Russel Brand started bjj as far back as summer of 2016. Since then he’s been constantly endorsing the art.
Brand has been quoted saying:
“I, like you, believe in the possibility of change… What happened to me really is I hit 40 and I thought right now I know a bunch of things… It’s a personal version of spirituality. That’s what I’ve found. William Blake the great English poet says each artist must find his own religion. We have to find out own way, what works for you is not gonna be the same as what works for me ”
Brand elaborated: “There are ways where we are collective but there are ways where we are individuals. So I gotto educate myself. I’m gonna have to do things that mean something to me. Part of that is me doing my own small fragile brittle way brazilian jiu-jitsu. I’ve never done stuff like that before. Live in your body, be in there and go ”
Brand went on to give his club a shout out:
“Go into RGA BUCKS MARLOW GENESIS GYM, giving them a drop because they’re all such huge fans of your show”
He added: “I go in there and I do sessions with Chris the titanium skeleton of a man,beats me up he can cause pain in ways…How is he even doing that?! And when I try to do the stuff back it doesn’t work. Or puts me in my body a different way. “
Brand who is a great comedian, actor and even had his own HBO show recently got some time to spend with the two Gracie brothers.
Brothers and part of jiu jitsu’s most illustrious family, my guests today are Ryron and Rener Gracie who discuss how Brazilian jiu-jitsu has shaped the people they are today; the pressure of continuing their family’s legacy; how UFC (their father’s creation) has become one of the fastest growing sports in history; and the importance of being able to defend ourselves.