Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is getting more and more popular among the Hollywood A list celebrities. Famous people that train or have trained in BJJ include Ashton Kutcher, Prince Jackson (son of Michael Jackson), Marlon Wayans, Freddie Prinze Jr, Shaquille O’neal, Paul Walker, Scott Caan, Vince Vaughn, Henry Cavill etc.. The list goes on and on.
Jonah Hill is known for several things, among them being an actor, director, producer, screenwriter, and comedian. He has starred in blockbuster hits such as Superbad (2007), Knocked Up (2007), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), Get Him to the Greek (2010), 21 Jump Street (2012), This Is the End (2013), 22 Jump Street (2014), and War Dogs (2016), as well as his performances in Moneyball (2011) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), for which he received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.
Hill started training BJJ 2 months ago and he is training up to 4x a week.
His talked about the reasons why he started training in his instagram post. Hill was actually bullied in High School by BJJ guys:
I started Brazilian Jiu Jitzu 2 months ago and try and train 4 or 5 times a week. In high school the dudes who did Jiu Jitsu used to beat the sh*t out of us at parties so it turned me off to it as an idea growing up. But quietly I always thought it was a beautiful art form .
At 35 , I try and get over the stuff that made me feel weak and insecure as a teenager. It’s just wasted time and lessons you’ll never learn. Trying to let go of that. Nothing more humbling than getting your as$ kicked by a 12 year old your first week . Got my first stripe today. I know it sounds corny but it’s pretty dope to jump in and do stuff you’d never think you’d be able to do. Much respect to Sensai Josh and @clockworkbjj and Anthony for getting me into it ❤️ 🥋
World’s biggest podcaster & BJJ black belt Joe Rogan together with 10P JJ leader Eddie Bravo talked about Hill’s transition to Jiu-Jitsu and it has to done to him and his body.
Aside from the physical benefits that include getting stronger, faster and overall more athletic, jiu jitsu makes you humble. It shows you that weight, age, degree or background are all trivial in the grand scheme of things. You can change those variables over time, and the things that you cannot change, you learn to accept. You are not a superman or – woman, you are not immune to stress, dire situations or even tragedy. But there is always a way to handle it.
Acceptance of your situation, whether it’s a daunting job or a resignation, is a crucial step towards being able to press START and play the next round. Because eventually you will win that next round. And the next. And the next. And in doing so transforming from a worrier to a warrior.
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