RCJ Machado Jiu-Jitsu- Lake Highlands is the place to be for world class Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training. Headed by the highest ranked Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor in the Southwest, Head Instructor Carlos Machado.

RCJ Machado is proud to offer classes for students of ALL LEVELS of experience - from no experience at all to the accomplished martial artist, from overweight to super-fit, all ages, and both men and women are welcome.

For over 40 years the RCJ Machado Brothers have been dedicated to the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

The name RCJ carries the initials of each of the four brothers ("R" for Roger, "C" for Carlos, and "J" for John). Nephews to one of the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, late master Carlos Gracie, the Machado Brothers combine the nuances of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with their own teachings of humility and service, illustrated by the motto "LEAVE YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR".

RCJ Machado Jiu-Jitsu believes the practice of Martial Arts, specifically Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, has the ultimate goal of improving student's lives as individuals while adopting a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.

You'll get a big boost in confidence, learn new skills, and become part of a martial arts legacy. It's so easy to start...simply show up and begin seeing results within the first couple of weeks.

No prior experience needed

Learn powerful self-defense moves

Get lean & fit quickly

Perfect for all ages

We don't just teach Martial Arts...we change lives. Our classes are fast paced, high-energy and introduce you into an authentic approach to learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Skills taught are realistic for self defense and great for increasing fitness and stamina.

Students learn from the start strategies for advancing in rank after completing time and skill requirements. All in a safe and fun environment! You'll make new friends and the students are helpful to each other. This helps you achieve great results in a short amount of time as well.

Read about the amazing history of our Founder and Head Instructor below. While you're here, be sure to check out the class pages for more details and amazing web-specials!

We look forward to working with you soon and are here to answer any additional questions you may have. All of our info can be found on the contact page should you want to set up a facility tour or call to have any questions answered.

Welcome to the family!

Professor Marcio Santos is the owner of RCJ Machado Jiu-Jitsu- Lake Highlands and has been teaching for over 30 years.

Hailing from Terespolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Marcio Santos is a Fourth degree black belt who has been practicing BJJ for almost 30 years earning his rank first under Pitbull Academy's Master Adilson Jorge de Lima, second under Master Rigan Machado, and third and fourth under Master Carlos Machado. Prof. Marcio has studied with some of the best personages in the martial arts world, including the Machado Brothers, Helio Gracie, and Danny Inosanto. He has been an instructor of both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Capoeira for over 20 years.

Although Marcio, aka "the humble professor", is renowned for his quiet teaching style, if you get him laughing hard enough, you might be able to get him to eventually tap!

Carlos Machado, Founder

Mr. Machado started training when he was 4 under his uncles, Carlos and Helio Gracie in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the eldest of 5 brothers: Roger, Rigan, Jean Jacques, and John Machado. He is ranked as a 9th Degree Coral Belt and has been teaching for over 34 years.

In the early 90's Mr. Machado started teaching in America; in April 1994 he moved to Los Angeles, California where he met martial arts movie star Chuck Norris, who was instrumental in promoting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the Machado family. Since then, Mr. Norris has been one of the greatest advocates of Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Mr. Machado lived in Los Angeles until the end of 1995 when he moved to Dallas, Texas.

He taught Brazilian jiu-jitsu out of the same building in which Chuck Norris's television show" Walker, Texas Ranger" was filmed. This allowed Mr. Machado to teach at his studio and take part in many episodes of the popular TV show. He often assisted on choreographing fight scenes with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Besides running his school, Mr. Machado has been involved in competition as well. Winning State and World titles from 1982-1989, such as:

The Pan American of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (97/98)

Several events in the U.S. (U.S Open 98/99)

The World Master's Championships (2000) in two weight divisions (middleweight and open class).

He currently holds the highest rank of this style in the Southwest (Ninth Degree Coral Belt) and is considered the "Godfather" of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

In Southwest, Carlos has built one of the fastest growing affiliate school programs in the country which includes representatives in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Philadelphia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Rhode Island, Mississippi, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, England, France, Australia and Mexico.

Each brother has accomplished remarkable success as competitors and instructors, winning national, Pan-American and world titles, and occasionally venturing into the entertainment world (with multiple appearances on TV shows and motion pictures).

They have been portrayed on hundreds of covers of martial arts magazines; in addition, they have published instructional DVD series, books, TV documentaries, and even comic books!

RCJ Machado Jiu-Jitsu is on a mission to bring the best of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the World through the dedication of family training and high quality education

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