Backyard Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, is proud to have partnered up with the Rigan Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association and offer the curriculum set forth by Master Rigan. Master Rigan Machado is a living legend in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is considered by many to be the greatest grappler to ever walk the face of the earth. Master Rigan holds the prestigious Red and Black Belt and is nephew of the Legendary Grandmaster Carlos Gracie. Master Rigan Machado achieved his legendary stature at the world championship level by amassing a record like never been seen again. From the age of 14 through 21, he won the World Championships every year and every belt division. He amassed a record of 365 wins and no losses in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition. He also created a record by having 19 matches in one day and finishing all of them by submission. He has also competed and won in other styles of grappling such as Sambo in which he took 2nd place in the World Championships. He remains unbeaten in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in more than 13 years of competition. Master Rigan Machado is one of the most unique and interesting people in the martial of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu because of the desire he has to bring the best out of all his students. He has taken pride in the fact that he will always be a student of the art and he will always make sure that his students receive the best from him at all time. To learn more about Master Rigan Click here and here.
Professor, Mark Massey Backyard Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, will be working closely with Professor Mark Massey, Director of The Rigan Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association. Professor Massey and Master Rigan are the ones who promote students in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Extreme Martial Arts. Professor Mark Massey is a 1st Degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Master Rigan Machado. Mark Massey was first introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 1993 after visiting Professor Pedro Sauer's academy in Salt Lake City, UT. He trained off and on for about 2 years but had to move to Washington and took up Judo before earning any colored belt rank in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Mr. Massey continued regular study and training in Judo, earning his Shodan (Black Belt) in 2001 and Nidan (2nd degree BlackBelt) in 2008 while a member of the United States Judo Association. In 1999 Mr. Massey took up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu again and continued the journey he started several years earlier. Mr. Massey earned his Blue Belt under Professor Keith Owen (Pedro Sauer) in 2005, his Purple Belt under Master Carlos Gracie Jr. (Gracie Barra) in 2007 and his Brown Belt under Professor Rafael Ellwanger and Master Carlos Gracie Jr. (Gracie Barra) in 2009. Mark Massey was awarded the coveted Black Belt by Master Rigan Machado directly on May 25, 2013, and was selected by Master Rigan to become the Rigan Machado BJJ Association Director, helping unite the Rigan Machado schools worldwide and standardize a curriculum based on Master Rigan Machado's teachings and principals. Professor Massey was recently promoted to 1st degree Black Belt by Rigan Machado on October 8, 2016 and proudly represents Rigan Machado Jiu-Jitsu and the Association.
Sensei Nelson de Sierra is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in American Combat Karate and owner of Extreme Martial Arts & Combat Fitness, Which is now, Backyard Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Nelson started his martial arts training at the age of eleven years old in the art of Hayashi-Ha Shito Ryu under Sensei David Andrasik and Shihan Timothy Brooks. Where he earned his 1st degree blackbelt in Shito Ryu. In 2011 Nelson founded Extreme Martial Arts in Ocala Florida, under the direction of The Independent Karate Schools of America, created what is called American Combat Karate, which encompasses Japanese Karate, Kick Boxing, and Jiu Jitsu into one art. Also in 2011 Nelson Started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Sensei Bill Bartlett of Ocala BJJ and Master Dustin "Clean" Denes, where he earned his 4 stripe white belt. Currently, Nelson is training under Master Rigan Machado where he has earned his blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is working towards his purple belt.
Coach Tiffany de Sierra is the head instructor of our Fitness Classes and also owner of Backyard Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Tiffany has a background in gymnastics and physical fitness. She is currently training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.