Showing posts with label Machado BJJ. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Machado BJJ. Show all posts

September 6, 2015

Carlos Machado Speaks Out

Speaking of the Maestro Carlos Machado... make sure to check out his monthly column in Jiu Jitsu Style magazine where he offers over four decades of mat wisdom in every issue.  Issue #27 is on the stands now. 

August 8, 2015

Nine Year Itch

09 No Gi Worlds L-R: Dave Meyer / BJJ / JAB
Nine years ago on today's date I started my formal Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training under Brian Johnson at the NW Jiu Jitsu Academy.  I am grateful he accepted my big goofy ass as a student, and it would be the understatement of the decade to say I have learned countless lessons both on and off the mat from Brian.  For that I am thankful.  I look forward to nine more years sharing the mat! 

November 2, 2014

Carlos Machado - The Professor

I have been rattling my brain trying to think of how to encapsulate the past week where I have spent over 6 hours on the mat with red-black belt Carlos Machado.  I could go over each technique and movement he did, but that would be redundant and boring.  I could talk about his unequaled rapport and presence he has on the mat, but anyone who has ever been in the same room as the man knows that.  So I thought I would share a little incident I witnessed on the final day of the Machado camp last Sunday that had nothing to do with me nor the camp, but embodied EVERYTHING positive I could ever say about my experiences with Carlos. 

Carlos' little girl KK was rolling with her bigger brother who had her in guard with lapel control.  Her brother tried sweeping her backwards with the assistance of the lapel that unfortunately went right into KK's throat giving her quite the scare!  Immediately she took her tears to dad and the following conversation happened:

Carlos: "Are you ok?"
K: SOBSOB "My throat hurts and I had a hard time breathing" SOBSOB
Carlos: "But you can breathe now right?"
K: SOB "Yeah but it hurt me." SOB
Carlos: "Wipe your tears and come over here to the side of the mat so I can teach you how to counter that move."

I don't even have kids and it damned near brought me to tears.  More than a grappler.  Much more than a teacher.  Carlos Machado embodies the entire Machado family and their values.  Certainly the Machado family has made me a better martial artist.  More importantly they have made me a better man!  For that I can never repay.  Thank you Carlos for all your lessons. 

If you have not hosted Carlos Machado at your academy then you are severely missing out.  A red-black belt with over 40 years on the mat is accessible, affordable, and unforgettable.  Host this legend at your academy today!  Contact RCJ Machado for more info. 

September 21, 2014

RCJ Five Brothers Camp

TONS of exciting events happening this fall and one that should not be missed is the RCJ Machado Five Brothers Camp in Dallas, TX. October 24-26th 2014!  Join all five brothers Carlos / Jean Jacques / Rigan / Roger / John... that is over 200 years of BJJ experience on the mats at one time!!  Three red-black belts, and some of the warmest, kindest practitioners you will ever meet.  Open to all ranks and affiliations for more information please visit RCJ Machado

August 16, 2014

Justice For Hire - Retribution Task Force

Our good friend and coach John Machado (David Mamets "Red Belt") continues his film career with "Justice For Hire (JFH): Retribution Task Force."  Based on the most downloaded MMA comic book online, JFH is inspired by real events in Port Moresby (supposedly one of the bloodiest cities in the world!?!?) Papua New Guinea.

Check out a free download of the comic book by clicking here.

July 29, 2014

Machado's On Ice

Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is truly spanning the world and seeping into other sports and venues.  The latest issue of The Hockey News (THE only resource for your ice hockey needs) featured a letter and picture from one of it's loyal readers who made quite possibly the most amazing gi I have ever seen!  Support your local hockey crew, go roll in a custom made gi!  GO HAWKS! 

July 21, 2014

Machado BJJ Coming to Austin

Jean Jacques Machado has two affiliates that are going to be offering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Austin Texas very soon.  I have no open date yet, but here is Mark Armstrong and Todd White with a video promo which looks nice.  Always great to hear about Machado academies thriving and expanding.  Lucky Austin-ites!

June 8, 2014

Eddie Bravo Visits Portland Oregon July 25-27

My vote for logo of the year!!
Man o' man the Pacific NW is THE place to be for a grappler as we have John Will's seminar coming up at NWJJA in Seattle June 22nd, Henry Akins will visit the area in August, and I just got word of the NW No-Gi Training Camp in Portland, OR. July 25-27th 2014 which will feature at least one seminar with Jean Jacques Machado black belt, and 10th Planet founder Eddie Bravo! 

