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Instructor – Chris Mahan

  • Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
    • 4th Degree Black Belt (12/10/2022)
    • 3rd Degree Black Belt (12/16/2017)
    • 2nd Degree Black Belt (11/08/2014)
    • 1st Degree Black Belt (10/03/2012)
    • Black Belt (04/16/2009)
  • Thai Boxing – Certified
  • Tae Kwon Do – 3rd degree Black Belt
  • 2 X Pan American Medalist

Recent Competitions:

  • 2018 IBJJF Washington D.C. International Open – Gold (Black Belt Master’s Middleweight Division)
  • 2016 IBJJF Charlotte International Open – Bronze (Black Belt Master’s Lightweight Division)
  • 2013 Gustavo Machado In-house – Black Belt Super Fight – Draw (Romeo Solivan vs. Chris Mahan)
  • 2011 NAGA VA Championships – Expert, No-gi, Adult Division – Silver
  • 2008 NAGA Champion – Advanced No-gi, Master’s, Middleweight Div.
  • 2008 Gustavo Machado Invitational – Silver (Brown Belt, Absolute Division)
  • 2008 IBJJF Pan American Championships – Bronze (Brown Belt, No-Gi, Lightweight, Sr. 1)
  • 2007 IBJJF Pan American Championships – Silver (Brown Belt, Gi, Lightweight, Sr. 1)
  • 2003 Dale Jr. Championships (BUD Cup) – Silver – Advanced No-gi, Lightweight
  • 2002 Grapplers Quest World Championships – Bronze – Advanced No-gi – Masters

BS Ed., University of Virginia, Sports Medicine

I have over 30 years of martial arts experience. I am an active competitor, instructor and student, specializing in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Thai Kickboxing. I’ve spent the majority of my lifetime training in, competing in, and teaching the martial arts, health and fitness, and I am excited to pass along my experience to you first hand.

My teaching experience includes instructing men, women, children, military and law enforcement personnel. I believe in giving 100% when teaching and strive to provide the best instruction that you will find in the area.

I’ve trained with many of the best in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts.

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Instructor: Gustavo “Guga” Machado

machadoGracie Barra Black Belt – Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

  • Received his black belt from one of Gracie Barra’s head instructors Roberto “Gordo” Correa in October of 2000.
  • Trained under Professors Carlos Gracie Jr. and Jean Jeaques Machado.

Gustavo has been training, competing, and teaching Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Vale-Tudo for almost 20 years. Gustavo moved to Virginia from Brazil in 1998. Gustavo settled in Virginia Beach, Virginia and started the Renzo Gracie Competition Team, with the full blessing of Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu legend, Renzo Gracie. Gustavo has since become an official Gracie Barra Academy, with the blessing of Carlos Gracie, Jr. Gustavo continues to spread the art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu through his teaching, support of tournaments and through his successful students – many of which have won gold at the Pan American Championships.

To learn more about Gustavo Machado, please visit his website at