Keanu Reeves BJJ: John Wick’s Belt Rank and Jiu Jitsu Journey

Keanu Reeves BJJ

Although Keanu Reeves is currently a White Belt in BJJ, he is proficient in several martial arts like Judo, Karate, Krav Maga and Jiu Jitsu. He is coached by the legendary Machado brothers who are BJJ world champions and have close ties to the Gracie family.

Keanu Reeves is known for his iconic roles of Neo in The Matrix and John Wick in the same-titled movie series. Throughout his career he has taken on many roles that require great physical condition and martial arts knowledge including BJJ expertise.

Check out Part 2 of our YouTube BJJ Celebrities Series which covers Keanu’s complete Jiu Jitsu journey:

Keanu Reeves BJJ FAQ

Everything you need to know about Keanu Reeves’ Jiu Jitsu Journey:

Keanu seems to train Jiu Jitsu as well as other martial arts inconsistently as he uses martial arts training to prepare for his roles in action movies.

The actor started training BJJ in 2014 when he was preparing for the movie John Wick which includes countless combat scenes.

Since Keanu started training BJJ in 2014 he was about 50 years old when he began his Jiu Jitsu training journey.

2023 would be Keanu’s 10th year of training BJJ if he trained consistently. 10 years of training would make him a seasoned martial artist and knowledgeable Jiu Jitsu practitioner.

Keanu is far from earning his Black Belt in BJJ as he is most likely still a White Belt.

Keanu has not earned a Black Belt in any martial art so far. However, he was granted an honorary Judo Black Belt after preparing for John Wick. Martial arts mastery in not his main objective.

Keanu’s coaches are the Machado brothers, and he mainly trains under John Machado. Their schools are located in California and Texas.

Keanu most likely doesn’t compete in BJJ as there is no competition footage available. The actor must make sure not to get hurt which would decrement his acting career.

The actor has experience in BJJ, Judo, Karate and Krav Maga. He did not pick up Jiu Jitsu until he was 50 years old.

Keanu is not a competitive or high-ranking martial artist, but he has good foundational knowledge of several martial arts including BJJ. He definitely knows how to fight.

How good is Keanu Reeves at Jiu Jitsu?

Keanu has never been a competitive athlete as his martial arts training was always meant to complement his acting career. Nevertheless, he has great basic knowledge of many martial arts including BJJ.

His understanding of movements and ability to demonstrate offensive and defensive moves make his movie characters authentic.

Check out a legitimate BJJ Black Belt break down the Jiu Jitsu and Judo moves used by John Wick in the second movie:

Keanu Reeves’ Preparation for Movie Roles

In preparation for playing John Wick Keanu trained martial arts (BJJ and Judo) for 2 hours per day, every day. The actor does not lack dedication.

The following video was posted by Keanu’s coach John Machado to his YouTube channel and shows the intense training the actor went through to prepare for his role in John Wick 2:

Joe Rogan, a BJJ Black Belt, appreciates Keanu’s martial arts and combat skills:


Keanu Reeves is a great actor and celebrity that is loved by many. Although he is not a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert, he respects the sport a lot and is a great representative for the sport.

We hope he will keep training Jiu Jitsu from time to time even if there is no action movie in the making.

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