The age-old legend Chuck Norris is known for being well versed in all aspects of martial arts. Here we see his first try against a master of Brazilin Jiu Jitsu…

Since appearing in ‘The Way of The Dragon’ opposite Bruce Lee, martial arts legend Chuck Norris has been a household name. Unlike many Hollywood actors, Norris is actually experienced in real combat.

Roles in ‘Walker Texas Ranger,’ and countless big screen flicks have seen Norris amass a global fanbase. Remaining in the public eye for the last 50 years, the iconic Chuck Norris has a unique reputation.

Due to his real combat experience in tournament martial arts, and his oft invincible on-screen roles, Norris is the subject of thousands of hilarious quips. “Since Chuck Norris was born, roundhouse kick related deaths went up 1000%.”

Joking and humor aside, Norris is a legit student of the arts, but even someone as vastly talented as Chuck has to start somewhere.

The Time Chuck Norris Tried BJJ

Although he’s a Karate champion and multiple degree black belt in pretty much every martial art, there was a time Chuck Norris hadn’t tried Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Currently, Norris is a third degree BJJ black belt under the Machado family.

Way back in the day, though, Norris and his students got their first taste of Jiu Jitsu during a seminar. Norris, who was already a black belt in multiple striking arts and Judo, was no match for Rickson Gracie as they grappled during the following clip:

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As Told By Chuck Norris Himself:

“So I tracked them down in Rio, and I went to their school. And I met Mr Gracie, the father. I met Rickson Gracie, who was the world champion at that time, and Royce Gracie.

“So I asked if I could work out with them. And they said–very cordial–, ‘Of course.’ And I was a black belt in judo, so I thought I had some pretty good grappling skills. Anyway, I got on the ground with Rickson Gracie, and it was like I’d never had a lesson in my life. He played with me. And then I went and worked out with Royce for a while. And then Mr Gracie said, ‘Chuck, let’s you and I grapple.’

“Mr Gracie’s about this big [gesturing that he is short with his hand]. So we started working out, and I mounted him. And he says, ‘Okay, Chuck, punch me.’ And I said, ‘Mr Gracie, I’m not going to punch you.’ And he said, ‘No, no, no. Punch me.’ So I brought my hand back [to punch him], and that’s the last thing I remember.”

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Style: Chun Kuk Do, Tang Soo Do, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo
Rank:10th degree black belt Chun Kuk Do 9th degree black belt Tang Soo Do 8th degree black belt Taekwondo 5th degree black belt in Karate 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Judo

“The next thing I know, I’m waking up. I’d been choked so hard I could hardly swallow. He said, ‘I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to do it so hard.’ Then he says, ‘I want you to stay here. You’ve got great potential. I can make you a great Jiu-Jitsu person.’

“Unfortunately, I was getting ready to do a movie and couldn’t stay there. But I went back to LA and started training with Rorion Gracie, who had a school in Los Angeles. And I started training with the Machado brothers, who are the cousins of the Gracies, and I’ve been with them now for 28 years.”

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