Joe Rogan has long been one of the most influential people in the bjj community and out of it. The 52 year old stand-up comedian, mixed martial arts color commentator, podcast host, and businessman is notorious for his intense work outs – after all he is a black belt both under Jean Jacques Machado and Eddie Bravo the 10th Planet system.
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.
In this video interview with fellow BJJ black belt and A.I. specialist Lex Fridman, Joe Rogan talks about what his Jiu-Jitsu game is like:
“I don’t have good takedowns. My guard is good. I’m very flexible, I have a good rubber guard. I look for the double underhook half guard to attack with the lockdown and squeeze my way up.”
Fridman who has rolled with Rogan said:
“You have a real control based game. You remind me of a Xande (Ribeiro) type of Jiu-Jitsu player, who controls opponents really well.”
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: