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Professor Alexandre W. Machado 

Third Degree Black Belt under Smaller Prof. AlexMaster Carlos Jr. Professor Machado began his training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at a young age in Portugal. He studied directly under Master Carlos Jr. in Lisbon, Portugal.  Master Carlos Jr.’s passion inspired Alex early on. Professor Machado opens his first Academy in Lisbon, Portugal to help fulfill Master Carlos Jr’s dream of expanding Gracie Barra. Under the direct mentorship of Master Carlos Jr., Alexandre developed his style of teaching BJJ that follows the Gracie Barra methods. Over the years, Prof. Machado has trained BJJ World Champions, the Portuguese Special Forces, MMA fighters; Law enforcement Officers in Lisbon, Portugal. As a result, he was therefore appointed the highest honor of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu teachings and owned schools in Lisbon, Portugal. 

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Professor Rafael Jovet- Ramos  

1st Degree Black Belt under Professor Alexandre W. Machado. 

Rafael Jovet-Ramos has been practicing martial arts for more than fifteen years, bringing his enthusiasm for disciplines such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo to students across the globe. Through his passion for teaching the martial arts, he has achieved recognition from many International and National Martial Arts governing organizations, as well as the United States Army and private learning facilities.
Jovet-Ramos has earned black belts in Taekwondo, Judo, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has taught in multiple settings. He is currently an instructor in self-defense at Fayetteville Technical Community College, a Head Instructor at Gracie Barra Spring Lake and Program Director for Rafael Family Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Spring Lake, North Carolina.

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