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Showing posts with label roger machado. Show all posts

December 9, 2015

Hemant Rajcoomar is A Fake Posing As A Machado Blackbelt in Trinidad & Tobago

    I suppose it was inevitable that fakes would start to claim to be blackbelts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but it is becoming all too common place now days.
    Thanks to Brandon Quick for getting ahold of RCJ Machado and asking about this "certificate."  Apparently the asshat also known as Hemant Rajcoomar is running around the Caribbean islands of Trinidad & Tobago claiming to be a 3rd degree blackbelt under the Machado brothers.  This claim is completely fictitious and it should be obvious that the certificate above was photo-shopped.  Let it be know Hemant has NO rank within the organization. 

   If anyone on the islands runs across this douche-waffle please proceed to wrap him/her up snugly and choke the living piss out of!  Thanks. 

January 8, 2015

Huge Savings at RCJ Shop

Here is a little treat for my regular readers... use coupon code RCJSHOP20 to save 20% when you spend $100 at the RCJ Merchandise Store!  The Machado's have tons of great designs on quality made shirts, gi's, patches, hoodies, caps, and other odds and ends.  Visit RCJ and ring in the New Year in style!

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!!!! 

September 1, 2014

Carlos Machado All Over the BJJ Globe

Professor Carlos Machado has been all over the place as of late with a featured column in the latest Jiu Jitsu Style magazine where he speaks about tournament fighting and the importance of points in our training.  Check out page 51 for the entire article.  The really great news is the Barnes & Noble at Northgate in Seattle has started carrying Jiu Jitsu Style in lieu of Gracie magazine!  So please go support them and sell Jiu Jitsu Style out every month!!!

Carlos will also be one of the featured instructors at the RCJ Machado Five Brothers Camp Oct. 24-26 2014 in Dallas Texas.  Join us where Carlos will share the mat with his four brothers (three of which are red-black belts!!) and be teaching some of the most technically sound Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you will ever see.

And as if that was not enough Carlos Machado will then be visiting the Emerald City for the very first time where he will teach a BJJ seminar on November 1st 2014 at the NW Jiu Jitsu Academy.  All ranks and affiliations are welcome to join us for Prof. Machado's first visit to the Pacific NW!  More info coming...

August 30, 2014

Jean Jacques Machado Copa Cantao 1987

Chris Saverese delivers once again with video from over 25 years ago as Jean Jacques Machado fights in the Copa Cantao against an unknown grappler.  Though edited, this clip gives great insight into the game we fight and how it has evolved.

Make sure to sign up for the RCJ 5 Brothers Camp where you can train with Jean Jacques and his four brothers (also pretty darned accomplished at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) in Texas this October.
Click here to register

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! 

August 9, 2014

Machado 5 Brothers Camp 2014

So fresh off the press that we don't even have a poster for it, but the official announcement has been made with the annual 5 Brothers Camp being held at the Colony in the DFW (Dallas) area on October 24-26th 2014.  Join all five (Carlos / Roger / Rigan / Jean Jacques / John) of the Machado brothers as they impart over 200 collective years of experience and wisdom gained on the mats.  This even is open to any and all ranks, affiliations, and experience levels.  This is true Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, NOT a sport jiu jitsu camp!  Where else can you get hands on training from THREE red-black belts??? 

Great teaching.  Great people.  This is exactly what our art is all about!  We will have more info at RCJ Machado in the coming days. 

Special guest appearances this year as well! 

February 17, 2014

RCJ Machado Five Brothers Camp: Oz Version 2015

I have a surprising number of Australian readers that I wanted to make sure were made aware of an AMAZING opportunity knocking on their front doors... Our friend and coach John Will is proposing hosting the Machado brothers for two separate camps in Australia later this year and needs your help.  Below is the flier and a message from Will.  PLEASE do not dismiss this post just because we are over a year out for this planned seminar.  First of all you do not want to miss this amazing opportunity to train with five of the best BJJ practitioners ever!  Secondly please realize it is incredibly difficult to get visa's in Australia so planning must be made well in advance.  For more info click here.

a quick update re: the proposed 5 Brothers Camp.
    The plan – albeit it in the early stages – is to bring all five Machado Brothers out for a full weekend of training in May 2015.
    Ideally – depending on interest and numbers – I am proposing two camps – one in Sydney and one in Melbourne.
This is to ensure that we cater for everyone …
    The Sydney-based Camp (a Friday-Sat-Sunday event) would cater for the ACT, NSW and Qld – whereas the Melbourne-based Camp would cater for Vic, SA, WA and NZ.  This would also minimise traveling for those living in either NSW and Vic – where we imagine we would pull the larger portion of attendees from. Apologies to all those living in other states and in New Zealand – but it’s the only solution I can come up with at this point.

