Joe Rogan is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under the tutelage of Jean Jacques Machado, and he is known for his strong grappling skills.
Rogan hasn’t competed in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments but he came from a background of competing in taekwondo and kickboxing.
He is also a commentator for UFC PPV cards and often provides insight into the grappling techniques used by UFC stars. Overall, Joe Rogan is considered to be a skilled practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Recently a clip of Joe Rogan talking about the difference between training BJJ and being a Master resurfaced and went viral.
The amount of time it takes to earn a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt can vary depending on a variety of factors, such as training frequency, consistency, and dedication to the art. On average, it takes approximately 10 to 15 years of consistent training to attain a BJJ black belt. However, this can vary greatly depending on the individual and the standards of the particular BJJ academy or association. Some individuals may earn their black belt faster or slower than the average timeframe.
A while ago we rounded up some of the quickest promotions in the history of BJJ.
“Jiu jitsu is a fascinating one because unless you’re someone who’s, you know, a Saulo Ribeiro or Jean-Jacques Machado or just a true master who’s dedicated their entire life to it. The journey so long. It’s so long. It’s like if you’re a guy who runs, you like to run. I like to run a mile three or four days a week.” – Rogan explains adding:
“No big deal. But then, you know, your next door neighbors and ultramarathon runner is preparing for the Moab 240 where he’s going to run 240 miles. You’re just you’re never going to catch up the same amount of times. And you should always defer to that person when you have questions about running. And that’s how it is with jujitsu, because, you know, yeah, I’m a black belt, but I’m not a black belt.”
“Like Jean-Jacques machado is a black belt. There’s levels to even to that. So I always have questions. So the journey is never over. It’s always long. There’s always a better way to get out of an armbar or a better way to set up a triangle or whatever it is. There’s one of the beautiful things about jiu jitsu is that it’s so complex, there’s so many variables, there’s so many situations and interactions and exchanges and entries and defenses and and way to chain moves together and the correct way to set something up two, three steps ahead to know that if you grab the lapel this way, the guy’s going to try to shake it off that way. And that exposes this, which exposes that. And then the next defense will expose this. And then you keep going and going and going and going until you get them.”