“Parts Unknown” host Anthony Bourdain has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for two years and counting. A blue belt under the Renzo Gracie Academy in Manhattan, the 60-year-old celebrity chef has even managed to bag a gold medal at the IBJJF New York Spring International Open Championship last April.
Bourdain continues to religiously train in whichever Jiu-Jitsu gym he finds, wherever part of the world he may be in. But if there is one thing he says he will not do, it’s to grapple with UFC analyst Joe Rogan.
“No. I’m not rolling with that guy, it hurts,” Bourdain said in a recent Reddit Ask Me Anything session. “He does not roll light, he goes really really hard. He’s a neck cranker, by the way, and he’s got bowling balls for arms, no visible neck, and he only rolls with no gi.”
“So as much as I love the guy, I’ll do anything with him; shoot animals in the brain, canoe trip, hot tubbing, whatever. But I’m not rolling with the guy.”
Rogan is a black belt in both gi and no-gi Jiu-Jitsu, under Jean Jacques Machado and Eddie Bravo, respectively.