We are proud to be the Milwaukee area's only Official Rigan Machado Jiu Jitsu Affiliate. Our instructors are the only Rigan Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts in Southeastern Wisconsin. We uphold the high standards set by the BJJ legend insuring that our students are receiving true Brazilian Jiu jitsu.
Rigan Machado is one of the highest ranked (8th degree Red/Black belt) and most respected Jiu-jitsu instructors in the world. He is a member of the legendary Machado Brothers and is considered by many to be one of the greatest grapplers of all time. The nephew of Grandmaster Carlos Gracie, Rigan began training Jiu jitsu at the age of 5. He would grow up and train alongside his uncles, brothers and cousins (The Gracies) in Brazil. At the age of 14, Rigan began to to take his training and competing more seriously and went on to become an 8x Brazilian National Champion, 2x Pan American Champion, and ADCC medalist; at one time holding a record of 365 wins and no losses in BJJ competitions. In the 1980's he moved to the United States and was one of the original teachers in the famous garage of Rorion Gracie. Rigan and the Machado brothers are one of the most influential families in BJJ and were instrumental in the global spread of BJJ.
Today, Master Rigan currently operates an academy in Beverly Hills, where he is instructor to many of Hollywood's biggest stars. He travels regularly to perform seminars across the country and internationally. We are proud to carry on his tradition as the only Official Rigan Machado Affiliate Academy in the area.