Jason Statham BJJ: Insane Martial Artist and Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt

Jason Statham BJJ

Jason Statham is a lifelong martial artist and Purple Belt in BJJ that has been training Jiu Jitsu inconsistently for more than 20 years now. One of his training partners is his friend and BJJ Black Belt Guy Ritchie. They both train under Renzo Gracie in New York and Roger Gracie in London.

The actor isn’t mainly known for his BJJ career but is famous for portraying tough characters in countless action movies like the Transporter Trilogy, The Expendables, and the Fast & Furious franchise.

Nevertheless, Jason started training martial arts like kickboxing and karate at a young age. He regularly shows off his athleticism, athletic body, and martial arts skills in his movie roles.

Check out Part 1 of our YouTube BJJ Celebrities Series which covers Jason Statham’s complete Jiu Jitsu journey:

Jason Statham BJJ FAQ

Everything you need to know about Jason Statham’s Jiu Jitsu Journey:

Jason is a serious BJJ athlete who trains Jiu Jitsu regularly and has been doing so for more than 20 years now.

According to Jason himself he started training Jiu Jitsu in 2002 in a garage together with his friend Guy Ritchie prior to joining Renzo Gracie’s Academy.

Since Jason started training BJJ in 2002 he was 35 years old when he began his Jiu Jitsu journey.

2023 will be Jason’s 22nd year of training BJJ. Therefore, he is a seasoned martial artist and advanced Jiu Jitsu practitioner.

Jason has not earned his Black Belt in BJJ so far. He is most likely still a Purple Belt. Nevertheless, we are confident that he is on the right track to become a BJJ Black Belt one day.

Jason’s original coach is Renzo Gracie from Renzo Gracie Academy in New York. However, he has also been training at Roger Gracie Academy in London.

Jason most likely doesn’t compete in BJJ as there is no competition footage available. The actor has to make sure not to get hurt to be ready to take on movie roles.

Jason has experience in karate and kickboxing as he trained both martial arts at a young age. Later in his life, at the age of 35, he picked up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which he has trained for more than 20 years now.

Jason is a real martial artist that takes training seriously. He has experience in multiple martial arts and climbed the BJJ ranks up to Purple Belt under an accomplished and demanding coach, Renzo Gracie.

Jason Statham’s Jiu Jitsu Journey

According to Jason himself he always loved practicing martial arts. He started training karate and kickboxing at a very young age and developed significant striking skills.

Here’s what Joe Rogan, an accomplished Muay Thai fighter and BJJ Black Belt, says about Jason Statham’s striking skills:

After dedicating time to football and diving, even becoming a member of Britain’s national diving team, Jason was looking for a martial art that wouldn’t hurt his acting career. The actor states:

The reason why I train Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is that my face won’t get hurt as there is not a lot of contact with my face, so my face won’t have bruises and any kind of damage which is very important for my profession.

In 2002 he started training Jiu Jitsu in a garage together with his friend Guy Ritchie who is A BJJ Black Belt today. The two continued by joining Renzo Gracie Academy in New York.

Fast forward many years, Jason has become a Purple Belt and seasoned athlete in BJJ.

Today, as an A list celebrity, husband of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and father of two children it is certainly not easy for him to fit Jiu Jitsu into the schedule.


Jason Statham is one of the celebrities that doesn’t only train BJJ for his movie roles but is a real martial artist. His skill set is well-rounded, and you wouldn’t want to mess with him which is why his movie appearances are so authentic.

The actor is a Jiu Jitsu veteran with over 20 years of experience, and we wish to congratulate him on his BJJ Black Belt one day.

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