Russell Peters is an actor and standup comedian, who performs to large audiences all over the world. His latest stand-up comedy special “Almost Famous” is now on Netflix.
Russell discussed doing BJJ on the Joe Rogan podcast and now, a little over a year later, he has earned his blue belt.
Russell was promoted by BJJ legend Jean Jacques Machado.
I’m so happy and honored to have received my blue belt from JiuJitsu Master @jeanjacquesmachado
A year and a half ago I got back into #BrazilianJiuJitsu and have worked as hard as could and well as they say “Hard work pays off” I still have a long road ahead of me in the #BJJ world but I’m up for the task and looking forward to the next phase!
In January 2015, Punk began training under Duke Roufus at Roufusport MMA Academy. In June 2015, he moved to Milwaukee to be closer to the Roufusport gym, while still retaining his home in Chicago. Later, it was announced that Punk would compete in the welterweight division. In October 2015, Roufus announced that Punk had suffered a shoulder injury, delaying his UFC debut until the next calendar year. On February 6, 2016, it was announced that Punk would face Mickey Gall in his first professional mixed martial arts (MMA) contest. Days later, he was diagnosed with a herniated disc, and underwent surgery.
Punk’s UFC and MMA debut against Gall took place on September 10, 2016, at UFC 203. The event was held at the Quicken Loans Arena, the same venue where Punk left WWE and retired from professional wrestling. He lost via rear naked choke at 2:14 of the first round. He was paid a disclosed $500,000.
Earlier this week he earned his BJJ blue belt. Congrats CM Punk!
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7th degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Ricardo De La Riva, voted one of the five top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu players in the world by Gracie Magazine, is the world famous creator of the De La Riva Guard. Ricardo received his black belt from Carlson Gracie and achieved notoriety by having beaten Royce Gracie in a BJJ tournament as well as Royler Gracie and Rolker Gracie.
Ricardo began his training in early 1980 at the age 15 years old and received his black belt in 1986 making his name through his classic, offensive fighting style.
Ricardo De La Riva stopped competing in 1993 in order to dedicate himself full time to the teaching and aiding in the development of his pupils and other great champions such as Rodrigo Minotauro Nogeira, Rogerio Minotouro Nogeira and Marcelo Grosso. He continues to travel around the world giving seminars and sharing his amazing brazilian jiu-jitsu techniques.
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Demi Lovato is a megastar pop singer who has been seen for the past year or so doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Well, she just earned her Blue Belt!
Today she posted pictures on Instagram with the caption:
“I’m so beyond excited because I just received my blue belt in #brazilianjiujitsu!!!! I fell in love with #BJJ over a year ago and have been training several times a week ever since.. thank you so much to @[email protected] @tarsisbjj for giving me my belt along with one of the most important and special women in my life today @officialdaniellemartin/@trueboundaries – I love you so much and couldn’t be more grateful for you also special shoutout to @jayglazer for flying in to give me my belt as well!!! Love you jay!!!”
Heralding his return to the octagon against Daniel Cormier, Jon Jones has earned his BJJ Blue Belt. I say earned because it is not infrequent to hear of UFC fighters being promoted to black belt with doing little, to no training in the gi.
Jon Jones will face DC at UFC 214 July 29th in Anaheim, California. Daniel Cormier has the belt but never beat Jon. Jon wants to get his belt back.
Congratulations on earning your blue belt Jon! Oss!
One of the most decorated strikers in the world and UFC fighter Alistair Overeem seems to have been recently bitten by the Jiu-Jitsu bug.
He earned his blue belt in just three weeks! To us regular folk this sounds like an abhorrent disregard for the time honored tradition of being a white belt for (what feels like) ever.
According to the Valente Brothers system of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, their style is mostly self-defense as opposed to sport Jiu-Jitsu. They even recommend that students who come to them looking for sport BJJ, should perhaps try out other schools more geared toward that in Florida. That being said, it is not unusual at all for a UFC fighter to be fast-tracked to blue belt.
Some tournaments will not allow UFC fighters to compete as a white belt. It is assumed that because of their fight experience, they should have some sort of working knowledge of ground fighting.
Ari Knazan Survives Internet Hate And Finally Earns BJJ Black Belt
Ari Knazan was promoted to BJJ black belt on November 24, 2016 by his coach and mentor Keith Owen. Ari is the creator of the popular YouTube channel “Submissions 101”.
Ari has faced many internet criticisms in the past and because of that was held at brown belt for what I think is an extended period of time, but rightfully so if you believe in the wisdom of Keith Owen.
Here is an example of some of the criticisms:
1) Films him beating on his know nothing white belt students and gives them theme songs, and puts them in slow-mo matches.
2) Films his students competing and puts captions on the screen when they get some “super specific 10th PJJ move” that really i’snt super specific.
3) Doesn’t actually compete himself (or roll with anyone good for that matter).
4) Tries to act all innocent and nice on the internet like he means no harm, but its all a scam because he knowingly sat and argued with several BLACK BELTS over on the UG.
5) Filmed himself doing a technique blatantly wrong, and advised EVERYONE to do it that way, then when he got scolded by EVERYONE, he took the video down because of his embarrassment.
6) Tries to work over the BJJ community (First was Eddie Bravo, so he could avoid having to actually wear a white belt. Ironic since it was no gi, he didnt have to wear a white belt, and he NEVER actually claimed to be a white belt in 10th PJJ, he just said he had “no rank, and is working on his purple shirt”).
7) Lied and said his guys all competed Intermediate and Advanced when several other competitors have said they were all in Novice and Beginner divisions (again, Ari wouldnt compete because he had to focus on “Coaching”, which was ironic because I’ve seen several competitors coach, and compete at the same time).
8) Lied about having been formally trained in BJJ prior to Eddie Bravo, and him filming his instructional YouTube videos (then later came out and said he attended “a couple of seminars”, but he wouldn’t say who taught the seminars, or where.)
9) Even lies about some of the JJJ he offers (he never would give sources of where his Ninjitsu training was from).
10) Denied rolling at his Chicago seminar (which is why the attendance was so low).
Hater are gonna hate but Ari has weathered the storm! Hear him tell his story below.
Former WWE Star & UFC Fighter CM Punk Earns First Stripe On His BJJ White Belt
In this new episode of the “The Evolution Of Punk”, CM Punk is eager to get back in the gym after a nagging shoulder injury. Once he’s finally cleared to train again, Punk makes positive strides and learns the name of his first opponent in the UFC. He takes the time to put on the gi, and after some time earns his first stripe!
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