   The first step is to have Carlos Machado’s wife Lindsay – investigate to process of obtaining Temporary work visas for the event – once that is done – we shall book venues and lock in dates – and of course – take names to secure spots.
   So that’s it … an awesome plan – and although we are still a long way off – it might be worth buying yourself a 5 brothers piggy bank and attacking in a dollar a day between now and May 2015. Easy.

Best wishes all
with respect
John Will

January 20, 2014

Jean Jacques Machado on Eddie Bravo Radio

Well if you are in the Pac NW then you are most likely nursing a hangover and have already called in for the day.  So since you have all day lounging around ranting and raving on your Seahawk glory, sit down, light a fattie and listen to Eddie Bravo have a sit down chat with his coach Jean Jacques Machado. 

Thanks to mi hermano Ivan for turning me onto yet another great Jean Jacques Machado interview from just last week with his student (and grappling genius himself) Eddie Bravo on his weekly videocast "Eddie Bravo Radio."   Lots of great info about the history of BJJ and the Machado family. 

January 19, 2014

Jean Jacques Machado Interview

When Jean Jacques Machado speaks we should all listen, as he embodies over four decades of martial knowledge.  Some would argue he is the most technical grappler teaching today (and yes, he teaches all of his classes at his Tarzana, CA. academy!  I have had the pleasure of training with Prof. Jean Jacques Machado four times this year alone and I cannot tell you the lessons I have taken away both on and off the mat.  Here is a GREAT interview with the Professor himself:

December 24, 2013

"Domination - Control the Wrist, Control the Game" - Vimeo On Demand Instructional w/ Carlos Machado

Fushnickens... you have waited until the very last minute to get the grappler on your list a gift.  RCJ Machado will help you skip lines, avoid parking squabble, and still hit a home run with an awesome gift as red-black belt Carlos Machado and Vimeo are here to save your day with his latest instructional, "Domination - Control the Wrist, Control the Game."  

Carlos (and all the brothers for that matter) is way ahead of his time when it comes to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the dissemination of knowledge.  "Domination" is a prime example of that brilliant approach to our art in both content and delivery.  A 55 minute instructional detailing a very specific game via principle oriented drills, this instructional will serve the intermediate - advanced student quite well, simultaneously laying out a lesson plan for the seasoned instructor.

Shot with his black belts and nephew Jean Machado, Carlos runs through a number of situation where wrist control is imperative to maintaining control of the pace and tempo of the fight.  In true Machado style a number of trouble shooting options are investigated throughout the instructional.  What I love about all of RCJ Machado's productions is that the teachings are a glimpse at a complete game.  It is not an exhaustive study of one specific position, but rather a principle based approach to attaining and maintaining wrist control in an effort to re-guard, attack, and/or pass depending on the situation.

Carlos is a great instructor.  Clear, concise, and precise he guides students through techniques and makes teaching look truly effortless.   Peppered with reviews, "Domination" is like sitting in on a class or seminar and then reviewing and intertwining the previous lesson with the current.  Not only is the martial content top notch but the delivery system via Vimeo is the next level of instructionals.  Free and easy to get an account on Vimeo, this enables you, the practitioner, to access this video anywhere you have internet access.  Phones, laptops, tablets... you can literally take this series of lessons directly onto the mat with you and drill with a partner while accessing the video more conveniently then ever.  

Clean production and video quality have become standard with RCJ, save a handful of shaky camera moments.  I like the video effects and notations accompanying the video, but some of the editing could be tightened up and cleaner.  The audio was crisp and clear over the entire video with the feed on Vimeo being smooth and clean as well.  My transaction ($19.99) went through quickly and easily and my subscription lasts for an entire year.  After that I am not sure of what happens, but I assume you had downloaded the video elsewhere. 

"Domination" is another great instructional coming from the RCJ Machado production crew, and is a perfect gift for any hard to shop for martial artists in your family. 

December 10, 2013

"Think as a Martial Artist" - John Machado Interview on Just the Gi Top (Episode #21)

Our friends over at Just the Gi Top had the lucky fortune to interview none other than Prof. John Machado over the weekend!  Any chance we get to sit and listen to the wisdom gained from such an influential martial artist should not be missed, and neither should this hour long interview.  John has some GREAT insight and thoughts into competition, training, teaching, and living the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle ... "Think as a martial artist and you will never be bored again!" - John Machado

 Sit down with some hot cocoa and enjoy the show:

November 26, 2013

"Domination" - Control the Wrist, Control the Game: Carlos Machado's Wrist Control Instructional

Red Black Belt Carlos Machado has just released a brand new instructional called "Domination," and it is all about controlling your opponents wrist/grips.  We all know the grip game is essential to BJJ and at the highest levels the first to dominate the grip is usually the first to win!

