Meet our Founder
Master Jean Jacques Machado
Master Jean Jacques Machado was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is one of five brothers of the world-renowned Machado Brazilian jiu-jitsu family. Master Machado began his jiu-jitsu training more than forty years ago.
For 11 consecutive years, Master Machado dominated the competitive arena of Brazilian jiu-jitsu in his native country, capturing every major title and competition award from 1982 through 1992.
Master Machado comes to the US
In 1992, he arrived in the United States to continue his competitive success. Dominating the Brazilian jiu-jitsu scene both in the United States and in international competition, Machado gained worldwide recognition in 1999 with his performance at the Abu Dhabi Combat Club World Submission Wrestling Championships. Today, he is one of the most admired and respected Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners in the world.
Master Machado’s talents have been showcased in several major motion pictures and television appearances. He has appeared in the motion pictures Force of the Spirit, Redbelt, MMA Worldwide, as well as other productions.
Jean Jacques has been sharing the gift of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the world for decades. He has two locations in California, located in Tarzana and Malibu, as well as many Affiliate Schools. If unable to attend one of these academies in person, Jean Jacques also has Online Training and his Master Collection on iTunes.
Julio Juarez is proud to be a student of Jean Jacques, and to carry the Machado banner above his own academy.