There is a great story I read about Grandmaster Carlos Gracie and Jean Jacques Machado
Once was visiting a dear friend of the family, Luzita, who just had a handicapped baby. They were chatting and Luzita was holding her baby when she noticed that Carlos was carefully looking at the child. She asked what he was thinking about and the Master said: “You can be cool (calm) because your son is going to achieve everything he wants in life. This handicap is not going to get in his way at all, much to the contrary." That baby was Jean Jacques Machado, future Jiu-Jitsu phenomenon and ADCC world champion (source)
(̶N̶o̶t̶e̶:̶ ̶A̶p̶p̶a̶r̶e̶n̶t̶l̶y̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶r̶e̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶a̶ ̶p̶h̶o̶t̶o̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶G̶r̶a̶n̶d̶m̶a̶s̶t̶e̶r̶ ̶C̶a̶r̶l̶o̶s̶ ̶h̶o̶l̶d̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶a̶ ̶b̶a̶b̶y̶ ̶J̶e̶a̶n̶ ̶
a̶c̶q̶u̶e̶s̶ ̶M̶a̶c̶h̶a̶d̶o̶.̶.̶.̶i̶f̶ ̶a̶n̶y̶o̶n̶e̶ ̶h̶a̶s̶ ̶a̶ ̶c̶o̶p̶y̶.̶.̶.̶ ̶e̶m̶a̶i̶l̶ ̶m̶e̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶I̶ ̶w̶i̶l̶l̶ ̶p̶u̶t̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶u̶p̶ ̶h̶e̶r̶e̶ ̶
a̶n̶d̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶R̶C̶J̶ ̶M̶a̶c̶h̶a̶d̶o̶ ̶P̶h̶o̶t̶o̶ ̶H̶i̶s̶t̶o̶r̶y̶)
|Thanks Alan for finding this gem!!|
I personally am fascinated by his "always attacking" style of fighting and his ability to push the pace of the match. Truly a champion.
IF I can ever find a copy, I would love to watch "Force Of The Spirit". Until then, I will continue to watch these videos of his competition footage,
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Jean-Jacques Machado vs. Rogerinho (?)
Jean Jacques Machado vs. Yuki Nakai
Jean-Jacques Machado vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka - L.A. Sub X
In the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC)
Jean-Jacques Machado vs. Caol Uno- ADCC 1999 66-76 kg Finals
Jean-Jacques Machado vs. Leo Vierra- ADCC 2000 (?)
Jean Jacques Machado vs. Tsuyoshi Kohsaka ADCC 2001 Absolute
Jean-Jacques Machado vs. Matt Serra- ADCC 2001 66-76 kg Finals
Jean Jacques Machado vs. Frank Trigg VTJ 1998 - Vale Tudo Japan 1998
If you know of any more on Youtube...let me know and I will embed them here.