Bixente Lizarazu, Football World Cup Champion, is a BJJ Black Belt

Bixente Lizarazu, Football World Cup Champion, is a BJJ Black Belt

Bixente Lizarazu, the former left back of French national football team that won the world cup in 1998, has been training Jiu-Jitsu for the since 2009. Lizarazu has also competed twice even winning the European championship at blue belt senior 1 in 2009 in Lisbon. He was promoted to BJJ black belt in 2016 by  BJJ black belt Yannick Beven and Ze marcello from Icon.


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Bixente trains trains in Capbreton in south western France.

Yannick Beven is a Franco-Brazilian ex surfer and current strength and conditioning coach for Pro Surfers in France.



Bixente has competed twice at the European championship in Lisbon, placing first at Senior 1 blue belt in 2009, in 2010 at purple he placed 3rd. Although he is currently very busy with his TV career, he always finds the time to train at least 1 to 2 x a week and sometimes more.

About his future in BJJ, Lizarazu says:

 ”I will stick with BJJ, it’s a beautiful experience. It’s one against one. You haven’t got your friends behind your back to support you like in soccer. It’s close to a fight for survival. It boosted my self confidence. Sometimes I think it would be great to bring this experience to soccer, but not as a trainer. A manager maybe?”


France is proud to have such a distinguished ambassador for BJJ.


An interesting documentary on Lizarazu’s passion for BJJ (in French)


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