Carlos Machado. Photo courtesy Carlos Machado Jiu-Jitsu.
Our feature interview this week on The FightWorks Podcast is with Carlos Machado, a returning guest to our show. What? You don’t remember our other conversation with Carlos? Well our last chat was in 2006, so I guess we can’t be too upset. We introduced that show by saying, “if there’s another surname that’s synonymous with jiu-jitsu along with Gracie, it’s ‘Machado’”, which is of course as true today as it was then.
Carlos is the oldest of the Machado brothers, cousins to the Gracie family who grew up alongside the Gracies on the mats, streets, and beaches of Rio de Janeiro as well as in the mountain town of Teresopolis where the Gracie estate was located. Carlos brings us back to those early days in the late seventies and early eighties when today’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu leadership were coming of age. We will hear rare details about Gracie family patriarch Carlos Gracie as well as Rolls Gracie, the son of Carlos Gracie who spent so much of his childhood with his uncle Helio that he referred to Helio as “father” also. A victim of a tragic early death caused by a hang gliding accident, Rolls is still considered one of jiu-jitsu’s most important innovators and remains beloved by all those who remember him.
From there Carlos Machado will bring us along to learn about the Machado brothers’ arrival in the United States around 1990 and their close relationship with martial arts celebrity Chuck Norris. So please join us for this visit to some very important moments in Brazilian jiu-jitsu history.