Rigan Machado is one of the most celebrated fighters and instructors in the grappling world. He was a multiple National Champion in Brazil, won 3 Pan American championships, medalist at the ADCC, and took a silver medal at the 1994 Sambo World Championships.
Rigan has been celebrated in major magazines, books, and instructional videos. He is a nephew of the founder of BJJ, Carlos Gracie Sr, and grew up training and teaching with Rickson, Rorion, Helio, and the rest of the famous Gracie family. His brothers, the Machado brothers, are a major force in the US with thousands of students worldwide.
"Training with Rigan was definitely an experience that changed my life. At one time, I definitely think he was the greatest grappler that walked the earth. - BJ Penn