Russell Brand promoted to BJJ Blue Belt

Comedian Russell Brand was awarded his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue belt this week under his main instructor at RGA Bucks Kev Capel. Russell is under the Roger Gracie lineage so UK BJJ pioneer Mauricio Gomes and BJJ GOAT Roger Gracie were also in attendance.

I had to overcome my fear about getting smashed. It’s good to learn about how to channel your aggression. Life is struggle and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches you how to deal with it.

Brand has spoken about the benefits BJJ has brought to both his physical and mental-health extensively and over the last few years and is part of the growing wave of celebrity BJJ advocated across the globe. The UK has a much less publicised wave of celebrity BJJ practictitioners with stranger things star Millie Bobby Brown and Guy Ritchie being the most notable.

The sessions featured a number of promotions, with the highest grade being given to Stuart Healey who was promoted to Black Belt. The full video of the promotion can be found here in a video posted by Jiu Jitsu Style Magazine

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Lee Herbert

BJJ Purple belt, hobbyist competitor and referee. I write words about grappling / BJJ as a creative outlet from my day job where my focus is on coverage of mainstream sporting, entertainment and news events