He dominated the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu circuit, winning every major competitive title from 1982 to 1990. In 1990 he also graduated from Rio Federal College receiving a degree in Environmental Farming.
After graduating, he competed three years later at the Pan American Games in Sambo competitions, becoming champion two consecutive years: 1993 and 1994. John has had numerous movie and television roles such as:
- “The Ropes” Vin Diesel’s new TV series at FOX(2012)
- Alienated (2011)
- Duel of Legends (2011)
- Redbelt (2008)
- Brazilian Brawl (2003)
- Mean Guns (1997)
- Heatseeker (1995)
- Kickboxer 4
- The Aggressor (1994)
- Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)
John also had a role in the television series Walker Texas Ranger, as himself. John produced and starred in the Brazilian Brawl.
The following people were cast in his film: martial arts legend Dan Inosanto, acclaimed actor Geoffrey Lewis, musician Rikki Rockett and brothers Carlos Machado, Jean Jacques Machado, Rigan Machado, and Roger Machado.