He gained his taekwondo black belt when he was just fifteen!
But when it goes about mixed martial arts in general and UFC in particular even the haters have to admit that Rogan knows what he’s talking about. It’s not just because he gets ready for every event he comments on. The main source of his competence is his martial arts background. He started to practice taekwondo at high school and earned a black belt when he was only fifteen. After that he won the Massachusetts full contact taekwondo championship four times in a row and at the age of nineteen Rogan became the US Open Taekwondo champ. In this old video which was shot in 1987 we see the twenty year old Rogan scoring a brilliant spinning back kick against an unknown guy. We feel really sorry for the poor kid on the wrong side of the knockout strike because he spent only three seconds of the video on his feet.
Soon after that fight Joe Rogan started judo and nine years later he switched to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlson Gracie. Except the above mentioned black belt in taekwondo Rogan also has black belts in Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu and in gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Jean Jacques Machado.