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:
The story is that in 2006, Joe Rogan was challenged to a grappling match by a MySpace challenger. This “keyboard warrior” was questioning his fighting ability & wanted to expose him…
Rogan, being the type of person that he is, actually agreed to the challenge and ragdolled the troll with a BJJ beating.
This video explains the techniques Rogan used and how he set them up:
1) Arm In Guillotine
2) Anaconda Choke
3) Headlock Escape to Back (Self Defence)