Showing posts with label 5 brothers camp. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 5 brothers camp. Show all posts

October 26, 2014

2014 RCJ Machado Brothers Camp A Huge Success

What a great weekend spent training under THE best family in martial arts, alongside amazing training partners in DFW!  Too much info to sift through right now but I can honestly say everything from Rigan's handcuff series, to John's quick reminder to remember the fundamentals that this system was built upon; SELF DEFENSE, the 2014 camp is arguably the best one yet. 

A quick shout out to NWJJA Seattle and Maple Ridge.  I appreciate my training partners.
I also want to thank my coach Brian Johnson for his time, effort and guidance. 
EVERYONE owes Lindsay Machado a HUGE thank you and hug, for without her ... no camp.  Period.
Lastly but certainly not least I want to send my love and gratitude to Carlos, Roger, Rigan, and John for their unbiased sharing and teaching of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Truly an inspiration for me both on and off the mat.

Rigan and Team Nexus

John Machado...sign behind us says it all!

Carlos The Wise
Roger the firefighter
I am already looking forward to 2015's camp, which from what a little birdie told me will most likely be in a different city!  

October 24, 2014

2014 RCJ Machado 5 Brothers Camp Day 1

NWJJA has arrived and the 2014 RCJ Machado 5 Brothers Camp is underway!  Practitioners from Mexico, Canada, and all over the US have flown in to train with the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Family on earth.  As with every year Prof. Carlos Machado started off the festivities offering the his latest findings in his infamous hook sweep game.  A teacher beyond compare whose conceptual learning method I find the most symbiotic with my frantic learning style.  The three hours on the mat went by in no time.  And speaking of which... we are down to the last 7 days to register for Carlos Machado's seminar November 1st in Seattle, WA. 

This evening we have John Machado, with Roger and Rigan tomorrow followed by a feast for warriors at Fogo de Chao!!!! 

August 15, 2014

2014 Machado 5 Brothers Camp

It is officially official... mark the calendar, pre-register, and book the tix to DFW.  Five brothers, three days, one love!  All ranks and affiliations are welcome.  Register today! 

October 26, 2013

Congrats "Big" Mike Gates... RCJ Machado Blue Belt

L-R: Sexiest Blogger / Big Mike / Brian Johnson / Marcos Santos
I want to send out a huge congrats to my long time friend "Big" Mike Gates on earning his blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu today under the tutelage of Marcos Santos!  Mike has been training his butt off this past year rolling with guys literally half his age, not only holding his own but taking names as well from what I hear. 

Mike and I have been friends for nearly 13 years, meeting in the Chinese martial arts at first, and last year I talked Mike into coming to the 5 Brothers Camp to check it out.  After all I explained "You have five legends converging in your back yard, you gotta' come!"  So Big Mike said what the heck and bought a gi.  By the end of Jean Jacques' seminar on Sunday Mike had already signed up at the Ft. Worth RCJ branch ran by Marcos Santos.  He was bitten by the BJJ bug! 

I couldn't be more proud of you my friend.  You are a mentor to me and an example to all martial artists.  I can't express how joyous it makes me to share this path with you through the years and incarnations. 

Love you brother,

October 25, 2013

RCJ Machado 5 Brothers Camp: Day 1

As we close in on the waning hours of a cool Texas night my head is awash with all sorts of guard passing strategies and principles. Already participants are reaching maximum grappling capacity knowledge wise, yet all we could talk about all dinner was how much we anticipated the next two days!  Over 95 participants from as far away as British Columbia, South Carolina, Michigan, Ontario, California, and Washington converged on Dallas / Ft. Worth for the fifth straight RCJ Machado 5 Brothers Camp, and judging from the smiles and back slaps... everyone had a blast! 

Day one of the RCJ Machado 5 Brothers camp started off with a bang as Carlos took the reins and focused his 3 hours on building the fundamental movements we would need the rest of the camp.  This seminar set the pace for the remainder of the weekend as the elder Machado brother guided us through a number of fundamental movements that we will use the rest of the weekend.  This approach is nothing short of genius, as many times instructors have a limited time for a seminar so it is common to brush over minute details of any given technique or movement.  Not the Machados!

Machado Black Belts
Carlos was followed by three hours of the youngest Machado, John who spent the afternoon talking about passing the guard.  The movements and fundamentals Carlos taught meshed perfectly with John's curriculum and made for a seamless transition.  As with all lessons with the Machado brothers we were blessed with some stories and good natured ribbing from the brothers along with their senior most black belts.  It is this mat-mosphere that makes any event with the Machado brothers feel much  more then just a seminar... you truly feel a part of something greater, a member of a larger family.

