Prof. William Vandry teaches leglock seminar at RCJ Machado Farmers branch

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June 10, 2017

William and Chandra Vandry were hosted by Master Carlos Machado at RCJ Machado academy at Farmer’s branch location in Dallas, Texas.

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RN Chandra discusses chronic pain in her Got Pain? lecture

Chandra led with her annual Got pain? clinic, lecturing on chronic pain diseases, nutrition, insomnia and many other points regarding concerns for health.  Chandra discussed the St. Jude’s Miracle oilTM product she and William co-invented.  The Vandry’s also sampled the Miracle oil to many of the RCJ Machado students in chronic pain to 100% success in relief.

Prof. William Vandry taught his reputable leglock seminar, educating on basic setups to ankle locks, heelhooks and displayed counters or escapes to heelhooks.

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Master Carlos Machado and Prof. William Vandry

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Prof. Vandry teaching leglocks

 

 

Past Interview with Alvis Solis February 11, 2005

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Interview with Alvis Solis February 11, 2005

Alvis Solis is no stranger to the Martial arts community in Texas.  Solis originally trained in Filipino Martial arts and later stickfighting under the “Dog Brothers”.  Solis, also known as “Hound Dog” under the Dog Brothers, became exposed to BJJ under the Machado brothers, and later became a disciple of world renown Black belt Carlos Machado.  Solis, like other Machado students, compete in the BJJ arena.  Solis has amassed an impressive competition record, placing in many TexasState championships.  On an international level, Solis has placed in the prestigious Pan American world championships, winning in the Purple and Brown belt divisions.  Solis is an impressive coach as well, noting his successful team that partakes in Carlos Machado’s Texas juggernaut team.

Xena:  Welcome Alvis!

Alvis:  Thanks for having me..

Xena:  Well, let me start off by saying congratulations!  you are now among the elite in Texas, and in the BJJ community.  For those out there that don’t know, let me recap a proud moment in your life.  You received a Black belt in BJJ under instructor Carlos Machado.  In BJJ, we all wonder if we ever will get to that level.  You obviously were notified before the tournament.  how did you feel?  Did you think: “I am glad this path is over”, or “Oh my God, I am now a Black belt!”  Ha-ha….

Alvis:  When Carlos told me that he was promoting me, I was blown away.  I think I actually went speechless on him off a bit. It’s a goal that I set early on, and have worked hard at it, and it only took me ten years!  LOL!  I do know that this is only the beginning.  Carlos said that we will both be training when we are in our 80’s, walking to the mat with our canes, only then I will have the advantage because of my stickfighting experience!! (Laughs)

Xena:  Alvis, you have been around for some time in Texas.  Can you briefly recap your BJJ history training?

Alvis:  I actually started BJJ by watching the Dog Brothers tape # 5 in which Carlos was featured in back in August of 93′.  I then met the Machado brothers in April of 94′ and started training with them every time I went to California.  I began training with Eric Williams (he was part of the Machado team then) at the end of 94-95′.  I left that school to teach Filipino Martial Arts at another school and privately (I continued traveling to California to stickfight and train at the Machado academy in Hermosa Beach).  Once Carlos moved to Texas, I traveled quite a bit to train with him on the Walker Texas Ranger set and at various seminars he held.  I opened my school in 1997.  I got my Blue belt in Dec. 97′, my Purple belt march 2001, my Brown January 2003, and now my Black belt to start 2005 right!

Xena:  On to different areas.  here in Texas, you are on most forums regarding BJJ.  As you know, BJJ is still a relatively small tap compared to other styles into the martial arts market, despite its popularity.  How can we promote BJJ in a more acceptable way where one day schools have 100 kids show up each week?

Alvis:  I think that we need to stop fighting each other and actually help other schools grow.  Here in Houston, we have a population of over 4 million people.  I think that Houston is big enough to have each of our schools have 300 students apiece.  We shouldn’t be competing against each other (in a derogatory way), but working with each other.  Instead we fight for crumbs when we could all be eating steak.  We need to educate the general public that BJJ is not the UFC.  I think that tends to scare off a lot of potential students, which is a shame because I have seen how positive of an impact BJJ has had on the kids I teach.

Xena:  Ok, let’s play devil’s advocate.  Give me your top five BJJ competitors. active right now and why.

Alvis:  Black belts?  In no particular order… Roger Gracie: He has the best closed guard game in the world.  Jacare: he is a very dynamic player, very aggressive style.  Marcello Garcia: He has brought the arm drag from wrestling, plus his back attacks are on a different level.  Braulio Estima: very smooth and fluid style, very Gracie Barra.  Rafael Lovato Jr.: very technical and intelligent fighter.  When Carlos decides to compete again, he will definitely make a big noise.  No gi, Jean Jacques is still my favorite.  Brown belt: I enjoy watching Mike Fowler and Jeff Glover, who both are going to make a big deal in a year or two.

Xena:  How far have the Americans closed the gap on Brazil in BJJ?  You have competed at the Mundial a couple of years ago.  What is your opinion?

Alvis:  I trained at Gracie Barra in 2003 and from what I saw, Americans are definitely closing the gap.  Brazilians have the advantage of having so many Black and Brown belts training in one academy, but we will get there soon.  I think our teaching methodology is better which is why it shouldn’t take our students 10 years to get their Black belts and still maintain our high standards.

Xena:  As you know, my instructor and friend of yours William Vandry has promoted women in BJJ.  You know something about training women, as your female student Siggi is arguably the best female BJJ competitor in Texas, and one of the best in the U.S. as well.  What can the BJJ community do to promote more women in training BJJ?

Alvis:  By offering an atmosphere that is not so aggressive.  Assertive yes, but not so aggressive.  We still have knuckleheads who look at new students as new meat whether they are male or female makes no difference.  I have fought for women in BJJ for a long time.  I think that its time that women are treated as fairly as the men.  They have paid their dues in sweat on the mat just like the guys.

Xena:  Speaking of Siggi, how is she in training these days?

Alvis:  She is awesome.  Pound for pound, my most technical student.  We are working on some new elements in her game plan, and she should do very well at the Pan Ams this year.  Oh, I don’t think that Siggi is one of the best in the U.S., I think she is one of the best in the world.

Xena:  Alvis, you have competed and done well.  Do you plan on competing at the Mundial or Pan Am this year?

Alvis:  I am training for this year’s Pan Am, and will be going to Brazil (hopefully with Carlos) to compete at the Master’s mundial.  I am not only training physically, but will be ready mentally as well.  I am utilizing Lloyd Irvin’s grappling game plan (www.grapplinggameplan.com) and it is starting to make a difference in training.

Xena: As for style, different BJJ practitioners have different techniques.  What type of game do you like when rolling?  What type of guard strategy do you use, top game, bottom game, and what are your favorite submissions?

Alvis:  I try to have an active game.  I fell that for my age group ( I just turned 41 on Feb. 4)I am in decent shape, so I like to press the action.  I use a closed guard, when that opens I try to set up the hook flip or the split sweep.  From top I like to pass standing and try to secure side control or the knee ride.  My favorite submissions are the Bat choke from the knee ride, or if they go to all fours, the clock choke.  I have actually made a couple of guys throw up with that move which is not that great of a thing because I am a sympathetic vomiter!  LOL!  I am working on some new submissions and Carlos has been helping me develop my attacks and overall game plan.

Xena:  There seems to have been a controversial issue with PeDePano at the Arnold.  It was stated that he was suspended.  Did you hear about that?

Alvis:  I wasn’t there so it would be inappropriate of me to comment on that situation.

Xena:  There have been other issues in the past.  As for tournaments, you yourself host the H-town tournament each year.  Yours seem to go off without a hitch.  What do you think would help BJJ tournaments in the future? Suggestions?

Alvis:  We listen to feedback and are always working on improving the tournament experience.  We have implemented several rules at our tournaments in order to make it run as smooth s possible.  I have a wonderful staff that works very hard.  We do not tolerate any profanity since there are children around and as adults we have the vocabulary skills to make out point without offense.  We also won’t tolerate any fighting.  There is simply no reason for it.  I will press charges.  We have a difficult time finding a gym because of all the chaos that has happened before, so we try and nip that in the bud.  Elbert Hebron works very hard finding us a venue in which to showcase our skills, so I am not going to let a few rotten apples ruin it for everyone.  We try and run the fairest tournament that we can.  We respect the hard work that the competitors and their coaches have put in.  Everyone is aware that we are all human and that we will make mistakes, but that we will do our best.  Another thing, there is No instant replay in BJJ!  So at my tournaments, whatever call the ref makes, that call will stand.  I will not go over my refs.  So while you are allowed to video tape, you better keep that camera out of my face!  having the support of other coaches though is really crucial and we have been fortunate to have that support.  JD Shelley is one coach from another team, who I respect and has always been very supportive.  Thanks JD!

Xena:  Alvis, you have up and coming fighters from your school.  Can you bring up a few of them, and tell us about them?

Alvis:  Robert Soliz and Anthony Bernabeo are two of my purple belts that will be competing more this year.  I have a student named Darren McCall that moves impressively for his size.  He is strong as an ox and very technical.  Shawn Key, a blue belt has a nice closed guard game and is learning how to be an instructor as well as a competitor.  I have a group of soon to be blue belts that I am really proud of.  They know who they are.  Soon, everyone will know!  Plus, I have the best kids group in Texas.  William and Brandon Lorenz, who closed out their division at the tournament, along with my daughters Meagan and Ember lead the way there.  Up and coming kids are James brooks Jr., Sarah and JT Bounds, the Abouk and Ferdoz sisters, Melosio Garcia, the Davis brothers, and Dominic Dawkins.  I currently have several women training who everyone will need to keep their eye out for.  Charlotte Lenssen has won her first two competitions and then there is my oldest daughter Meagan, who just turned 13 on Christmas.  She is going to start competing in the Women’s divisions this year.  Her game is really coming on.  She has been training BJJ since she was 8 years old, and I expect for both her and her little sister to be Black belts when they turn 18.

Xena:  Alvis, when did you start teaching BJJ?  When did you open your school?  Is it as easy as everyone thinks? (laughs)

Alvis:  I started teaching BJJ in 1996 out of my garage to just one private student.  I opened my school in Jan. of 1997, and with Carlos’ support, encouragement and permission, taught BJJ as a white belt.  Carlos has always supported me.  I am very thankful to have Carlos as not only a teacher but as my friend.  I am always learning new things to run my school more efficiently.  I am a good teacher, but I could be better as a businessman, so I am always studying ways to improve.  I would love to be a Black belt in business.  My wife Cynthia is the Black belt there. She is always making sure that we are on track.  There are good resources on the net.  One I can highly recommend is www.martialartteachers.com , which I have learned a lot from.  I love my school and my students, and they understand that I do have to pay the bills.  It’s not easy at all.  There were times when we nearly closed because of hard times, there times I nearly closed because of personal heartache and disappointment.  We have survived all that and came out of it stronger than ever!  The future looks really great for us!

Xena:  Alvis, can you give out your contact information for people interested in training under you , and also for those interested in possibly hosting you for a seminar?

Alvis:  Anyone can email me at avis @solismartialarts.com or call my school at 281-540-8443.  You can also visit my website at www.solismartialarts.com

Xena:  Thanks again Alvis.  Is there a last piece of advice you would like to give to all the undergrads training in BJJ?

Alvis:  Don’t be afraid to tap.  The tap is where learning occurs.  Use the tap to analyze where the holes in your game are.  Start tapping more in training when you can’t escape, and watch you skill level improve.  EAT,  SLEEP,  JIU-JITSU!

 

Past Interview with Master Carlos Machado 2003

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Past Interview with Carlos Machado 2003

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Carlos Machado wins World Masters championship

Carlos Machado recently sat down with Vandry Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to offer his history with this gentlemen’s martial art, some insight on the growth of the sport, and his thoughts on women in BJJ. Carlos is a 6th degree black belt (Note: Carlos is now an 8th degree Black belt) , making him the highest ranked instructor in the Southwest US. He is ranked among the top thirty black belts worldwide. His accomplishments in the sport are numerous, but they are not what define Carlos Machado. What are the most common characteristics mentioned about Carlos? The ones I have heard time, and time again, are that he is an unbelievably fantastic person and he is a phenomenal instructor. Here he offers answers to a few questions. Enjoy.

VBJJ: Can you give us your background in BJJ?

CM: I was the first of five brothers (Roger, Rigan, Jean-Jacques and John). I started learning Jiu-Jitsu originally with Carlson Gracie at the age of four. Shortly after I became student of late champion Rolls Gracie. After his passing, my cousin Carlos Gracie Jr. became my main instructor, although at different times I trained with his brother Crolin Gracie. Occasionally, I would train with great champion Rickson Gracie, at his academy in Brazil. My brothers followed the same path, and we became instructors at the Gracie Barra Academy in Brazil, while under our cousin Carlos Gracie Jr. Once we decided to move to the U.S. in 1990, our school was named after our family, Machado Jiu-Jitsu. Our first school was opened in Tarzana, California, and shortly after we opened our second location in Redondo Beach, CA (1992). Today, each brother runs his own academy: Carlos in Dallas, TX; Roger in Pasadena, CA; Rigan in Torrance, CA; Jean Jacques in Tarzana, CA; and John in Los Angeles, CA.

The Machado Network began in 1996, with my first affiliate school, William Vandry BJJ. Today, each brother has decided to run each association separately.

My Network is called “Carlos Machado Jiu-Jitsu Association”, an entity with the objective of raising and legitimizing the standards of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the U.S. Vandry BJJ is the longest running member of my organization. Other members of the association are Solis Martial Arts Academy in the Houston area located in Humble, TX, Machado Miami is in Miami, FL and Julio Gamboa is in Monterrey, Mexico.

VBJJ: Who are your instructor(s)?

CM: In the following order, these are the names of the instructors who assisted me in my training the most. Initially and for a short period I was under Carlson Gracie and then briefly under Rolls Gracie. For the most part of my life, I’ve been under Carlos Gracie Jr. (who I still consider my instructor). Later, after moving to the U.S. my main instructors are my brothers.

VBJJ: How long have you been instructing? How long have you been in Dallas, Texas?

CM: I have been an instructor since 1981. Initially, as an assistant to my instructor, Carlos Gracie Jr. and since 1983, as a senior instructor myself. I was in Los Angeles from 1990 through 1995, and moved to Dallas in October of 1995. It has been a little over 6 years so far that I have been teaching in the LoneStarState.

VBJJ: What kind of growth and changes have you seen happen to the world of BJJ, both nationwide and in Texas?

CM: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has become more and more popular worldwide. Now, you can go to the four corners of the world, and find some place to practice. In the U.S., the majority of the schools are located on the West Coast, followed by the East Coast and some areas in the middle of the country. Texas has had its share of growth, especially in Dallas and Houston. Although there has been incredible growth in the sport, I believe there is still a lot more to be accomplished. Most of the students who initially started in BJJ were martial artists themselves, often following the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) and other events that showcased BJJ. Now, we can slowly see an appeal to the general public, a vast market yet to be conquered.

In the early days, as I started promoting BJJ tournaments locally, it would be considered a good crowd to have 100 competitors. Now, each event brings a larger and larger crowd. We had nearly 300 competitors at our last event on February 1st. It grows every time and I believe it’s because Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a clean and exciting sport.

VBJJ: What are your thoughts on women in the sport?

CM: It is a healthy trend to have women involved in martial arts, especially in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Since BJJ is a close combat and grappling oriented art, females can be uncomfortable with the positions on the ground. Since BJJ has become more popular, and its’ benefits are apparent to the female public, it started a great demand. I know in the past in Brazil women were not encouraged to practice BJJ because of the exclusive point of view that BJJ was predominantly a male sport. Once people realized that this was not necessarily the case, and for self-defense reasons, women could benefit tremendously from BJJ, the barriers were gradually broken. Today, more and more women join BJJ schools. It is a healthy, safe, exciting and effective self-defense method for men and women alike.

VBJJ: What kind of impact do you see women making on BJJ?

CM: I believe the involvement of female students in BJJ will bring to light the importance of women learning martial arts. The crucial role BJJ techniques play on the ground enable women to fair well against stronger aggressors, avoiding rape and minimizing assault attempts. Other than the self-defense advantages, women by their nature are more flexible and less muscular when compared to men, therefore, they can actually learn faster and become more technical than a male counterpart.

Women in BJJ send a clear message that this is not a sport for male students only. They will take the art to a new level, allowing other women to enjoy the benefits of a healthy and effective martial art.

VBJJ: What adjustments, progress, or changes do you believe are necessary as more women participate in BJJ?

CM: Students, whether male or female, will always need enough feedback if they plan to compete. Competition does not involve only the mat time, but strategy, drills to enhance key positions, stamina, good nutrition, and the right mindset. It has to be a comprehensive approach.

As the attendance in competition increases, women will slowly climb the ladder towards more and more recognition. There are more and more women competing everywhere. One recommendation I would make is there should be a consensus about their weight division. In my opinion, women should have a different weight division than the one used for male competitors. I think there should be a smaller range between the weight divisions. Maybe I’m mistaken, but I believe it would add more fairness in their divisions.

VBJJ: Where do you see women in the sport 5 years from now? 10 years from now?

CM: I cannot predict10 years from now, but I can surely see within 5 years every school of BJJ with a great number of female students. I can foresee women’s divisions getting huge at every tournament. I can see the sport appealing to women from high school, college, and professionals. The door is open, and time will prove how great of an impact women will have on the sport, and also, how much impact BJJ will have on women’s lives. It is a new world that should always be available to them.

VBJJ: What advice would you give women, or any potential student, interested in BJJ?

CM: Research for a reputable location. Visit a school and observe a class. Check the instructor’s background and how the environment feels at the academy you visit. Once started, do not rush, take your time and enjoy the ride. Martial arts are not a quick fix, but a lifetime journey.

Remember that BJJ is not about ego, but personal growth. The ultimate goal is not to become the greatest fighter, but a happier and more balanced person. If on top of that you can add all the medals and trophies, great! If not, as long as you improve a little bit everyday, that is all that counts.

VBJJ: In your opinion, does the nature of training (mat time) need to be different for women?

CM: Women can learn faster and better, since they are less muscular and more flexible than most men. That very difference makes them concentrate on techniques that require less effort, and their range of motion is better due to their more flexible nature. A balance between drills and moderate sparring will take them further than going too hard all the time. Other than that, I think everything else is the same as with men.

VBJJ: To my knowledge the highest-ranking women in the States are part of the Machado Jiu-Jitsu Network. Black Belt Leka Viera is under your brother Rigan in California and Cindy Omatsu is the first American Black Belt under Leka, does the Machado Jiu-Jitsu Network have any plans targeted specifically for women in the future?

CM: Yes. As the current syllabus of MachadoDallasAcademy evolves, a new strategy will result towards recruiting more female students, and providing them with all the tools for comprehensive learning and progress. It is just a matter of time. I dream to make many female Black Belts myself.

VBJJ: Would you share your parting thoughts on women in the sport?

CM: Women are a welcome and beneficial addition to BJJ that will help the market of our sport to other women still unaware of the benefits they can get from it. I believe it is already a positive change to have more women involved, not just for the growth of BJJ, but also for the benefits it will bring to all those female students who spend time on the mat refining their skills, and enjoying a healthier lifestyle.

VBJJ: On behalf of Vandry Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu I would like to extend our appreciation to Carlos Machado for his time and his leadership. Carlos Machado teaches BJJ in Dallas, Texas and has a demand for his seminars year round. For class times, privates, or seminar information he can be reached at 972-934-1316. His website is www.carlosmachado.net

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Carlos (second from right) with his brothers (Jean-Jacques, Roger, Rigan, Carlos and John)

 

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