Jean Jacques Machado

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Any Brazilian jiu-jitsu student knows that it’s almost impossible to escape the mount or back control. But what if there were a way out?

Learn how to execute four defensive tactics to ensure escape with color-photo sequences and advice from world-champion Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Jean Jacques Machado.

“Having strong defensive skills means you believe so much in your strategy that you will keep attacking,” Machado says. “It does not matter if your opponent counters your attack, you will be able to put him back in the position and attack again.”

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New Jean Jacques Machado Grappling DVDs Coming Soon! Set Will Feature Submission Grappling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed-Martial Arts Techniques!

Based on their acclaimed best-selling book of the same name, Jean Jacques Machado and Jay Zeballos’ highly anticipated three-DVD set, The Grappler’s Handbook: Gi and No-Gi Techniques, serves as a martial arts multimedia companion wherein the two Brazilian jiu-jitsu masters demonstrate takedowns, chokes, holds and submissions in living color and in exhaustive detail. Filmed at the Jean Jacques Machado Academy in Los Angeles, this set will offer multi-angle coverage (front, three-quarters and overhead) of each technique with step-by-step instructions, contextual explanations for each technique’s application, and an optional on-screen subtitle track with page-specific book references for an even deeper learning experience!

Jean Jacques Machado and Jay Zeballos’ Upcoming Three-Disc Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu DVD Set Demonstrates Techniques Found in The Grappler’s Handbook: Gi and No-Gi Techniques Book

Special features in this set will include the following:

Jean Jacques Machado and Jay Zeballos demonstrate a Brazilian jiu-jitsu takedown.

Techniques featured in this set will include (but certainly will not be limited to) the following:

  • Closed Guard to Back Control
  • Gi Choke Using Sleeve Control
  • Omo Plata Reversal When Opponent Posts One Leg
  • Guard Pass Defense to Brabo Choke
  • Arm Drag to Back Control to Rear-Naked Choke
  • Progressive Attacks From Leg-on-Shoulder Closed Guard
  • Double-Underhook Pass to Crucifix
  • Leg Sweep Butterfly-Guard Pass
  • Side-Control Escape Counter to Armbar
  • Tripod Choke
  • Anaconda Choke From Turtle Top
  • Jumping to Closed Guard
  • Butterfly Guard
  • Arm Trap to Shoulder Lock to Strikes
  • Reversal From Closed Guard
  • Standing Guard Break With Pass
  • Triangle Choke From Open Guard

If you’re interested in these upcoming DVDs, the book on which they are based is available in our online store! World-renowned teacher Jean Jacques Machado highlights the secrets behind gi and no-gi techniques for martial artists of all levels to successfully transition between styles.

Learn Two Closed-Guard Submissions From Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Legend Jean Jacques Machado in New BJJ Video!

In this exclusive Brazilian jiu-jitsu video filmed at Black Belt, Jean Jacques Machado — former national and international grappling tournament champion, recent red-and-black-striped belt recipient (from Rickson Gracie), 2011 Black Belt Hall of Fame Instructor of the Year, and author of the best-selling The Grappler’s Handbook Vol. 1: Gi and No-Gi Techniques and The Grappler’s Handbook Vol. 2: Tactics for Defense — shows you two closed-guard submissions.

Grappler’s Handbook Vol. 2 Author Jean Jacques Machado Shows You Two Submissions From the Closed Guard

From the closed guard, Machado controls his opponent by circling his right hand under the man’s left arm and grabbing his wrist as he extends the arm. Machado turns to his right, opens his guard, puts both feet on the mat and rises onto his right elbow. At the same time, he wraps his left arm over the man’s left arm and locks his left hand on top of his right wrist. Keeping the opponent’s elbow close to his chest, Machado lies back. He turns his upper body toward his foe, forcing his wrist and elbow over his own back, thus completing the shoulder lock. For added control, Machado places his right leg across the man’s back to prevent him from rolling forward to escape.

As an alternative approach to fighting from the closed guard, Machado turns to his right as he opens his guard and puts his feet on the mat. He then maneuvers his torso up and to the right so he can wrap his left arm around the man’s left shoulder. With the opponent’s left arm secure, Machado drives his hips forward, forcing him onto his back. Machado releases his hold on the arm and settles into the mount position.

Jean Jacques Machado recently joined forces with Jay Zeballos to write The Grappler’s Handbook Vol. 2: Tactics for Defense. It covers a variety of topics that pertain to submission fighting, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and MMA, including defense from the bottom, head and neck protection, defense against back control and the intricacies of the guard. Rave reviews of the full-color, large format book are being posted all over the Web, confirming its status as a must-have for all grapplers! CLICK HERE FOR MORE!

If you liked the above video, then keep an eye out for the NEW companion-DVD set for Machado’s acclaimed book The Grappler’s Handbook: Gi and No-Gi Techniques. This highly anticipated three-disc set will feature many of the book’s techniques demonstrated with crisply edited three-angle coverage! Each DVD in the set will include an optional caption track detailing what pages in the book further discuss each on-screen technique and its application on the mat. Special features include a look at the making of the book, as well as Machado recalling the day Rickson Gracie awarded him the coveted red-and-black-striped belt. Much like its source book, this DVD set will be a must-have for all grapplers!…

5 Essential Principles for Earning Your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt: Be Giving

I remember when I was still a relatively new white belt I entered an in-house tournament at the academy. I got absolutely crushed: two matches, two losses — both by submission. Even though I was down on myself, I kept pushing forward.

