Ed O’Neill is famous for his iconic role as Al Bundy in the TV series Married… with Children and more recently Jay Prichett in Modern Family.
What most people don’t know is that he was an accomplished football player once signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers and is also a very successful martial artist.
Ed aka Al Bundy is a celebrity that takes Jiu Jitsu very seriously and describes his BJJ Black Belt as “the greatest achievement of his life, apart from his children”.
Check out Part 1 of our YouTube BJJ Celebrities Series which covers Ed O’Neill’s complete Jiu Jitsu journey:
Ed O’Neill BJJ FAQ
Everything you need to know about Ed O’Neill’s (Al Bundy) Jiu Jitsu Journey:
Ed O’Neill on his Jiu Jitsu Journey
Ed took a viable path to becoming a battle-tested BJJ black belt. Although never being a dedicated competitor because of his age, he didn’t exclusively take private lessons. He was on the mats sweating and sparring with anybody else.
Ed often cherished Jiu Jitsu for humbling him and keeping him down to earth at the heights of his fame. Therefore, BJJ is very dear to him and “his second greatest achievement, apart from his children”.
He himself didn’t even expect to get promoted and says, “The night that I got [the black belt] I didn’t expect it at all.”
In the following video he lays out his Jiu Jitsu journey where celebrities are not treated differently and talks about his first class and black belt promotion:
Ed O’Neill on Progressing in BJJ
Ed discusses The 32 Principles of BJJ with his coach’s sons Rener and Ryron. He touches on concepts that make a practitioner effective and help with longevity. At his age he is really a source to be trusted on this topic.
Ed O’Neill has achieved great things in both acting and martial arts. He’s a role model for dedication and showed that you can achieve great results even later in life.
We wish Ed all the best and hope he will continue to show the new kids some of the old man strength for a long time.
Check out our complete list of BJJ celebrities:
Tom Hardy | Keanu Reeves | Jason Statham | Ed O’Neill | Demi Lovato | Russell Brand | Maynard James Keenan | Ashton Kutcher | Guy Ritchie | Jonah Hill | Joe Rogan | Chuck Norris | Jason Momoa | Mario Lopez | Joey Diaz | Jim Carrey | Henry Cavill | Charlie Hunnam | Millie Bobby Brown | Shaquille O’Neal | Dave Bautista | Vin Diesel | Robert Pattinson | Kelly Slater