|L-R: Ron Dupuis/JJ Machado/Some Bald Dude/Jay Zeballos|
The Machados as a whole treat each and every student they share the mat with as family first and foremost. So reporting on a "seminar" is a bit awkward for me as it is more like a personal training session. Jean Jacques has a presence one must experience... hard to articulate, but it is as if he is talking directly to YOU every time he teaches. You forget that the guy over there has 40+ years of experience; was voted the most technical grappler at ADCC; and is considered by many to be one of the greatest grapplers walking the earth. So when he shows you a "basic" armbar from the guard along with the drill to burn it in... you pay attention to the details. Typically what you assume is "basic" ain't so "basic" and that is exactly where the money was at this seminar.
If I was forced to name a theme I would have to say 'Working from the cross lapel grip,' not because of the way it rolls so eloquently off your tongue, but simply because you forced me. To the inexperienced eye it may have seemed that we bounced around, as Prof. JJ worked mount / guard / open guard / top four quarter as well as transitioning throughout these positions. Yet every position had a common element... our right hand grabbing our partners right lapel.
We used the lapel grip to attack with chokes. Set up armbars and omoplatas. To off balance our partner. To push. To pull. Jean Jacques guided attendees of varying levels effortlessly through each series and if he saw an issue he would address it by re-teaching the movement, emphasizing our attention to his hip placement and movement. Then we would drill the movement. Repetition is key with the Machados!
|Love this country! Been forever Ontario!|
What can I say that I have not before in the past... you need to train with Jean Jacques Machado! Next year ensure you contact Ron Dupuis and make this annual event, as there is no reason the whole Midwest and Canada should have missed this. Ron, and really most Canadians, are warm and welcoming as all get out. You get great training partners from Ohio (thanks Matt "Iron Man" Reilman)! Plus you get to train with a living legend of the art we love. Check out Jean Jacques teaching at the 5 Brothers Camp in October, as well as his first visit to the Pacific Northwest when he lands in Seattle, WA. November 16-17 of this year!