Months later, I was finishing up a training session when Jean Jacques walked over to me and said, “Jay, I have been watching you and your game has improved so much in the last few months.” I felt like I won the lottery. I was so happy. My confidence increased by the simple, yet powerful words my teacher said to me.

Not too long after that, while still a white belt, I entered an open tournament. This time the result was very different: 2 matches, 2 wins—both by submission. Machado placed a gold medal around my neck. A week later, he wrapped a blue belt around my waist. The whole experience made a profound impact on how I approach my duties as a black belt and instructor:

  • Never forget that you were a beginner once.
  • Never forget how much you needed help.
  • Never ever forget how grateful you were to those who took the time to help you.
  • Most importantly, bring value to those around you. Be giving.

This last attribute is very important and applies to more than just teaching. Help one another whenever necessary. Pay attention to the little things that sometimes go unnoticed. If you see another student without a partner during drills, invite that person to work with your group. Accept a student’s offer to free train, even if you’re a little tired. Help a fellow student who is obviously struggling with a technique. The list goes on.

While it is generally the instructor’s job to address issues on the mat, he is only one person. Your willingness to help others speaks volumes for your character. It is also important to remember that your words are powerful tools as well. This is especially important when working with beginners. They have enough obstacles in front of them and a few words of encouragement will help them succeed in Brazilian jiu-jitsu as well.

When Machado promoted me to black belt he referred to me as “a white belt who never quit.” It took me 10 years to achieve my goal. There were many setbacks along the way, but with each setback came a victory. My journey to my black belt changed my life on so many levels—all of them positive, and my teammates have experienced similar rewards during their journeys.

As a result I approach my new journey as an instructor with an incredible passion. I do this because I believe in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I believe anyone who decides to make a commitment to this beautiful martial art can earn a black belt. It is not easy, but it can be done. Whether you are thinking about taking up the art or are already an experienced student, I hope these posts helps you in some way.

Thank you for reading them and safe training to you!

About the Author:

Jay Zeballos is a Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2009 gold-medalist black belt under Jean Jacques Machado. He has been training with him for more than a decade. Zeballos is also the co-author of The Grappler’s Handbook: Gi and No-Gi Techniques. His most recent book with Machado is The Grappler’s Handbook Vol. 2: Tactics for Defense.…

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion Jean Jacques Machado Shows You Two Finishes From the Mount in New BJJ Video!

In this exclusive martial arts video filmed at Black Belt, former national and international grappling tournament champion and author of the best-selling The Grappler’s Handbook Vol. 1: Gi and No-Gi Techniques and The Grappler’s Handbook Vol. 2: Tactics for Defense shows you two effective finishes from the mount.

Jean Jacques Machado’s legendary skills in Brazilian jiu-jitsu recently garnered him a coveted red-and-black-striped belt from Brazilian jiu-jitsu icon Rickson Gracie. Machado was also recently inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as its 2011 Instructor of the Year.

Grappler’s Handbook Vol. 2 Author Jean Jacques Machado Shows You Two Finishes From the Mount

“The idea in jiu-jitsu is to get into positions [and] learn how your opponent react[s],” Machado explains. “And [depending] on his reaction, I would choose a technique I want [to use] to finish him.”

With Grappler’s Handbook co-author Jay Zeballos, Machado then moves into demonstrating two finishes from the mount position. His left hand grips the left side of Zeballos’ collar, with his own right hand stabilizing for balance. Zeballos turns to the left in reaction to Machado’s mat-slap noise feint, playing straight into Machado’s collar grip. Machado takes advantage of the exposed right side of the collar and moves to grip it at the shoulder with his right hand, with the palm facing down. With both sides of the gi collar cross-gripped, Machado moves his elbows close to his chest and drops his head, squeezing to complete the choke.

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For the second finishing option, Machado and Zeballos start from the same position. This time, Zeballos turns away from the same collar attack while gripping Machado’s left arm. This attempt to defend the hold on his collar exposes his own left arm at the elbow. Machado takes advantage by sliding his right knee past Zeballos’ lifted shoulder. This positions Machado’s hips behind the trapped elbow. Machado wedges his left foot under Zeballos’ right shoulder and leans forward, placing his right arm on Zeballos’ right shoulder for support. He then releases his grip on Zeballos’ collar and raises his left arm to hook Zeballos’ left arm. The armbar sets in as Machado sits back.

To learn more about these and other Brazilian jiu-jitsu techniques for grappling, submission fighting and mixed martial arts, be sure to check out the two books by Jean Jacques Machado and Jay Zeballos: The Grappler’s Handbook Vol. 1: Gi and No-Gi Techniques and The Grappler’s Handbook Vol. 2: Tactics for Defense. Both are available in our online store.…