Many view various forms of martial arts as a dominant skill to get ahead of other people. Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill was bullied by people who do, but he now aims to change the mindset of people in combat sports, looking at it as an art instead of a weapon.
Hill was a bit traumatised by jiu-jitsu for a long time since he experienced getting beaten by kids who practise it in high school. However, he recently announced his new-found love for the martial art, explaining why he waited until he turned 35 to start training.
The Superbad comedian brought in a lot of new things with him at the start of the year. Initially, he pulled off a new look after dying his hair and full beard blonde, mostly putting it on a brush up wet look. He was also noticeably skinnier than he was before.
However, Jonah’s biggest revelation was his jiu-jitsu venture. The Mid90s writer/director shared an Instagram photo of him dripping wet in a black jiu-jitsu gi.
Jonah is learning the martial art at Clockwork BJJ four to five times a week. Two months ago, he joined the growing list of Hollywood personalities who are humbling themselves on the mat, some of who are Tom Hardy, Ed O’Neill, Ashton Kutcher, and Keanu Reeves.
Aside from training BJJ for health and recreation, Jonah is trying to overcome the weakness and insecurity he felt towards jiu-jitsu practitioners in the past. This is actually an encouragement for all victims of bullying to ‘do stuff you’d never think you’d be able to do.’
Ass Kicked by a 12-Year-Old
In his Instagram post, the American actor, director, producer, screenwriter, and comedian shared how jiu-jitsu turned him off while growing up. He also explained what made him turn 360 degrees to try on the sport and appreciate it as a beautiful form of art at the age of 35.
“I started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 2 months ago and try and train 4 or 5 times a week. In high school, the dudes who did Jiu Jitzu used to beat the shit out of us at parties so it turned me off to it as an idea growing up. But quietly I always thought it was a beautiful art form.”
“At 35, I try and get over the stuff that made me feel weak and insecure as a teenager. It’s just wasted time and lessons you’ll never learn. Trying to let go of that. Nothing more humbling than getting your ass kicked by a 12-year-old your first week.”
“Got my first stripe today. I know it sounds corny but it’s pretty dope to jump in and do stuff you’d never think you’d be able to do. Much respect to Sensai Josh and @clockworkbjj and Anthony for getting me into it.”
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Jonah Hill