More than 40 years ago, the four Machado brothers—Roger, Rigan, Carlos, and John—founded RCJ Machado Jiu-Jitsu to pass on the Brazilian martial-arts knowledge they acquired from the late jiu-jitsu master Carlos Gracie. Although the Machado brothers' legacy now spans TV and movie appearances, plus work with celebrities ranging from Chuck Norris to Usher, their school still takes new martial artists of all ages through the fundamentals and beyond. Some locations also include classes in kickboxing, MMA, and capoeira—a Brazilian blend of martial arts and dance.
When Bendu's staff says they'll treat you like a champion, they mean it. These USA Boxing–registered coaches have trained professionals including Olympic Trial boxer Derrick Williams and CPT-Certified trainer Julia Kang. The 9,200 square foot gym located near Addison has a new ring and new boxing equipment. They bring this expertise to private or group lessons, whipping bodies into in-the-ring shape as they pit fists against bags and mitts in a cutting-edge boxing gym. Professionals and amateurs alike improve as they learn techniques such as offensive striking and tips including proper hand-wrap application, which is essential both for general safety and the portion of class in which attendees must remove hot hams from an oven. And there are dressing rooms and showers available.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Smaller classes, more coaches per student, aggressive approach, but with a tempered feel.This allows for faster instruction and better technique.
Is your location strictly for adults, or can kids participate as well?
18 years or older
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Getting people in shape for mental or physical health.
A person cannot properly defend themselves if they are not healthy.
What do you love most about your job?
Teaching people how to persevere.
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