Recently promoted BJJ purple belt Ashton Kutcher has recently been in a lot of BJJ media. A student of coral belt Rigan Machado, Kutcher has been talking about his passion for BJJ in various mass media. He discovered Jiu-Jitsu while on a trip in Rio de Janeiro, where his bodyguard recommended that he try it to stray in shape. This lead led him to Ricardo De la Riva’s academy. He wrestled all throughout his childhood bu only started officially training under coral belt Rigan Machado in California about two years ago.
While on trips abroad he has trained at Ricardo De La Riva’s in Rio de Janeiro and Roger Gracie academy in London. After daily private lessons for a year, he was promoted to BJJ blue belt (2 stripes) under Rigan Machado in February 2014 and recently to purple belt.
The speed of the promotion was vastly criticized by the BJJ community.
Rigan Machado recently answered the critics in a statement for TMZ Sports. He says that Ashton Kutcher is a legit BJJ player and learns fast thanks to his wrestling background. He also invited him to compete at the first competition of the Jiu-Jitsu world league on January 15th.
Watch from 2:12:40 to 2:13:30 for Joe Rogan’s opinion on Ashton Kutcher receiving his purple belt. Rogan is BJJ black belt under’s Rigan’s brother Jean Jacques Machado and is also a 10th planet Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Eddie Bravo. Do you agree with Rogan?