Joe Rogan On Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
After eight years of training on his brown belt alone, Joe Rogan was promoted recently. In his subsequent speech, he gave some honest, informed thoughts about Our Gentle Art.
“This is, seriously, one of the proudest moments of my life. Out of all the shit I’ve ever done, this – you know, becoming really good at jiu-jitsu – is probably one of the most difficult things a person can do. And I think it helps me with everything I do. I think the more I train, and the more I meet people who are in jiu-jitsu – and Eddie and I talk about this shit all the time – People who are in jiu-jitsu and train on a regular basis, they’re healthier people. Their egos are healthier, especially men. They’re easier to talk to. They’re easier to hang out with. Because they’re facing reality on a regular basis. It’s something my tae-kwon-do teacher told me when I was a little kid that I never forgot was that martial arts are a vehicle for developing your human potential. And nothing in my life has ever put me in the face of reality better than jiu-jitsu. ‘Cause I think, you know, in life we can all distort our perception of things in order to make ourselves more comfortable, in order to make ourselves accept where we are. And there’s a lot of people running around in life who are running around full of shit. You can’t be full of shit when you do jiu-jitsu. When you do jiu-jitsu, it’s impossible for you to be full of shit because reality comes at you in the purest form possible: a life or death struggle, using your determination, your focus, your techniques, your mind, and your training, and over and over and over again. And it’s reality. If you fuck up and you get caught in a triangle, you gotta tap. That is the end of story. It’s as real as it can get. That has made me a better person. It’s made me a better man. It’s made me understand myself, my weaknesses, my strengths, the shit I need to work on. Jiu-jitsu has been one of the most valuable tools I’ve ever had in my life.”
While admittedly a little crass, I think he articulated on those points very well.
But that’s not all he’s had to say. Here are some more videos articulating his thoughts.
Benefits of Learning Jiu-Jitsu pt.1:
Benefits of Learning Jiu-Jitsu pt. 2:
I hope you left with some things to think about on this Fourth of July. Thanks for reading.
1. There are a few digressions in this third video. Also, I’m not sure the extent to which I would have identically worded some of their assertions – just to note, I only thought that maybe once or twice.
HOWEVER, I should say that starting around 5:57, he poignantly articulates one of the reasons I train, and his surrounding observations are very well thought-out and supported by evidence. One of the reasons I train is to take the possibility of getting injured off the table, should some altercation turn physical. There is a certain inner-peace, a stoic calm, I have from not having to worry about what is going to happen if I have a sufficiently heated disagreement with some random stranger, or if someone decides to become violent with me. And I really like that the more I train, the less I have to worry. Those two variables scale with one another. That is to say this: as a proportion of any given population, fewer and fewer people will be qualified to pose a legitimate threat to me as I continue to get better and better at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. And as I continue to train, I’m going to become progressively more qualified, more competent at protecting someone else – a family member, friend, loved one, or perhaps a stranger like in the Geek vs. Goon Incident – from those who, in their tyranny, have no compunction using their power (whether it be strength, youth, physical aggression and prowess, martial arts and/or sports training, et cetera) to forcibly impose their will on others. Joe spoke to that point, and I wholeheartedly agree.