It saddens us to report that Anthony Bourdain has passed away in France of an apparent suicide. He was discovered this morning by Chef and friend Eric Rippert. He was on location filming for another season of the hit show “Parts Unknown”.
If you follow this page you would know that Anthony had been doing BJJ for the last few years. We celebrated every stripe on his white belt and congratulated him at blue belt.
He was the first celebrity to follow us on Twitter back when our following was much smaller.
Anthony talked about Jiu-Jitsu everywhere he went.
Chef, author, and television host Anthony Bourdain is known as one of the most influential men in the culinary world. For a man so obsessed with food, it wouldn’t be surprising if he had a less-than-perfect physique. But the 61-year-old has a torso that appears to be chiseled out of stone. The Parts Unknown host was recently spotted shirtless while vacationing in Rome with girlfriend Asia Argento, showing off a midsection that appeared to be transplanted from the body of an Olympic swimmer.
How, exactly, does a man in his 60s who is constantly eating delicious food stay in such impeccable shape? Turns out, Bourdain’s more than just the master of the perfect burger. He’s also a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Bourdain told Aspen Times that he was introduced to Brazilian jiu-jitsu back in 2014 by his then-wife, Ottavia, who is a jiu-jitsu professional. He said his daily jiu-jitsu training, combined with giving up carbs and sugar, led to him dropping 30 pounds in 9 months.
“I train every day, wherever I am in the world,” Bourdain told Nuvo last year.
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Bourdain’s intense training regimen has also affected other aspects of his lifestyle. He said he’s motivated to stick to a healthier diet by how he knows it will make him feel during his workout the next day.
“I’m not drinking anywhere near what I used to and I’m much moderate in my eating habits — because you really pay a price for misbehavior immediately on the mat,” he said in 2015. “You feel it and you pay a price in physical pain and humiliation.”
Bourdain said that his typical jiu-jitsu ritual consists of roughly an hour and a half of work a day. He even competes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitions.
So what exactly is it about jiu-jitsu that makes it such a killer workout? The practice itself consists of a lot of grappling, or ground fighting, with another person, which requires constant movement. Typically, a jiu-jitsu training session consists of a 10- or 15-minute warm-up, which includes arm pummeling, footwork, and sprawls. The next 30-40 minutes is spent learning new techniques and working on drills to prepare for the final part of class, which is 15 to 20 minutes of fighting. The body is constantly moving during the entire training session, which equates to one killer full-body workout.
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Bourdain isn’t the only celebrity who has turned to jiu-jitsu. Demi Lovato recently revealed that she too uses it to stay fit. Non-celebrities are also fans: one man told Men’s Health he used Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to drop an astounding 257 pounds. The secret? One guy who used the practice to unearth his six-pack described it as over an hour of constant core engagement. Yeah, that’ll probably do it. (Want to get ripped like Bourdain? If jiu-jitsu isn’t your thing, just do one thing and stop the sit-ups and try this move instead.)
The chef, author and host of CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” talks to Charlie Rose about his new enthusiasm for Jiu-Jitsu, and why he finds learning an entirely new skill as satisfying as working in a kitchen for the first time.
If you have been following this page for long enough you will see that we have been closely following chef, author and TV personality Anthony Bourdain’s BJJ white belt journey. In this most recent interview with the Opie and Jimmy Radio Show, Anthony talks living the BJJ lifestyle; including his weight loss and rolling with bigger and younger students.
It is an hour long interview but they start talking BJJ at the very beginning.
Anthony is among the growing list of celebrities to make this claim. All of us who practice BJJ know that it is the most legitimate martial art that exists today. Celebrities continuing to share their love of the sport through well-established conventional media outlets will raise awareness and cause our sport to grow at a greater rate, which will further serve to legitimize our sport in the eyes of the world.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s appeal is spreading primarily because it is (1) a healthy sport to practice, (2) it teaches self-defense that is equally applicable to men, women and children, and (3) it is plain, outright fun. Jiu Jitsu primarily takes place on the ground, however punches, kicks and takedowns are also taught as part of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s self-defense curricula.
Anthony and Ottavia Bourdain
Anthony was introduced to BJJ by his wife, Ottavia Bourdain. Mrs. Bourdain revealed how she got her celebrity husband interested in the sport when she was interviewed on “This Week in BJJ”.
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