Roger Machado is a 6th Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt with over 45 years experience. Nephew to the founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Carlos Gracie Sr, Roger grew up with Jiu-Jitsu from a very young age. Under the supervision of his Uncle Carlos Gracie Sr. and Uncle Helio Gracie, Roger and his brothers would practice the art of Jiu-Jitsu alongside their cousins Carlos Gracie Jr, Renzo Gracie, Crolin Gracie, Royler Gracie, Rickson Gracie.
In the late 80's the Machado Brothers moved to the US to teach Brazilian Jiu-JItsu alongside their cousins in Torrance, CA. in one of the country's only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academies. After a few years in the US, the Machados would later go on to establish RCJ Machado Jiu-Jitsu in 1990 in Redondo Beach, CA. Since then the Machados have been instrumental in spreading the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the US.
For many years Roger competed alongside his brothers at the highest levels of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. As a family the Machado Brothers are known for their success in ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) Submission Wrestling World Championships, Pan American Games, the Brazilian National Championships and many more. Currently Roger's brother Rigan is the ambassador for The Jiu-Jitsu World League and his other brother Jean Jacques Machado is an advisor to ADCC.
Currently, Roger resides in Los Angeles and is the owner and head instructor of the Roger Machado Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Pasadena, CA. Roger is an avid yoga practitioner and known for his calm "Zen" like approach to teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In addition to teaching at the RCJ Machado Academy, he also travels the country teaching seminars.
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