Russell Brand BJJ: The Comedian’s Journey to Purple Belt

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Russell Brand earned his BJJ Purple Belt in 2021. He started training Jiu Jitsu in 2016 and trains under Chris Cleere today. He is a big advocate of Jiu Jitsu and loves the sport for its physical and mental benefits.

The Englishman rose to fame as a comedian and actor. Today he also runs a successful YouTube Channel where he also shares parts of his Jiu Jitsu journey.

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

Russell Brand BJJ FAQ

Everything you need to know about Russell Brand’s Jiu Jitsu Journey:

Russell trains Jiu Jitsu very consistently and takes training very seriously as a tool for physical and mental growth.

The comedian started training BJJ in 2016 after Joe Rogan sparked his interest in the sport.

Russell was about 41 years old when he began his Jiu Jitsu training journey since he started training BJJ in 2016.

2023 is Russell’s 8th year of training BJJ already. He is far from being a beginner at this point in time.

The celebrity is not a Black Belt in BJJ for now, but he is only two promotions away from becoming one.

The celebrity is currently a Purple Belt in Jiu Jitsu. He was promoted in 2021 by 2nd Degree Black Belt Chris Cleere, who is a student of Roger Gracie.

Russell’s Jiu Jitsu coach is Chris Cleere, a 2nd Degree Black Belt under Roger Gracie.

It is unlikely that the actor ever competed in BJJ as there is no competition footage available.

Russell is a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has mentioned on his YouTube Channel that he tried martial arts like Krav Maga and Kickboxing but never pursued them.

Russell Brand’s Jiu Jitsu Journey

Russell didn’t have any significant experience in martial arts before he started training BJJ. He states on YouTube:

“At first I didn’t even want the close physical contact, but you get comfortable being uncomfortable.”

He learned to love the sport and, just like most people that fall in love with Jiu Jitsu, Russell wishes he had started earlier:

“Many times I questioned that if I had started doing this earlier in life a few things would have been different. I think I would have had a different relationship with my body and a different relationship with men.”

After receiving his Blue Belt Russell posted the following recap video:

Two years later Russell recaps his journey to BJJ Purple Belt after being promoted by his coach Chris Cleere:

He finishes with:

“I’m most grateful, I enjoyed it very much and I’m very grateful to my teacher. I’m very grateful to be continuing with the journey. OSS!”

How Jiu Jitsu changed Russell Brand’s Life

On his YouTube Channel he lists five things he learned through Jiu Jitsu:

  1. Acceptance: Everyone is equal on the mats, and everyone faces the same difficulties there.
  2. Humility: Knowing your own limitations.
  3. Confidence: Knowing what you are capable of and realizing the potential for improvement.
  4. Vulnerability: You can not get too comfortable.
  5. Respect: Every belt should be treated with equal respect and members of the community should uplift each other.


Russell Brand has almost 10 years of experience in Jiu Jitsu under his belt now. He is a great representative for the sport as he promotes the physical and the mental aspect of the art.

We wish him all the best for his journey to the Black Belt.

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