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ender1
11/22/2011 12:09pm,
I am not very familiar with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools or the RCJ Machado Jiu Jitsu Association in particular.

I am looking at a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program that is taught at a traditional tae kwon do school which I thought might be a red flag. I see they are an RCJ Machado Jiu Jitsu associate member.

Does being an associate member increase the chance of legitimacy and quality or is that just something a school buys?

Stolper138
11/22/2011 2:21pm,
When I lived in Culver City I trained with John Machado for about two years. He is the best, hands down. Lima Tae Kwon Do is where his school is located, but John doesn't teach or do any Tae Kwon Do. John and his borhters are a living legends in the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Omega Supreme
11/22/2011 2:47pm,
When I lived in Culver City I trained with John Machado for about two years. He is the best, hands down. Lima Tae Kwon Do is where his school is located, but John doesn't teach or do any Tae Kwon Do. John and his borhters are a living legends in the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.I concur with this statement.

Syphilis
11/22/2011 2:52pm,
I would kill someone to train at JJ machado's school, wherever the hell he hosts his gym. Tae Kwon Do school, cesspit, steel mill, I'd be there.

ender1
11/22/2011 3:31pm,
Thank for the responses, my real question was about quality control. The school is in North Carolina and is not taught by Roger Machado it is an associate school of http://rcjmachadojiujitsu.com/map_georgia.html (http://rcjmachadojiujitsu.com/map_georgia.html)


None of the Machado brothers teach there. The head instructor is Mike Steicher who I could not find any information on except he is also the head Taekwondo instructor.


I heard good things about the brothers I was curious if their 30-35 associate members also had a good reputation http://rcjmachadojiujitsu.com/elinks.html (http://rcjmachadojiujitsu.com/elinks.html) so far sounds like it is at least worth trying the 30 trial package.

jnp
11/22/2011 3:32pm,
Jean Jacques is the only Machado brother I have not rolled with.

Gotta catch 'em all!

To ender1, I agree with Omega and Stolper138.

WhiteShark
11/22/2011 4:29pm,
A better question may be, "Can you guys recommend a school in Charlotte NC?"
Like This one: http://www.ftwbrazilianjiujitsu.com/index.html

30andCrappling
11/22/2011 4:45pm,
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karate-Charlotte/131488749956

This is the facebook page for the school. There is no mention of bjj or his rank on that page. Take that for what you will. Granted I just gave it a glance, but there are places in Charlotte that have grappling as a focus. Try Alliance on Montford Dr, Fight to Win has a bb teaching as well, or Joe Hurst in Concord for a start.

The place you posted had a glowchuck seminar.....
Just saying.

30andCrappling
11/22/2011 4:47pm,
http://youtu.be/Dmpjh7sgO_U

Ill leave this here.

jnp
11/22/2011 5:04pm,
Thank for the responses, my real question was about quality control. The school is in North Carolina and is not taught by Roger Machado it is an associate school of http://rcjmachadojiujitsu.com/map_georgia.html (http://rcjmachadojiujitsu.com/map_georgia.html)
I went to the Karate Charlotte site listed under the link you provided above. There doesn't seem to be anything about Mr. Streicher's BJJ qualifications, nor any classes, anywhere that I can find on the Karate Charlotte page.

Generally, purple belt is considered the minimum teaching rank in BJJ. I don't know what the Machados require for affiliations in terms of teaching skill. What I do know is that affiliations are typically not the same thing as associations.

Your best bet is to e-mail or go ask Mr. Streicher in person for the grappling instructor's qualifications/lineage.

ender1
11/22/2011 5:09pm,
I had some misgivings because of the taekwondo program, but the Machado Brothers had such a good rep I thought maybe it would be ok.

I know there are some good schools in charlotte, but this place is so close and has earlier classes.

Omega Supreme
11/22/2011 5:23pm,
Not all TKD is bad (Just most of it)

Aikironin21
11/22/2011 8:34pm,
Not even a chin fist can take the Machados

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmG8fP1_zTY

Outis
11/23/2011 9:52pm,
I had some misgivings because of the taekwondo program, but the Machado Brothers had such a good rep I thought maybe it would be ok.

I'm aware of an instance in which a Relson Gracie purple belt moved to a little town and rented space from a TKD school. The school's owner and head TKD instructor started taking BJJ classes under the purple, presumably with a view to earning some rank and becoming an affiliate. Maybe it's a similar situation here, except that the affiliation fell through and the Machados forgot to take the school off their list. At any rate, you've already been advised to get in touch with Mr. Streicher which ought to resolve the matter.

M-Tri
11/26/2011 12:12am,
Jean Jacques is the only Machado brother I have not rolled with.

Gotta catch 'em all!

To ender1, I agree with Omega and Stolper138.

What!? were you an extra here?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Esanf07wmaw

I only ever rolled with Rigan.

searcher66071
11/26/2011 9:41am,
http://youtu.be/Dmpjh7sgO_U

Ill leave this here.

This one is more telling of the midset of the school.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaTtKkIcReo&feature=channel_video_title