I loved talking to jiu-jitsu pioneer Carlos Machado about all things BJJ in episode 115 of The Strenuous Life Podcast.
He shares stories about growing up training with Rickson and Rolls, the importance of universal principles in Jiu-jitsu, pushing the tables aside to train with his brothers Roger, Rigan, Jean Jacques and John, competing in ADCC with a broken foot and more.
I hope you get as much out of this interview as I did! His love for the art and experience in the sport comes through at every second.
Some of the highlights include
01:07 – Carlos on growing up in Jiu-Jitsu family
05:52 – BJJ comes into the mainstream
08:41 – Training with Rolls Gracie
11:07 – Style of the Machado game
13:03 – The continuing evolution of Jiu Jitsu
17:54 – Who are the most athletic Jiu Jitsu practitioners?
20:44 – Who has the deepest BJJ technical knowledge?
27:41 – What he thinks about the introduction of new techniques into Jiu-Jitsu
30:46 – Submission only competition formats
33:32 – Carlos’s reflections on competing in Abu Dhabi
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Find out more about Carlos Machado at carlosmachado.net