Professor John D. Machado
John is the youngest of the five Machado brothers of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.He began his training 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 actor Geoffrey Lewis, musician Rikki Rockett and brothers Carlos Machado, Jean Jacques Machado, Rigan Machado, and Roger Machado. In addition to private seminars, John currently runs his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academies in Culver City, California and Torrance, California.