In April 1994 he moved to Los Angeles, California. There he met martial arts movie star Chuck Norris, who was instrumental in promoting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the Machado family. Mr. Norris has been one of the greatest advocates of Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Carlos lived in Los Angeles until the end of 1995, when he moved to Dallas, Texas where he taught Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu out of the same building in which Chuck Norris’ television show “Walker, Texas Ranger” was filmed. This allowed Mr. Machado to teach at his studio and also take part in over 20 episodes of the popular show. He often assisted on choreographing fight scenes with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Chuck Norris earned his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu directly from Carlos Machado.
Master Machado is a world class competitor. He dominated the BJJ tournament scene for decades compiling an impressive career of victories:
- State & National BJJ Champion from 1982 to 1993
- Pan American of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 1997 & 1998
- U.S Open 1998 & 1999
- World Master’s Championships 2000 (two weight divisions)
- Middle weight and open class