As a combat sport, jiu-jitsu focuses on grappling with a specific emphasis on ground fighting. They say no mixed martial artist can hold their own without having a background in jiu-jitsu, and as many fighters have shown, knowing how to grapple (and how to properly leverage your weight) can make all the difference in a fight.
While the art of jiu-jitsu goes back centuries (its origins can be traced back to Indian Buddhist monks), it didn’t gain a foothold in the United States until the 1970s when Carley Gracie opened the first Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) school in San Francisco. Combining traditional grappling techniques with deadly locks and throws, BJJ has since revolutionized the world of mixed martial arts.
It’s no surprise Joe Rogan is a huge fan of both jiu-jitsu and BJJ. He’s had an eclectic assortment of guests on his show who’ve all talked in detail about their love of the art. From comedians to professional MMA fighters, these guests all have their own unique personal accounts (and opinions) on jiu-jitsu and how it relates to MMA.
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Guest: Ted Nugent, singer, guitarist, and songwriter.
- Cannabis-infused Brazilian jiu-jitsu (It's a thing!)
- Jiu-jitsu athletes and marijuana
Original Airing: June 28, 2018115This a great episode?
Guest: Felipe Esparza, stand-up comedian and actor.
- How Joey Diaz is practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu
- The Gracie family's impact on martial arts
Original Airing: July 31, 201895This a great episode?
Guest: Kyle Kingsbury, retired professional mixed martial artist.
- Brazilian jiu-jitsu and MMA
- Steel cups
- Going running barefoot
Original Airing: June 18, 201872This a great episode?
Guest: Jon Jones, mixed martial artist.
- How Jon loves Brazilian jiu-jitsu
- Training with other fighters
Original Airing: December 1, 201652This a great episode?