A place to improve and learn..

IMG_20120627_211327Welcome to the RCJ Machado Jiu Jitsu and Family Martial Arts Center in Torrance, California
RCJ Machado Jiu Jitsu is the place to be for world class Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training, headed by Chief Instructor John Machado. RCJ Machado is proud to offer classes for students of ALL LEVELS of experience (from no experience at all to accomplished martial artist), fitness (form overweight to super-fit), and age (from 14 years old and up, men and women).

Our classes are curriculum oriented, providing a fast paced yet easy approach to learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Students are helpful to each other, and achieve great results in a short amount of time. Skills taught are realistic for self defense and great for increasing fitness and stamina. Students learn from the start strategies for advancing in rank after completing time and skill requirements. All in a safe and fun environment.

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From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to the USA

john-machado-headshotJohn is the youngest of the five Machado brothers of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He began his training over 30 years ago with them and his cousins, the Gracie family and received his black belt from Carlos Gracie Jr.. He dominated the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu circuit, winning every major competitive title from 1982 to 1990. In 1990 he also graduated from Rio Federal College receiving a degree in Environmental Farming. After graduating, he competed three years later at the Pan American Games in Sambo competitions, becoming champion two consecutive years: 1993 and 1994.

John has had numerous movie and television roles such as “The Ropes” Vin Diesel’s new TV series at FOX(2012), Alienated (2011), Duel of Legends (2011), Redbelt (2008), Brazilian Brawl (2003), Mean Guns (1997), Heatseeker (1995), Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1994), and Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995). John also had a role in the television series Walker Texas Ranger, as himself. John produced and starred in the Brazilian Brawl. The following people were cast in his film: martial arts legend Dan Inosanto, acclaimed actorGeoffrey Lewis, musician Rikki Rockett and brothers Carlos MachadoJean Jacques MachadoRigan Machado, and Roger Machado.

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