Celebrities In BJJ
Believe it not, Jiu Jitsu is a pretty popular martial art for celebrities. Some of our favorite actors and singers practice the gentle art from Brazil. In recent times, celebrities such as Henry Cavill, who is known for playing Superman in the rebooted series and singer, Demi Lovato haven taken BJJ up as a hobby. How cool! But there are celebs who have reached the higher rankings in Jiu Jitsu, that you might not known of. Here are some celebs that are avid practitioners of the art!
Ed O’Neil (black belt) –
Does the name Ed O’Neil ring a name? It should as he has starred in some of the best television shows in history. In the 90’s he was known as the hilarious father, Al Bundy in Married With Children. In the most recent of times, he has been known for his role as Jay Pritchett on Modern Family. The 70 year old actor is a black belt in BJJ under Rorion Gracie at the Gracie Academy in California. He started training all the way back in 1991, before the first UFC ever existed! Getting his black belt is a huge accomplishment for Ed. He has even better quoted about it saying, “the greatest achievement of my life, apart from my children”.
Paul Walker (brown belt, awarded an honorary black belt) –
Paul Walker was a beloved actor by many. He was most famously known as the tough, but car racing Brian in the Fast and the Furious series alongside Vin Diesel and The Rock. In his personal life, he loved fast cars, surfing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! Paul trained at the famed, Paragon Jiu Jitsu in California under Ricardo Miller. When not shooting the Fast the Furious films, he was practicing Jiu Jitsu. He was a brown belt. He even featured some Jiu Jitsu techniques in the Fast and the Furious films in the fight scenes. Unfortunately, Paul Walker passed away from a car accident in 2013. His teacher, Ricardo Miller awarded him an honorary black belt in his memory.
Maynard James Keenan (purple belt) –
The reclusive, yet enigmatic front-man of such bands as Tool and A Perfect Circle is in fact, a BJJ purple belt. Keenan started training in BJJ back in the 1990’s at a Rickson Gracie school, and he fell in love with the art. Because of his music being so popular, he trained on and off for years due to making albums and touring. But back in 2015, Luis Heredia, a Rickson Gracie black belt finally awarded Keenan his purple belt. Now that Keenan has slowed down on music, he is spending more time in Jiu Jitsu class. With his intelligence and passion, he will definitely be a black belt some day!