Over Memorial Day weekend we had the pleasure of hosting Rigan Machado for a weekend of training here in Seattle. On a break at the gi portion of the seminar Rigan had taken off his top and belt to use the facilities and left it on his bag where Brian and I were captivated by it for what seemed like minutes.
"Can you imagine receiving that belt from the creators of this art?" asked Brian.
"Brother, I can barely imagine a purple belt, let alone a red-black!" I quipped back.
The red-black belt. A sign of dedication, perseverance, determination, and over and above all a symbol of your undying work to promote the art and sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 25 years as a black belt actively promoting the art. Rickson Gracie promoted Jean Jacques Machado to the rank of red-black belt Tuesday June 6, 2011. Much thanks to Kid Peligro for breaking the news!
"I am honored to receive this belt from Rickson Gracie." - JJM
Considered by many to be possibly one of the most technically talented snipers ever in grappling:
Congratulations on a milestone from Seattle's NW Jiu Jitsu Academy Professor Machado!