"The qualities derived from martial arts lead one not only to become a better fighter but a better person in the end. The discipline, the patience, and the persistence I have to maintain while in practice can be applied in life as well. That is where the magic is!"
Carlos Machado is the oldest of the Machado Clan, which is composed of five brothers (the brothers besides Carlos in descendent order are: Roger, Rigan, Jean, Jacques and John). They have been involved in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over thirty years, from which the last ten years have been solely spent in the U.S.
After a successful career in Brazil, where they won every title on state and national level, they decided to come to America, with the intent to reach new goals. Once here, they named their teaching of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu after their family name: “Machado Jiu Jitsu”.
Since early age, Carlos was guided by instrumental people at different times in his development. When he was four, late champion and cousin Rolls Gracie became his first instructor. As a teenager he had also the additional assistance of cousins Carlos and Crolin Gracie. They all inspired him by providing counsel on a good diet, good sportsmanship, and a friendly environment during hard training sessions. On a spiritual level, the support of late uncle Carlos Gracie brought to then a teenager Carlos the view of life that he still maintains until today. The first lesson was about the importance of being humble and respecting others. That teaching later matured in the Machado’s position of friendly approach towards all other styles of martial arts, respecting every system and individual. Carlos Machado believes in the saying of the ancient sages, that “the more you know, the more you realize how much you do not know”. Another crucial figure in his life was his late father Carlos Machado Senior, who passed away at the same year Carlos and his brothers came to the U.S. He was a lawyer, fully dedicated to his family, and brought up his five sons with plenty of love, respect, and family values. He influenced his oldest son to the paths of intellectual achievements. While Carlos was teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in his late teens, he also enrolled at the Federal Rio de Janeiro University for a bachelor’s degree in Law. Carlos has very dear memories of his father, and is very grateful for all he gave him while alive. Sports should mix with study; athletes should also have degrees, or seek knowledge. As the old Latin saying goes: “Mens sana in corpore sano”(Healthy mind in a healthy body).
Carlos has spent almost ten years in the U.S., sharing his knowledge of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at his two schools in Texas (Dallas and Arlington). Carlos himself has won several Pan American titles, and more recently has become also a world champion last August 2000. He says he follows the basic principles he learned earlier in life. Always take care of your health, always train to improve (not to prove) yourself, progress by small steps every time (strengthen your weaknesses), stay cool, and seize the moment (watch a sunset, or the birds flying, connect to nature).
Carlos also attributes much of what he has been able to do to the friends he has made along the way. Martial arts is a bridge, and through that he was able to meet people like Bob Wall and Chuck Norris. Both were very helpful at a time the Machado’s were just starting in America. Their support and friendship made all the difference in the world. Chuck is an example of a successful and yet humble man, a celebrity and a down to Earth human being. Chuck and Bob helped Carlos and his brothers establish a school in Los Angeles, and later another one when Carlos moved to Dallas, Texas. Also, through Chuck Norris, Carlos and the Machado’s have been several times featured at the CBS hit “Walker, Texas Ranger”.