From Prof. Carlos:
"Want a better sweep game against a more seasoned opponent?  Want to escape easier against anyone, even if you are still a beginner?  How can a white belt last a bit longer against a black belt?  That, and many more answers can be found at this easy to follow, broken down video of my "Domination" concept, where the simple knowledge of how to control the wrist can become a game changer for students of all ages and levels.
 Remember, the one who controls the grip first will determine how the match

So for those gentlemen bored on Black Friday while the ladies are out shopping, sit back and spend an hour with a legend improving your game while battling the tryptophan hang over.  It is only $19.99 and runs 50 minutes!   I am currently viewing it for a future review on The Ground Never Misses, but for those who can't wait click here to be redirected! 

October 29, 2013

Prof. Marcos Santos Promoted

Attendees of the 2013 RCJ Machado 5 Brothers Camp were treated to a special belt promotion on Sunday afternoon, as we saw Prof. Marcos Santos receive his fifth degree in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!  Marcos has been a loyal and dedicated student of the Machado brothers since he was 12 years old.  He was one of the first black belts to open an academy in NYC which was unfortunately cut short by the disaster of 9/11.  Marcos has been working diligently to grow his academy in Ft. Worth, TX. 

Always willing to lend a hand and lighting up any room with his contagious smile, Marcos Santos epitomizes what it means to be a black belt under the Machado family.  Loyalty.  Hard work.  Perseverance.  These are all synonymous with "black belt" under the Machado banner, and Marcos goes above and beyond in all categories. 

Please take this moment to congratulate Professor Marcos Santos on 5th degree black belt, and check out this footage from 1997 as Santos takes gold in the brown belt division with Rigan Machado coaching him, Carlos Machado in the background, and I believe that is Joe Moreria reffing. 


October 27, 2013

NWJJA Represents at RCJ Machado 5 Brothers Camp

L-R Top: Jake / Carlos / Rigan / Brian / John / Roger / Jean Jacques
Bottom: Rachel / Kelland / Dario / Ben / Denise / Rick

My brain was flooded with Rigan Trap details as is and then Jean Jacques came along and completely destroyed what little was left, so I apologize that this will be rather short, sweet, and not so articulate.  As I sit here exhausted from 15 hours on the mat with the Machado family at the 2013 RCJ Machado camp, the one thing I can put into written form is my appreciation for the only BJJ school I have ever known; the NW Jiu Jitsu Academy.

Our academy, along with our affiliates from Canada, brought a total of 12 people representing 10% of the total attendance of the camp, and I can only believe that those numbers will grow each subsequent year!  To share in an experience like this is priceless and we had a great crew to travel with.  A huge thanks to my training partner Denise Holcomb who is hands down one of the best partners to work with period let alone at a camp this size.  No one else I would rather watch the Stars with (again next year right?).  Denise, by the by, had the wonderful distinction of being the only female black belt present at the camp!

Also much thanks to Rick Monce, Kelland Lindsey, Ben Wendell, and Rachel Lin for their support, ridicule, and great times.  Also a shout out to our brothers to the north, Canada that is... though they clearly need better taste in hockey teams it seemed like everyone had a blast and worked really well together!  It was great sharing the mat with Perry Bateson and his boys.
Voted two sexiest camp attendees! 

A special shout out to my brother from another mother "Big" Mike Gates.  Though he is now a BLUE BELT under Marcos Santos, we at NWJJA consider him our adopted son as he has wiggled his way into every one's hearts!  We love you brother and you know you always have a home away from home with us.

I want to thank each and every one of you for the absolute joy you have brought our coach Brian "Mr. BJJ" Johnson.  Though he may never say it, your attendance and involvement with the RCJ Machado camp means the absolute world to him and each and every one of you made him proud this weekend.  So thank you for making this an amazing event for my friend and coach.  I cannot tell you how happy that makes me. 

On that note... to our coach Brian Johnson... bro, what can I say?!  Every moment I am around you, you make me a better person.  It has been too long for one of these road trips!  We differ in many ways, yet compliment each other like blood brothers.  You are an inspiration to me, a friend to me, and I am eternally grateful for your guidance.  I am not sure if your students understand how fortunate they really are, but I do and from the bottom of my heart I thank you.  Thank you for introducing me to a world that has become my lifestyle, literally my life.  Thank you for guiding me to multiple world championships.  Thank you for being there like no one else was when I needed someone most.  My loyalty to you shall never falter.

Before you sign off, if you could quickly fill out the survey to your right.  I am trying to get an idea of what kind of kimono's my readers like.  If you vote "other" please leave a comment on this post as to which ones you like. 

Can't wait for next years camp.  See you all on the mat tomorrow night!


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!