Joe Rogan is mostly known as a podcast host (the mega popular Joe Rogan Experience podcast), a stand up comedian, UFC commentator but most people do not know that he also has a legit combat sports background.
Rogan is a long time BJJ practitioner and BJJ black belt under BJJ legend Jacques Machado and a 10th Planet JJ black belt under Eddie Bravo. He was also a US Taekwondo Champion back in the days.
During high school, Rogan was a practitioner of Taekwondo and gained a black belt at age 15. He soon became the Massachusetts full contact Tae Kwon Do champion four consecutive years. By the age of 19, Rogan won the US Open Tae Kwon Do Championship and, as lightweight champion, went on to beat both the middle and heavyweight title-holders to obtain the Grand Championship. He started judo at the age of 20 and after a year of training received blue belt.
There isn’t much footage of Joe Rogan rolling or competing in BJJ so many people wonder about his level.
Rogan’s BJJ instructor Jean Jacques Machado recently was a guest on his podcast, and he shared some interesting insight on just how good Rogan is in Jiu-Jitsu:
When it comes to Taekwondo, one of the few footage of Rogan from back in the day is this rare clip of him winning a Taekwondo match via spinning back kick KO.
The devastating kick happened back in 1987.
Rogan lands a spinning kick right in the opponent’s solar plexus, instantly dropping him and winning the fight in spectacular fashion.