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February 9, 2015

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Red Belts

Much love and respect to Muito Mais Acao Jiu Jitsu (and BJJEE) for publishing an updated list of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu red belts the world over.  The red belt is symbolic of the ninth degree presented on a black belt, often awarded in honor of a lifetime of achievement and work in the grappling arts.  To give some perspective on just how difficult it is to attain, if you were awarded your black belt at 19 years old, the earliest age you would be eligible for the ninth degree / red belt would be 67 years old! 

So here is to those who have spent the past 5 decades training the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

9th degree
BJJ Red Belt
1.Pedro Hemeterio – The first student under master Helio Gracie to achieve the red belt, represented the Gracie Academy in many challenges and taught jiu-jitsu in São Paulo State for more than three decades.
2.João Alberto Barreto – A Grand Master and one of the most important figures in the BJJ community. A red belt under Helio Gracie, he is famed for his unbeaten competitive record in the 1950s. He is the brother of GM Alvaro Barreto and GM Sergio Barreto.
3.Alvaro Barreto – Grand Master Alvaro Barreto is a Brazilian jiu jitsu red belt (9th degree) and one of the most important men in BJJ, being also the brother of GM João Alberto Barreto and GM Sergio Barreto.
4.Flavio Behring – head coach of Behring Jiu-Jitsu Association, Flavio teaches seminars over the world and hold affiliated academies in Europe.5.Carlson Gracie – Son of Carlos Gracie, trainer of UFC fighters, with a very successful professional fight career.
6.Carley Gracie – Son of Carlos Gracie and former Jiu-Jitsu and Vale Tudo Champion.
7.Geny Rebello – Grandmaster given a commemorative tournament by the Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Rio de Janeiro.
8.Armando Wridt – Undefeated vale-tudo fighter who is one of only 7 people to receive a red belt from Hélio Gracie.
9.Oswaldo Fadda – Perhaps the only individual coming from a non-Gracie lineage to earn a red belt, the Fadda academy was instrumental in bringing Brazilian jiu-jitsu to the poorer areas of Brazil.
10.Pedro Valente – A famous plastic surgeon, Dr. Valente is the father of the Valente Brothers, Pedro, Gui Valente, and Joaquim. Student of Hélio Gracie since 1953.
11.Wilson Mattos – Perhaps the oldest student of Oswaldo Fadda.
12.Luis Carlos Guedes de Castro – Another black belt under Oswaldo Fadda. Among many accomplishments as a teacher and competitor, Guedes disarmed a gangster in a crowded Rio de Janeiro train who was robbing the occupants with a pistol.
13.Francisco Mansur – One of only six people to be granted a professor’s diploma by Hélio Gracie. Founder of Kioto Academy.
14.Rorion Gracie – One of the founders of the UFC who was instrumental in bringing No-Holds Barred Fighting to North America.
15.Osvaldo Alves – Studied under Carlos Gracie and is the current IBJJF Technical Director.
16.Relson Gracie – Son of Helio Gracie and Brazilian national champion for an unprecedented 22 years. Founder of Relson Gracie gyms.
17.Carlos Antonio Rosado – Carlson Gracie Sr. only red belt student; the highest ranking member of Carlson Gracie’s academy.
18.Renato Paquet – A grandmaster who had a judo black belt and two boxing titles in addition to his red belt.
19.Pedro Valente Sr. – Close friend of Hélio Gracie, in younger years took up arms to defend the former governor of the state of Rio, Leonel Brizola.
20.Francisco Sá – Known for his morals and honor in martial arts and in particular our Jiu-Jitsu, he died in 2013 at age 77.
21. Robson Gracie (also known as Carlos Robson Gracie) – President of the Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Rio de Janeiro.
22. Amelio Arruda: started in Jiu Jitsu at 27.
23. Arthur Virgilio Neto : He was a student of Carlson Gracie, received the red belt and the ninth grade in April 2014
24. Candido Casale “Candoca” :  “Candoca” as he is known, was a student of George Gracie, and received the red belt and the ninth degree of Jiu Jitsu in September 2012.
25.Crézio Chavez: Competitor Jiu Jitsu in the 1950s, was called by Helio Gracie’s “young goat” because of his speed and technique.
Master Deo
26.Deoclécio Paulo: Major of the Army, Master Deo as he is known in the 40’s trained at the Academy of Oswaldo Fadda. Instructor taught Jiu Jitsu in several regions of Brazil and also in Chile.
27. Eduardo Gomes Pereira: Eduardo Pereira, trains Jiu Jitsu since 1951 having learned from the great George Gracie.
28. Geraldo Flores: He was a student of Oswaldo Fadda, one of the main developers of Jiu Jitsu in the north of Rio de Janeiro.
29. Helio Vigio: Legendary Police delegate.
30. José Higino : Red Belt 9 degrees, started in Jiu Jitsu when he was 11, and was a master student Adherbal Bapstista
31. Julio Secco: started in Jiu Jitsu at 12 years old until 62 years. Lives in Rio Grande do Sul, where it manages 3 academies.
32. Luiz Franca: He was a direct student of Mitsuyo Maeda and Satake Soishiro, and had as a student Grand Master Oswaldo Fadda.
33. Nahum Rabay: Wrapped with Martial Arts for over 60 years, Nahum Luiz Rabay is a strong advocate of the use of Jiu Jitsu especially as self-defense
34. Nilton Pereira da silva: started in Jiu Jitsu at only 7 years old. His father Joao Ignacio Pereira, placed him to train Jiu Jitsu.
35. Octavio de Almeida: George Gracie student, Octavio was crucial figure in the development of Jiu Jitsu in the state of São Paulo in the decades of 50 and 60 .
36. Oswaldo Carnivalle: George Gracie student, was one of the pioneers of Jiu Jitsu in the city of Sao Paulo in the decades of 50 and 60. He faced many difficulties to keep his academy, was forced to participate in championships of other sports such as Judo and Wrestling, to defendthe name of Jiu Jitsu.
37. Oswaldo “Paqueta”: With origins in Judo and weight lifting, he was a great friend of Carlson Gracie, and one of the best Jiu Jitsu competitors of the 1950s and 1960s.
38. Paulo Mauricio Strauch: The Red Belt 9 degrees Paulo Mauricio Strauch, was Reylson Gracie’s student and in 1984 founded his own academy, revealed numerous fighters gentle art, including no less than Caio Terra.
39. Pedro Emerito: The first student with Helio Gracie to reach the red belt, represented the Gracie Academy in many challenges and taught in São Paulo for more than three decades.
40. Walter Nogueira: Red Belt 9 degrees of Jiu Jitsu, is now president of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Olympic (CBJJO).

10th degree
BJJ Red Belt.
The 10th degree red belt was given only to the pioneers of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the Gracie brothers:
1. Carlos Gracie – (Brazil, 1902–94) was taught judo by Otávio Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese emigrant to Brazil who was then a 4th dan Kodokan judoka. Carlos then passed the teachings on to his brothers Oswaldo, Gastão Jr., Jorge, and Hélio. In 1925, the brothers opened their first academy in Brazil, marking the beginning of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
2. Gastão Gracie
3. Jorge (George) Gracie
4. Hélio Gracie – (Brazil, 1913–2009) was a Brazilian martial artist who, together with his brother Carlos Gracie, founded the martial art of Gracie jiu-jitsu, known internationally as Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ). Until his death, Gracie was the only living 10th degree master of that system, and is widely considered as one of the first sports heroes in Brazilian history.
5. Oswaldo Gracie

November 30, 2014

Jiu Jitsu World League

Professor Rigan Machado has a brand new Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament format called the Jiu Jitsu World League that will be premiering January 17th 2015 in Irvine CA.  Lets spread word and get out and support any and all formats that encourage the growth and movement of BJJ in lieu of stagnant advantage counting. 
What a way to start 2015!!

October 17, 2014

RCJ Machado Five Brothers Camp

In less then a week you could be sitting on the mats with five legends of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu... the Machado brothers invite you to an opportunity of a lifetime where all five of the brothers (Carlos / Roger / Rigan / Jean Jacques / John) and over 150 fellow practitioners will share one mat for three days of great instruction. 

Then literally the weekend after (Nov 1st) we will be hosting Carlos Machado here in Seattle, WA. for his first seminar in the Pacific NW!  Over 18 hours of grappling in 7 days with 5 of the best in 2 of America's most vibrant cities.  That is 1 hell of an opportunity not to be missed! 

April 20, 2014

Just the Gi Top Podcast - Brian Johnson

Hey guys, tune in tonight at 9pm est / 6pm pst for Just the Gi Top podcast interview with our very own Brian "Mr. BJJ" Johnson!  They will be chatting about competition, training strategies, his lineage with the Machado family,

and the future of BJJ, so make sure not to miss it. 

Click here to be redirected to Just the Gi Top's site. 

January 9, 2014

Ground Technician: Great New Blog and Website for Grapplers

My friend and training partner Brett Smith just launched his new website and blog titled The Ground Technician.    He will be offering information on wrestling, BJJ, MMA, and all competitive grappling events both local and worldwide.  Brett is on the cusp of attaining his purple belt and has a drive and passion for the competitive side of our art like no other.  This will be a stellar site to reference for all grapplers and competitors. 

Support our fellow brother in arms by bookmarking the Ground Technician and "Like" him on Facefuck and Twitter.

April 25, 2013

Jean Jacques Machado Visit's NW Jiu Jitsu Academy Seattle, WA.

 It is no longer a secret, mark your calendars kids as Red-Black belt Jean Jacques Machado will be visiting the NW Jiu Jitsu Academy in Seattle, WA. for the first time ever to offer a weekend of grappling training November 16-17, 2013!  No details are available as of yet other than we will be doing one day of training no-gi and one day gi.

This is not an opportunity you want to pass up and we will have VERY limited space, so when registration opens up ensure you reserve your space ASAP!  Jean Jacques is considered by many to be THE most technical Brazilian Jiu Jitsu player ever to grace the mats.  I personally have trained with him several times and can say I am blown away after each and every training session.  His understanding of angles and leverage is second to none!

Stay tuned to The Ground Never Misses for more info and other exciting news coming soon!

And just  in case you have no clue who JJ Machado is, check out the videos below.

Train Hard.  Train Smart.

November 13, 2012

RCJ Machado Pro Shop is Open for Business

All photo's courtesy of Terry Neal

With just around 42 days until the world ends, oops, I mean X Mas... the RCJ Machado pro shop is in full swing and open for your holiday perusal.  RCJ Pro Shop is your one stop site to get anything and everything Machado related from the latest t-shirt design, to patches for your gi, all the way to instructional DVDs!  Reasonably priced and quickly shipped to anywhere in the world the Machados are not just repping with style, but quality too!

Lets start with the basics... November is in full swing so make sure to pick up your 50-50 blend Gildan heavy blend hoodie that zips up the front with two pockets.  It is light but surprisingly warm and really helps keep the cold wind out too.  Silk screened Machado logo emblazons the back with RCJ Machado running vertical on the front.  Add in a stocking stuffer of a beanie or baseball cap, both priced in the $20 range.

The family is constantly releasing new designs and limited prints of their t-shirts.  I showcase two here but make sure to check RCJ Shop for the latest designs and stock.  Made from 100% preshrunk cotton, their t-shirt selection feature designs for men, women, and kids and I can attest that these things take a beating and stay sharp with the silkscreen in tact and no flaking or cracking.

Patches and everything from bumper stickers to cell phone cases can be found under "accessories" and my test batch of car stickers along with cell phone cover and cuff links prove that they are all made of quality material that simply does not show any wear nor tear!  The patches are tough and rugged and I have yet to have one rip.  They also carry a wide range of designs and sizes... yet another great stocking stuffer idea for your cauliflower eared loved ones!

The only complaint I have is with the green and black rash guards which are WAY big (I am wearing an XL and I could easily fit into a LG and still have room to grow).  Otherwise a very comfortable, durable, breathable rashie that is styling too.  RCJ seems to have addressed the issue with their latest black and white models which have a much better fit.  Just FYI if you order the green and black versions I would order one full size down.

They say BJJ is akin to chess in that it is a thinking mans endeavor.  Newly crowned coral belt Carlos Machado has released his first book (review coming soon here!)which is an essential reading tap on the shoulder for any such thinker practicing BJJ, or living this thing called life.  A book full of insight, quotes, and wisdom learned on the mat and applied in our daily routines.  A great steal at $20 that your hubby will love. 

Jumping up a price category or two you can find a bevy of DVDs covering everything from the Hook Flip game the Machado brothers are renown for, to 4 disk sets of the various 5 Brothers Camps from past years.  Any serious student of BJJ could sit down and study just one of these disks for a year and not run out of teachings to implement in their practice.  No joke, not only is the amount of info amazing, but the depth of explanation and teaching that goes on is nothing short of awe inspiring.  These DVDs could never replicate the experience of the camp, but damn me to the pits o' hades if it is not the next best thing.  Again... a great gift that is in the $30-60 dollar range depending on the DVD you choose.

For those affiliates, or other pro shops, wishing to set up a wholesale account it is uber simple just throw an email to Lindsay at [email protected] and she will get right back to you with all the pertinent info she needs to set you up.

