Sunday, July 24, 2016

With the popularity of the sport of mixed martial arts, especially the UFC, continually growing at an exponential rate, it is no surprise that there has been a direct correlation to the growth and popularity of people training martial arts, specifically Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This does not exclude A-list celebrities, however; on average it takes a person around a decade to achieve the rank of black belt and that is with consistent training. To achieve the rank of black belt in BJJ is an honor, a privilege, and one of life’s greatest accomplishments for practitioners of the art. Below you’ll find five celebrities who have earned this distinguished rank.


5) Rikki Rockett

The drummer of the beloved band Poison not only has a background in wrestling, boxing, and Silat but is also a 2nd degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Renato Magno.  Rockett began training in BJJ back in 1998 with Rigan and Jacques Machado and supplemented his classes with private lessons from Magno.  Rockett is also a fierce competitor having competed in the 2010 Pan-American Championships.


Rikki Rockett
Rikki Rockett


Rikki Rockett
Rikki Rockett


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