I cannot wait until tomorrow and on that note I will be signing off.  Not sure if I will get the opportunity to post anything tomorrow, but I will catch up no matter what.  Thank you so much to the Machado family, all our training partners on the mat, and to my brethren from NWJJA: B / Denise / Kelland / Rick / Rachel! 

October 24, 2013

RCJ Machado Five Brothers Camp: Touchdown

Caught the red eye into DFW and arrived without a hiccup (and with our luggage this time!).  Going to start a weekend of amazing training by checking out the Stars taking on the Flames tonight, then a fresh breakfast and off to the seminar tomorrow morning!  I am going to do my best to update the blog with fresh reports on the camp, but between the 6+ hours of training coupled with ensuring Kelland does not run off and poke an eye out (his or someone else's) I am not sure how much time I will have to log on. 

If you are not within the borders of Texas by now you are approaching the absolute cutoff for making it to 2013's camp. 

October 15, 2013

RCJ 5 Brothers Camp

We are a measly 10 days out from the epic RCJ 5 Brothers Camp in Dallas, TX.  Come train with all five (three of which are red-black belts) of the Machado brothers Roger / Carlos / Rigan / Jean Jacques / John in one setting amongst some of the warmest and most open practitioners in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!  Do not miss this opportunity to train with one of the founding families of BJJ in N. America.

For more information or to register click here!

September 28, 2013

John Machado 5 Brothers Camp Preview

Our friend John Machado, one of the five Machado brothers that will be present at the RCJ 5 Brothers Camp October 25-27, 2013 in Dallas, TX. has made a quick preview of some of the material he will be covering at the camp.  Come spend 3 hours on the mat with each brother and train with one of the founding families of BJJ in North America!  You don't want to miss this opportunity. 

Visit RCJ Machado Pro to register and/or more info for the camp!  

September 24, 2013

Carlos Machado On The Bishop BJJ Podcast

Check out red-black belt Carlos Machado on the latest Bishop BJJ Podcast where he takes some great questions, talks ADCC, and spends some time with the Bishop crew (a brown belt couple out of Missouri whom train under Royler)!  Just a friendly reminder as you are listening to the interview slide over to RCJ Machado Pro and register for next months 5 Brothers Camp where you can train not only with Carlos but also his brothers Rigan, Jean Jacques, Roger, and John.  And here is a quick spoiler alert... Carlos will be visiting the Emerald City for the first time March of 2014!

Enjoy: Click here to be redirected to the interview.

September 18, 2013

Machado 5 Brothers Camp

Time is quickly slipping away to sign up for the RCJ Machado 5 Brothers Camp which is filling up fast!  To get an idea of what you will be working for 15 hours of mat time over the weekend of October 25-27th, red-black belt (one of three BTW that will be present at the camp!) check out this video by Carlos Machado on side control escape:

You can register by clicking here or visit RCJ Machado Pro dot com. 

September 1, 2013

RCJ Machado 5 Brothers Camp: Hotel Info

We have everything squared away for 2013's 5 Brothers Camp including the camp hotel extending the discounted rate of $79.00 / night (plus taxes) from Thursday through Sunday night.  If you plan on staying longer or coming in earlier expect a higher room rate for other nights.  But for those of us flying in from afar make sure to secure the discounted rate for Thursday - Sunday evenings. 

Click here to be re-directed to the Marriott booking page!

See you on the mats in Dallas!  This year is going to be even bigger then last!

Leave your ego at the door,

August 28, 2013

Roger Machado Featured on Budo Videos "This Week In BJJ"

We are very excited to announce that Roger Machado will be the guest on Budo Videos video podcast "This Week In BJJ" Friday August 30th at 4pm PST.  Budo Jake runs the show and is a great host asking intriguing questions and also including a short techniques section with each guest!  Tune in to check out the interview with one of the founding brothers of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Roger Machado, whom some call a philosopher of the mats. 

You can watch the broadcast live at 4pm PST (west coast time) by clicking this link. 

Or you can subscribe to This Week In BJJ on Youtube and watch as well.

August 22, 2013

RCJ 5 Brothers Camp Hotel Update

After many hours trying to get a cheaper room rate for our camp members we were able to work out a deal. Room rates for the camp members this year will run $79 plus tax per night at Fairfield Inn and Suites in The Colony, TX. We will be posting the link to receive the discounted rate soon. 
RCJ Machado
Don't miss this amazing opportunity to train with one of the founding families of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Truly a once in a lifetime chance. 

