Happy Birthday BJJ Artist, Cancer Survivor and Poison Drummer!

 

On August 8th, 2017 Rikki Rockett turned 56 years old! He is among the BJJ celebrities who actually competes! Rikki was the drummer of the band Poison who sold 45 million records worldwide. He beat throat cancer in 2015.

In 1993, Rockett started watching a new promotion called The Ultimate Fighting Championship. At first he was frustrated by the success of a young grappler named Royce Gracie. As a martial artist from a striking background, he just couldn’t wrap his head around what was happening. “The first two UFCs, I was like ‘Would somebody hit this frickin’ guy?’” he joked to 8 Count. When he started to notice his dad’s old trick, the Osota Gari, being used, though, his interest was piqued. “That rekindled my interest in Jiu-Jitsu,” he told JiuJitsuSweep.com.

When he met Rigan and Jean Jacques Machado at a rally in 1998, the Brazilian brothers invited him to their school. “I had roots in wrestling and some ground fighting skills and thought I’d do just fine,” Rockett writes on his official website. “I got tapped out by their students more times than I can remember! I signed up the next day and have been an avid student ever since.”

Rockett earned his purple belt under the Machado brothers through a combination of group classes and private lessons from Renato Magno. When Magno opened his own gym, Street Sports Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Santa Monica, the drummer followed him there.

 

In the video below you can check Rikki competing! Happy Birthday Sir!

 

 

 

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Poison’s Drummer Rikki Rockett Competing BJJ At Pan Ams

 

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Poison’s Drummer Rikki Rockett Competing BJJ At Pan Ams

 

Many people do not know that Rikki Rockett, drummer of the famous band Poison is a second degree black belt in BJJ! Via his webpage:

 

“Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a huge part of my life and has been for over fifteen years. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a form of Martial Arts originally based on the Japanese form and altered dramatically by Carlos Gracie and introduced as a school in 1925 in Rio, Brazil called, “Academia Gracie de Jiu-Jitsu”. Deeper origins might trace BJJ’s roots to Buddhist Monks in India much further back.

 

I met Brothers John Machado and Jean Jacques Machado in 1998 at a rally. After an introduction and short conversation they convinced me to visit their school and take a free class. I had roots in wrestling and some ground fighting skills and thought I’d do just fine. I got tapped out by their students more times than I can remember! I signed up the next day and have been an avid student ever since. I earned my Purple belt in the Machado Bros. school and supplemented my regular classes with private classes coached by Renato Magno who moved from Brazil with the Machado Brothers to teach BJJ. Later when Renato opened his own school, (Street Sports BJJ) I began training at that school and earned my black belt there. I currently hold a second degree black belt.” – Rikki Rockett

 

Check out Mr. Rockett competing at the 2010 Pan Ams below!

 

 

Rikki Rockett on Eddie Bravo Radio!