Ricardo “ICA” Medina

Ica Medina is a 5th Degree Black Belt and certified instructor under 8th Degree Black Belt (Coral Belt) Rigan Machado (Nephew of Grand Master and Founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Carlos Gracie Sr.).

ica, carlos and rigan

In October 2000, Ica Medina became a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He also became the first Mexican to earn the coveted Black Belt in BJJ.  This was a great moment for Ica and he is very proud to have earned this title.


Ica was born in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.  At an early age, he began to show interest in sports, especially Martial Arts.  As a child in Merida, he developed a passion for boxing.  A passion that he had then and still has now.  When he was 18, Ica immigrated to the United States looking for other types of training and techniques.  Once he established himself in the U.S. the doors of Martial Arts began to open.  After practicing Judo and Karate, he began to transition to Muay Thai because of its similarities with boxing.  This transition led him to Guro Master Dan Inosanto.


Some years later he was invited to participate in a special class.  This class was to be taught by none other than, Rickson Gracie.  He liked this class so much that for the next three months he couldn’t think about anything but BJJ.  After that, Ica was again invited to another class, this time with the Machado brothers.  At that time he met five new friends: Rigan, Carlos, Jean Jacques, Roger, and John.  After meeting his new friends, he decided to make the Machado Academy his choice for BJJ.

ica fight

Since 1996 Ica has traveled to the south of Mexico (Yucatan) to hold seminars and later run to the cities of Mexico, and Acapulco with his instructor Rigan Machado. Nowadays Ica travels all over Mexico and the United States.

Ica has been a part of Team Machado Jiu-Jitsu, for over twenty years. Ica has been participating in the most important tournaments in the country and always placing in the top 3.  Some of those tournaments are:


  • 2015 NAGA San Diego 2nd place Black Belt middle masters.
  • 2015 NAGA San Diego No-Gi 2nd place middle master.
  • 2015 NAGA Las Vegas 2nd place master.
  • 2015 JJWL Championship 1st place master open.
  • 2015 JJWL Championship 2nd place master.
  • 2013 World Jiu-Jitsu No Gi 2nd place Heavy.
  • 2012 World Masters Seniors 3rd place Middle
  • 2010 Pan Championship 1st place seniors Heavy.
  • 2009 Pan Championship 3rd place seniors open.
  • 2005 Pan Championship 1st place seniors Middle.
  • 2005 Pan championship 3rd place seniors open.
  • 2004 Pan American Championships – 3rd place.
  • 2003 December Black Belt Challenge – 1st place.
  • 2003 American International Championship – 1st place Light Heavy.
  • 2003 American International Championship – 2nd place Open.
  • 2002 International Jiu Jitsu Championships Black Belt – 1st place.
  • 2001 Grappling Games Black Belt – 1st place.
  • 2000 RCJ Machado Jiu Jitsu Submission Tournament – 1st place.
  • 2000 III Copa Pacifica – 1st place.
  • 1998 Pan American Championships Hawaii – 3rd place
  • 1998 ASJJF Inland Classic – 1st place
  • 1998 Machado Jiu Jitsu Championship – 1st.
  • 1997 Pan American Championships – participant.
  • 1997 Joe Morieria Annual Championships – 1st place.
  • 1996 Pan American Championships – participant.

Ica’s Philosophy as an instructor and competitor is the same as his instructors, The Machados.  Not to prove or impose himself onto other styles of Martial Arts. His main concern is to share what he has learned, open-minded to new ideas. This open attitude has helped him to establish himself in the Martial Arts community worldwide with a great amount of friends and followers.