August 6, 2013

2013 RCJ Machado 5 Brothers Camp

The 2013 version of the 5 Brothers Camp is upon us so it is time to get some airline tickets and start prepping!  What can I say about a camp where you share the mat with all five of the Machado brothers for over 15 hours of training, camaraderie, and kinship?!  Without a doubt one of the only events I truly look forward to each year, this is an opportunity you do not want to miss out on.

For more info or to register click here or visit RCJ Machado Pro!

Direct flights from Seatac to DFW are around $260 right now, that is unheard of so jump on those if you are thinking about it.  For those attending from NWJJA, it would behoove you to contact me so we have a good idea of whom is going and we can make car and hotel arrangements together. 

Leave your ego at the door and join us on the mat!

June 8, 2013

5 Brothers Camp: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu w/ The Machado Brothers

Once again RCJ Machado is proud to present the Five Brothers Camp October 25-27th 2013 Dallas, TX.  This is literally a check mark on the bucket list of any serious grappler as you get unprecedented access to Carlos / Roger / Rigan / Jean Jacques & John Machado over the course of three intense training days.  That is over 180 years of collective grappling knowledge and experience on one mat, in one location, at one event and one event only! 

This will be my third Camp and they just keep getting better and better, here is the link to 2012's Five Brothers Camp Review. 

I cannot convey in words the warmth and welcome feeling the Machado extends in everything they do.  The brothers themselves will admit these camps are a way for them to get together and share info.  With all five brothers living in different spots with crazy schedules and family events it is tough to get together and exchange ideas.  These camps prove to be a laboratory for the scientists to share their latest experiments, and we are the right alongside as lab assistants learning the craft from one of the founding families of BJJ in North America! 

You can follow the link to your left or you can click here to be redirected to the RCJ Pro site where you can reserve your spot today!  For those from the Pac NW I recently looked into tickets and they are about $260 round trip to DFW!  Leave your ego at the door, and join us on the mat!Jake

April 19, 2013

Rigan Machado and His Crazy Bow & Arrow Choke

For all you BJJ bums wishing you were on the mats instead of tangled up in cubicles... here is Prof Rigan Machado showing a wicked bow and arrow choke attacking the open guard.  As a side note he also taught us the same choke attacking someone turtled up.  Thanks to John Machado for sharing this clip from the 5 Brothers Camp back a few years ago.  Keep posted for updates on this years Machado Camp!


March 4, 2013

RCJ Machado Camp 2013

Just set in concrete the 2013 RCJ Machado Brothers Camp will be in Dallas, TX. this year on the weekend of October 25-27!  Open to all ranks and affiliations, come join all five Machado (Carlos / Rigan / Roger / Jean Jacques / John) brothers as they share details of the games they just spent the past year developing.

This will be my third camp and I can assure you that you do not want to miss an opportunity to share the mat with history.  Last camp we witnessed Carlos Machado getting promoted to red-black belt! 

NWJJA will have a solid crew in attendance this year as well.  Hit up Brian or myself to get your name on the VIP list! 

Train Hard.  Train Smart.

October 27, 2012

Machado Camp Day Two

Seriously I wanted to sit down and write out a more thorough overview of today's events, but I am absolutely beat guys!  What can I put into words anyways??  The biggest camp to date (we are just short of 100!!!!!!!!!!!!), is arguably the best camp as of yet, and we topped it off with an AMAZING meal at Fogo De Chao!  I have been talking to folks from all corners of North America (literally from California, Leon Mexico, British Columbia Canada, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, all over Texas, and the great state of Washington) and have yet to hear a single complaint.   

Rigan spent nearly 4 hours covering a number of open guard sweeps and some great movement drills to accompany the bevy of sweeps.  His control of a room and insight into technique holds me in awe every time I share the mat with Rigan!  For the past 6 years I have been blessed with getting on the mat to train under Rigan in some format or another, and his quick drilling method is genius. 

Black belt level drawing!
Rigan then transitioned to working some guard passing and again he coupled the passes and attacks along with drills that built upon one another all day long.  The strategic principle I took away from this session was simple yet profound: attack immediately after passing!  Of course settle into position but Rigan's overall point was to attack as your opponent is still focusing on the pass.  Great stuff!  

Carlos took a moment to promote a handful of grapplers (sorry guys I do not know the list of names) but as always there was an overwhelming feeling of family.  From Prof. Carlos making an effort to remember every one's name, to sharing a great Brazilian meal meeting our fellow Machado brethren, when someone trains with any of the brothers you cannot help but feel as if you have been part of the family for years.  It is one of the most appealing qualities that makes Machado students some of the most loyal there are. 

The afternoon session was a bit more laid back and zen like with Prof. Roger leading the group of 90+ through a simple warm up that foreshadowed the fundamental movements we were to be using the rest of the day.  Properly and intelligently pulling guard and working from the head to head position was the overall theme I would have to say.  Then as if we were not blown away enough, Roger taught a few of his own personal favorite attacks to the turtle, as well as two reversals to the reverse scarf hold half guard.  Great stuff!! 

