When you hear the name Russell Brand, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu does not come to mind but the comedian has been training in the art and recently posted a video of how training makes him feel. While only earning his first stripe on his white belt, it seems the jiu-jitsu bug has bitten brand and what he says about the martial art almost sounds like he has been training in it for years.
Brand reflected on his own life and trouble he has had in his own life and how his training opened up new pathways to “accessing energies” within himself to become more assertive. “Life is struggle,” said Brand, “A martial art like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches you, how do we cope with struggle? What decisions do we make when we are struggling? Do we choose the correct moments to apply aggression or simply a higher energy state?”
He hints at some of the things that have been in the news and it seems his time in the mats is starting to teach him how to use his energy better and choose better reactions to the things he deals with when it comes to paparazzi and other things that have been publicized about him. It is a positive move for someone that has struggled with substance abuse and as the jiu-jitsu community knows, the art itself is the type of addiction that is good for mind, body, and soul.
“I’m just a beginner, so my observations are only that of a beginner”, Brand said to close out his video and thank his instructors. However, the observations he makes on himself and the art are proof positive that training makes you a better human being.
Congratulations on your first stripe Russel Brand.
Edward holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Along with over 20 years martial arts experience, he co-hosts The Coast-2-Coast Combat Hour, and also writes for Sherdog while maintaining his own site, The Blogboard Jungle. You can follow him on Twitter @Carbazel