SMASH Global continues to blur the lines between beauty and brutality. The cutting edge mixed martial arts organization held its biggest event thus far on Wednesday, February 28th with SMASH VII. Every SMASH Global event not only holds high level pro MMA competition but it also honors a figure that has played an important role in the growth of martial arts around the world. On this night, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu pioneer Rigan Machado received a lifetime achievement award for his contributions as an athlete and teacher.
Machado’s accomplishments as a jiu-jitsu competitor are stuff of legend but his impact as an instructor has far surpassed those accomplishments. He has become a world-renowned jiu-jitsu instructor who has a celebrity client list that would make most talent agencies blush. Through his school, Beverly Hills Jiu-Jitsu, Machado as taught Hollywood A-Lister’s including Mel Gibson, Charlie Hunnam, and Michael J. White, all who were in attendance to see their instructor receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award from SMASH Global. In a surprise twist unbeknownst to the guests in attendance, Hollywood Icon Mel Gibson was also given a lifetime achievement award.