TRAIN WITH THE BEST
MASTER JEAN JACQUES MACHADO
One of the pioneers of the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and one of its greatest champions, Jean Jacques Machado is one of five brothers of the world-renown Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu family.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Machado began his Jiu-Jitsu training more than forty years ago. He dominated the competitive arena of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in his native country, capturing every major title and competition award from 1982 through 1992.
In 1992, he arrived in the United States to continue his competitive success. Dominating the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu scene both in the United States and in international competition, Machado gained worldwide recognition in 1999 with his performance at the Abu Dhabi Combat Club World Submission Wrestling Championships.
He is one of the very few 7th degree Coral Belts who continues to actively teach full time at his academies.
PROFESSOR JAY ZEBALLOS
Jay Zeballos has been a student under Jean Jacques Machado for over 20 years, receiving his Black Belt in 2007. A full-time instructor since 2010, he teaches at both of LA's Jean Jacques Machado Jiu-Jitsu academies. He is the executive director of Jean Jacques affiliate program and conducts private training, workshops and seminars both domestically and internationally.
Currently a third degree Black Belt, Zeballos is also one of Jean Jacques’ most active and decorated competitors, earning numerous titles in the Black Belt Master Divisions
COACH JAMES EKE
Coach James Eke is a purple belt and has been training in Jean Jacques Machado Jiu Jitsu since 2013. As our Academy's Jiu-Jitsu Coach, James Eke works closely with Jean Jacques Machado Jiu-Jitsu Instructors and our students to make sure the Academy is performing to the best of its ability. Eke trains with both Professor Machado and Professor Zeballos several times a year.
Eke is the owner and chief instructor of the Eke Academy of Martial Arts with black belt and teaching credentials in five martial arts.
He is the author of the martial arts books Warrior's Way: A Guide to Lifelong Learning In The Martial Arts and A Wolf In The Woods: Combat Essentials For The Martial Artist.