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:
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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“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.”