It has been a minute since Eddie last visited the Pac NW and this is a wonderful opportunity to train with one of the 21st century's most revered grapplers and teachers.  Regardless of what you think of his personal views on marijuana, chem trails, or government conspiracies... Eddie is honestly one of the top instructors I have ever had the honor of sharing the mats with!  A man whose grasp of fundamental grappling is really second to none, as he is truly his masters protege in that Eddie is an innovator whose foundation is rooted in the fundamental laws of grappling. 

Johnny Fu / Your's Truly / Bravo / Doc in 2009

Do not miss this opportunity to train with Eddie Bravo!  Visit 10th Planet Portland to pre-register for this event that will surely sell out! 

And just in case you have no clue whom this Eddie Bravo cat is...

March 24, 2014

Jiu Jitsu Magazine Appearance

Yours truly got a quick shot in the latest issue of Jiu Jitsu Magazine (much thanks to my homie Kyle for finding it).  A pic of my promotion to brown belt with my coach Brian Johnson and his black belt Denise Holcomb, both of which have been the biggest influences on me both on and off the mat!

I will be at the BEST Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in Seattle, WA. NW Jiu Jitsu Academy all week and will have limited availability for pictures and autographs. Warm your wrists and come play!

I will get a copy tomorrow.  Shout out to Mike Velez the hardest working editor in grappling.  Thanks for the recognition brother. 

February 22, 2014

War Wonderboy!!

RCJ Machado family member (literal and figurative) Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson will be stepping into the octagon tonight in UFC 170 to face his toughest opponent yet in 12-3 Robert Whitaker.  Stephen is an amazing martial artist and more importantly a stand up man (something of a rare quality unfortunately anymore), so make sure you cheer for him on the undercard of Rousey vs McMann.

November 5, 2013

Jean Jacques Machado Seminar - November 16-17th - Seattle, WA.

Just a friendly reminder that we are about 10 days away from hosting the grappling legend Jean Jacques Machado for his very first visit to the Pacific Northwest.  Our gi seminar is just about sold out, but we do have spots open for the no gi on Sunday.   Not only is JJM a technical wizard, but he is one hell of a nice guy!  Come be a part of history and train with one of BJJ's most decorated competitors.

October 9, 2013

Jean Jacques Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar: Nov. 16-17th - Seattle, WA.

The one and only red-black belt Jean Jacques Machado will make his inaugural visit to the Pacific NW November 16-17th 2013 for a weekend of training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Jean Jacques is one of the infamous five Machado brothers, one of the founding families of BJJ in North America, and is considered by many to be one of the most technical grapplers of all time!

This seminar WILL BE capped at 50 participants, so make sure to register today!  Open to any and all ranks and affiliates, you do not want to miss this opportunity to train with a living legend on the mats!  

And just in case you have been living under a rock for all your grappling past here is a great highlight reel of JJM:

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.

August 8, 2013

B12 BJJ Curriculum on Android

Seven years ago today I walked into the  NW Jiu Jitsu Academy (was "club" then) and began my training under  2nd degree Machado black belt Brian Johnson.  He has not been able to get rid of me since!  A lot has happened in that short period of time including Brian producing a three DVD set on his "Basic 12 BJJ Curriculum."  The ground breaking DVD series showcases Brian's true talent in conveying information and building a solid foundation shines forth on this set of instructionals.  

Now we are happy to announce that the "B12 Basic BJJ Curriculum" is available for the Android Phone!  Take all the same lessons from the DVD series on the road with you when you travel, or simply bring your phone on the mat to use as a reference as you train and practice with your partner! 

Quite simply THE best fundamental Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructional on the market!  A bold and biased opinion which makes it no less accurate, you will not regret this purchase regardless of your rank or experience in grappling.  But don't take my word for it, check out what these reviewers had to say about the curriculum:

Click here to read the review Georgette "The Red Menace" Oden did.

And DSTRYRsg's great review as well!

So after you finish giving input on the poll to your right, all you Android users out therepurchase the app directly from Amazon by clicking here. 

can now

If you are new to the app marketplace simply click here and follow the simple few steps to get started. 

Or if you are still "olde school" then you can simply  click here and be directed to Amazon's page to order the DVD version of the B12 BJJ Curriculum.

However you order it, make sure to check it out and watch your game jump! 

On a personal note... thank you Brian.  You have changed my life for nothing but the positive and given me a gift I can never repay!  I am so grateful of the past 7 years and look forward to seven  more!


July 12, 2013

John Will Seminar This Sunday!

