The Famous Hollywood Actor Star Jason Statham is a BJJ Purple Belt under Renzo Gracie. He’s a long time BJJ practitioner as he practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for more than 16 years. Jason started training Jiu-Jitsu together with Guy Ritchie in a Garage and they later moved to the gym. These days he’s training Jiu-Jitsu for his role in an upcoming movie Fast and Furious Spin-Off.
If you ask Jason about Guy Ritchie and his Jiu-Jitsu you’ll only hear words of praise for him. He calls him a good fighter and real worker. Jason will even admit that Ritchie is a lot better than him. That’s nothing weird because Guy Ritchie holds a BJJ Black Belt belt under Renzo Gracie.
The reasons for Statham’s training of Jiu-Jitsu are pretty simple. He wants to be in shape and learn something that will help him in his job. So, Jiu Jitsu is the right sport for him. He won’t get bruises on his face and that’s really important for him and his job.
In his interview for combarbear.com back in 2014. he said:
I hear that you and Guy Ritchie are training jiu-jitsu together. Who is better?
He has better chances to achieve good results. We started training jiu-jitsu many years ago. We first started out in a garage, where we parked our cars, then later we moved over to a gym. This was 10 years, no maybe 12 years ago. He works hard, he’s a good fighter
“How do you do you stay fit? Do you practice some martial art or any other sport?
“-I love martial arts. I do Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and some kickboxing. I’m practicing anything that can help me in my profession. Even though if I wasn’t gonna do it for my job I would practice those sports anyway because I really enjoy them.”
Why exactly Jiu-Jitsu? It’s a very specific form of martial art.
“The reason why I train Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is that my face won’t get hurt as there is no a lot of contact with my face so my face won’t have bruises and any kind of damage which is very important for my profession. It’s pretty hard to stand before cameras if you have damaged face and bruises so you have to try and do something else.”
Jason Statham’s preparing for his Fast and Furious Role training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
These days Jason Statham can be seen training Jiu-Jitsu almost every day. He’s preparing for the upcoming movie “Fast and Furious Spin-off Hobbs and Shaw”. It will be a very interesting role for him as he’s teaming up with Dwayne Johnson aka “The Rock”.
We’re pretty excited to see what Jiu-Jitsu moves will Jason Statham show in a movie this time.
Paul Walker was also Fast and Furious Star and a BJJ Black Belt
In a case, you didn’t know, Paul Walker, the biggest star of the Fast And Furious movie series was also an avid BJJ practitioner. He was even awarded a BJJ Black belt two weeks after he passed away in a tragic car accident. He was awarded his BJJ Black Belt posthumously at a memorial event which was held by his family after he passed away.
Ricardo Miller had nothing but the words of praise for Paul Walker and according to his words Paul was very dedicated BJJ practitioner and one wanted to showcase his knowledge of Jiu-Jitsu in a movie.
“Rather than the punches and kicks so common to many action films, he wanted to use his movies as a stage for jiu-jitsu. Some of the jiu-jitsu techniques from our training sessions were utilized in the Fast and Furious series. Paul would always tell me that he did not just want to be known for fast cars. He wanted to be known for fast cars and jiu-jitsu. He wanted to be an ambassador for jiu-jitsu.”
“He was determined to become a black belt. He said ‘I will get my black belt, even if I need to get it in my coffin’. Now in the wake of his death, I would like to reward Paul Walker the black belt that he wanted so much during his life,” Miller said.