[singlepic id=112 w=320 h=240 float=right]The instructors at Angel’s Martial Arts Center are open to learning new techniques from any style or instructor. Our instructors have trained in seminars with Royce Gracie, Relson Gracie, Caique, John Donahue, Rigan Machado, and John Machado. While it was a privilege to learn from all of the instructors we found our time training with the Machado Brothers to be the best. Enjoying our time training with the Machado Brothers, our instructors have traveled all over Michigan and Canada to train with John Machado. (Midland, Saginaw, Lansing, Canton, Ann Arbor, Toronto, and Kingston).

[singlepic id=114 w=320 h=240 float=left]The Machado Brothers have developed their system of jiu-jitsu (gentle art) over the last 25 years. The jiu-jitsu they learned in Brazil has been refined into a modern and unique style that is increasingly popular in the United States. Chuck Norris has called Machado Jiu-Jitsu “the style of the ’90s.”

Emanating from Brazil, their family has demonstrated the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in many “no rules” tournaments. The Machado Brothers, advancing their spirit of a top-quality fighting style tempered with humility and friendship, have kept away from these types of violent and decisive exhibitions. They have demonstrated their superiority on the mat, winning numerous Brazilian championships and national and world titles in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Russian sambo and even western wrestling. The system is rooted in one-on-one ground fighting, achieving superior position for joint locks, chokes and strikes.

Since basing themselves in the United States, the Brothers have continued to develop their grappling style, branching out into all styles of grappling in search of new techniques and concepts. Rigan Machado remains unbeaten in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in more than 13 years of competition. He also placed second in the 1994 Sambo World Championships. The numerous victories of the Machado brothers are amplified by the success of their American students. The Machado team has won more medals than any other American-based team and boasts five American-born and trained black belts, all top international competitors.

The Machados’ philosophy is not to prove or impose their system onto other styles or martial artists. Their main concern is to share what they have, always with their minds open for new ideas. This attitude has helped the Machados to establish themselves in the martial arts community and given them many friends and followers. Their attitude of balance is reflected not only in the way they fight, but also in the healthy lifestyle they have adopted since childhood. “