Henry Cavill Jiu Jitsu: Superman in Love with BJJ since 2016

Henry Cavill Jiu Jitsu

Henry Cavill’s Jiu Jitsu journey started in 2016 under Stan Beck at Renzo Gracie Academy in Weston. The celebrity continued to train BJJ under Roger Gracie in London and is a White Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

The actor is famous for iconic roles like Superman in the Extended DC Universe and Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher TV Series.

Check out Part 4 of our YouTube BJJ Celebrities Series which covers Henry Cavill’s complete Jiu Jitsu journey:

Henry Cavill Jiu Jitsu FAQ

Henry Cavill loves Jiu Jitsu but he can’t train BJJ consistently as he has a very busy schedule.

Henry Cavill is a Jiu Jitsu White Belt in 2023 which is his 7th year as a BJJ White Belt.

The actor started training BJJ in 2016 under Stan Beck at Renzo Gracie Academy in Weston.

Since Henry Cavill started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2016, he was 33 years old when he started his BJJ journey.

Henry Cavill trained BJJ under different coaches over the years. However, his main coach is Roger Gracie at his Academy in London.

Henry Cavill on Training Jiu Jitsu with Roger Gracie

In an interview from 2018 during the promotion of Mission Impossible: Fallout, Henry Cavill gave away a ton of insights into what he’s thinking about Jiu Jitsu and why he loves it.

He first praises his professor Roger Gracie who is one of the best BJJ competitors of all time and an accomplished MMA fighter:

“It’s fun, you know. I love Jiu Jitsu. To have a professor like Roger is an absolute privilege. It’s an honor. Roger is a friend of mine and I consider myself very lucky.”

Henry Cavill and his Coach Roger Gracie
Henry Cavill and his Coach Roger Gracie

Cavill has a very busy schedule when promoting a movie and unfortunately Jiu Jitsu has to wait in line:

“I wish I had more time right now to be rolling, but with a schedule as punishing as this… I mean let alone going for a short run is difficult enough.”

The actor acknowledges how intense Jiu Jitsu fighting is and how much cardio is needed:

“The Jiu Jitsu fitness is a different thing… When you actually start fighting it’s extraordinarily [exhausting], how much it gasses you straight away.”

Henry first and foremost appreciates the mental and strategic aspects of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He describes how BJJ helps him to stay in the moment and forget everything else that is going on in life:

“It forces you to start thinking. That’s what I like about Jiu Jitsu the most. It’s a thinking sport.”

“You can’t be thinking about anything else… I can’t think about anything else because then someone will choke me out.”

“All of a sudden I can exist in this world that is just enjoyable right up until I get choked out.”

He ends by painting a picture that most BJJ practitioners are familiar with. Who hasn’t been humbled and choked out by a lighter opponent before…

“Getting turned into a Brezel by someone who weights 100 pounds is a unique experience and it’s definitely a learning one.”

Henry Cavill Jiu Jitsu Impressions from Instagram

Henry Cavill seems to be just as loved in the Jiu Jitsu community as he is as an actor.

On September 2, 2016, Renzo Gracie reposted a post of @stanbeckbjj on his Instagram account @renzograciebjj:

“Henry Cavill is a very unique soul, I knew when I met him that he was the real Superman.”

He refers to Henry Cavill taking his time to train with a kids class:

We had a very special guest this past week training with us! Big thank you to Superman actor Henry Cavill for coming in and training with us as well as taking time out of his busy schedule to entertain and make our ki’s week by showing up to assist their class. And the answer is yes, he is very tough!

Henry Cavill Jiu Jitsu with Stan Beck
Henry Cavill training with Stan Beck and his Kids Class

On December 31, 2017, the superman actor showed appreciation for his coaches and training partners after he trained at Stan Beck’s Renzo Gracie Academy in Weston:

Henry Cavill Jiu Jitsu Training with Stan Beck
Henry Cavill training Jiu Jitsu with Stan Beck

In 2018 Henry Cavill started training at Roger Gracie’s school again. He stated on Instagram on February 9, 2018:

“Finally back to the academy! I’ve missed this enormous giant of a man! If any of you are considering starting working out or picking up a martial art. You really have to try Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu! It’s a game changer and very very enjoyable.”

Henry Cavill with Roger Gracie at his Jiu Jitsu School
Henry Cavill after training at Roger Gracie’s BJJ School

On February 12, 2018, Henry Cavill joked bout his dog “Kal” taking side control of him:

“Kal working on his side control!”

Henry Cavill and his Dog Kal in Side Control
Henry Cavill and his Dog Kal in Side Control

On July 31, 2018, the actor stated the following on Instagram and tagged his coaches Roger Gracie, Renzo Gracie, and Juan Rodriguez:

“Jiu-Jitsu has a way of kicking your arse and making you love it for the lessons you learned! Kinda like mother nature…or a big brother whom you annoyed one too many times. So good to be back on the mats.”

Henry Cavill on the BJJ Mats
Henry Cavill on the BJJ Mats again

Unfortunately, there have been very few updates on Henry’s Jiu Jitsu progress lately. We hope he can make time to enjoy Brazilian Jiu Jitsu again.


Apparently, Henry Cavill not only plays superhuman movie characters like Superman but also seems to bring some of that strength to the Jiu Jitsu mats.

The actor is appreciated in the BJJ community and praises the art although it is hard for him to make space for Jiu Jitsu in his busy life.

We are looking forward to Henry Cavill climbing the ranks and mastering the art.

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