Students of the NWJJA need to get in to check out the selection Brian has in stock right now.  I can say I saw it last night and already most t-shirts and stickers have sold out.  A few t-shirt designs remain along with patches and a handful of DVDs.  Don't procrastinate as I am pretty sure we will NOT be getting another shipment in before the holidays. 

Quality products, killer service, and the peace of mind knowing that you are representing and supporting the family that eats, breathes, and has lived the  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lifestyle since 1925!

Click Here to be redirected to the RCJ Shop!  

Like RCJ on Facebook for limited releases and special offers!

Train Hard.  Train Smart.


November 4, 2012

The Five Brothers Camp: One Family, One Fight, Much Love

I have been thinking how to encapsulate the 5 Brothers camp since we touched back down in Seatown on Monday, and quite honestly I am still without words to properly convey the feeling I came away with.  Spending 15+ hours on the mat with Carlos, Roger, Rigan, Jean Jacques, and John in and of itself was mind blowing, add on the extra time spent eating and hanging out with not only the brothers, but also all of our extended family throughout RCJ Machado, and how can you not come away feeling such an amazing sense of brotherhood, camaraderie, and passion!  A passion to share and teach the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Pac NW Crew

In contrast to the 2008 camp (last one I personally attended) this years five brothers camp was not only bigger (from what we have been able to ascertain this was most likely the largest BJJ camp ever coming in at 97 attendees!), but much more organized and ran.  The general theme of the camp technique wise was the Hook Sweep game the Machado's are known for, with each instructor branching off into others areas each seminar.  Practitioners from white to black belt flooded Carlos' main academy in Farmers Branch, TX. with folks coming in from Pennsylvania, South Carolina,  Mexico, British Columbia, Seattle, Ontario, California, and all over Texas.

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
No one on the mat has attitude and everyone is extremely friendly and approachable.  Even doing Rigan's "fast drilling" where we are constantly changing partners and doing the prescribed drills  and everyone had great control and presence of mind and body.

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  
Once again unlike the Chinese martial arts, in BJJ rank is earned (at least for the time being), and once again we were all privy to a very special moment on Sunday the 28th.  As Carlos was closing down the camp handing out a few last promotions to deserving fighters, Jean Jacques all of the sudden got the attention of the camp and started to loosen his red-black belt.  And... well... let this video from John Machado speak much louder volumes then I can:

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!
Many do not realize it but the brains behind the Machado brawn that actually runs the show behind the curtains is found with Carlos' lovely wife Lindsay, and Megan Thompson.  BIG props to both of them as I helped a bit behind the scenes and y'all haven't a clue how much work they were doing!  Make sure to shout out a big thanks next time you speak to them.  And please, PLEASE, next year make sure to get on the ball a bit and don't wait until last minute to register!!!!

To arrange a seminar, more info on future camps, or if you would like to purchase a DVD of past camps please click here to be directed to the RCJ webpage.

Machado For Life!

October 29, 2012

Carlos Machado Receives Red/Black (Coral) Belt From Brothers (Video)

Here is the video shot from NWJJA's very own Mike Leary at the 5 Brothers Camp of Prof. Carlos Machado receiving his red-black, coral, belt from all four of his brothers; Jean Jacques, Roger, Rigan, and John Machado.  What an emotional, amazing experience that I am so grateful Mike caught on video (owe you a beer or two brother).  This was a once in a lifetime experience that most of us will never be part of again! 

I also uploaded this video to the post I made yesterday with the official announcement and press release! 

RCJ 4 Life!

September 26, 2012

Rigan Machado Interview On Open Mat Radio

I am very pleased to announce that 8th degree Professor Rigan Machado will be the featured guest on Open Mat Radio this Sunday!  An exclusive interview with one of the most decorated grapplers still teaching and sharing the mat with students the world over.  Not only has Rigan lived and made BJJ history, but the truth be known he is honestly one of the nicest, kindest people you will ever meet with a wicked good sense of humor.  Richard and the crew at Open Mat run a great show so make sure you check out the interview when it is posted Sunday.

While we are on the subject of the Machado brothers, make sure you sign up today for the Machado 5 Brothers Camp before tuition increases in a couple weeks!  This is a classic opportunity to get on the mat and train with all the brothers Carlos, Roger, Rigan, Jean Jacques, and John. 

Keep posted to The Ground Never Misses for some really exciting news including Carlos Machado's first book, an exciting exclusive interview in BJJ Style magazine, and a super huge announcement soon to come!

Also start planning for Rigan's visit to the Emerald City January 19th, 2013!  More info to come as we get closer to the date. 

Train Hard.  Play Hard.