30 FAMOUS WHO PRACTICE BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU. Train Jiu Jitsu Barcelona.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is undoubtedly one of the most fashionable sports among celebrities. There are many actors, musicians and characters of the show in general, who have published on social networks photos training happily in their kimono. Let’s see next, who are the celebrities who share with us the love for Jiu Jitsu.
Millie Bob Brown, Eleven (Once in Spain), star of the series “Stranger Things”
1. JOE ROGAN
Historic UFC commentator and the voice behind one of the world’s most famous podcasts, the “Joe Rogan Experience . ” Rogan is a black belt and trains with Eddie Bravo at one of the 10th Planet team academies .
2. ASHTON KUTCHER
The actor from the series “Two and a Half Men” and films like “The Butterfly Effect” or “Jobs” has been graduated to a brown belt in 2019 by his teacher Rigan Machado.
3. PAUL WALKER
When the actor known for the “Fast and Furious” saga died in a car accident at age 40, he had been training BJJ for more than a decade and was a brown belt . After his tragic death, he was honored with the black belt that was symbolically presented to him at his funeral by his teacher Ricardo Franjinha Miller.
4. NICOLAS CAGE
It is recently the news that Nicolas Cage, who trains BJJ with Royce Gracie , will star in a science fiction movie called “Jiu Jitsu” in which a team of fighters must defend the earth from an alien invasion.
5. ED O’NEILL
Best known as Jay Pritchett on the series “Modern Family . ” O’Neill, who became famous for playing Al Bundy on the 1980s series “Married with Children,” has been training BJJ for many years and was graduated to a black belt by Rorion Gracie .
Rorion Gracie, Ed O’Neill and right, Rener Gracie
6. CHUCK NORRIS
He is probably the celebrity who has been training BJJ the longest. It started more than 30 years ago with Rorion Gracie and his current teacher, Jean Jacques Machado , awarded him the third degree of black belt in 2015.
7. GUY RITCHIE
It seems that the director of “Snatch: Pigs and Diamonds” , “Lock stock and two smoking barrels” and “Sherlock Holmes” is a very tough guy on the mat. Ritchie is a black belt and trains at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York.
8. SEAN PATRICK FLANERY
Another black belt and also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor. Known for his roles in series like “Dexter” or “CSI”
9. MICHAEL CLARKE DUNCAN
When he died in 2012 at the age of 54, the actor known for the movie “The Green Mile” was a purple belt and trained at the Gracie Academy with Rener and Ryron Gracie.
10. DEMI LOVATO
After an overdose, actress Demi Lovato started practicing BJJ and after more than a year training under Orlando Sánchez at the Gracie Barra academy , it seems that Jiu Jitsu definitely changed her life .
11. DAVID BAUTISTA
Actor and former professional wrestler WWE . Bautista is purple belt under Cesar Gracie.
12. NAOMI WATTS
The leading actress of films such as “The ring” , “King Kong”, “21 grams” and “The impossible” among others, regularly practices BJJ and Yoga .
13. MEL GIBSON
The “Mad Max” and “Lethal Weapon” actor is another of the many famous pupils of the Machado brothers.
14. TIM HARDY
The popular British actor famous for his role in “Warrior”, “Star wars” , “Inception” and the series “Peaky Blinders” , posted a photo on Instagram last year where he was awarded the second degree of white belt .
15. ANTHONY BOURDAIN
International cook and TV host, Bourdain who unexpectedly left us in 2018 , was a blue belt and BJJ competitor in his 60s.
Marcus Almeida “Buchecha” with Anthony Bourdain
16. MARIO LOPEZ
The actor that many will remember for his character in “Saved by the Bell” is a blue belt and trains at Gracie Barra. Gordon Ryan recently interviewed him on the FloGrappling page , where they talked about how BJJ influenced his life.
17. MILLIE BOB BROWN
The protagonist of the popular series “Stranger things” recently declared that she loves BJJ and that she got her second degree as a white belt .
18. VINCE VAUGHN
The American actor is a blue Jiu Jitsu belt and trains under the supervision of his teacher Rener Gracie .
19. JASON STATHAM
The actor, one of the most sought-after in action films of our time, is a purple belt at the Renzo Gracie academy and has been training Jiu Jitsu for almost 20 years.
20. KEANU REEVES
The leading actor of “The Matrix” stated on several occasions that he had to undergo very tough training routines at the Machado brothers’ academy to play his role in the “John Wick” saga .
21. TRAVIS BARKER
The drummer of the band “Blink 182” has been training for a long time with Ryron Gracie at the Gracie Academy .
22. ROBERT DUVALL
With more than 70 years, the Hollywood legend Robert Duvall famous for his roles in films such as “The Godfather” or “Apocalypse now” , has been photographed several times training with Pedro Sauer and Rigan Machado.
23. BIXENTE LIZARAZU
Former footballer , World and European champion with the French team and winner of the Champions League with Bayern Munich. Lizarazu has also come to compete in a European IBJJF in 2009 getting an incredible gold in the Adult Blue Belts category .
24. MICKEY ROURKE
The great American actor, 66, is a BJJ blue belt and trains regularly at the 10th Planet Academy in Beverly Hills.
25. WIZ KHALIFA
The 32-year-old rap star recently started practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is another workhorse in the Machado brothers’ team .
Wiz Khalifa and Rigan Machado
26. MICHAEL DUDIKOFF
The “American Ninja” Michael Dudikoff BJJ trains regularly with Rorion Gracie in Torrance, California.
27. JASON LIPNICKI
Many will remember Lipnicki as a child for his performance in films like “Jerry Maguire” or “Stuart Little . ” He started Jiu Jitsu at the age of 14 and recently received a black belt .
28. KELLY SLATER
The world champion and surf legend is a blue belt and trains with the Mendes brothers at the Art of Jiu Jitsu academy in Costa Mesa, California.
29. CHARLIE HUNNAM
The English actor, star of the series “Sons of Anarchy” , is a very active jiu jitsu practitioner and a blue belt from the Machado brothers’ academy.
30. SCARLETT JOHANSSON
Like many other actors, Scarlett Johansson also had to resort to jiu jitsu to play one of her movie roles. One more on the celebrity team training with the Machado family .
Rigan Machado and Scarlett Johansson