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Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu



Instructor Vagelis ZorbasMachado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Ο εκπαιδευτής John Kefallonitis είναι προσωπικός μαθητής του Roger Machado και επίσημος αντιπρόσωπος της τέχνης Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu για τον Καναδά και την Ελλάδα. Περιοδικά επισκέπτεται την Ελλάδα για την υποστήριξη των μελών της Ακαδημίας στην εξέλιξή τους στην τέχνη Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu και MMA.


Η Ακαδημία διοργάνωσε 05 Μαίου 2007, 15 Νοεμβρίου 2008 και 18 Ιουνίου 2011 σεμινάρια Machado BJJ με τον εκπαιδευτή John Kefallonitis, καθώς και εντατικό πρόγραμμα εκπαίδευσης (Boot Camp) της τέχνης Machado BJJ όλο τον μήνα Μάιο 2007.


Επίσης διοργανώθηκε σεμινάριο BJJ με τον εκπαιδευτή Noah "The Red" Thomas 29 Οκτωβρίου 2012.



The History Οf Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu, which means gentle art is the oldest form of martial art. It originated in India more than 2000 years before Christ. It was created by monks who could not use any type of weapons to defend their lives against barbarian attacks. It spread through China, and eventually took root and was elaborated on in Japan becoming the first martial art style. The samurai clans in Japan adopted Jiu Jitsu as their own traditional style to defeat an opponent regardless if the situation was striking, throwing or grappling. With the passing years, they split the techniques and developed other martial arts styles, such as judo, aikido, karate, etc.

In 1914, Japanese Jiu Jitsu champion Esai Maeda migrated to Brazil, where he was instrumental in establishing a Japanese immigrant community. His efforts were aided by Gastao Gracie, a Brazilian scholar and politician of Scottish descent. As an expression of his gratitude for Gracie's assistance, Maeda taught the Brazilian's oldest son Carlos the essential secrets of the ancient martial arts technique. Carlos taught Maeda's techniques to his four brothers, and in 1925 they opened the first Gracie Jiu Jitsu academy in Brazil. For the Gracie brothers, teaching the art was more than an occupation. It was their passion.

John Kefallonitis and Vagelis ZorbasDuring the decades that followed, Carlos's brothers, sons, grandsons and cousins became the driving force that further developed and refined the art into the form we see today. Rio de Janeiro, with it's penchant for reality-based combative sport, became a proving-ground for no-rules fighting (known as Vale Tudo) strategy and technique. BJJ schools blossomed everywhere, a sporting aspect was developed and the art grew tremendously in popularity. It's effectiveness was never in question, as the population had become educated as to the difference between reality and fantasy when it came down to fighting for real. It became obvious that almost all fights, when there were limited or no rules, ended up being contested on the ground. In Rio de Janeiro, real fighting meant going to ground; and the BJJ stylists were the undisputed champions of that particular arena in a relatively safe form competition. This in turn, forced the art to further evolve, and during the last thirty years of the 20th century, undergo a phase of technical development that has thrust it to the forefront of the ground-based fight arena.


The Machado Brothers

The Machado Brothers (cousins of the Gracies) have developed their system of Jiu Jitsu over the last 25 years. The Jiu Jitsu they learned in Brazil has been refined by their clan into a modern and unique style which is increasingly popular in the United States. Emanating from Brazil, their family has demonstrated the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in many "no rules" tournaments. They have demonstrated their superiority on the mat, winning numerous Brazilian championships and national and world titles in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Russian Sambo and even Western Wrestling. The system is rooted in one-on-one ground fighting, achieving superior position for joint locks, chokes and strikes.

Machado BrothersThe Machados philosophy is not to prove or impose their system onto other styles or martial artists. Their main concern is to share what they have, always with their minds open for new ideas. This attitude has helped the Machados to establish themselves in the martial arts community and given them many friends and followers. Their attitude of balance is reflected not only in the way they fight, but also in the healthy lifestyle they have adopted since childhood.


The Machado Brothers are the founders of RCJ Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and are cousins to the Gracie family. Their familial ties to the Gracie family are through their mother's sister, who was married to Carlos Gracie the founder of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Along with their cousins the Gracie family, the Machados are pioneers of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the United States. They are according to age, Carlos Machado, Roger Machado, Rigan Machado, Jean Jacques Machado and John Machado. The Machados have opened Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools throughout the United States.

The Machados were taught mainly by Carlos Gracie Jr., Rolls Gracie and Carlos Gracie. The Machados also trained with Helio Gracie, Carlson Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Crolin Gracie and Rilion Gracie. From there the Machados would develop a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that would be called RCJ Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Carlos opened up schools in Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Philadelphia, North Carolina, New York, Rhode Island, Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia, England, France, Australia, Mexico and Michigan. Jean Jacques Machado, Roger Machado, and Rigan Machado currently run schools in California. John Machado left California in 2014 and opened a school in Allen, Texas that same year.

As a family they have held titles in every Jiu Jitsu competition they have entered. They are known for their success in Pan American Games, ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, Brazilian National Jiu Jitsu Championship, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu American Championships, and Rio de Janeiro Jiu Jitsu State Championships. The most recent family champions have been Rigan Machado, Jean Jacques Machado and Carlos Machado. The most successful Machados in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition are Rigan Machado and Jean Jacques Machado, who is a multiple time ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship medalist (Gold, Silver(X2)).

The family now trains BJJ competitors and mixed martial arts fighters in organizations such as UFC, WEC, and Strikeforce. As a family, they have trained numerous BJJ competition champions. Carlos currently trains UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson and has awarded black belts to former UFC Middleweight Contender Travis Lutter and BJJ Champion Rafael Lovato Jr.. Rigan has awarded black belts to notable students Erik Paulson, Dan Inosanto, Josh Barnett (2nd Degree)
, Jair Muniz and Chuck Norris. Additionally, Rigan Machado was one of the original teachers in Rorion Gracie's garage in Torrance, CA in the early days of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in America and has awarded black belts to 6 of the original "dirty dozen" (the first 12 non-Brazilian students to receive black belts in the art). These notable members of the "Dirty Dozen" include John Will, Bob Bass, Chris Haueter, IBJJF Senior Division/Pan American Champion David Meyer, Rick Williams and Rick Minter. Jean Jacques had also helped in awarding black belts to John Will and Dan Inosanto with Rigan, and has also awarded black belts to No Gi proponent Eddie Bravo, Comedian & UFC Commentator Joe Rogan, Women's World champion Felicia Oh, and former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez.


Jean Jacques Machado & Guro Dan Inosanto

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Η Ακαδημία Μαχητικής Τεχνολογίας Jeet Kune Do βρίσκεται στην Αθήνα, στην διεύθυνση: Δήλου 9, Καισαριανή (κάθετα στην Φορμίωνος, σύνορα Βύρωνα-Καισαριανής). Εύκολη πρόσβαση από το κέντρο της Αθήνας με το λεωφορείο 732 (Αγ. Φανούριος - Ακαδημία - Ζωοδ. Πηγή) (στάση 9η Φορμίωνος).

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