I got beaten up a lot
Tech mogul Mark Zuckerberg is not one to shy away from a challenge, including taking on Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) during the pandemic. In just a few years, the Meta boss and billionaire has become proficient enough to win medals in BJJ tournaments. Speaking on the “Lex Fridman Podcast,” Zuckerberg shared his advice for beginners, saying they should be prepared to “get beaten up a lot” and not let their pride get in the way of learning. BJJ is known for its cerebral nature and the possibility of smaller opponents triumphing over larger ones with superior technique. Since starting BJJ, Zuckerberg has won gold and silver medals in the white belt division at a tournament in Redwood City, California. Zuckerberg has also shown an interest in mixed martial arts (MMA), describing BJJ as intellectually and physically “engaging” and requiring complete concentration.
What is Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ)?
BJJ is a grappling martial art that focuses on ground fighting techniques using joint locks and submission holds. It is known for its cerebral nature and the possibility of smaller opponents triumphing over larger ones with superior technique.
How long has Mark Zuckerberg been practicing BJJ?
Zuckerberg started practicing BJJ a few years ago during the pandemic.
Has Zuckerberg won any BJJ tournaments?
Yes, Zuckerberg won gold and silver medals in the white belt division at a tournament in Redwood City, California.
What other martial arts does Zuckerberg practice?
Zuckerberg also practices mixed martial arts (MMA).
What advice did Zuckerberg give to beginners of BJJ?
Zuckerberg advised beginners to be prepared to “get beaten up a lot” and not let their pride get in the way of learning. He emphasized that part of learning is failing and being willing to start again as a beginner.
I suffered from frequent physical assaults.
Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire boss behind Facebook, has made a name for himself in the grappling art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), which he first started learning during the pandemic a few years ago. The 39-year-old tech mogul has progressed so much in the discipline that he’s been known to medal in BJJ tournaments. Speaking on the “Lex Fridman Podcast,” Zuckerberg, who practices mixed martial arts (MMA), advised anyone seeking to follow in his footsteps to be ready to get their butt kicked at the beginning. He emphasized the importance of being willing to fail and not be too proud, stating that the older people grow, the less willing they are to be embarrassed. Zuckerberg contended that starting afresh and facing someone who could dominate is essential to keep doing interesting things. BJJ is known for its cerebral nature, often drawing comparisons to physical chess since technique is more important than size and strength. Zuckerberg’s journey through BJJ has been impressive, winning gold and silver medals in the white belt division at a tournament in Redwood City, California, in May. UFC commentator and podcaster Joe Rogan was quick to praise Zuckerberg, who maintains anonymity by registering with his first and middle names (Mark Elliot), calling him a “f- -king savage.” Zuckerberg considers BJJ to be both intellectually and physically “engaging,” which he finds impossible not to focus on.