Mark Zuckerberg is not just a tech-savvy entrepreneur but also a martial arts enthusiast. The Facebook CEO recently won two medals at a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) tournament and his victory has left the MMA community buzzing with excitement.
BJJ is a grappling-based martial art that has gained massive popularity in recent years, thanks to its effectiveness in real-life self-defense situations and the MMA arena. With its focus on leverage and technique over brute strength, BJJ is a discipline that is accessible to people of all ages and body types, making it an attractive option for both beginners and seasoned practitioners.
Over the past several years, the contentious tech titan has maintained a tight relationship with combat sports by attending UFC events and talking about the subject on Joe Rogan's podcast.
Mark Zuckerberg participated as part of the tournament's white belt master's two-level, according to a Jitsmag report. In a nogi bout, Zuckerberg attempted to demonstrate head control with a snap down, and in a gi match, he achieved a mounted kimura. The Guerilla Jiu-Jitsu teacher Dave Camarillo was by his side as the 38-year-old earned two medals for his efforts: a gold and a silver.
a year ago, during a stint on the podcast Joe Rogan Experience, Zuckerberg first admitted to his passion for MMA. He discovered grappling between the COVID-19 epidemic and attributed his introduction to the delicate discipline to his surfing mates.
Since then, he has portrayed former UFC champion Alexander Volkanovski in an advertisement for Meta and sponsored many fighters on his social media profiles, including Mackenzie Dern and Khai Wu.
“There’s something so primal about it, I don’t know… Since then I’ve just introduced a bunch of my friends to it—we train together, and we like, wrestle together, and there’s a certain intensity to it that I like,” Zuckerberg told Rogan.
His success in BJJ reflects his commitment to personal growth and his willingness to step outside his comfort zone. Individuals including Tom Hardy, have experienced accomplishments in competitions. Jonah Hill as well as Henry Cavil have frequently posted regarding their passion concerning the game. Demi Lovato, a singer, made headlines earlier this year when she was promoted to purple belt.
As a public figure, he serves as an inspiration to others who may be hesitant to try something new or pursue their passions.