Russell Brand was one of the first well-known celebrities to begin training in BJJ and it was something he immediately embraced with all his heart. Not long after, Brand publicly celebrated the virtues of Jiu-Jitsu and how it can help in other areas of your life, while earning a blue belt in art himself. After five years of consistent training, he still considers himself very much a beginner at this point.
Previously, we wrote about Russell Brand’s views on BJJ after receiving his blue belt.
Now, in this video, he talks about what studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has taught him and the principles within it that could benefit society, as well as looking back at his chat with Joe Rogan about it.
For every person who progresses up the belt ranks while advancing in other areas of their life too, there’s another person who does quit the sport entirely, not long after getting their blue belt. The things that Russell Brand says that he learned throughout the start of his BJJ journey are the things that you will too recognize if you’re someone who has stuck with the sport for a while.
He talks about an increasing sense of humility thanks to the ability to tap and admit defeat when you know you’ve been caught, along with a growing sense of resilience that he attributes to the need to dust yourself off and try again.
Quoted from the video:
“I, like you, believe in the possibility of change… What happened to me really is I hit 40 and I thought right now I know a bunch of things… It’s a personal version of spirituality. That’s what I’ve found. William Blake the great English poet says each artist must find his own religion. We have to find out own way, what works for you is not gonna be the same as what works for me ”
“There are ways where we are collective but there are ways where we are individuals. So I got to educate myself. I’m gonna have to do things that mean something to me. Part of that is me doing my own small fragile brittle way Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I’ve never done stuff like that before. Live in your body, be in there and go.”
Russell Brand’s official webpage.