Mark Zuckerberg Jiu Jitsu: White Belt but Serious BJJ Competitor

Mark Zuckerberg Jiu Jitsu

Mark Zuckerberg’s Jiu Jitsu Journey started in 2021 during the pandemic, and he is a BJJ White Belt today. He trains under coach Dave Camarillo of Guerilla Jiu-Jitsu.

The billionaire and founder of Facebook have made the step from casual athlete to BJJ competitor and doesn’t plan on quitting anytime soon, as he calls Jiu Jitsu the best sport.

Mark Zuckerberg’s first Jiu Jitsu Competition

First, check out our analysis of Mark Zuckerberg’s first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition. He did well in the BJJ tournament and managed to win one silver and one gold medal:

Mark Zuckerberg Jiu Jitsu FAQ

Everything you need to know about Mark Zuckerberg’s Jiu Jitsu journey in a short and concise format:

Yes, Mark Zuckerberg does train and compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He even won his first competition in May 2023.

Mark Zuckerberg started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2021 during the Covid pandemic.

Mark Zuckerberg is a White Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as he just started training in 2021 during the pandemic.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Jiu Jitsu coach is Dave Camarillo of Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu. Dave is a BJJ Black Belt under Ralph Gracie and trainer of MMA world champions.

Why Mark Zuckerberg Loves Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

On The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast #1863, Mark Zuckerberg explains that he was looking for something that is “physically but also intellectually engaging”.

He goes on to explain that MMA is the perfect thing because it has these qualities and “you can’t afford to focus on something else”.

Mark describes the mental benefits Jiu Jitsu offers for him personally:

“After an hour or two of working out or rolling or wrestling with friends it’s like now I’m ready to go.”

He as hooked from his first BJJ lesson:

“The very first session I did, like 5 minutes in, I thought where has this been my whole life?”

He then introduced several friends to BJJ and claims a “100% hit rate” when it comes to his friends liking the sport.

“The hardest things is when you know that you are in a tough position that you know you need to push through”.

He especially appreciates that the feedback loops for Jiu Jitsu techniques are immediate, contrary to the feedback loops for new products in business.

Joe Rogan on Mark Zuckerberg BJJ Competition Wins

Joe acknowledges how strange the situation at Mark Zuckerberg’s first Jiu Jitsu tournament must have been when his opponent found out he has to fight one of the most famous people in the world.

“Imagine when you are right about to compete and maybe it’s your first competition […] and then you get strangled by a super nerd in front of the whole world.”

But Joe also adds:

“I’m super proud of him. I think it’s amazing.”

Joe Rogan then goes on to list other celebrities that do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, like Mario Lopez and Tom Hardy.


Whether you like him or not, Mark Zuckerberg is seriously in love with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He appreciates the physical and mental benefits the sport has to offer and can’t live without it anymore.

The billionaire publicly confesses his love for Jiu Jitsu and doesn’t shy away from grappling competitions. He joined the ranks of numerous other celebrities that consistently train in BJJ.

Check out our complete list of BJJ celebrities:

BJJ celebrities

Complete List of Celebrities that do BJJ

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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 | Mark Zuckerberg | Shaquille O’Neal | Dave Bautista | Vin Diesel | Robert Pattinson | Kelly Slater

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