Rest easy mi amigo's as tomorrow we spend the morning with the Wizard himself... Jean Jacques!  I want to thank my partner Rick "The Mauler" Monce and everyone involved with the camp.  The energy and good vibes created with so many like minded individuals who get together to share one common goal, to train and use BJJ as a vehicle to better our bodies, minds, and spirit, cannot be described in words!


October 26, 2012

Machado Camp Day One

What a whirl... sleep deprivation, caffeine, alcohol, more sleep deprivation, locked luggage, and some of the worst customer service I have ever experienced (avoid flying American Airlines), yet the Pac NW crew arrived in Dallas, TX. in full force for the 5 Brothers Machado Camp!   Unfortunately due to American Airlines terrible service we missed Carlos Machado's opening blitzkrieg on his latest developments on the hook sweep, arguably the Machado families bread and butter.  But from the murmurings amongst the crowd we missed some golden nuggets destined to change sweeps games across the board.

Pac NW Crew with Carlos and John!
Held at Carlos' spacious Farmers Branch RCJ Headquarters, 2012's camp saw well over 50 students on the mat for Prof. John Machado's afternoon session on follow ups if the hook sweep fails.  Common troubleshooting and finishes from a failed sweep gave practitioners a chance to work Carlos' hook sweep and the backup plan if for some reason the sweep fails.  Ending the session with a great detailed look at the rolling knee bar!

This type of piggybacking and congruency is exactly what I recall from the 2008 camp held in South Carolina.  The brothers all bring individual games and styles for sure, but when together their is a certain synergy that I have not felt with other coaches representing over 150 years of collaborative Brazilian Jiu Jitsu idea's and strategies. 

Stories of childhood rivalries bounce off of walls adorned with pictures representing all aspects of the Machado brothers involvement in the art of BJJ:  Rigan competing in the 2nd ever Pan Am's; Carlos' gold medals from the US Open and Pan Am's of yesteryear; and clippings documenting the history of BJJ in America. 

All in all if you are not here you seriously need to ask yourself why!?  Tomorrow we hit the mats at 9am with Rigan teaching some 50-50 guard counters and technique both gi and no gi.  Then after a short lunch break (provided by My Fit Foods!!!) we have Roger Machado sharing his zen like approach from 2-5pm. 

More to come! 

October 11, 2012

Five Sneaky Armbar Setups From Jean Jacques Machado, Rigan Machado, and John Will

Thanks to David Meyer for turning me onto this great article he wrote for Black Belt magazine earlier this year.  David and John Will are long time friends and training partners, both of which are members of BJJ's Dirty Dozen (first twelve non-Brazilian BJJ black belts), and both being disciples of the Machado brothers.  Here they offer five sneaky arm bar setups. 


"If you grapple, you know that when you’re battling an opponent with a similar skill level, maneuvering him into a finishing hold such as the cross-body armbar can be difficult because he knows what you know — namely, that he should keep his arms in tight to avoid getting caught.
How then can you advance to the next level and teach yourself to trap a skilled opponent and finish him on the ground? There are three ways:
  • Be a better grappler. This means you must know more than he knows, catch and hold him in positions that are difficult to escape from, force him to make mistakes and capitalize on those mistakes. To make all this happen, keep training. There’s no easy or fast way to jump to this level.
  • Tire him out. Even when someone knows the attack you’re attempting, being tired or weary can make it hard for him to fend you off. You can facilitate his fatigue by fine-tuning your fitness level — so he gets tired before you do — and by being smart about how you expend your energy, resting in good positions and holding him in positions that tire him out. Again, there’s no easy way to make this happen.
  • Use sneaky setups. This strategy is one you can learn and practice right now, and it will have an immediate effect on your grappling game. That’s because your opponent can’t be prepared to foil your attack if he doesn’t see it coming.
To start you on that third path to success, this article will present five sneaky Brazilian jiu-jitsu techniques to set up arm bars: one from the guard, one from the side-control position, two from the back, and one while passing the guard. Master each BJJ technique — sourced from Rigan Machado, Jean Jacques Machado and John B. Will — and you’ll be ready to devise plenty of others on your own." 

Click here to be linked to the remainder of the article!

And then make sure to head over to RCJ Machado to sign up for the 5 Brothers Camp starting two weeks from now!  Last call on registration for the discounted rate.  You will have the opportunity to learn these five setups plus about 500 more with all five of the brothers Machado!  15+ hours of mat time with the founding family of BJJ!