The Brothers

The Machado Brothers are a family of Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert 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. 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 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, Rigan, Jean Jacques and John. The Machados have opened Brazilian jiu-jitsu schools throughout the United States.

The Machado Brothers

The Machados were taught mainly by their cousin Carlos Jr., his half-brother Rolls Gracie, and Carlos and Rolls' father, Carlos Gracie. The brothers also trained with other notable members of the Gracie family, including Helio, Carlson, Rickson, Renzo, Crolin, and Rilion. From there the Machado Brothers would develop RCJ Machado Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Carlos opened schools in 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.

As a family they have held titles in every Jiu-Jitsu competition they have entered. They are known for their success in Pan American Games, ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Brazilian jiu-jitsu American Championships, and Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championships.


Carlos started martial arts at the age of four.  He currently holds the highest rank of this style in the Southwest, Ninth Degree Black Belt.  His main instructor throughout his life was his cousin Carlos Gracie, Jr. but he has also trained with Helio Gracie, Carlson Gracie, Rolls Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Crolin Gracie, Rillion Gracie and his brothers. While in Brazil, he successfully competed in several tournaments at both the state and national level.

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


John Machado is the youngest of the five Machado brothers of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He began his training 30 years ago with his brothers and his cousins, the Gracie family.  It was an honor to receive his black belt from Carlos Gracie, Jr.

He dominated the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu circuit, winning every major competitive title from 1982 to 1990.  In 1990, he also graduated from Rio Federal College receiving a degree in Environmental Farming.  After graduating, he competed three years later at the Pan American Games in Sambo competitions, becoming champion two consecutive years: 1993 and 1994.

John has had numerous movie and television roles such as “The Ropes” Vin Diesel’s new TV series at FOX (2012), Alienated (2011), Duel of Legends (2011), Redbelt (2008), Brazilian Brawl (2003), Mean Guns (1997), Heatseeker (1995), Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1994) and Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995).  Mr. Machado also had a role in the television series Walker Texas Ranger as himself.  John produced and starred in the Brazilian Brawl.  The following people were cast in his film: martial arts legend Dan Inosanto, acclaimed actor Geoffrey Lewis, musician Rikki Rockett and brothers Carlos Machado, Jean Jacques Machado, Rigan Machado and Roger Machado.  In addition to private seminars, John currently runs his RCJ Machado Jiu-Jitsu academies in Culver City, California and Torrance, California.


Roger Machado is the second oldest brother of the world famous Machado Brothers.  He started his training at the age of 5 years old.  Roger has trained with Rolls Gracie, Carlos Gracie Jr. and Crolin Cracie, as well as his brothers and other cousins.

Master Machado competed at the highest levels of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years and has won numerous tournaments.  He has one of the most unorthodox games out there.  The techniques he teaches and employs are different and highly effective.  In the BJJ World, he is known as the Zen Master.

Teaching the art has always been a special focus.  Roger Machado currently holds the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt and is the Chief Instructor of RCJ Machado Jiu-Jitsu in Pasadena, CA.


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