of Gracie martial artists. Along with their Gracie cousins, the Machados are pioneers of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the United States. They are according to age, Carlos, Roger, RiganJean Jacquesand John. The Machados have opened Brazilian jiu-jitsu schools throughout the United States.

The Machados were taught mainly by their cousin Carlos Jr., his half-brotherRolls Gracie, and Carlos and Rolls’ father, Carlos Gracie. The brothers also trained with other notable members of the Gracie family, including HelioCarlsonRicksonRenzo, Crolin and Rilion. From there the Machados would develop a Brazilian jiu-jitsu that would be called RCJ Machado Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Carlos opened schools throughout the United States, as well as in Mexico, England, France, and Australia. Jean Jacques, Roger, and Rigan currently run schools in California. John Machado left California in 2014 and opened a school in Allen, Texas that same year.

Needless to say I will be learning much more from these legends of Jiu Jitsu.

Come train next week and I’ll open the book from this incredible training with ‘The Machado Brothers!







About the Author

Training in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu since 1994. 4th-Degree Rigan Machado Black Belt Instructor. Christian, Husband, Father, Grateful Small Business Owner.

Larry Shealy