|Pac NW Crew|
A get together such as this is hard to put into words. One of the most alluring aspects of the Machado family is just that, they make you feel like family. Carlos is constantly walking amongst the practitioners making sure everyone is taken care of. John and his son Jean were chatting it up with folks as well as filming all sorts of candid shots from the seminars. Roger makes an honest attempt to remember every one's names, and he just about nails it each seminar! Jean Jacques' presence is never missed as it seems he is constantly analyzing movement and technique, while Rigan can most likely be found playing with the kids somewhere.
|Jean Machado and Brian|
Regarding techniques... each brother certainly has his own style and approach to the game, though it is fascinating how much they each feed off of the others. I snuck a peak of both Roger and Carlos taking extensive notes as Jean Jacques was teaching. I mean how amazingly humble is it when Rigan Machado pulls over John and Jean (John's purple belt son, who was super nice!) Machado to have Brian show his entangled arm series?? Rigan says "Brian, show them that position you have been working on. This will be good for Jean's game."
Brian would never brag about that moment, but the pride and honor I saw in his eyes when 8th degree world renown Rigan Machado asked about something Brian has become known for... I cannot describe how proud I was of, and for, my teacher!
I come from the Chinese martial arts where our grand teachers are often figures lost in lore, much of it exaggerated at best! But one of the most amazing aspects of the BOOM in popularity of BJJ is that practitioners such as myself are afforded the opportunity to train with history! I have been on the mat with my teacher Brian daily for the past 7+ years. I have shared the mat with his teachers David Meyer and John Will on dozens of occasions. And then I have had the pleasure of training under their coaches, the Machado brothers as well. Only in an art so relatively "young" in it's development is this feasible.
|My BJJ Familia (L-R): Roger / Jean Jacques / John / Brian Johnson / Me / Carlos / Rigan|
What a beautiful moment that most likely none of us will ever be part of again. I cannot express how breathtaking this ceremony was, and again they chose to share this moment with all the Machado students at the camp, not privately.
Honestly I feel like I am just rambling and not saying much. Maybe I am just emotional in life right now but the warmth and love I felt from the Machado family is second only to the love I feel from my own flesh and blood. Our very own crew from the Pac NW was great and I got to know Mike, Brian, Rick, Perry, Rob, Eric, and MIKE a lot better. So thank you all, especially Rick for putting up with my bad jokes and giant head. You are a great training partner brother. And of course much thanks to the brothers for all they have done and the influence they continue to promote in the arts.
Also a big thanks to Jean over at Neocell, Arm Bar Soap Co., and of course my sponsor 1914 Gi's!!
|Megan and Lindsay!|
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