Besides the Machados, the other organizations that are are influential in Michigan are Ribeiro and Caique.
I think in BJJ there is a tendency to look at it purely as a sport and students pay a lot of attention to current champions. We felt that though the Machados don't compete anymore, the 5 brothers are an amazing resource! We don't want our students to overlook the opportunity to benefit from those who have helped us so much. One of the forces that created this organization is loyalty to our teachers.
Our trainings are open to any student or friend of a Machado affiliated school.
Our first training, which we had advertised for less than 2 weeks, had 75 students in attendance.
The event was free and included a short warm up, over an hour of rolling, and 15 minutes of instruction.
Since the students loved it so much, and the next event is going to be advertised much more, we will most likely get 125 or more students. Now we are working through ideas on how to accommodate so many students, which will probably mean white and blue belts in one session, and purple and blue belts in another.
We are now planning out the rest of 2013- which tournaments we are going to be supporting, as well as group trainings and seminars.
For more info about the Midwest BJJ Alliance contact Ryan Fiorenzi at
Kaizen BJJ 560 S Main St
Northville, MI 48167-1648