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Jean Jacques Machado - A Renowned Machado Brother

Jean Jacques Machado - A Renowned Machado Brother

1. Jean Jacques Machado’s Details

Jean Jacques Machado’s Details
Name Jean Jacques Machado
Born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Date of Birth February 12, 1968
Current Residence Tarzana, California US
Height 182.88 cm
Weight 76.66 kg / 169 lbs
Rank 7th Degree Coral Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Style RCJ Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Favorite Technique Butterfly Guard or Rear Naked Choke
Fighting out of Tarzana, California, the United States
Awarded By Carlos Gracie Jr.
Head Coach Carlos Gracie Jr.
Rolls Gracie
Rickson Gracie
Lineage Jigoro Kano -> Tomita Tsunejirō -> Mitsuyo Maeda -> Carlos Gracie Sr. -> Carlos Gracie Jr. -> Rickson Gracie -> Jean Jacques Machado
Team/Association Machado Jiu-jitsu
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2. Jean Jacques Machado Biography

“Jiu-Jitsu is not a martial art. It’s literally a way of seeing life with better eyes”
(Jean Jacques Machado)

Machado is renowned for his elite grappling skills. He got the attention of the international community after winning the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship.

2.1. Jean Jacques Machado’s Early Life

Athletic Childhood

The legendary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor, Jean Jacques Machado was born on 12 Feb 1968 in Brazil. Machado spent the early years of his life in South America.

Suffered Amniotic Band Syndrome

Machado was born with just the thumb and little finger on his left hand due to amniotic band syndrome. Despite having a genetic issue that adversely affected his gripping abilities. Machado is a real fighter, nothing could stop him from pursuing his passion for Jiu-Jitsu.

Jean Jacques Machado’s Family

Machado has five brothers: Carlos, John, Roger, and Rigan, known as the “Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Family”. Machado, who has practiced martial arts since a younger age, is the nephew of Grandmaster and founder of BJJ Carlos Gracie.

He got married to Jaqueline Machado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 29, 1988. Together, they have two daughters named, Camilla and Jullie.

Devotion To Jiu-Jitsu

Machado started learning Jiu-Jitsu over 30 years ago. He dominated the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitive fights in his country from 1982 to 1992, winning every major title and competition award.

2.2. Jean Jacques Machado’s Pro BJJ Combat

Earned Black Belt

In 1992 Jean Jacques Machado received the Black Belt from his coach, Carlos Gracie Junior. Following in the footsteps of his older brother Rigan Machado. In the same year, Machado immigrated to the United States.

Started Sambo

There were no Black Belt contests in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu scene when Jean Jacques Machado initially came to the USA. Jean started learning Sport Sambo, where he won a few State Titles and a Pan American Championship in 1993, in order to maintain his competitive spirit and because he wanted to try something new.

Winning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu American Championships

After getting success in Sambo Sport, Machado’s matchless devotion led him to win four consecutive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu American Championships from 1995-1998.

Success in  ADCC

After four remarkable wins in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu American Championship, Machado achieved another success in the Abu Dhabi Combat Club World Submission Wrestling Championships in 1999, which helped him attract international fame.

Coral Belt

Machado got promoted to a 7th-degree coral belt (red-and-black belt) on June 6, 2011, during a ceremony at the Rickson Gracie Academy in West Los Angeles. Machado had 19 years of experience as a black belt instructor, champion, and competitor, and this honorable promotion is the acknowledgment of his BJJ services. Machado is among one the few active 7th Degree coral belts and continue to teach in his academy in Woodland Hills, CA.

Appearances in the Mainstream Channels

Machado has maintained an active appearance in “Motion Pictures”, “Force of the Spirit '', “Readbelt '', “Read Belt '' and in the television series “Insider Training.”

2.3. Jean Jacques Machado’s Pro MMA Combat

Tried Luck in MMA

In 1998 Jean Jacques participated in MMA and competed against the unbeaten Frank Trigg, but couldn't succeed. Due to a cut on his knee, he was forced to forfeit the fight in the third round.

