Joe Rogan isn’t just the host of the mega-popular Joe Rogan Experience, he’s also an experienced martial artist. With experience in taekwondo, BJJ, kickboxing, Muay Thai, and wrestling, Joe Rogan is not a person you want to mess with. On episode 1141 of the Joe Rogan Experience, Joe explained why he started training martial arts. We recount some of the highlights of the episode below.
Joe’s Martial Arts Origins
Joe first explained how a childhood confrontation led him to take up wrestling:
“[One of the reasons I got into wrestling was] I was scared of this one kid. We had this confrontation in the locker room. And I didn’t think we were going to fight. I was just totally bluffing. I don’t know what I said or what he said. I don’t remember. But I do remember him getting me in a headlock, throwing me on the ground, and then leaning like he was going to punch me in the face, but deciding not to. And I didn’t know what to do. I had no martial arts skills. No nothing. I had never wrestled anybody before. I didn’t know anything. I panicked. I had no idea what to do. I thought, ‘Sh*t, I didn’t think he was going to do that, and now here I am on my back. I’m trapped.'”
Joe’s Scary Realization
Joe then described the scary realization he had during the encounter with the other kid:
“But it’s one of those things where when something like that happens to you, and for me, again, it was very minor. I was just scared of this guy. He didn’t do anything to me horrible. He just threw me on the ground. I mean, if someone can hold you down like that…that dude could have beat my face in.”
Joe’s Gratitude for the Encounter
Rogan then said that he was ultimately grateful for the encounter because it led him to take up martial arts:
“The fact that the [other kid did that to me] led to one of the biggest decisions of my whole life—getting into martial arts.”
Joe Rogan’s Taekwondo Knockout
Want to see the results of Joe Rogan’s martial arts training? Watch the video of Joe Rogan’s taekwondo tournament knockout here!