ByMatt Juul, writer at
MMA and Entertainment Writer
Matt Juul

From action movie icons to superheroic stars, Hollywood is filled with A-list actors who train Jiu Jitsu. Whether it's for a blockbuster role or just a personal fitness goal, stars have begun training in the grappling discipline thanks to 's recent mainstream takeover. It's pretty surprising how many celebrities now like to spend their free time in gis.

Check out our list of actors you never knew trained Jiu Jitsu below.

Chadwick Boseman

Since joining the Marvel cinematic universe, Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman seems to have taken a liking to BJJ. Boseman has been spotted training with famed instructor to the stars Rigan Machado.

Russell Brand

Comedian, actor, and activist Russell Brand recently revealed that Joe Rogan's podcast inspired him to add BJJ, yoga, and kickboxing to his training regimen. "Now I do kickboxing once a week. I do jiu-jitsu once a week," Brand said on Rogan's show. "What I'm facisnated about is these new ways of being a man."

Millie Bobby Brown

When she's not using telekinesis to fight monsters and bullies as Eleven, Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown can be found on the mats honing her grappling skills. She earned her second stripe on her white belt over the summer.

Dave Bautista

star turned action movie actor Dave Bautista has a long history with martial arts and BJJ, and even has a professional MMA win on his résumé. The James Bond and Guardians of the Galaxy actor currently holds a purple belt in the art.

Scott Caan

Hawaii Five-0 and Ocean's Eleven actor Scott Caan is a serious fiend on the mats. The son of the legendary Godfather star James Caan is a bona fide BJJ black belt.

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage may be one of the zanier personalities in Hollywood (which is saying something), but the former Ghost Rider star is also among the list of celebrities who've trained in jiu-jitsu, and has allegedly worked with UFC pioneer Royce Gracie. He recently had to use his martial arts skills to help subdue a very angry Vince Neil.

Jim Carrey

Although not much is known about Jim Carrey's BJJ knowledge, he's rumored to have a brown belt in the art. Take that with a grain of salt, though, as we've really only ever seen his martial arts moves on In Living Color.

Henry Cavill

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... Superman in a gi? Yup, Batman v Superman star Henry Cavill spent some time working on his grappling moves at Renzo Gracie's academy in Florida over the summer.

Vin Diesel

Like his late Fast and Furious co-star Paul Walker, actor Vin Diesel is an avid fight fan who's got some BJJ experience. Walker actually introduced Diesel to his coach Rigan Machado, who helped work on some of the choreography for Furious 7.

Robert Duvall

Proving that age is just a number, legendary actor Robert Duvall and his wife are also on Machado's list of famous students.

Scott Eastwood

Like his dad Clint Eastwood, Suicide Squad actor Scott Eastwood is also a badass. The younger Eastwood is an active BJJ student who currently holds a blue belt.

Sean Patrick Flanery

While most fans know Sean Patrick Flanery for serving up vigilante justice opposite Daryl from The Walking Dead in the cult classic The Boondock Saints, the actor is also known for his martial arts skills. A black belt in BJJ, Flanery teaches the grappling art when he's not beating up bad guys on the big screen.

Clark Gregg

Another reminder not to mess with Agent Coulson, Agents of Shield star Clark Gregg is a BJJ addict who worked his way towards black belt status.

Tom Hardy

Having starred in the MMA drama Warrior, it's not a huge surprise that actor Tom Hardy has some skills on the mats. He's even trained jiu-jitsu with the Royal Marines.

Charlie Hunnam

Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam is yet another famous face who likes to get in some training with Machado. It'll be interesting to see if Hunnam shows off any of his BJJ skills in the highly-anticipated flick King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Kevin James

If you're wondering why so many UFC stars show up in Kevin James projects, it's because the comedian and actor is a huge MMA fan who also trains from time to time. James had to work on his BJJ and other fight skills to prep for a starring role in the MMA comedy Here Comes the Boom.

Nick Jonas

As the star of the MMA drama Kingdom, you can bet that Nick Jonas has spent time on the mats over the years. Judging by his photos, the former Jonas brother has been hitting the weights too.

Scarlett Johansson

You can thank Machado for helping Avengers actress Scarlett Johansson work on her BJJ moves for her role as the Black Widow. The Russian super spy has utilized her grappling skills on several occasions, from fighting security guards in Iron Man 2 to fending off aliens in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Joel Kinnaman

After training with 'real life Rick Flags' for Suicide Squad, actor Joel Kinnaman has become enthralled with the grappling arts. He frequently trains in BJJ and judo.

Ashton Kutcher

One of Machado's most recognizable students, Ashton Kutcher has become a serious BJJ practitioner and loves to rep his professor's logo. Kutcher currently holds a purple belt.

Mario Lopez

Former Saved by the Bell heartthrob and GSP's famous BFF Mario Lopez has turned BJJ into a family affair. The actor and TV personality likes to train with his son Nico at Gracie Barra.

Chuck Norris

Action movie icon and martial arts master Chuck Norris was one of the first people to get on the BJJ before it exploded in popularity. The bearded butt kicker has a black belt in the art (as well as many, many other fighting styles).

Ed O'Neill

No joke, Married With Children's Al Bundy is a black belt under UFC co-founder Rorion Gracie. Ed O'Neill earned his black belt in 2007 and called the experience, "the greatest achievement of my life, apart from my children."

Freddie Prinze Jr.

When he's not getting beat up in a boxing ring by Victor Ortiz, Freddie Prinze Jr. likes to test his skills on the mats during BJJ practice. The former Scooby-Doo actor holds a blue belt in the discipline.

Keanu Reeves

As if you needed another reason not to test John Wick's patience, star Keanu Reeves has put a lot of time into his BJJ training to prepare for the high octane role. As you've probably already guessed, Reeves is yet another high-profile student of Machado.

Teri Reeves

Chicago Fire and Once Upon a Time actress Teri Reeves is an avid BJJ competitor and loves to spend her free time on the mats. She currently holds a brown belt under professor Romulo Barral.

Theo Rossi

Long before he was pestering Luke Cage as Shades, actor Theo Rossi was hitting the mats to stay in shape. He told Fight! magazine in 2012 that he began training with Royce Gracie after the BJJ legend visited the set of Sons of Anarchy.

Wesley Snipes

The Blade star is mostly known for his skills in the striking arts, but Wesley Snipes also has some experience with BJJ thanks to Hollywood's favorite grappling trainer, Rigan Machado.

Jason Statham

The action movie actor has long been a proponent and student of BJJ and the various styles used in MMA. "Any kind of martial art or discipline of that nature actually breeds a bit of peace," Jason Statham said of MMA in a past interview. "You find any of the guys that have a certain skill within that fighting world, whether it be judo, kickboxing Thai boxing, jiu-jitsu - they're very, very peaceful people."

Vince Vaughn

After signing his daughter up for an anti-bullying class, Vince Vaughn caught the BJJ bug himself and decided to start training. He was recently featured in a "Gracie Breakdown" video opposite Ryron and Rener.

Marlon Wayans

He may have never gotten the chance to play Robin on the big screen, but that hasn't stopped Marlon Wayans from working on his crime fighting skills. The comedian and actor was spotted putting on a gi a few years ago to train BJJ with Chris Light at the Gracie Academy in Beverly Hills.

Rebel Wilson

Over the years, Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson has been spotted getting some time in on the mats at Hollywood gyms. Judging by her Instagram feed, though, she seems to like striking a bit more.


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