If you didn’t know, Ashton Kutcher started training Brazilian jiu jitsu a couple of years ago, and earned his blue belt under Rigan Machado earlier this year, in February. Rigan Machado, and eighth-degree red-and-black belt, and one of five Machado brothers, began training with the Gracies when he was five. He earned his rank under Carlinhos Gracie, and interestingly, holds a win over Ron Tripp, who is the only person credited with an official win over Rickson Gracie.
It's not a big deal to see celebrities training nowadays. But most of the time you will see them boxing. Hitting a heavy bag and doing pad work is great, but it takes a certain kind of person to put on the gi. Training the grappling arts is a lot more up-close-and-personal. You get bruises and abbrasions on your neck. Your knuckles feel arthritic holding onto the rough fabric for hours at a time. Much love to Jessica Alba for being into fighting, but let's face it, she's not going to want to escape the mount for an hour.
Boxing is important, don't get us wrong, but it takes a different kind of person to be OK with grappling. So, shouts out to Ashton, for mixing it up and getting your hands dirty on the mat!
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