Joe Rogan is BJJ black belt under Jean Jacques Machado and is also a 10th planet Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Eddie Bravo.
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.
In 1996, Rogan began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlson Gracie at his school in Hollywood, California.He is a black belt in Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, a style of no-gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and a black belt in gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Jean Jacques Machado. His record as a kickboxer is 2-1.
Rogan has been very vocal about the benefits of Jiu-Jitsu to his life. BloodyElbow‘s Stephie Daniels did an in-depth interview with Joe Rogan. This is what the Jiu-Jitsu black belt had to stay about benefits of Jiu-Jitsu and staying in shape:
“ To enjoy jiu-jitsu you have to be in good shape, otherwise you just get f—ing strangled all the time. I’ve been doing Jiu-jitsu for a huge part of my life; it’s been a big part of my life since 1996, so that’s another reason why I enjoy exercise.
Also, I like blowing off stress. One of the most underrated aspects of exercise is the effect on the mind. I have friends that are really intelligent who sort of pooh-pooh taking care of the body as if it’s some sort of egotistical, vapid approach. I think they’re doing their mind a disservice by not clearing out all the cobwebs that come from stress and hormones building up. There is all sorts of fight or flight s— going on and reward systems that are in place in your body that are not being managed by day to day society working in a cubicle or sitting in your car in traffic. There are all sorts of things that your body doesn’t do that it’s sort of designed to do.”
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:
One of the rare videos of Joe Rogan rolling: