Joe Rogan is one of the most famous names in all of mixed martial arts. The long time UFC commentator has been training and competing in martial arts since he was 13 years old. However, it wasn’t until watching Royce Gracie win the Ultimate Fighting Championship that Joe Rogan got interested in Jiu-Jitsu. He went on to take his first class in 1996 but what belt is Joe Rogan now?
Joe Rogan Jiu-Jitsu Belt
Joe Rogan is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Jean Jacques Machado. He’s also a no gi Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Eddie Bravo at 10th planet Jiu-Jitsu. This means that the world’s most famous podcaster is a two-time black belt in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu).
Rogan’s accomplishments don’t stop there though. The former Fear Factor presenter also holds a black belt in Taekwondo, a striking based martial art.
So when Joe Rogan commentates on fights, he knows what he’s talking about – as a three time black belt across multiple martial art disciplines.
When did Joe Rogan receive his Black Belt in BJJ?
Joe Rogan received his BJJ Black belt from his instructor, Jean Jacques Machado, in September 2012. Earlier that same year, he received his no gi black belt from his long time friend and trainer Eddie Bravo. Luckily, the whole thing was captured on video in a clearly emotional moment for Rogan. Check it out below:
What it means to be a Black Belt in BJJ
A black belt in Jiu-Jitsu signifies that a practitioner is at an expert level of technical and practical skill. As per the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation) rules, there is also a minimum age requirement of 19 years old to hold a black belt rank.
The time it takes for a practitioner to graduate from white belt to black belt depends on the individual trainer. However, the IBJJF requires a mandatory minimum amount of time the athlete must spend at each belt level. See below:
- Blue Belt – 2 years
- Purple Belt – 1.5 years
- Brown Belt – 1 Year
Athletes can progress faster than the above requirements provided they are able to win a world championship. Not something that’s easy to do.
For a fully dedicated student training multiple times per week, it still takes a minimum of about 6 years to graduate to black belt level.