a> Professor William Vandry (Vandry BJJ)
Certified 4th Degree Black Belt Instructor under Master Carlos Machado, RCJ Machado
Professor William Vandry 4th degree Black belt BJJ (Machado)
William Vandry earned his Black Belt from Master Carlos Machado. Vandry is recognized for his technical ideas and cutting edge style of his Jiu-jitsu, and his unique knowledge of leglocks, counters and escapes. Vandry began his official introduction into BJJ at a seminar in Austin, Texas in 1995, meeting John and Carlos Machado. Beginning in January 1996, Vandry traveled weekly to Dallas, Texas to maintain training in group classes and private lessons under Machado. Vandry has trained with members of the Gracies, and other BJJ black belts. Vandry is also one of the highest-ranking BJJ Black belts in Texas, and one of the highest ranking American BJJ Black belts in the world.
Grandmaster Carlos Gracie was the founder of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. He was the Grandmaster until he passed away, and his younger brother Helio Gracie took the mantle until he too passed away. His nephews, the Machado brothers created a legacy following their Uncle’s footsteps.
Carlos and Rigan Machado are 8th degree red and blackbelts, Jean Jacques Machado is an 8thth degree Black belt,John Machado is a 7thth degree. Roger Machado is a 7thth degree black belt.
The Machado Brothers
William Vandry met Carlos and John Machado and was introduced to BJJ in October 1995, and has trained with them and in the art of BJJ ever since.
Carlos, William and John Machado 1995 Carlos, William and John Machado 2006
Carlos, William and Rigan Machado 1996 Carlos, William and Rigan Machado 2008
In 1996 William Vandry became the first and longest running RCJ Machado representative currently in the world to teach and spread Jiu-jitsu in the state of Texas. Originating in Killeen, Texas in 1996, Vandry relocated to Austin in 1999, and still teaches today.
William Vandry has also competed on a world level many times, and on all belt levels representing Team USA under the Machado brothers taking Gold and silver medals. Despite an injury that kept Vandry from competing for over four years, he resumed competition and still plans to compete in the future, although his chief duties are operating his academy and overseeing his association schools in Texas, expanding his Jiu-jitsu Association USA. Vandry also has coached his own competition team, which has shared first or second place state team points multiple times.
World Championship Finals
World Championship Semis
World Championship Finals
He began teaching and formed his headquarters. In 2000, Vandry formed his VCATS program (Vandry Combative Arrest Tactics and Strategies) for all law enforcement officers, security or DPS troopers. Vandry has taught private clinics to many law enforcement agencies and continues to this day. His research on LAPD death statistics gave him theories to develop for all branches of law enforcement techniques. Vandry has also received awards from the US Army and from the Dept. of Public Safety.
Department of Public Safety gives award to Professor William Vandry for teaching Troopers VCATS
Professor Vandry teaching VCATS seminar to Central Texas police officers
William Vandry has also reached out to women and children to overcome stronger opponents. Vandry has taught women in BJJ since formally starting a Women’s class in 2002. Vandry teaches many clinics and classes for women year round to reach out and develop self defense, confidence and abilities to protect themselves.
William Vandry is the no. 1 BJJ Black belt in the world on support for his community. Vandry has assocation schools that have mandatory training, teaching and learning instructions and to develop a message for a person to feel comfortable learning Jiu-jitsu. Community events such as support, and working with Children to teach Anti Bullying seminars, overcoming helplessness, and to develop a way of dealing with bulllying in schools among children and teens. Morale is vital to a community, and clinics are important to educate those that feel they have no where to go or are alone. They are not.
Vandry also does not believe handicaps are limitations, simply challenges to overcome. Vandry has worked with and taught clinics over the years at Criss Cole and The Texas School of the Blind to show support, and to also reach out to those who have a handicap, and a way to overcome.
William Vandry is one of the top BJJ Black belts in Texas, and developmental ideas, newer techniques are constantly updated. We look forward to you joining today! No experience? Nervous about the martial arts? You are a perfect and normal student. Give us a call or stop by for more information!