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Unveiling the Art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

How Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Started

Unveiling the Art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Embarking on my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) journey at sixteen, it's more than a physical pursuit—it's a lifestyle, an integral part of who I am. As I delve into BJJ, understanding its history becomes crucial; it's not just something you "do," but an intrinsic part of your DNA.

The journey begins with Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese judoka who showcased Judo's effectiveness globally. Arriving in Brazil in 1914, Maeda's teachings to Carlos Gracie laid the groundwork for adapting Judo into BJJ. The Gracie brothers, particularly Carlos and Helio, innovatively shaped Judo techniques to suit the Brazilian landscape, emphasizing adaptability, leverage, and strategy over raw strength.

BJJ's evolution extends beyond techniques—it's a dynamic journey of self-discovery. Grounded in ground fighting, it's an intricate dance of submissions, escapes, and positional control. BJJ stands apart by honing skills on the mat, weaving technique, strategy, and resilience into a captivating narrative.

The Machado family, with luminaries like Carlos, Roger, Rigan, Jean Jacques, and John, adds a unique chapter to BJJ's rich tapestry. Beyond familial ties, their influence as practitioners and instructors resonates globally, embodying respect, discipline, and a pursuit of mastery.

BJJ's global impact is showcased through the Machado siblings, revered instructors who elevate BJJ beyond martial arts. Their legacy thrives in dedicated academies, preserving BJJ's essence as a way of life. The Machado family not only excels in BJJ but also shapes an enduring narrative, perpetuating the art's timeless beauty.

BJJ isn't just a martial art; it's a living narrative of resilience, adaptation, and shared passion. From Japanese roots to a global phenomenon, the Machado family exemplifies continuous growth in this extraordinary martial art. Whether you're a novice or seasoned, BJJ invites you to explore its rich history, intricate techniques, and become part of its ever-evolving story.

My Master: Master John Machado
John Machado, the youngest of the renowned Machado brothers in the realm of BJJ, embarked on his BJJ journey four decades ago. His training began alongside his brothers and cousins from the Gracie family, culminating in the awarding of his black belt by Carlos Gracie Jr.

His dominance in the BJJ circuit is marked by a remarkable streak, claiming every major competitive title from 1982 to 1990. In 1990, he expanded his horizons, graduating from Rio Federal College with a degree in Environmental Farming.

Post-graduation, John showcased his skills in Sambo competitions at the Pan American Games, clinching consecutive championships in 1993 and 1994. Beyond the mat, he played a role in the television series Walker Texas Ranger, even producing and starring in the Brazilian Brawl.

The film featured an ensemble cast, including martial arts legend Dan Inosanto, acclaimed actor Geoffrey Lewis, musician Rikki Rockett, and the Machado Brothers: Carlos, Jean Jacques, Rigan, and Roger.

John Machado Jiu-Jitsu is led by Head Instructor Master John Machado, a 7th-degree Coral Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The legacy of the Machado Brothers spans over 40 years. They infuse the art with teachings of humility and service, encapsulated in the motto "Leave your ego at the door."

Committed to the practice of Martial Arts, John Machado Jiu-Jitsu strives to enhance students' lives, fostering individual growth and embracing a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.

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