Last call on the John Will seminar this Sunday 12-3pm at NW Jiu Jitsu Academy (942 N. 95th St.)!  Word from the man himself is he will be covering the crucifix position in grave detail for half of the seminar.  So after you ensure you vote on the poll to your right -> check out these video clips by John Will:

Followed by 1.5 hours of Escapes:

Don't miss the best seminar in Seattle this year! 

July 7, 2013

John Will West Coast Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminars (Corte Madera, CA. & Seattle, WA.)

John Will will be visiting Corte Madera, CA. two weeks from today, so if you are in a 180 miles radius I really cannot see any good reason to miss this seminar:

Also don't forget my fellow Pacific NW'ers in exactly a weeks time (July 14th) we will be on the mats with the Coaches Coach himself in Seattle, WA. from 12-3pm!  DO NOT MISS this opportunity to train with an original member of BJJ's "Dirty Dozen!"  Stop by the NW Jiu Jitsu Academy or call us at 206-440-8856 to reserve your spot today! 

And for any of you that are still not sure on what you are missing.....


June 29, 2013

Jean Jacques Machado Windsor Seminar Review

L-R: Ron Dupuis/JJ Machado/Some Bald Dude/Jay Zeballos
Spent the better chunk of the day training with Jean Jacques Machado today in Windsor.  His friend and longest affiliate Ron Dupuis of Windsor BJJ, hosts JJ every year and the seminar was attended by folks from Ohio, Michigan, all over Ontario, Pennsylvania, Washington state, and even Mexico.  Surprisingly there was little local support from schools other then Ron's, even with Rigan Machado affiliates just over the Ambassador Bridge.  But the 35 or so attendees were treated to an amazing seminar with Jean Jacques and host Ron Dupuis and his crew were ever so warm and welcoming.

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!
One of the best attributes of Jean Jacques is his mind.  Though I have not had the opportunity to sit down and pick JJ's brain and have a deep conversation about BJJ, what little I have spoken with him and trained under him I can say with confidence that he is one of the most strategic grapplers out there.  Throughout the seminar he wove in minor strategies on how to deal with bigger, stronger opponents.  Proper grips and weight distribution when your opponent counters your original technique, quickly followed by another attack of yours.  "Anticipate your opponents reaction.  When you limit him to only a couple of ways to react, you know those reactions!"  These types of lessons are invaluable to me at this stage in my game.  And getting a glimpse into how Jean Jacques thinks is awesome from my perspective as a coach.

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!


June 24, 2013

John "The Coaches Coach" Will: Member of BJJ's "Dirty Dozen"

Renzo Gracie always clowning, with Renato Magno chilling!
For those of you unaware, we have a very special guest making a quick pit stop here in Seattle, WA. next month goes by the name John B. Will.  John is Australia's first BJJ black belt, as well as being a member of the "Dirty Dozen" (first 12 non-Brazilian's to attain black belt in BJJ) under the Machado family.  Teaching over 300 seminars a year around the globe, John has become renown for not only his near perfect techniques on the mat, but also his presence while teaching.  It truly is something to experience just how planned, detailed and intricate his instructions are, as well as his control of the room.

If you are still on the fence whether to attend (Click here for more information on the seminar July 14th here in Seattle) I have found some solid examples of John's teaching method for your perusal:

teaching MMA star Gil Melendez

June 20, 2013

Jean Jacques Machado on Achieving Rank

Words to Live by! 

This is the school poster at Windsor BJJ, an affiliate of Jean Jacques Machado.  These are some of the words of Jean Jacques in regards to attaining rank in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, set against the picture of him being promoted to Red-Black belt but none other then Rickson Gracie himself.

As you can see Jean Jacques does not speak much, but says A LOT when he does!  To train with this legend keep your calendars open June 29-30 for the Jean Jacques Machado Canadian Open in Windsor Ontario; October 25-27th for the Machado camp in Dallas, TX.; and then November 16-17th here in Seattle, WA. as Jean Jacques Machado visits the Pacific NW for the first time ever! 

June 16, 2013

Jean Jacques Machado Canadian Open 2013

Just a couple weeks away from the 3rd annual Jean Jacques Machado Canadian Open June 29-30th of this calendar year.  This promises to be a great time as one day we have a seminar with grappling legend Jean Jacques Machado, followed the next day with a tournament!  If you are in the midwest do not miss this opportunity to train with one of the best BJJ practitioners ever to live.

If you attend make sure to stop and introduce yourself.  I am stoked to be training and competing amongst my Machado brethren in Canada! 

Check out this great clip from JJ Machado's online training program (which I hope to have some insight into in the near future).  You can expect this level of instruction at the seminar: