My name is Fabricio Machado and I was born February 23, 1990 in Pelotas, Brazil. I was engaged in sports at a young age such as swimming and soccer until 11 years old. Around this time, I fell in love with Capoeira (brazillian Martial Art). I was introduced to many different Martial Arts afterwards, but I was really intrigued by BJJ.
From the beginning I have treated jiu jitsu very seriously, but I never thought it would became my life. At 22 years old I was already I brown belt under the Grand Master ninth degree Master Julio Secco. Eventually my master and I opened the Grand Team Jiu Jitsu Academy along with 2 other partners. I later on expanded my experience and began to train under professor Mario Reis.
I trained and represented his team for 2 years. I had one of the best experiences fighting for his team as well as establishing many lasting relationships. I came to California with a backpack and a couple of gis and I lodged at Brea jiu jitsu with professor Dan Lukehart.
I was presented opportunities that have allowed me to stay in California, which I am very grateful for. Nowadays I train under Checkmat with Professor Lucas Leite and I am having one of the greatest experiences of my life as I work to achieve my dream of becoming a World Champion.
Q&A Session Between Fabricio Machado Da Silveira and Elite Sports
Question: What inspires you about BJJ?
Answer: I get inspired about the overcoming in bjj. Its nice to see the improvement in people. How much they need to abdicate to get better. All the bad habits so they can perform better.
Question: How often do you train?
Answer: I try to train at least twice session of jiu jitsu daily and a physical conditioning class.
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer: My goal for this year is to learn and compete as much as I can. Im still young and I believe I have so much to show to people. In 3 years I see me with my own space, for sure I want to have my students and hope ill guide them well. In five years I want to expand.
Question: Who inspires you, and why?
Answer: I have a bunch a guys that I follow since I was a white belt. Theres so many names I could write here, but the ones that left their places to try the bjj lifestyle, those for sure have my fully respect and inspired me.
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: I started when I was 15 years old.
Question: What separates you from every other fighter in your division?
Answer: Determination and the drive to achieve my goals
Question: Any Major accomplishments you've been able to achieve in that time?
Answer: When I won the American Nationals I feel great, but my mind still on Worlds Tournament and Abu Dhabi.
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sport?
Answer: You need to be commited and love jiu jitsu. You just need to push every single day a little bit harder.
Question: Do you have a go to finishing move?
Answer: I LOVE BOW AND ARROW CHOKES!! LOL
Question: What sort of gear do you usually keep in your gym bag before hitting the gym?
Answer: To go to the gym??? A Lot of water, my dressing and for sure my meal for after the workout. Im lucky to been sponsored by 1 vision Sports, there they provide the best exercises and environment for me.