The lifestyle of jiu-jitsu leads Checkmat Exeter in teaching locals to strategically fight for themselves while building community

EXETER – The same way jiu-jitsu brought Sarah and Fabricio Machado together, the couple opened their martial arts academy in Exeter to build community and hold on to the values and discipline that has changed their lives.

Owners of Exeter’s first jiu-jitsu academy, Checkmat, shared the journeys that inspired them to open academy doors in November 2022. The values, tradition and sense of community fuel their desire to share the jiu-jitsu lifestyle with the Central Valley.

“Jiu-jitsu is my life,” the owner and main instructor of Checkmat Fabricio Machado said. “Community is the best part about it. You make really good friends with people.”

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