J.J. Machado promoted to jiu-jitsu Red/Black belt by Rickson Gracie

source: The Underground

The following is an open appreciation letter from Mr. Machado to Rickson: ......

"How does one adequately express their appreciation to someone who has given them the gift of sight? The ability to see and understand things as they never had before

I am referring to someone in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world who is known by a single name ... "Rickson."

"Before Rickson Gracie I studied Jiu Jitsu, after Rickson Gracie I understood Jiu Jitsu."

Without understanding Jiu Jitsu I would not be who I am today, and knowing this overwhelms me with love and admiration for him, for the wonderful gift he has given me.

No matter where or when, Rickson was always there for me. The 5:00 am lessons, the 15 minute instructions in-between his many private classes - a thinker before a fighter, my mentor had gone above and beyond. I can only hope to aspire to half the level of his influence. To ignite the passion within others as he did with me. To make a difference to others as he has for me.

It is my honor and privilege to be able to help preserve the memory and spirit of his teachings, his philosophy and his humor where ever I may go.

Rock'n roll will always have Elvis, basketball will always have Michael Jordan and Jiu Jitsu will always have Rickson Gracie.

Honestly I don't feel I could ever fully explain the deep rooted emotion of appreciation I have for this man, so I'll say it simply.

Thank you, Rickson. Thank you for taking me beyond the technique. Thank you for providing me the guidance. Thank you for your constant unselfish dedication to show me an art that transcended to the practicalities of life itself. Thank you, Rickson. Thank you for giving me that life."

- Jean Jacques Machado

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GC111 site profile image  

6/21/11 2:40 AM by GC111

ttt for answers

graciesrule site profile image  

6/18/11 9:23 PM by graciesrule

WiKi is wrong about Royce and Royler, there list as 7 th degree black & red belts when they are still 6 th degree. Go to Gracie University web page and it has there ranks.

GC111 site profile image  

6/18/11 4:49 PM by GC111

Another question, are all the 10th degree redbelts really as great as Helio in grappling or are they awarded mostly bc they were the founders?

GC111 site profile image  

6/18/11 4:45 PM by GC111

You've got to be past your prime to reach the higher degrees.How does JJ even grab someone with his left hand?

jcblass site profile image  

6/18/11 4:23 PM by jcblass

yea but they only fought cans.....

Barry Soetoro Jr site profile image  

6/18/11 3:52 PM by Barry Soetoro Jr

It's crazy that the other federations don't recognize most of the FJJO 9th degree masters (Fadda lineage).

biggator site profile image  

6/18/11 3:16 PM by biggator

from wiki"Some notable black-and-red belt holders are Royce Gracie, Carlos Gracie Jr., Rickson Gracie, Sergio Penha, Carlos Machado, Rigan Machado, Jean Jacques Machado, Pedro Sauer, Fábio Santos, Luiz Palhares, Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti, Marcus Soares, Joe Moreira, Mauricio Motta Gomes, Mauricio Robbe, Renato Laranja, and Relson Gracie.renato is for real bitches haha

Jack Skellington site profile image  

6/18/11 10:18 AM by Jack Skellington

cool read ....  

Bo Bice site profile image  

6/18/11 9:32 AM by Bo Bice

Haha smart ass....But he knows his BJJ history

whytlion site profile image  

6/18/11 7:28 AM by whytlion

From 2000 but shows how Gracie system works, from Gracie web site.Congratulations To Master Jean Jacques Machado! Doubt anyone will in his presence question his or Master Rickson belt rankings.