Movie King Arthur may not have gotten the best reception around the world but that’s no hindrance for the main star who was bitten by the bjj bug in the process of making the movie with movie director bjj black belt Guy Ritchie.
Of course Ritchie is no joke because he believes not only in live rolling but also in visiting academies around the world and seeing how you fare in an unfamiliar enviroment – he shared as much with Joe Rogan when he appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience.
Still relatively fresh Hunnam is quite taken by the gentle art. He was quoted saying he aims to be a bjj black belt by the time he’s 45 – at least that’s what he’s told Men’s Health!
“I’m interested in having a high fitness level across the board,” he says. “Running, swimming, jumping rope, hiking, jiu-jitsu—I try to do it all. I also try to make love as often as I can. That’s an important part of fitness. There’s no reason you can’t be active at 70. I want to run up mountains at that age.”
Hunnam is currently 37 – making his aspired time to reach black belt level 8 years!
Still it’s fairly clear that Hunnam practices alongside a slew of other celebrity clients of Rigan Machado even though it’s unclear if he’s also doing Rigan’s limited sparring modification of BJJ.
Here’s what Rigan himself said about the limited sparring:
Please tell us about your system of training for celebrities. Can one really improve in BJJ with limited sparring?
I have trained many celebrities and stunt individuals which is a great way of helping spread Jiu Jitsu. It is also very beneficial for me because I learn to adapt my teaching methods based on the students requirements. Just because a celebrity can’t spar with everyone in the class doesn’t mean he or she should not be allowed to practice or learn Jiu-Jitsu. I love watching my celebrity students train because they, along with their training partners, have to flow and transition smoothly to prevent injury, something many Jiu Jitsu practitioners don’t do that. They actually learn the techniques very effectively because when they roll with their training partners, they do not try to over power each other. All my celebrity clients possess the physical and mental capability to perform at a top level. I have to be extra cautious in my sparring methods because of the students have camera commitments. In addition many of them want to spar. I sometimes also spar with my celebrity students.
Hunnam even challenged Rigan Machado whom he refered to as his teacher to do the 22 push ups challenge!