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Published on May 08, 2023
Mark Zuckerberg wins gold and silver medals in jiu-jitsu tournament in Woodside

In a surprising turn of events, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has emerged as an accomplished martial artist, scoring gold and silver medals in his maiden jiu-jitsu tournament. This development has left many in awe within the jiu-jitsu community and the wider public, considering the 38-year-old tech mogul took up the sport just a few years ago during the COVID-19 pandemic as reported by The Guardian.

After the triumphant debut, Zuckerberg shared his victory on Instagram, expressing his gratitude to the Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu team that he represented reported USA Today. His coach, Khai "the Shadow" Wu, lauded Zuckerberg's skill and determination, pointing out how none of the matches were easy, and everything was earned. Wu felt honored to have coached Zuckerberg and provided guidance throughout his jiu-jitsu journey according to SFGATE.

 
 
 
 
 
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As word got around about Zuckerberg's achievements, congratulatory messages from high-profile athletes and celebrities flooded in. Mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor, five-time world jiu-jitsu champion Bernardo Faria, and American TV host Mario Lopez, among others, commended the Facebook founder's success on the mat.

The Saturday competition took place at Woodside High School, a mere 15-minute drive from Meta's headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Zuckerberg's martial arts training happened at the Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu Academy, led by coaches Dave Camarillo and James Terry. The Academy, based in San Jose, has centers in Pleasanton, Turlock, and Merced, offering training programs ranging from "youth fundamentals" to "adult advanced" for jiu-jitsu practitioners.

Interestingly, Zuckerberg isn't the only high-profile individual to have embraced the sport in recent years. As it turns out, celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher (who holds a brown belt in jiu-jitsu), Jason Statham (with a purple belt), comedian Russell Brand, and Peaky Blinders star Tom Hardy have all stepped onto the mat and competed in jiu-jitsu.

 

The Meta CEO credits jiu-jitsu for being not only an effective workout but also a mentally stimulating and engaging activity. He even encourages his friends to take up mixed martial arts to experience its benefits.