Carlos Machado

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Carlos Machado
Born Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Residence Farmers Branch, Texas, United States
Style RCJ Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Teacher(s) Carlos Gracie, Rolls Gracie, Carlos Gracie, Jr.
Rank 8th Degree Red and Black Belt in BJJ
Notable students Chuck Norris, Travis Lutter, Anthony Perosh, Johnny Lee Smith

Carlos Machado is an ex world master's champion in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the eldest of the five Machado Brothers, known for BJJ, that also includes Roger, Rigan, Jean Jacques and John. He is also the brother-in-law of UFC fighter Stephen Thompson.[1] He currently runs BJJ schools across the United States.

Early life[edit]

Carlos (born November 9, 1963) started martial arts at the age of four. His main instructor throughout his life was his cousin Carlos Gracie, Jr. but he has also trained with Helio Gracie, Carlson Gracie, Rolls Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Crolin Gracie, Rillion Gracie and his brothers.[2] While in Brazil, he has successfully competed in several tournaments at state and national level.

Moving to the USA[edit]

Carlos was teaching in America as early as 1990.[3] In April 1994 he moved to Los Angeles, California. There he met martial arts movie star Chuck Norris, who was instrumental in promoting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the Machado family. Since then, Mr. Norris has been one of the greatest advocates of Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Carlos lived in Los Angeles until the end of 1995, when he moved to the city of Dallas, Texas. There he taught Brazilian jiu-jitsu out of the same building in which Chuck Norris's television show "Walker, Texas Ranger" was filmed. That allowed Machado not only to teach at his studio, but also to take part in many episodes of that popular show. He often assisted on choreographing fight scenes with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.[2]

Besides running his school, Machado has been involved in competition, winning once the Pan American of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (97/98), several events in the U.S. (U.S Open 98/99), and the World Master's Championships (2000) in two weight divisions (middle weight and open class).

He currently holds the highest rank of this style in the Southwest (Eighth Degree Black Belt).[4] Carlos Machado is considered the "father" of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Texas. Carlos has built one of the fastest growing affiliate school programs in the country, which now includes representatives in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Philadelphia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Rhode Island, Mississippi, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, England, France, Australia and Mexico.

Instructor Lineage[edit]

Sr. Mitsuyo "Count Koma" Maeda → Carlos Gracie Sr. → Carlos "Carlinhos" Gracie Jr.

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