WWE superstar Dave Bautista explains what drew him to BJJ and kept him going through brown belt

From his wrestling days in the WWE to becoming a beloved Marvel character, Dave Bautista has an impressive journey to his name.

Recently, he added another feather to his cap by earning a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

This promotion is a testament to years of dedication and hard work. To achieve a brown belt, one must undergo roughly five years of rigorous training, having already spent a minimum of 18 months as a purple belt. It’s a recognition of both skill and commitment.

Dave Bautista proudly shared this achievement on Instagram a while back, expressing his gratitude to Cesar Gracie’s jiu-jitsu gym, where his BJJ journey began back in 2010. He also acknowledged that his training was somewhat interrupted since 2014, the year the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie was released, due to his busy schedule as an actor.

In his Instagram post, Bautista stated, “Very proud to be posting this. I started training BJJ with @cesargraciebjj @graciefighterph in 2010, and even though I got my a** handed to me by everyone at the academy, I immediately fell in love. It’s a puzzle I’ll never solve, and if you know me, you know I get obsessed with things I can’t figure out. It’s been a challenging process with my work schedule, in fact, I barely trained from 2014 when I got my purple belt to 2021. Last fall, I dedicated myself to progressing, and this week it finally happened.”

Dave Bautista’s venture into Brazilian jiu-jitsu began in 2010, aiming to deepen his grappling skills beyond his background in amateur wrestling.

He shared his motivation, saying, “I officially started grappling around 2010. I was an amateur wrestler. I was in high school then. Obviously, I wrestled professionally, so there’s always a little bit of grappling involved. But I started training with Caesar Grace in 2010. I wanted to learn. I want to put on gear, you know, to get some belts and really kind of figure out what I was doing. Because up until then, I was just kind of using basic wrestling to get by with guys who were real Grapplers that was training a little bit. I just wasn’t officially trained in jujitsu.”

Dave Bautista’s achievement in earning a brown belt is a testament to his dedication and passion for Brazilian jiu-jitsu, adding a new dimension to his already impressive resume.