He gained his taekwondo black belt when he was just fifteen!
One of the toughest questions to answer about Joe Rogan is why so many people hate him. Some hate him as a stand up comedian because they just don’t find him funny enough. There are also those who hate him as a podcast host because his opinions are controversial and don’t match their opinions. Some guys say his voice is too high-pitched. And, well, there are haters who just love to hate anyone who makes a little more money than they do.
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.