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We are a Carlos Machado Jiu-jitsu Associate, in Hickory NC. We teach Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us. We hope you enjoy our site and take a moment to drop us a line.

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Qualified Instructors

Our Gracie Jiu-jitsu Lineage, Founder Helio, Relson, and Rickson Gracie. Relson and Rickson taught our Team professor John -Michael Kalekini who has instructed  and promoted to Black belt Mike Bentley Mike is Jason's Professor. We are now a Carlos Machado affiliate he is now Jason's Grandmaster. Jason Is now the Head Professor of Primal MMA.


Modern Studio

Ever walked into a gym or studio and the first thing you notice is the smell of old gym socks and the bathroom? Yeah your not gonna find that here. Some gyms are just sweat shops and they really don't care about hygiene. Here at Primal we clean everyday and after every workout. Just because we share the gym for a workout doesn't mean you wanna share your sweat and take it home.


The Machado Brothers have developed a new and exciting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Curriculum called The Machado Method™.  The Machado Method™ is going to revolutionize the way instructors teach and students learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu across the globe.  You now have the opportunity to learn and teach the most structured Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu curriculum in the world.

Instructors can learn the RCJ Machado Curriculum at live Instructor Training Seminars or with the Online Video Library.  Novice instructors can watch a detailed view of all techniques and drills which are broken down step by step.  Experienced instructors can watch a quick view to briefly see an overview of the moves to save time.

The Machado Method™ of teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu incorporates Warm-Ups, Solo Drills and Partner Drills into each lesson plan.  Two classes are planned out for each week of the year for every single belt.  That’s right!  You’ll receive two lesson plans each week for White, Blue, Purple and Brown Belt.  You can take the one of a kind Professor Cards™ onto the mat as a reminder of what to teach.  Teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu using this video library will revolutionize how fast and how well your students learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

RCJ Machado® is setting the quality standard in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community with the addition of attendance and testing requirements.  Attendance requirements insure students have attended the desired number of classes to gain the knowledge of the RCJ Machado Curriculum.  Testing students allows instructors to make sure students measure up to the high quality standards set forth.  Students from White Belt to Black Belt are officially tested for all ranks creating the highest quality standards in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community.

Carlos Machado

Carlos started martial arts at the age of four.  He currently holds the highest rank of this style in the Southwest, Ninth Degree Black Belt.  His main instructor throughout his life was his cousin Carlos Gracie, Jr. but he has also trained with Helio Gracie, Carlson Gracie, Rolls Gracie, Rickson Gracie, Crolin Gracie, Rillion Gracie and his brothers. While in Brazil, he successfully competed in several tournaments at both the state and national level.


In April 1994 he moved to Los Angeles, California.  There he met martial arts movie star Chuck Norris, who was instrumental in promoting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the Machado family.  Mr. Norris has been one of the greatest advocates of Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Carlos lived in Los Angeles until the end of 1995, when he moved to Dallas, Texas where he taught Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu out of the same building in which Chuck Norris’ television show “Walker, Texas Ranger” was filmed.  This allowed Mr. Machado to teach at his studio and also take part in over 20 episodes of the popular show.  He often assisted on choreographing fight scenes with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Chuck Norris earned his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu directly from Carlos Machado.

Master Machado is a world class competitor.  He dominated the BJJ tournament scene for decades compiling an impressive career of victories:

  • State & National BJJ Champion from 1982 to 1993
  • Pan American of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 1997 & 1998
  • U.S Open 1998 & 1999
  • World Master’s Championships 2000 (two weight divisions)
  • Middle weight and open class


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Primal MMA Academy

1614 Tate Boulevard Southeast, Hickory, North Carolina 28602, United States

(828) 381-8375 Gym Manager (828) 381-8389 Head Instructor


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