2.4. Jean Jacques Machado’s Historic Fights

Jean Jacques Machado Vs Caol Uno


On 24 February 1999, at the ADCC World Championship, Jean Jacques Machado faced Caol Uno, a professional wrestler, and Japanese mixed martial artist.

Both participants fought relentlessly showing their elite grappling skills. In the first stage, Machado held a powerful RNC grip on Caol’s neck. Caol showed remarkable resistance for almost two minutes to get himself free from Machado’s grip but couldn’t, and ultimately tapped at 4.45 of round 1.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class Location
1999 ADCC Caol Uno Win RNC 77kg Abu Dhabi, U.A.E

Jean Jacques Machado Vs Mikey Burnett


At the ADCC 2000 World Championship, the BJJ legend Jean Jacques Machado fought against Team Lions Den’s FIRE Fighter Mikey Burnett.

The fight came to an end when Machado strangled Mikey in a lethal Ezekiel Choke and Mikey tapped out

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Weight Class
2000 ADCC Mikey Burnett Win Ezekiel Choke 77kg

2.5. Jean Jacques Machado’s BJJ Instructorship

Trained at Gracie Barra

The Machado brothers began training at Rolls Gracie's academy (a joint academy with Carlson Gracie) with their cousin Carlos Gracie Junior, after Rolls Gracie’s demise, Carlos relocated the team to the Barra da Tijuca district and founded Gracie Barra.

Carlos gave Jean Jacques a chance to coach and eventually take over as the team's primary instructor (supervised by Carlos).

There, Machado trained a number of athletes who would go on to become legendary future fighters, including  "Soca, Soneca, Gordo, and many more.

The Jean Jacques Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy

Jean Jacques Machado opened his own BJJ academy in Woodland Hills, California. It is regarded as one of Southern California's top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools.

Jean Jacques and his team of experts help students to reach their own personal training objectives. There are several regional, national, and international champions in the Academy's competition group. A regular class of his academy frequently has at least 10 or more black belts.

The academy's sessions are held in a secure and encouraging atmosphere. Jean Jacques Machado or a designated black belt teacher instructs every training session.

2.6. Jean Jacques Machado’s Publications

Jean Jacques Machado wrote four books for guiding other mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners.

  • Championship Techniques
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
  • The Grappler’s Handbook Vol.1: Gi and No-Gi Techniques
  • The Grappler’s Handbook Vol. 2: Tactics for Defense

Championship Techniques

In this book by Jean Jacques, Jiu-Jitsu practitioners can learn 112 advanced positions that will arm the practitioners with the skills necessary to succeed in the combat sports of BJJ.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

Jean Jacques Machado, renowned for his exceptional technical skills, now offers his full Brazilian jiu-Jitsu mechanism in the form of a book. A comprehensive library of Jiu-Jitsu techniques to address every possible situation is detailed.

The Grappler’s Handbook Vol.1: Gi and No-Gi Techniques

This manual gives comprehensive guidelines and step-by-step guidelines about the different grappling with and without a BJJ Gi, clearly demonstrating each of its methods. This manual creates an approachable foundation that grapplers of any experience may use by emphasizing Gi and No-Gi techniques from basic to key positions of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, mixed martial arts, and submission combat.

The Grappler’s Handbook Vol. 2: Tactics for Defense

This handbook entirely elaborated on the core defensive and offensive ideas and principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, mixed martial arts, and submission fighting, advocating for an integrated approach to the discipline of BJJ grappling.

