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About Rigan Machado
Master Rigan Machado is a living legend in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is
considered by many to be the greatest grappler to ever walk the face of the planet.
Master Rigan holds the prestigious Red and Black Belt and is nephew of the Legendary
Grandmaster Carlos Gracie. Master Rigan Machado achieved his legendary stature
at the world championship level by amassing a record like never been seen again.
Rigan Machado (born 2 July 1966 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is an 8th degree red and black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, earning his rank under Carlos Gracie Jr. He is a former Pan American Champion (1996, 1997 weight and absolute) and a veteran medalist of the ADCC. Machado holds a victory over Ron Tripp, Machado currently teaches out of his Beverly Hills California Academy and is instructor to notable students Ashton Kutcher, Vin Diesel, Wiz Khalifa, and Charlie Hunnam from the television show Sons of Anarchy.
Machado is one of five brothers of the Machado family. He began training at the age of five with his cousins, “The Gracie Family”. In an interview, when asked about his exact relationship with the Gracies, he said: “My mother’s sister married the founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Carlos Gracie.” Like all children he took it more as a game than as something he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He started to take training and competing more seriously at the age of 14. This is the time where he would start to train every day on the mat. From the age of 14 through 21, he won the Brazilian National Championships every year and every belt division.
He amassed a record of 365 wins and 0 losses in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition. He also created a record by having 19 matches in one day and finishing all of them by submission. He remains unbeaten in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in more than 13 years of competition. His training sessions were all very technical and intensive under the eye of his two instructors Rolls Gracie and Carlos Gracie Jr.
Machado was awarded the first black belt under Gracie Barra founder Carlos Gracie Jr. and is one of the original teachers who taught in the garage of Rorion Gracie in the early days of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in America. He also trained with his other cousins such Rickson Gracie, Rorion Gracie, Rillion Gracie, his uncle Carlos Gracie Sr, and his brothers.
He is widely regarded as one of the top competitors in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu history. He also competed and won many tournaments in judo, sambo, and wrestling.