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Master Rigan Machado

8th Degree Coral Belt

Master Rigan Machado

Master Rigan Machado is a living legend in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is considered by many to be the greatest grappler to ever walk the face of the planet. Master Rigan holds the prestigious Red and Black Belt and is nephew of the Legendary Grandmaster Carlos Gracie. Master Rigan Machado achieved his legendary stature at the world championship level by amassing a record likely never to be seen again.

From the age of 14 through 21, he won the World Championships every year and every belt division. He amassed a record of 365 wins and no losses in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition. He also created a record by having 19 matches in one day and finishing all of them by submission. He has also competed and won in other styles of grappling such as Sambo in which he took 2nd place in the World Championships.

He remains unbeaten in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in more than 13 years of competition. Master Rigan Machado is one of the most unique and interesting people in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu because of the desire he has to bring the best out of all his students.  And also producing high profile fighters such as Rico Rodriguez and coaching famous personalities like Dan Ionosanto and Chuck Norris.

He has taken pride in the fact that he will always be a student of the Art and he will always make sure that his students receive the best from him at all time.

Master Rigan Machado is also a successful author, having published one of the most successful books in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu history, the Encyclopedia of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu [Click Here To Purchase Your Copy].

Main Achievements:

  • Pan American Champion (1996, 1997 weight & absolute)
  • ADCC Bronze Medallist (2000)
  • a veteran of the ADCC