3.  Jean Jacques Machado’s Championships and Accomplishments

Available National Championships

  • Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championship
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Championship

International Participation

  • Sambo Wrestling Championship
  • Champion of Grappling Style Challenge Japan in 1995
  • Champion of Black Belt Super Challenge Championship in 1998
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu American Championship (4x Champion 1995-1998)
  • Champion of Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championships in 1999

4. Records/Medals/Accomplishments

  • 1999 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship
  • 2000 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship
  • 2001 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship
  • Head Instructor & Director of Jean Jacques Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Hall of Fame Instructor of the Year awarded by the “Black Belt Magazine in 2011”
  • Founder of Jean Jacques Machado Global Online Training Program
  • Founder of World Grappling Game Federation
  • Founder of (UFAF) United Fighting Arts Federation
  • LAPD Consultant of Defensive Tactics Supervisor
  • Defensive Tactics Supervisor of Sheriff’s Department
  • American Federation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Law School of Rio de Janeiro Brazilian

5. Jean Jacques Machado Professional Titles

  • 11X Cruiser Weight Champion (1982-1992)
  • Cruiser Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championships
  • Most Technical Fight Award in Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championship in 1999
  • Best Match Award in Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championship in 2011
  • Fastest Submission Award in Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championship in 2011
Event Year Medal
ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship 1999 Gold
ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship 2000 Silver
ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship 2001 Silver

6. Jean Jacques Machado’s Main Achievements

Position Event Year
1st Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championship 1982-1992
(11 years consecutive)
1st Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Championship 1982-1992
(11 years consecutive)
1st Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu American Championship 1995-1998
(4 years consecutive)
1st Sambo Wrestling Championship 1993, 1994
1st Grappling Style Challenge Style Japan 1995
1st Black Belt Super Challenge Championship 1995-1998
1st Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championship 1999, 2001
2nd Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championship 2000
2nd Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championship 2005

7. Jean Jacques Machado’s Professional BJJ Record Breakdown

16 Matches 12 Wins 4 Losses
By Submission 10 0
By Points 2 2
By Advantage 0 1
By Penalty 0 1

Submission Method W/L

Submission Method 10 Wins 0 Loss
Kneebar 1 0
Armbar 1 0
Ezekiel Choke 1 0
Rear Naked Choke 6 0
Triangle Choke 1 0

8.  Jean Jacques Machado’s BJJ Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Division
2006 LA Sub-X K. Hironaka L Pts: 3x0 SPF ABS
2005 ADCC Dean Lister L Points SPF ABS
2001 ADCC Ricardo Arona L Pts: 3x0 F ABS
2001 ADCC Ricardo Almeida W Pts: 3x0 SF ABS
2001 ADCC Marcio Cruz W Footlock 4F ABS
2001 ADCC Y. Kohsaka W Armbar R1 ABS
2001 ADCC Matt Serra L Pen 4F 77kg
2001 ADCC Serguei Onishuk W RNC R1 77kg
2000 ADCC Renzo Gracie L Adv F 77kg
2000 ADCC Leonardo Vieira W Pts: 9x0 SF 77kg
2000 ADCC Mikey Burnett W Ezekiel 4F 77kg
2000 ADCC Marcio Cromado W RNC R1 77kg
1999 ADCC Caol Uno W RNC F 77kg
1999 ADCC Hayato Sakurai W RNC SF 77kg
1999 ADCC Micah Pittman W RNC 4F 77kg
1999 ADCC Ryan Harvey W RNC R1 77kg
1999 World Champ. H. Cabelinho L N/A 4F 82kg
1999 World Champ. Rogerinho W Straight Armlock R1 82kg
1998 BB Challenge Roy Harris W Pts: 10x6 SPF ABS
1997 Joe Moreira James Boran W Choke SPF 77kg
1996 Pan American Eduardo Jamelao L Referee Decision SF 82kg
1991 Atlantico Sul Wallid Ismail W Referee Decision F 82kg
1991 Atlantico Sul Marcelo Alonso W Points SF 82kg
1987 Copa Cantao N/A W Points N/A N/A

9. Jean Jacques Machado’s Top Fights (Video Links)

Jean Jacques Machado Vs. Caol Uno

Jean Jacques Machado Vs. Ricardo Arona

Jean Jacques Machado Vs. Mikey Burnett

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