Jean Jacques Machado -
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jean Jacques Machado is one of five brothers of the world-renown Machado Brazilian jiu-jitsu family.(Santa Clarita is a home of one of his affiliate academies Team Z Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) Jean Jacques began his Jiu-Jitsu training more than thirty years ago. He dominated the competitive arena of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in his native country, capturing every major title and competition award from 1982 through 1992.
In 1992, he arrived in the United States to continue his competitive success. Dominating the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu scene both in the United States and in international competition, Jean Jacques gained worldwide recognition in 1999 with his performance at the Abu Dhabi Combat Club World Submission Wrestling Championships. Today, he is one of the most admired and respected Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the world.
Jean Jacques was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome which left him without fingers on his left hand, while for many this would be a handicap, for Jean Jacques it’s anything but a handicap. His style of Jiu Jitsu has no limitations and it shows with how much effort and dedication he puts teaching the sport both on and off the mat.
For the past 9 years Jean Jacques has been holding a year-end Holiday Tournament to help children that otherwise would not have a Christmas, or Holiday. The entry fee for the Holiday Tournament is an unwrapped gift that is $10 in value minimum donated at the door. This year’s tournament will be held on December the 1st 2012, at his Tarzana Academy with over 170 participants signed up. Every year Jean Jacques and many of his students all volunteer their time to put on this event.
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