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JJ Machado Austin offers world-class instruction in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu based on the teachings and principles of renowned Master Jean Jacques Machado. Whether your goals are to learn self-defense, get in shape, or want to compete, we have programs that will meet your needs.


Our instructors are seasoned Black Belts with extensive experience both as competitors and instructors. With experience comes knowledge, and we are committed to sharing this knowledge in order for you to achieve your personal training goals.

Jean Jacques Machado and Todd White.
Jean Jacques Machado standing in his MACHADO Gi


7th Degree Coral Belt

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jean Jacques Machado is one of five brothers of the world-renown Machado Brazilian jiu-jitsu family. Machado 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, Machado 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. Machado's talents have been showcased in several major motion pictures and television appearances. He has appeared in the motion pictures "Force of the Spirit" and "Redbelt" as well as the television series "Insider Training". 

Jean Jacques has also produced numerous types of instructional media for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu including videos, DVDs, 3 best-selling books, and his Global Online Training Program. He has just released his fourth book "The Grappler's Handbook Vol. 2 Tactics for Defense" as well as four mobile web applications "JJ Machado techniques Volume 1" and "Best of Online Training 3 Vol. Series" now available on iTunes.

Todd White in his Moya Brand Gi


4th Degree Black Belt

A native of San Antonio, Texas, I moved to California in the early '90s to pursue a career in art. I was always involved in sports, especially Martial Arts, and once I settled in I started training at a local gym. It was not too long after that I met a gentleman who trained in a little known art (at that time) called Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Jean Jacques Machado. Upon my first visit to his academy, I was instantly hooked. I knew I found what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I spent years honing my craft, first as a student, then as a competitor, and finally as an instructor. The lessons I learned on the mat helped me in my everyday life. As a result, I have been able to establish a career as a successful artist. Through it all, Jiu-Jitsu has been a constant in my life. Because of this, I was reluctant to leave California but family came first and I wanted my kids growing up in the great state of Texas.

Upon telling Jean Jacques I was heartbroken to leave he expressed interest in me bringing his teachings to Austin and the opportunity to open an academy with my mentor Jean Jacques was an opportunity that was too good to pass up.


It is my goal to offer the people of Austin and surrounding communities the opportunity to experience the world-class instruction I have spent nearly half my life attaining.  Jean Jacques and I have created a learning environment that is professional, challenging, and most of all fun.

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