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WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL CARLOS MACHADO WEBSITE
Welcome to the Machado Jiu Jitsu Dallas Academy, one of the most acclaimed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Schools in the U.S. Here you will receive personal instruction from the highest ranked (Sixth Degree) Black Belt of this system in the entire Southwest. He is also nephew to the founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, late Master Carlos Gracie. Carlos Machado has developed a program specifically oriented to satisfy your needs in martial arts, in a safe and positive environment, conducive to fast learning and lasting results. Our classes will accommodate individuals of any experience level (from beginner to advanced), any fitness level (from inactive to athletic shape), every age group (from 5 to 75 years old), both men and women. Students who seek more personal approach will also benefit from our semi-private and one-on-one training.
We are also proud to provide a unique curriculum which allows our members to evaluate their goals and progress throughout their lessons. Joining in our courses may cause one of the following symptoms: realistic self-defense knowledge, improved fitness level, increased self-confidence, continuous stress relief, consistent mental focus, strong emotional balance, more flexibility, healthy weight loss, natural muscle gain, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude. Please take advantage of our first complimentary visit, available for first time students (Dallas residents) only.
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THE MACHADO WAY, A GENTLE APPROACH
After a big storm, an oak tree lays flat on the ground, victim of the strong winds, while the palm tree still stands. The first had much bulk and lacked flexibility to endure the relentless pressure of the air stream. The latter was thin and elastic, bending with each gust until the turbulence had passed.
One should flow with another, and use techniques as an art form for survival. Gentle skills are aimed at neutralizing aggression, not on inflicting pain or damage, although harm can be caused if the situation requires. Leverage is the key that enables simple moves to work well under most circumstances for all practitioners, regardless of size and fitness level..
Martial arts is a way of life, where dedication, respect and open mindedness are essential. Dedication includes consistency in the way one trains, how well one takes care of his/her health in order to stay active, and how positively one remains emotionally. One should also respect the self, others, and other styles of martial arts. Open mindedness reflects an attitude of maturity, since the person willing to admit he/she does not know it all is humble, allowing more space for growth and fulfillment in his/her life.
Martial arts is a tool for physical, emotional and spiritual self-improvement. The health benefits of a regular practice include stress relief, cardiovascular conditioning, and weight loss. The emotional advantages of performing it involve a relaxed state of mind, a sense of self-confidence and enthusiasm. Consistent practice will also bring peace and joy, which are true spiritual treasures..
Origins of Jiu-Jitsu
Jiu-Jitsu (gentle art) was born in India, among budhist monks, as a compassionate approach to self-defense. At that time (over 2,000 years ago), Budhism was flourishing in Southeast Asia, especially in the vast lands of India. Several monasteries were established throughout the country, usually in remote areas. The difficult access and isolation favored assaults and robberies against caravans of supplies to Budhist locations. The monks themselves were often victims not only of direct aggression, but also of incredible hardship once their goods were stolen. Lack of supplies, especially during the winter, would bring disastrous consequences to their temple inhabitants.
Their beliefs prevented them from causing harm to others, which created a dilemma when confronted with the need to defend themselves if attacked by bandits. The dire need to protect their goods gave birth to an effective yet humane self-defense , where the main goal was not to hurt the assailants, but to control and neutralize them with techniques based on simple leverages. Their slender bodies nourished primarily from vegetarian diets did not present bulk nor great strength. They had to rely on some form of skills capable of working against bigger opponents. That was the birth of Jiu-Jitsu.
The role of Japan in developing Jiu-Jitsu
Budhism enjoyed protection and support from the emperor at the time Jiu-Jitsu was created (before Christ's era). However, political upheaval brought to power another ruler who saw the monks as a source of competition for power. In an attempt to eradicate the growing influence of religion in the region, the new emperor adopted a policy of persecution and destruction towards Budhism. Monks soon started to flee the country, finding refuge in several different countries. As they started their teaching in other areas, Budhism became even more widespread than before. It soon reached the Far East, in the land of the Samurais: Japan.
Japan's culture and way of life where receptive to the ideas of Budhism, which also included the martial arts. Jiu-Jitsu became a passionate discipline among the strict warlords and Japanese apprentices. Soon Japan turned into a hotbed for the further development of Jiu-Jitsu. Their fighting spirit greatly enriched the art, which eventually became the root of future martial arts. The samurais have learned hand to hand combat besides their excellence in using blades.
Carlos Machado was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the eldest of the five Machado Brothers, including Roger, Rigan, Jean Jacques and John. He started martial arts since he was four. His main instructor throughout his life has been his cousin Carlos Gracie Jr., although he thanks greatly other names also involved in his upbringing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Those include Helio Gracie, Carlson Gracie, Rolls Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Crolin Gracie and Rilion Gracie, and last but not the least, all his brothers. While in Brazil, he has successfully competed in several tournaments at state and national level. In April of 1990 he decided to move to Los Angeles, California, pursuing more prospects in his martial arts career. There he met martial arts movie star Chuck Norris, who was instrumental in promoting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and his family. Since then, Mr. Norris has been one of the greatest advocates of Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Carlos lived in Los Angeles until end of 1995, when once more he chose to move to the Southwest, to the city of Dallas, Texas. There he established his first location, at the same building were the Chuck Norris' TV show "Walker, Texas Ranger" was filmed. That allowed Carlos not only to teach at his studio, but also to take part in many episodes of that popular show. He often assisted on choreographing fight scenes with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Besides running his school, Carlos has also been involved in competition, winning twice the Pan American of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (97/98), several events in the U.S. (U.S Open 98/99), and the World Master's Championships (2000) in two weight divisions (middle weight and open class).
He currently holds the highest rank of this style in the Southwest (Sixth Degree Black Belt).
He has been at his current location since April of 1999, where he has had a chance to develop an incredible group of dedicated students, many of them outstanding competitors themselves.
Carlos has built one of the fastest growing affiliate school programs in the country, which now includes representatives in Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Philadelphia, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Mississippi, South Carolina, England, France, Australia and Mexico.
CARLOS MACHADO JIU-JITSU ASSOCIATION INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP
Individuals willing to become members of the "Carlos Machado Jiu-Jitsu Association" will enjoy the following benefits:
1. Reduced Rates at Carlos Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Seminars.
2. Reduced Entry Fees at Carlos Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sponsored
3. Discounts of 10% on Carlos Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu merchandise (Only
sold at www.carlosmachado.net)
4. 3 Complimentary Machado Jiu-Jitsu Patches.
5. Automatic subscription to our quarterly newsletter. (To Start in 2004)
6. Ability to test for rank in Carlos Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
7. Association Individual Fees: $50.00 to be paid annually.
8. Membership ID Card. to be presented at tournament, seminars or to purchase
The following items will give cause to immediate termination of membership status with the Carlos Machado Jiu-Jitsu Association:
1. Any involvement in criminal activities.
2. Drug abuse.
3. Bad sportsmanship in any sport event sponsored or not by the Carlos Machado
4. Misuse of the "Machado Name".
5. Default on payment of Annual Membership Fees.
After carefully reading the entire content of this agreement, I am aware of my rights and obligations, and willingly accept all terms previously mentioned, and promise to comply with the conditions established by the Carlos Machado Jiu-Jitsu Association.